SOS Children’s Village Bharatpur was established in August 2003 as the eighth SOS village in Nepal. The village lies in the central partof Nepal in the town called Bharatpur of Chitwan district which is 150 Km south west of the capital city Kathmandu. It is just 2 Km south of Bharatpur Airport. Bharatpur is a very fast growing town in the inner Terai region of Nepal which has road access to all major places of the country and daily air service from Kathmandu. Because of the location and economic potentiality, Chitwan is often called as the alternate capital city of the country. Situated in the bank of holy Narayani river, Chitwan is very famous for exciting destinations like Chitwan National Park which has rare wild animals like rhinos and tigers, Jungle Safari /Elephant Riding, Wetlands and one of the highly revered shrines - Devghat. Originally the homeland of Tharus and Chepangs, two of the most deprived and backward ethnic communities ofNepal, Chitwan is now heavily inhabited by a lot of migrated people almost from all parts of the country.
The social centre runs Family Strengthening Programmes to support the poor families to prevent child abandonment. There is a coordinator, a staff nurse and four child care takers working in the centre. It provides Hermann Gmeiner Scholarship to needy and deserving children who are studying in different local community schools. It has a Day Care facility for 30 children from the poor laboring families who get quality day care, nourishing food, clothes and medical care free of cost. The medical centre provides free medical checkups and medicines for poor community people. It also runs evening classes forchildren and adult literacy classes in the backward communities.
In SOS Children’s Village we bring up orphaned and abandoned children in a family. Our family approach for the long term care of needy children is based on four principles: The Mother; Brothers and Sisters; The House; and The Village. SOS Children’s Villages worldwide claim is: “A loving home for every child”. We protect and respect all rights of a child irrespective of what s/he is. For us, each child counts and every child is a source of joy. This village has 14 family houses and is home for 140 children. There are 14 mothers, 6 aunts and 12 co-workers. It has an area of 4 hectares of land.
Two associated projects: SOS Hermann Gmeiner Higher Secondary School Bharatpur and Social Centre Bharatpur are also in the premises of the Village. The school runs classes from Kindergarten to class 12 and has 560 students, 37 teachers and 11 coworkers. It provides quality education at a nominal fee and more than 20% of these children who are needy and deserving get free education.