In the seventies and eighties Namibia became a 'safe haven' for war refugees and victims from neigh-bouring Angola. This development resulted in an increasing number of orphaned and neglected children and upon the request of the ""Rotary Club of Windhoek"", SOS-Kinderdorf International decided to become active in Namibia in 1982. The local association ""SOS Children's Village Association of Namibia"" was founded in April 1984 and in the very same year it was possible to begin with the building of the first SOS Children's Village in Khomasdal, a suburb of the capital Windhoek inhabited mainly by coloured people. In December 1991, an official government agreement between the Republic of Namibia and SOS Children's Villages Namibia was signed. In the course of the years additional SOS Children's Village Facilities were established in Windhoek and in Tsumeb in the north of the country.
SOS Children's Villages and the ""Helmut Bleks Stiftung"" have been cooperating since 1995. Interested SOS youths from Southern Africa are given the opportunity to complete a two-year vocational training in the hotel and service industry in the Baumgartsbrunn Training Centre.
SOS Namibia has been responding to the orphan crisis, that sub-Saharan Africa is currently facing due to HIV/AIDS, with the establishment of family strengthening programmes in 2004. These programmes are designed to enable children who are at risk of losing the care of their family to grow within a caring family environment. To achieve this, SOS Children's Villages works directly with families and communities to empower them to effectively protect and care for their children, in cooperation with local authorities and other service
At present there are three SOS Children's Villages, three SOS Youth Facilities, three SOS Kindergartens, one SOS Hermann Gmeiner School and three SOS Social Centres (family strengthening programmes) in Namibia.