Thursday, September 22, 2005


SOS Children

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IndonesiaSOS Children in IndonesiaSOS Desa Taruna Indonesia, PO Box 1171, Bandung 40011, Indonesiatel +62/22/201 28 81 e-mail

SOS Children began working in Indonesia in 1972 when the first village was built in Lembang, 16 km north of Bandung on West Java.

SOS Children’s Village Lembang began with thirteen family houses. It now has a kindergarten, a primary school for over 600 pupils, two vocational training centres providing courses in computer technology, carpentry and metalwork, a social centre and a medical centre.

A youth house in Bandung provides accommodation for older children on the verge of independence and finishing their education or vocational training.

The charity built a community in Jakarta in 1984 in Cibubur, on the outskirts of the capital of Jakarta. It has fifteen family houses and a youth house, as well as a kindergarten for 75 children, both from the village and the neighbourhood. The older children attend private or state elementary and secondary schools. At the centre of the village is a 'pendopo', a traditional Indonesian assembly hall, which is used for meetings, parties, dancing and even sports events.

Semarang was the site for the next charity village in 1984 in the capital of Central Java, on the north coast of the island. The village has fourteen family houses and a youth house for the older boys, as well as a kindergarten for 75 children. In one corner of the village there are a number of ponds which supply the village with fresh fish, and each SOS family has its own vegetable patch. Some of the young people are running a small chicken farm.

SOS Children Bali is situated on the main road from Java to the Balinese capital of Denpasar. It has twelve family houses. A large orchard provides the village with fresh fruit, and two small ponds supply fresh fish. Children are brought up in Balinese cultural traditions. Sport is very popular at this village and the girls' volleyball team has been very successful. The SOS kindergarten provides pre-school education for 75 children from the village and the neighbourhood, and there are three youth houses in Denpasar for adolescents taking their first steps towards independence. The charity decided to build a village on the island of Flores was taken after the devastating earthquake in December 1992.

SOS Children Flores opened in 1995 in the village of Waturia, 14 km west of the district capital of Maumere. As the island is frequently struck by earthquakes, the village buildings have special earthquake-proof roof constructions and the floors have been raised to provide protection in the event of a seaquake. There are twelve family houses and a youth house for the older boys. Vegetable gardens have been laid out for each house to provide the families with fresh vegetables and fruit trees planted. In 1997 the SOS kindergarten was opened for children from the village and the neighbourhood.

In 1999, heavy fighting in East Timor between government troops and independence fighters caused SOS Children's Villages to establish an emergency relief programme in which a group of 130 children from an orphanage in the East Timorese capital of Dili were given shelter in SOS Children's Flores community for the duration of the war.



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