SOA Rome was founded here at St George's British International School in 2005. SOA Rome remains the historic 'headquarters of SOA (ZOA)' and meets about 40% of the annual running costs of the 'Serenje Orphans Childrens Home'. 'SOA Partner Schools' also support the orphanage in various ways and, providing they adhere to the fundamental goals of SOA and do not bring its good name into disrepute, may adopt their own Committee rules and act independently of SOA Rome.
There have been 10 SOA Rome Committees so far:
2005 (Foundation) Committee: Cynthia Malu, Alsharifa Bukhari, Alamara Bettum, Luna Ruffo, Karl St-Ange, Ben Patrick, Frank Castrovillari , Mrs Grazia Borlandelli, Mr Kevin Gilbert
2005-6 Committee: Jessica Smulders-Cohen, Tasu Phiri, Ben Patrick, Frank Castrovillari, Sivan Ben-David, Alex Kouli, Samira Pingali, Mrs Grazia Borlandelli, Mr Kevin Gilbert
2006-7 Committee: Alex Kouki, Samira Pingali, Kate Rudgard, Rita Amaral, Yeonathan Shachar, Pia Juneja, Anton Petrov, Shati Rahman , Mikaela Patrick, Mrs Grazia Borlandelli, Mr Kevin Gilbert
2007-8 Committee: Shati Rahman, Mikaela Patrick, Mattia Rosati, Bea Bonafini, Tal Ben-David, Silvia Cianella, Allisa Kouki, Katie Barber, Jai Juneja, Mrs Jo O'Donoghue, Mr Kevin Gilbert
2008-9 Committee: Allisa Kouki, Katie Barber, Jai Juneja, Kieran Wilkie, Clarissa Parenti, Ludovica Di Canio, Fergus Johnson, Tommer Spence, Thoko Phiri, Mrs Jo O'Donoghue, Mr Kevin Gilbert/Mr John Talbot
2009-10 Committee: Fergus Johnson; Tommer Spence; Marianna Vincenti; Giulia Jones; Dario Direnzo; Nissan Nabeel; Alice Brooksbank; Thoko Phiri; Mavi Capanna; Mrs Jo O'Donoghue; Mr John Talbot
2010-11 Committee: Dario Di Rienzo; Yubing Tian; Ryan Wilkie; Sophie Turnbull; Abigail Sumption; Daria Incarnato; Davide Baldanzi; Dani O Donoghue; Alice Barber; Mrs Jo O'Donoghue; Mr John Talbot
2011-12 Committee: Abigail Sumption; Alice Barber; Yubing Tian; Djameela Dulloo; Eleanora Sophie D'Arcangelo; Yannis Hemrich; Cezanne Morteo; Polina Lagutina; Mrs Jo O'Donoghue; Mr John Talbot
2012-13 Committee: Cezanne Morteo; Polina Lagutina; Yannis Hemrich; Eleanora Sophie D'Arcangelo;Julian Levendusky; Georgina Barber; Lizzie Alessandroni; Ludovica Pototschnig; Beatrice Amati Mrs Jo O'Donoghue; Mr John Talbot
2013-14 Committee: Elizabeth Alessandroni; Georgina Barber; Aurora Di Renzo; Ines Chessa; Madeleine Holderness; Minos Hemrich; Nicole Fauble; Valentina Stefanile; Chiara Castrovillari; Mr John Talbot
Visits to the orphanage
Four groups of staff and students have visited the orphanage in Serenje - the visits took place in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The next visit is scheduled for 2015.