Built as one of FIFA's "6 Villages for 2006" (the World Cup Germany campaign for which SOS Children's Villages was the official charity), Rustenburg Village consists of 10 family homes integrated into one of the mining town's suburbs.
When FIFA President, Sepp Blatter opened the envelope that announced South Africa as the host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it was a very significant moment for SOS Children's Villages. FIFA undertook to build 6 new SOS Villages around the world as part of the German 2006 World Cup event, and one of those villages was the one in the beautiful Rustenburg. The North West Province was selected because of its lack of infrastructure for orphaned and abandoned children.
The Rustenburg SOS Children’s Village is a collection of ten (10) family houses located in Pooe Street, Tlhabane West Area. The houses are built on the land that was donated by the Rustenburg Municipality. It is not a stand-alone fenced-off area but it is fully integrated within the Tlhabane West community. It provides orphaned and abandoned children with a permanent home. In these houses, eight (8) children, boys and girls of various ages grow up like brothers and sisters. They are given a caring parent, an SOS Mother, who builds a close relationship with every child entrusted to her and provides the security, love and stability that each child needs for their sound development.
Children are accepted from infancy and they stay until they are able to begin independent life. Whenever appropriate, the village maintains contact with the biological family from which the child comes, and does re-unification services where appropriate.
In our Family Strengthening Programme, which is established in a disadvantaged community of Sunrise Park and Ramochana community, we have 600 beneficiaries (children). Our target group is made up of children who are leaving with a chronically/terminally-ill parent; granny-headed and child-headed households. This programme also supports the development of community-based organizations and building the capacity of children and families to reach self-reliance.
We invest the values of faith, hope, love, respect and security into the lives of our children by addressing the traumatic events of the past and allowing children to grow in a loving, caring family.