The first children moved into SOS Children's Village Lembang in September 1972. Over the years, more SOS Children's Villages and ancillary facilities for underprivileged children and youths have been established in other regions of the island state. Thus, SOS Children's Villages have been built in the capital of Jakarta as well as in Semarang (an island of Java); in Tabanan, Bali; and in Maumere, Flores.
A group of Italian scupltors have been teaching children how to enjoy making pottery.
Storm relief programme in Haiti
For a long time, SOS Somalia has been supporting families only with their work at the Mogadishu hospital. The 2008 plan was to establish family support in Hargeisa and Berbera in Somaliland.
SOS Children's Village Urumqi
At the SOS Social Centre Estelí Este there is a 'mother scholarship programme'. It has been running since 2005, and aims to empower mothers from the communities and prevent child abandonment. Women who take part in the programme work at the social centre for six hours a day, taking care of children. For giving such care the mothers are paid a small remuneration and learn many different aspects of child care. They are also self-esteem seminars and various other courses on offer to make the learning complete.
Else where in Uzbekistan, and the SOS village in Tashkent, other children were enjoying and taking part in an exhibition of their drawings. This is for a contest called "I paint the world". This event reflected the children's small biographies.
Children at the backyard of their house, they are beneficiaries of our family support, which helps families to stay together by teaching skills and setting them up in business so they can support themselves. This one is in Comitán, Mexico.
I find the saddest stories we have are explaining the situation in the Sudan. There are some very sad parts to this story but I think it is important to show why it is that we, as a charity, are based in the country. This is the story of a boy, Hassan, who is twelve, and lives at the Abu Shok Refugee Camp in Al Fashir, Darfur. Hassan witnessed his father being killed two years ago, he also witnessed the ransacking of his village and the killing of other family members, neighbours and friends
Recently, a trip to the beach was carried out by the children of SOS Children's Village La Cañada in Venezuela. As the country is mainly a tropical one, a quite relaxing and family oriented trip to the exciting town of Adícora was organized.