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Journey Report: SOS Children’s Village in Iloilo

Three of us visited SOS Children’s Village in Zarraga, Iloilo in December of 2008.  SOS Children’s Village Philippines is element of an global charity which provides lengthy-time period treatment to orphaned, deserted and neglected Filipino kids.  128 young children reside at SOS Iloilo. There are 6 other SOS villages in the Philippines, caring for in excess of 700 children in overall.  The centers also offer outreach care and other solutions to households and communities close to each SOS spot. These “Family Strengthening Programs” assist yet another 1,000 people in Iloilo and Guimaras Province.

Bob has thirty a long time of practical experience in the U.S. doing the job for government and non-governing administration corporations furnishing social services, including a household middle for small children in New Hampshire.  He came absent from the take a look at really amazed with the SOS Iloilo operation.

SOS started in Austria and expanded globally.  Resources arrive mainly from abroad, and oversight is via the Austrian workplaces.  The complete actual physical plant was properly financed, fantastically planned, executed and managed.  The employees is all Filipino and supply heat, compassionate, knowledgeable and focused treatment based mostly on SOS principles.  The blend of Filipino compassion and European financing and oversight is a delighted a person.

SOS villages are restricted in dimension.  They attempt to deliver as relatives-like a lifestyle for the young children as achievable.  About ten children live far more or fewer completely in just about every dwelling-like cottage, or at the very least right up until they are ready to live on their personal.  The cottages have their very own kitchens and all cooking is accomplished by the mother with assistance from the family members.  Owning this arrangement, rather of a central kitchen area and dining corridor, can help manage the homey somewhat than institutional really feel of SOS.   The cottages are managed by solitary gals who provide the role  of SOS mom.  The other little ones in the cottages are brothers and sisters.  The mothers have sizeable duty and independence in functioning their cottages, all inside of standard SOS recommendations and standards.  The total village is each and every child’s community.  These are the essential rules underlying SOS.  They are a breath of refreshing air in their simplicity and freedom from academic or social-work jargon.

SOS Children's Village - Iloilo. Visitor orientation

SOS Children’s Village – Iloilo. Visitor orientation

Our tour was led by Ging Batogon (higher than) who showed us a video about SOS, its founder , its philosophy and its functions, patiently answered our a lot of inquiries and then led us on a tour of the SOS Iloilo campus.

SOS Children's Village - Iloilo.  The campus

SOS Kid’s Village – Iloilo. The campus is wonderfully laid-out and landscaped.

Cottage - SOS Children's Village, Iloilo

Person residences are known as household residences at SOS Children’s Village, Iloilo

The cottages really skilfully integrate regular themes from Filipino domestic architecture and also some useful areas as well, these types of as the roof louvers which permit warm air to exit the roof and broad roof overhangs.  There are loads of home windows which open up.  These and other particulars assistance continue to keep these un-air conditioned residences relaxed in the tropical Philippines.

Cottage Living Room, SOS Children's Village, Iloilo

Cottage Living Home, SOS Children’s Village, Iloilo

The home furnishings is made by area craftsmen, one more way that SOS supports the group in which it is situated.

Cottage Bedroom - SOS Children's Village, Iloilo

Cottage Bed room – SOS Kid’s Village, Iloilo

Peace Corps Volunteer - SOS Children's Village, Iloilo

Peace Corps Volunteer – SOS Kid’s Village, Iloilo

Would-be stowaway!  SOS Children's Village, Iloilo

Would-be stowaway! SOS Kid’s Village, Iloilo

Whilst we have no ties to SOS, we do feel we can propose it as an extremely effectively-operate Philippine charity.  If you are seeking for a dependable Philippine charity, consider supporting SOS.  If you’d like to go to, just get in touch with ahead and we’re positive you far too will be impressed.  There are SOS villages in Manila, Bataan, Lipa (Batangas), Cebu, Tacloban, Calbayog (Samar) and Davao.  The cell phone variety of the Iloilo SOS Village is +63-33-525-4563.

Take a look at the SOS web-site: www.sosphilippines.org