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2009 saw a new Children's Village open in Thailand for children left alone by the 2004 tsunami. They had previously been living in other Villages, but we wanted to give them a home of their own. We also reopened an SOS school damaged by the wave. These were just some of the big events of 2009 – click a month to learn more.

January 2009

World Orphan Week “kick off” at White Hart Lane!, SOS Tsunami Village opens in Thailand, School destroyed by tsunami is rebuilt by SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka, Bowler Hat Day – 13th February 2009, Charity calls for Gaza sponsors

February 2009

Families in Mogadishu return to the SOS Children's Village, Sympathy for the Camerons, Orphan charity visit leaves a smile for children, Monsoon bags on sale from the office

March 2009

UN-HABITAT awards SOS Children, SOS Bangladesh receives Mother Teresa Medal, Kenya meets Berlin, “Yes, it is possible to live with AIDS”, Thank you for mum

April 2009

Field report (HIV/AIDS) from Swaziland, First SOS Mother turns 90, Eat out in Cambridge and raise money for SOS

May 2009

SOS organises activities at Jakarta 'dam-burst' camp, Indian rickshaw adventure raises £20,000 for SOS Children, DNA database to find China’s trafficked children, What makes children read?

June 2009

SOS Nursery teacher released, Voodoo used to force African girls into prostitution, SOS children from Nepal help build houses for the poor, Madonna wins child adoption appeal

July 2009

Children at risk as swine flu hotline could mask other illnesses, Iraqi women scared to go home, Gaza Blog: Fatimah is not travelling, “I have no idea how to start my day at the SOS Children’s Village”

August 2009

More than 200 children have died in India in an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis, Climate change catastrophe in Eygpt, Biofuel production “is harming the poor”

September 2009

Official opening of first SOS Children's Village in Norway, SOS Kinderdorf International 2009 Nobel Peace Prize?, Child bride dies giving birth, Pakistan food stampede kills 18 women and children, Ban Ki-Moon thanks SOS Children for their dedication to children

October 2009

Slumdog stars told go to school or lose pay, Madonna weeps at Malawi orphanage, Visiting an SOS Village for the first time, Britain gives Ethiopia £30m for famine, Massive leaps in world Aids treatment

November 2009

New HIV infections in decline, 'Witch children' in Africa, Ruud van Nistelrooy visits SOS Children's Villages Spain, Children taught handwashing to fight cholera in Zambia, US lifts AIDS travel ban

December 2009

Homeless die and families without power as cold snap ravages Europe, Gaza Blog: Swine flu virus and “Anise” in Gaza Strip, Anti HIV gel shown not to work, “I learn from every single child that we care for”