Since SOS Children's Village Bogotá opened its gates in 1971, the work has continued to expand. Today, SOS Children's Villages is not only caring for children in need, but is also providing invaluable support and offering hope to local families and communities through a number of facilities and programmes.
Two SOS Youth Facilities, one for girls and one for boys, were created in urban Bogotá, where up to 17 adolescents are housed in shared flats throughout their secondary or vocational education in order to prepare them gradually for an independent life.
SOS Social Centres "Nueva Vida" and "Cazucá" are also part of the SOS Children's Village Bogotá. The SOS Social Centre "Nueva Vida" (new life) emerged from an SOS Children's Villages project to support street children, and offers supervision to 75 single mothers and their children. The SOS Social Centre comprises three classrooms for child-care, three rooms for educational advice, an assembly room, a library, a sick ward, a kitchen, a dining room, and the necessary additional rooms. In two workshops, women can be trained in tailoring, broom-making, and hairdressing, enabling them to stabilise their social standing through increased qualifications.
The SOS Social Centre Cazucá was opened in 2000, and consists of three classrooms, two seminar rooms, a kitchen, a dining room, and a playground. The SOS Social Centre offers day-care for up to 250 children and youths, in order to keep them away from the streets, and provides a regular, balanced diet.