SOS Children's Village Pokhara is the second SOSChildren's Village, established to look after the Tibetan refugee children in Pokhara. It is located in the southern part of Pokhara valley.A few thousand Tibetans took refuge in the Northern regions of Nepal in the 1960’s and 70’s. Life as refugees in the far-flung remote, inhospitable and inaccessible region were grim, to say the least. The rag-tag group of refugees struggled each day for survival being reduced to begging and the kindness of the local communities and Government Under the circumstances, the old, weak and children were the worst sufferers of this tragedy. Sensing their terrible plight, the elders forsook their grief as ill fated and hurriedly regrouped to save their young ones. Bare minimum funds were raised trading with whatever they salvage from the disaster. 32 orphan, abandoned and destitute children along with an escort were then sent to the warmer and fairly comfortable environments of Pokhara in early seventies. Latter many children become orphans and semi-orphans by their parents natural death of tuberculosis and complication in child-birth etc. caused by poverty.
In 1978, the President of SOS Children’s Villages International, Dr Hermann Gmeiner, accompanied by Mr Helmut Kutin who was SOS Representative to South-East Asia by then, formally inaugurated the facility appreciating the hard-work and sympathizing, especially with the small children who were being brought up in an institute like atmosphere. As per president’s instruction 2 small family-house construction work was quickly started and small children were moved into the family-houses with a SOS-mother each, the next year. It was the real start of SOS concept and proper child care.In March 1982 the existing 4 renovated family-houses were jointly inaugurated by Dr. Hermann Gmeiner and Princess Princip Shah, Chairperson of the Nepal Red Cross Society in the presence of the Representative of H.H. The Dalia Lama based at Kathmandu and prominent local dignitaries. It was the initial beginning of our Village concept and officially named, ‘SOS Tibetan Children’s Village Pokhara’