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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

Children denied schooling because of poor eyesight

Nov 02, 2009 12:00 PM

Hundreds of thousands of children in Pakistan are missing out on school because they have eyesight problems and their parents can’t afford to get them treated or buy a pair of glasses.

Postal Strike with a Silver Lining

Nov 03, 2009 12:00 PM

US lifts AIDS travel ban

Nov 03, 2009 12:00 PM

Bangladeshi children abused

Nov 04, 2009 12:00 PM

Botswana teens find refuge at club

Nov 05, 2009 12:00 PM

Gaza Blog: Local bread

Gaza Blog: Local bread

Nov 09, 2009 12:00 PM

Chewing gum to fight malnutrition

Nov 10, 2009 12:00 PM

New improved schools replace hundreds destroyed in Pakistan quake

Nov 16, 2009 12:00 PM

Thousands of schoolchildren in Pakistan will get to go to brand new schools in Pakistan through a drive to ‘build back better’ in areas where schools were destroyed in the 2005 earthquake.

Peace of mind for Betty

Peace of mind for Betty

Nov 16, 2009 12:00 PM

Children and families in deeper trouble as Philippines aid appeal doubles

Nov 19, 2009 09:10 AM

Children and families who survived the deadly storms and typhoons in the Philippines now face hunger and health problems

Orphans lose touch with Zambian cultural identity

Nov 19, 2009 09:15 AM

Hundreds of thousands of Aids orphans growing up in Zambia have lost touch with their tribal roots, because no one has been there to teach them about their culture. There about were 600 000 AIDS orphans living in Zambia.

Africa accused of masking true scale of hunger crisis

Nov 19, 2009 09:15 AM

In the next few months 6.2 million Ethiopians will need food aid. Twenty-five years since the famine that killed about one million Ethiopians, the country still can’t feed at least 12 million of its people.

Slumdog star highlights 40 million invisible children

Nov 19, 2009 09:20 AM

Slumdog Millionaire actor Anil Kapoor and Archbishop Desmond Tutu told a London conference how a drive to register all children born in the world’s poorest countries, has turned around millions of young lives

Hundreds of British children could be being trafficked, Barnardo's says

Nov 19, 2009 09:20 AM

Hundreds of British children may be being groomed for sexual exploitation by networks of men, suggests research from a children’s charity.

Ruud van Nistelrooy visits SOS Children's Villages Spain

Ruud van Nistelrooy visits SOS Children's Villages Spain

Nov 19, 2009 10:30 AM

Dutch football icon Ruud van Nistelrooy visited the SOS Children's Village El Escorial in Madrid, together with his wife Leontien. Van Nistelrooy has been an Ambassador for SOS Children's Villages for ten years.

Kenya turfs thousands of families from illegal homes

Nov 19, 2009 02:35 PM

Twenty thousand Kenyan families have left the farms they had set up home in illegally

SOS Children's Villages El Salvador helps families who lost everything to Hurricane Ida

SOS Children's Villages El Salvador helps families who lost everything to Hurricane Ida

Nov 19, 2009 04:05 PM

In the aftermath of the tropical storm that devastated parts of El Salvador at the beginning of this month, SOS Children's Villages has launched an emergency relief programme, handing out basic food supplies and advice on hygiene and sanitation to those families who were hit hardest by Hurricane Ida.

Nigeria’s lost generation of child beggars

Nov 20, 2009 10:15 AM

Child beggars are pouring into Nigeria's cities in a growing trend that is worrying authorities and residents.

Family Matters ii-2009

Family Matters ii-2009

Nov 20, 2009 10:31 AM

The second edition of Family Matters in 2009 is now available

Millions of children still suffer, 20 years after child protection pact

Nov 20, 2009 12:10 PM

Twenty years after a landmark agreement to protect children, 1 billion children are still deprived of food, shelter or clean water, and nearly 200 million are malnourished.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Nov 20, 2009 02:15 PM

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), SOS Children’s Villages and the Council of Europe have published a youth friendly version of the rights of children in alternative care together.

24 million children without parents

Nov 20, 2009 04:10 PM

There are at least 24 million children growing up without a parent and in poor countries their number is growing rapidly

TB’s AIDS link stigma stopping people seeking treatment in Kenya

Nov 23, 2009 09:20 AM

The taboo subject of TB infection being linked to Aids and HIV is a major obstacle to persuading people to seek early diagnosis and treatment in Kenya warn health experts.

United Nations adopt a resolution welcoming the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Nov 23, 2009 11:04 AM

SOS Children's Villages is very pleased to announce that on 20 November 2009 the United Nations General Assembly in New York adopted a resolution welcoming the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children.

Lamzira's story: SOS Children's Villages Georgia

Nov 23, 2009 12:06 PM

Born and raised in Sukhumi, in today's breakaway region of Abkhazia, Lamzira hoped for a quiet peaceful life as a librarian, wife and mother. Soon after graduating from the local university, she married and gave birth to a baby daughter. This is her story.

'Witch children' in Africa

'Witch children' in Africa

Nov 23, 2009 04:55 PM

Child trafficking, witchcraft and child labour are among the main threats to childhood in Togo. The situation of children is aggravated by poverty and the collapse of family structures.

Children need army protection on school run

Nov 24, 2009 08:55 AM

Going to school and home safely is something children all over the world take for granted. But, for Palestinian children living in the shadow of the conflict on the West Bank, simply walking to school can be terrifying.

Kenya to test one million for Aids

Nov 24, 2009 08:55 AM

More than one million Kenyans are expected to get tested for HIV during a national campaign.

Gaza Blog: Flashes from daily life in the Gaza Strip

Nov 24, 2009 01:45 PM

A blog written by Professor Kamil Shamil, an employee of SOS Children's Villages Palestine. Find out from Kamil what daily life is like for children living in the Gaza Strip and how, through education and counselling, SOS Children is making a difference to their lives.

Quintessentially Foundation Event for SOS Children

Quintessentially Foundation Event for SOS Children

Nov 24, 2009 07:55 PM

The Quintessentially Foundation is staging a "POP" event on Mon 7 Dec in The House of St Barnabas at No.1 Greek Street, Soho. Tickets for this exclusive event in support of SOS Children are just £50.

Refugee children suffer malnutrition in Yemen

Nov 25, 2009 08:35 AM

People who have fled fighting in the north of Yemen face malnutrition and the risk of a cholera outbreak, the United Nations has warned.

New HIV infections in decline

Nov 25, 2009 11:55 AM

The HIV pandemic, which started 28 years ago, is officially in decline

Children affected by AIDS meet ‘Dustin the Turkey’ in South Africa

Nov 25, 2009 04:01 PM

Children ARE showed the Irish TV character and workers for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) the challenges they face growing up in rural south Africa.

Men must stand up to violence against women, urges UN

Nov 25, 2009 05:20 PM

Three out of four women worldwide experience violence by men. The United Nations is reaching out to men to help as it launches a global campaign to end violence against women.

Children among thousands in Pakistan trapped into working for pittance

Nov 26, 2009 01:54 PM

Hundreds of thousands of so-called bonded child labourers at are forced to work seven days a week in Pakistan's brick kilns.

China executes child traffickers

Nov 27, 2009 09:40 AM

Two men found guilty of abducting and selling 15 children have been executed in China.

Climate change fuels war in Africa

Nov 27, 2009 09:44 AM

Global warming has been a major force behind civil war in Africa, research shows - and future climate change is likely to raise the number of people killed in conflict.

Women uprooted from homes in Columbia need proper aid, says report

Nov 27, 2009 03:21 PM

Thousands of homeless women and girls many of whom are victims of sexual violence and abuse, are not getting the help they need, says aid agency Refugees International.