SOS Children’s Villages and Children of Hope, Pakistan

SOS Children’s Villages was founded in 1949. Presently, there are more than 450 SOS Children’s Villages located in more than 130 countries around the world.

On October 8, 2005, at 8:51 am, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale devastated large tracts of northern Pakistan killing an estimated 83,000 people, injuring more than 80,000, and leaving at least 3.3 million people homeless.
More than 6,300 educational institutions were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake affected areas. Nearly half of those affected are younger than 18, and one in five are under the age of five. In Azad Kashmir alone the earthquake had rendered 18,769 children orphans. More than 60% of those who perished were children and women.
The SOS Children Villages provide permanent family homes for children who might otherwise have been forgotten – innocent victims of family breakdowns, war, disease, or natural disasters.
SOS Children’s Villages of Pakistan was established in 1975. It is an autonomous organization and managed by a Board of Governors. The National Office is situated in Lahore which is also where the first SOS Childrens Village was built in 1978. Today, there are SOS Children’s Villages in a number of major centers, including Dhodial, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Multan, Sialkot, Quetta and one in Muzaffarabad which was damaged in the October 2005 earthquake.
SOS Children’s Villages of Pakistan played a leading role in the search and rescue of orphan and unaccompanied children after the devastating earthquake of October 2005. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf recently said in an interview that “SOS Children’s Villages is the best custodian of our Kashmiri children”.
Children Of Hope supported these earthquake affected Orphans for five years.