family care base

The most important person for the children’s personal development on the road to self-reliance is their SOS mother. She builds an emotional bond with each child entrusted to her care and provides the security they need. She is a child care professional and recognises and respects each child’s family background, cultural roots and religion.

Girls and boys of different ages live together as brothers and sisters. Siblings are not separated when they arrive at the village and live together in the same SOS family. These children, together with their SOS mother, build emotional ties that last a lifetime.

The house is the family’s home, with its own unique feeling, rhythm and routine. Under its roof, children enjoy a real sense of security and belonging. Children grow and learn together, sharing responsibilities and the joys and sorrows of daily life.

The SOS Children’s Village is an integral part of the community in its location, design and every other aspect. SOS families are grouped together, enabling them to share experiences and offer one another a helping hand. Within this supportive environment children learn to trust and believe in others and themselves.

SOS Children’s Villages are in four locations namely Lagos, Ogun, Abuja, and Plateau. The oldest village, constructed in 1973 has 10 houses with a current population of 97 children, 10 mothers and 5 family assistants. This is followed by CVP Ogun. CVP Ogun clocked 20years in 2015 with 12 houses/mothers, 6 family assistants and a total of 86 children. The youngest villages were CVP Abuja (2007) and CVP Plateau (2010). Each has 12 houses, with 12 mothers and 6 Family assistants and a total of 107 and 99 children respectively. In all, the four villages have a capacity for 460 children.

In SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, we have youth facilities 1 and 2. Presently in youth facility 1, we have 2 youth homes each in CVP Lagos and Ogun (1 for boys and 1 for girls) with 2 male youth counselors and 2 female youth counselors that run the affairs of the youth facilities. When the children are above 18 years, they transit to youth facility 2 where they will be prepared for final resettlement into the society. The villages and the youth facilities are overseen by a Programme Director assisted by the Family Based Care Coordinator, Social Worker and Youth Counselors.