The SOS Children's Village Lusaka is located about six kilometres outside the city centre along the Great North Road on a sixteen hectares plot of land donated by the Zambian government. The surrounding community is densely populated and very poor.
The SOS Children's Village is surrounded by eucalyptus trees, giving it a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The architectural design is simple but appealing to the eye. All buildings were built out of red burnt clay bricks with green roof tiles. The official opening ceremony took place on 3 November 2000 under the presence of Dr. F.J.T. Chiluba, at that time president of Zambia.
There are fifteen family houses built in clusters of three (with a capacity for up to 180 children), houses for the village director and the SOS aunts (who support the SOS mothers and take care of the children when the mothers are on leave), an administrative building and a multipurpose hall. The SOS Kindergarten there consists of three big group rooms and a playground; up to ninety children from the SOS Children's Village and the neighbourhood can be looked after by the staff of the SOS Kindergarten.
Youths who have already outgrown the SOS Children's Village usually move on to the nearby SOS Youth Facility, which consists of two houses for fifteen youngsters each. The youngsters live there during the time of their vocational training or further education and prepare themselves for an independent life outside the SOS Children's Village.
The SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School in Lusaka comprises 21 classrooms for up to 720 pupils, a computer lab, a laboratory, a library, a sports field and rooms for courses in home economics. About 240 students can attend the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Secondary School with its eight classrooms, a computer lab, a laboratory, a library and rooms for courses in home economics. Additionally, an SOS Vocational Training Centre offers courses in metalwork, woodwork, construction, agriculture and tailoring to up to 160 students in five classrooms. An extension of the existing training centre by four more classrooms is planned.
The SOS Social Centre offers help to up to 2,000 HIV/AIDS affected families, giving them material support including seeds and school feeds, basic medical treatment and psychosocial support. Up to 10,000 families per year receive treatment at the SOS Medical Centre, which consists of a chemist's shop, a room for medical treatment, laboratories and counselling, examination and observation rooms.