Sialkot

SOS Children's Villages has been working with children and their families in Pakistan since 1975. As a result of natural disasters, political unrest, as well as civil war and military disputes in the various regions, the people of Pakistan have been exposed to a life of great social misery, which has affected children in particular. SOS Children's Villages has provided permanent support in the form of health care, education and counselling to families in need. In addition, when natural disasters have struck, SOS Children's Villages has provided Pakistan with relief aid. At present, there are ten SOS Children's Villages in Pakistan, six SOS Youth Facilities, six SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools, five SOS Vocational Training Centres, five SOS Social Centres, one SOS Medical Centre, and two SOS Emergency Relief Programmes. Two SOS Children’s Villages and one Hermann Gmeiner school are under construction.

SOS Children's Villages Sialkot is located 20 km from the centre of the city of the same name. Sialkot is a large industrial city in the densely populated Punjabi province of north-east Pakistan.

 

The Pakistani government gave SOS Children's Villages a 4-hectare parcel of land next to an irrigation canal in 2001. The remains of a building over a century old belonging to the irrigation office can be found near a beautiful cluster of trees.

 

The construction of the SOS Children's Village could only be started in 2002 after the demolition had been completed. The preservation of the breathtaking vegetation, consisting mainly of mango trees, was seriously considered during the planning stage. The construction was completed in July and SOS Children's Village Sialkot then opened its doors to the orphaned and needy children of the region.