Our work in Johannesburg
SOS Children´s Village started its activities in Johannesburg in 1984 in the Ennerdale suburb.
Family Strengthening: Our SOS Social Centre launches support measures for the distressed population. We especially focus on families suffering from HIV/AIDS, and conduct HIV/AIDS education and prevention campaigns. In addition, we help families in need, for example by paying their school fees or providing them with school uniforms. We offer psychological support and offer income promotion counselling for parents to become economically independent. We also try to prevent family disruption for children to grow up in a loving home.
Care within families: Children from the region who are not able to stay with their parents any longer will find a loving home with one of 11 SOS families in Ennerdale. Here, they and their siblings are looked after by SOS mothers in a caring environment. Some of the SOS families live in houses within the community. The children go to school or kindergarten together with the children from the community, they make friends and are therefore well integrated into their environment already at a young age.
Support for young adults: Young people who outgrow their SOS families and would like to do an apprenticeship, go to university or look for work can move into the SOS Youth Facilities where they are accompanied by qualified youth workers during their transition into adult life. Of course, they remain in close contact with their SOS mothers and their siblings.