SOS Children's Village Ca Mau

SOS mother holding her sponsored child in Ca Mau, VietnamConstruction of SOS Children's Village Ca Mau started in December 1994. The first children moved into the new family homes in July 1996. Ca Mau is situated in the very south of the country in the Mekong river delta.

SOS Children's Village Ca Mau is located in the town centre. It consists of 14 family homes, staff accommodation and the necessary administrative buildings. Smaller children attend the SOS Kindergarten, where up to 205 children can be taught in six group rooms. For the older ones, there is an SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, which offers classes up to secondary level. The school has 24 classrooms with a capacity of 1,000 pupils, laboratories, a library and a canteen. Both the kindergarten and the school are attended by children from the local community as well.

An SOS Youth Facility was opened at Ca Mau in 2002. Youths often move out of the village and into a youth facility when they start a vocational training course or go on to higher education. With the support of qualified youth workers, the young people develop realistic perspectives for their future, learn to shoulder responsibility and increasingly make their own decisions. They are encouraged to develop team spirit and build up contacts with relatives and friends, as well as with the relevant authorities and potential employers.

In January 2008, SOS Children's Villages opened an SOS Social Centre, which runs a family-strengthening programme. Monthly financial support is provided to orphaned, abandoned and poor children in the neighbourhood to cover basic needs (food, clothing, school expenses).