Contact Address Details:
P.M.B. 3269 Banjul
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 446 6714
Basse Santa Su town
old Tipper Garage.
The SOS Children's Village
in Gambia incorporates the SOS Kindergarten and the Hermann
Gmeiner Primary School and a secondary school. All are under
their main umbrella organisation called the SOS Kinderdorf
International. Its main focus is on youth training, education
The international charity organisation became involved in
The Gambia back in 1980 after noting that an increasing number
of children were left in the urban areas to survive largely
by themselves. As a result Kinderdorf International sent Mr.
Otto Brönnimann as the first head of the Children's Village
which was founded in 1982. It is located in Bakoteh just over
11 miles from the capital of Banjul.
Since its establishment many new facilities have been added
to the centre. In 1984 the Vocational Training Centre was
opened. It trains youths in acquiring practical skills to
pursue gainful employment. Such training included auto mechanic
training, metal fabrication and carpentry. A further vocational
centre was opened in April 1999 for use by staff and moms.
Her mothers are taught a curriculum that includes home economics,
childcare & development, art & craft, simple agricultural
techniques and textiles.
In 1991 the SOS Youth Homes was opened. They housed village
youths over 16 years of age. Here they are taught self-sufficiency
and better prepare them for adulthood. They are helped by
an advisor who also helps them to find a job.
There is a fully equipped medical centre that treats 10,000
women and children out-patients a year. There are children's
and maternity wards, ultrasound machine, a dispensing pharmacy,
X-ray room and radiographer and other health facilities.
Facilities & Centres:
• 1 Youth Facility;
• 2 nursery schools;
• 1 Vocational Training Centre;
• Sports facilities, garden
• 3 Hermann Gmeiner Schools;
• 1 Social Centre and 1 Medical Centre;
• 1 Regional SOS Mothers' & Adult Training Centre;
• 2 SOS Children's Villages in the Gambia.
At the Basse Town branch they have a nursery, a Lower &
Upper Basic School (Primary School) and around 80 child residents
of the charity Village.