Village background from Suncheon, South Korea

Child from Suncheon, South KoreaSOS Children's Village Suncheon

The SOS Children's Village Suncheon is located about 4 km from the city centre of Suncheon and was officially opened in 1982.  The SOS Children's Village consists of ten family houses, the Village Director's house, the aunts' (family helpers') house, an administration and service area and a community house. 

In 1994, a library was added to the SOS Children's Village, as well as a small gym and a traditional Korean communal bath. 

At SOS Children's Village Suncheon, up to 100 abandoned or orphaned children find a new home in family-based care.  In 1995, SOS bought six apartments close to the SOS Children's Village for its older children.

Other SOS Projects in Suncheon

Teenaged children usually move to the SOS Youth Home while they are still undergoing vocational training or attending school or college. This is their first step towards independence.

In September 2004, an SOS Social Centre opened its doors on the site of the SOS Children's Village. It houses a child day-care centre where children from the local community are looked after while their parents are working. It also offers therapy, psychological care and counselling as well as tuition classes and educational programmes (for example Chinese and computer classes) for children from 4 to 14.

Background to Suncheon

Suncheon is a city in the south eastern Jeollanam-do province, South Korea.  It is agricultural and industrial city near Suncheon Bay and has a population of around 250,000.  It is just over an hour south-east of Gwangju and forty minutes south of Suncheon is the port city of Yeosu.