SOS Mbabane

What we do in Mbabane

The SOS Kindergarten provides early years education to children from SOS families and from the neighbourhood. SOS Children’s Villages began its work in Mbabane in 1989. In recent years, we have expanded our family strengthening programme in the region so as to reach as many struggling families as possible. The aim is to alleviate hardship and maintain family stability so that children will be safe and protected and grow up in a loving home. The SOS Social Centre in Mbabane ensures that children have access to essential health and nutritional services, as well as education. We provide food assistance, educational scholarships, literacy classes, and help with the renovation of homes.

We assist parents by providing guidance on income-generating skills, individual and communal food production, parenting practices, as well as counselling and psychological support where needed. Our support goes out especially to families who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The SOS Medical Centre treats adults and children, providing basic medical care, preventive medicine, as well as voluntary testing, counselling and treatment for those affected by HIV/AIDS. All services are open to the community, enabling many people to receive treatment and medicine who could not otherwise afford it.

The Swaziland Aids Support Organisation (SASO) also has an office at the SOS Medical Centre and holds regular awareness and prevention campaigns. For children from the region who are no longer able to live with their parents, 13 SOS families can provide a loving home for up to 110 children. In each family, the children live with their brothers and sisters, affectionately cared for by their SOS mother. The children attend the SOS Kindergarten in Mbabane together with children from the neighbourhood, which ensures that they are integrated into the local community from a young age. The SOS Youth Programme continues to support young adults once they have moved out of their SOS family home in order to study, receive training or work.

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