The Children’s Village

The first Portuguese SOS Children’s Village was constructed in Bicesse near Estoril at a distance of about 25 kilometers from the capital of Lisbon. From the SOS Children’s Village Bicesse, which has been set up on a hilly site, the children, mothers and co-workers enjoy a splendid view over the sea and the beautiful landscape around the picturesque town of Sintra.

The SOS Children’s Village Bicesse consists of the family houses, the Village Director’s house, a community house, an administrative building and a laundry. A pair of semi-detached houses serves as a Girls’ Residence for the older girls who move there, in order to prepare for their independent life. The SOS Children’s Village Bicesse runs its own SOS Kindergarten. In addition to that, it offers an SOS Social Centre and an SOS Day Care Centre to the people of the neighborhood. The children from the SOS Children’s Village attend public primary and secondary schools in the vicinity. For the young people who obtain education or vocational training in the near capital, an SOS Youth House has been set up in Lisbon.

Right now seven SOS-Children’s Village mothers and three adolescent girls care for about 50 children in the SOS-Children’s Village of Bicesse. In the 40 years since the construction already 280 children and adolescents were raised in the SOS-Children’s village and live now an independent life.