Programs and Activities

Alternative Care Programs

The SOS Alternative Care is a long term approach which provides for a permanent home and care solution to children who have lost their parents or whose parents are unable to suitably care for them. The purpose of SOS Children’s Village is to build families for Children in need and help them shape their own futures. We give Children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family, we enable them live according to their own culture and religion and we help them to recognize and express their individual abilities, interest and talent.

The Family Strengthening Programme (FS)

The SOS Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) is a Community-based child care programme which was established in 2002. It aims to prevent child abandonment through the empowerment of children, youths, guardians, and families as a whole. This is done through the provision of income generating activities, facilitation of village savings and loans groups, the provision of food security inputs, and the capacity building of community structures. The FS programme has supported over 9000 children and 2000 families to date.

The SOS Vocational Training Centre

The Vocational Training Centre became operational in 2005. It provides skills training to orphans and vulnerable youths, to enable them sustain themselves in later life. The long-term, overarching development goals of the VTC are:

  • To establish and facilitate programmes that aim at strengthening families and preventing the abandonment of youths through provision of life sustaining skills.
  • To provide quality skills that will enable vulnerable youths to compete favourably on the labour market.
  • To provide skills training and projects for economic development and self-reliance.
  • To develop entrepreneurial skills in youths.

The increase in the number of youths requiring skills training has prompted the expansion of the facility, with the vocational training center now offering courses in carpentry and joinery, power electrical, tailoring and food production.


The SOS Herman Gmeiner (HG) schools were established to compliment the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s efforts to provide quality education to the Zambian children. The Herman Gmeiner Schools start from Kindergarten where the children receive Early Childhood Education to primary school and finally through to secondary school where the children obtain a General Certificate of Education.

The main objective of SOS Hermann Gmeiner School is to provide quality primary and secondary Education to suit local and international standards, primarily to orphaned and abandoned children from SOS Children's Village and the surrounding communities.


The SOS Gender programme is focused on the promotion of gender equality and empowerment for women and girls. Driven by the Grieg gender objectives, the Gender function implements the following:

  • Mainstreaming gender in programming policies and organizational culture and promotion of gender responsive budgeting
  • Increasing retention and attendance rates for girls in schools through improved access to good sanitation facilities and personal hygiene information.
  • Contribution to the reduction of teenage pregnancies and early marriage through girl assertiveness and reproductive health education programmes
  • Community based training in gender and disability to contribute to equitable distribution and access to resources, information and opportunities among women and men, boys and girls in partner communities.