Since SOS Children's Village Estelí opened its gates in 1973, 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.
On the site of the SOS Children's Village, there is an SOS Vocational Training Centre for SOS mothers and staff and an SOS Hermann Gmeiner School. This school includes primary, secondary and technical school and offers education to up to 1200 students. The technical school provides training in dressmaking, accounting, computer, commerce and secretarial duties.
Over the years, several SOS Social Centres have been set up in different parts of Estelí. All of them run child-day care centres and childminding programmes as a measure of family strengthening. In addition, they offer different training workshops in income-generating activities for parents of the local community.