SOS Children’s Village Pokhara is located in Chhore-Patan, South West of Pokhara, the capital city of Gandaki Province. It is also known as the ‘city of lakes.’
SOS Children’s Village Pokhara was established in 1975 with 32 children in a small plot of land donated by Nepal Red Cross Society with the name – "SOS Emergency Hostel for Tibetan Children" with three dormitories for children. The main objective of establishing SOS CV Pokhara was to create family like environment for Tibetan children, who were directly affected by the political situation in Tibet in 1959.
In 1978, the President of SOS Children’s Villages International, Dr Hermann Gmeiner, accompanied by Mr. Helmut Kutin formally inaugurated the facility. With President's instruction, two small family-houses were constructed that allowed small children to move into the family-houses to live under the family like care from SOS-mothers. It was the real start of SOS concept and proper child care by SOS CV Pokhara. The expansion of SOS facility continued, which helped to bring more number of targeted children under Family Like Care. Later in 1982, a thorough observation and a detailed study was made for a full-fledged Village for children and a Vocational Training Centre for youths during the visit of Mr. Helmut Kutin. At present, there are 12 family houses with its capacity to accommodate 120 children and mothers. Till date, 287 children have graduated from the Children's Village, who are active in various discipline and working in different sectors for their livelihood.
Most of the children after completing school level education go to Kathmandu or India to persue higher secondary education. These young people come home during their holidays. They are guided and monitored by professional counselor. Similarly, SOS Hermann Gmeiner School Pokhara has been providing education opportunities to the children’s from the village and nearby community. We help children shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities through quality education.
Similarly, we also have SOS Vocational Training Center (VTC) in the village complex. It provides the skills that the young people will need to compete with the market based on the job prospects. The center gives training on carpentry, welding, turning, electronics, secretary, computer and many more.
Two Schools with 633 elemetary and secondary students
Village has 118 orphaned and abandoned children
SOS Children's Village Pokhara
Mr. Lobsang Gyaltsen, Project Director
Address: Chorepatan, Pokhara Post Box :23
Gandaki Province, Nepal