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The shock and the joy: SOS child reunited with her Grandmother, Bringing twins together, Third SOS Children's Village for Swaziland, Update 22nd September: Latest on SOS Children work in flood affected Pakistan, Interview with President of SOS Pakistan: "We cannot abandon hope", New SOS facilities taking shape in Zambia
Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bakoteh, Gambia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bakoteh, Gambia

Sep 01, 2010 09:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bakoteh in the Gambia. From 2010.

Dozens of children poisoned in Nigeria

Sep 01, 2010 09:44 AM

Lead poisoning has killed about 30 children in northern Nigeria over the past week, authorities said.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Cap-Haïtien, Haiti

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Cap-Haïtien, Haiti

Sep 01, 2010 12:15 PM

A child sponsorship from Cap-Haïtien, affected by the earthquake in Haiti. From 2010.

Sudan floods leave 60,000 homeless

Sep 01, 2010 01:35 PM

About 60,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in south Sudan over the past month, health officials said yesterday (Tuesday) warning that many more are at risk of malaria and other diseases.

Child soldiers sent home in southern Sudan

Sep 01, 2010 01:40 PM

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has promised to demobilise all its child soldiers by the year end.

Gangs freely move women, and girls across west Africa

Sep 01, 2010 01:52 PM

Gang networks that traffic Nigerian women and girls to the Ivory Coast and force them into prostitution, should be investigated and shut down, urge campaigners.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Santo, Haiti

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Santo, Haiti

Sep 01, 2010 03:35 PM

A child sponsorship report from Santo, Haiti, which was near the epicentre of the earthquake. From 2010.

Damage to infrastructure hinders aid efforts in Pakistan

Sep 01, 2010 04:35 PM

While floods still cover vast areas of the southern Sindh province, the waters have receded in the provinces of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Punjab, leaving a trail of destruction. At a time when access to medical attention is a matter of life and death, with over 70,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea already reported, the World Health Organisation estimates one fifth of Pakistan’s health facilities have been damaged.

Looking after volcano evacuees in Indonesia

Sep 01, 2010 05:40 PM

Indonesia has over 400 volcanoes, nearly half of which are listed as ‘active’ or ‘dangerous’. Mount Sinabung, in the Karo region of North Sumatra, had been dormant for four centries, but erupted on Sunday, sending a plum of smoke and ash up to 2 km into the air. Nearly 30,000 people from villages in a 6km radius around Mount Sinabung have been evacuated by the Indonesian authorities and sent to camps and government shelters.

Overcoming poverty and divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sep 03, 2010 02:42 PM

Poverty and divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 years on from the Bosnian war

Mozambique food price hikes to stay put

Sep 03, 2010 02:55 PM

Food and energy price hikes which triggered riots in Mozambique are "irreversible," its government has said.

More campaigns are needed to protect girls in Egypt

Sep 03, 2010 03:55 PM

In the village of Abu Nashaba, a thirteen year old girl has just died and her family have quickly buried the body without the necessary permit from local authorities. Clearly distraught at her loss, what could the family have to hide?

United Nations behind on water targets

Sep 03, 2010 04:11 PM

Water and sanitation have fallen to the bottom of the United Nation’s list of priorities for its Millennium Development Goals aimed at improving the lives of billions of people in the world’s poorest countries.

The effects of Russia’s heat wave

Sep 04, 2010 07:33 PM

The extreme heat wave across Russia over the last couple of months continues to take its toll, as fresh wildfires break out. A new wave of fires has just swept through villages in southern Russia, destroying more than 400 homes in the Volgograd and Saratov provinces. At least 6 people are reported to have died, adding to death toll of 54 other people killed in fires during July and August.

Raised awareness of child abuse issues in Portugal

Sep 06, 2010 09:55 AM

A mammoth child sex abuse trial in Portugal, ongoing for more than five years, is about to come to an end when judges shortly announce their verdict. Seven defendants face over 800 charges linked the running of a paedophile ring in a state-run children’s home in Lisbon.

Thousands of families left penniless as Benin pyramid scheme collapses

Sep 06, 2010 10:00 AM

Hundreds of thousands of families have lost their whole life’s savings in an investment scheme run by a firm that apparently had the backing of the country's president.

Torrential rain brings grief to Guatemala

Sep 08, 2010 10:16 AM

Mountainous and heavily forested, Guatemala has a striking terrain. But this year, a serious of natural disasters has brought grief to this beautiful country.

Racing against time to save Pakistan’s children

Sep 08, 2010 10:21 AM

Children under 15 make up 37% of Pakistan’s population and it is the young who are most vulnerable in the wake of disasters. With a scarcity of fresh, safe water in Pakistan following the floods, it is therefore unsurprising the country’s hospitals are now witnessing a flood of a different kind.

Plugging the doctor gap in Malawi

Sep 08, 2010 10:51 AM

Malawi has a shortage of health professionals. Non-Governmental Organisations are helping to plug the gaps left by a lack of trained medical staff.

Nurses and teachers back to work after South Africa strike

Sep 08, 2010 11:05 AM

Teachers, nurses and other public sector workers were back at work today after a strike that closed schools and paralysed hospitals and cost the lives of patients for three weeks was suspended.

France expels the Roma

Sep 08, 2010 11:35 AM

They are Europe’s poorest people and it seems no one wants them. The issue of where the Roma live is currently making headline news across Europe and particularly in France, where the government has embarked on a high-profile campaign to deport Roma living in illegal camps.

Four million children die needlessly because poorest ignored

Sep 08, 2010 01:45 PM

Four million of the poorest children in the world have died needlessly over the past 10 years because governments are ‘turning a blind eye’ to those most in need, said a leading charity.

Fleeing the poverty of remote villages in Ecuador

Sep 09, 2010 09:50 AM

Poverty in remote villages in Ecuador has led to families moving to get away from the problems poverty has caused.

Kids with guns

Sep 09, 2010 10:33 AM

The plight of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is followed in a new BBC Three documentary out this autumn.

UN admits failure as more Congo rape victims emerge

Sep 09, 2010 11:10 AM

The United Nations has admitted it seriously failed in its mission after 500 rapes in the space of a single month in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Turning attention to the poor in India

Sep 10, 2010 09:53 AM

The economy in India is looking strong. Output for the second quarter of 2010 grew by nearly 9% compared to the same quarter of the previous year, with job-creation in the manufacturing sector. And on October 3rd, the country will be hosting the Commonwealth games in Delhi, a chance to showcase the city and India’s new prosperity to the world. But is all the emphasis on wealth creation coming at the expense of wealth distribution?

Dying children not getting painkillers

Sep 10, 2010 10:06 AM

Children with cancer and Aids in Kenya are needlessly living, and dying, in pain because they are not being given cheap painkillers, campaigners say.

The danger of mines for Angola’s children

Sep 13, 2010 10:07 AM

Landmines are still proving dangerous to young children in Angola

Africa needs billions more in aid

Sep 13, 2010 10:22 AM

Africa needs billions more in aid to tackle poverty, an international group said today.

Orange corn could save sight of millions of African children

Sep 13, 2010 11:38 AM

Orange coloured sweetcorn could improve the lives of millions of malnourished children by boosting the vitamin A in their diet, according to a new study.

Helping Pakistan’s children

Sep 14, 2010 10:14 AM

Charities are working hard to provide aid for children in Pakistan, to try and offset the dangers of malnutrition.

Words won’t feed the hungry, urges charity

Sep 14, 2010 10:21 AM

In the week running up to the showpiece global development talks at the United Nations in New York, campaigners are warning that actions speak louder than words.

Protecting workers and children in Cambodia

Sep 14, 2010 11:15 AM

This week thousands of workers from textiles factories took to the streets of Cambodia as part of a week-long strike.

Zimbabwe Aids orphanage workers bailed

Sep 14, 2010 12:11 PM

A Zimbabwean court has bailed six health workers arrested and accused of treating Aids patients without proper permission, the US embassy in Harare said yesterday.

New SOS facilities taking shape in Zambia

New SOS facilities taking shape in Zambia

Sep 14, 2010 02:10 PM

SOS Children UK is working to build the newest SOS Children’s Village in Zambia: the facilities will be in Chipata in Zambia’s Eastern Province.

Senegal outlaws forcing children to beg

Sep 15, 2010 09:36 AM

A Senegalese court turned the tide on years of tradition by fining Muslim holy men for sending children out on the streets to beg.

Cash Transfer Scheme proves a lifeline for the poor in Columbia

Sep 15, 2010 10:36 AM

A scheme allowing the transfer of cash to the poor in Colombia is helping the poorest families provide for their children

Vietnam’s success in meeting Millennium Development Goals

Sep 15, 2010 10:55 AM

Vietnam has made remarkable steps since the introduction of the Millennium Development Goals. Poverty in the country has been significantly reduced and is a model for other countries to follow

Women and children at the heart of UK’s global aid policy, says deputy PM

Sep 15, 2010 11:45 AM

Women and children in the world’s poorest countries are at the forefront of the UK’s global aid policy Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said today.

New test diagnoses TB in an hour

Sep 15, 2010 04:51 PM

British scientists today unveiled an ultra-fast new test which can diagnose tuberculosis in one hour, which could help curb the spread of the disease which killed 1.3million in 2008.

How will the Roma fair back in Romania?

Sep 16, 2010 10:48 AM

What is the fate for Roma families and their children, returning to life back in Romania since being deported by the French government.

Poorest left out of development goal efforts

Sep 16, 2010 11:05 AM

Work towards The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is bypassing the very poorest people in the world, because they are not being allowed their basic rights, say campaigners.

Deaths in childbirth drop by a third

Sep 16, 2010 11:25 AM

The number of women who die giving birth has fallen by a third, global health organisations said yesterday.

Congo’s homeless need protection

Sep 16, 2010 12:05 PM

Families uprooted by violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo are still at risk of violence and need more protection and help, says a new report.

Funding cuts threaten global target on HIV/Aids

Sep 16, 2010 12:55 PM

The first cut in HIV/Aids funding for 15 years could stamp out progress toward a global target to stop the spread of the virus, a senior United Nations official said.

Interview with President of SOS Pakistan: "We cannot abandon hope"

Interview with President of SOS Pakistan: "We cannot abandon hope"

Sep 16, 2010 02:25 PM

An interview with Mrs Souriya Anwar, President of SOS Children's Villages Pakistan

Teenager tells of loss to deadly home brew

Sep 17, 2010 11:17 AM

Until two months ago, Kenyan teenager, Grace had never known one substance could cause so much misery…

Rebuilding Haiti and the lives of the disabled

Sep 17, 2010 11:32 AM

Last week, an Argentine entrepreneur announced he would be building a 33 million dollar business hotel in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The project will be the first large investment in the hospitality sector since the earthquake in January which killed around 300,000 people. The hotel will be situated near the airport and is expected to accommodate the growing numbers of businessmen and officials involved in the reconstruction efforts.

Mexico marks its bicentennial, but not everyone celebrates

Sep 17, 2010 11:39 AM

Mexico celebrated its 200 years of independence from Spain with light shows, fireworks and concerts. The President, Felipe Calderon, led the festivities which ended in cries of “Viva Mexico”. But some Mexicans were not convinced the country should be celebrating, when its citizens have been suffering from an upsurge in drug-related violence and the cost of the festivities was 230 million dollars, money which could have been spent on improving security or addressing poverty. A newspaper survey in Mexico City found that eight of ten residents thought too much was being spent, at a time where there was not much to celebrate.

Hunger costs poor countries £290bn a year, says charity

Sep 17, 2010 11:45 AM

Hunger is costing the world's poorest countries £290 billion a year, according to a report out this week.

Call to halt child Aids deaths

Sep 17, 2010 12:28 PM

African governments have been urged to pledge real investment into wiping out HIV infection among the continent’s children.

What does the future hold for the West Bank?

Sep 20, 2010 09:50 AM

The first round of the current Middle East peace talks has just concluded, with Hilary Clinton insisting Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas can still “resolve all of the core issues within one year”.

Childhood deaths drop as women's education rises, study shows

Sep 20, 2010 10:13 AM

Better education for women helped prevent more than four million children from dying last year, a new study finds.

Women and girls suffer most in Millennium Goal failure

Sep 20, 2010 10:25 AM

As world leaders progress check targets to reduce poverty, the chances of meeting any of them by 2015 look slim and those most let down are women and girls.

Sub-Saharan Africa leads the way in reducing HIV

Sep 20, 2010 10:33 AM

Sub-Saharan Africa, the part of the world worst hit by Aids, is leading a fall in the number of new HIV infections, said the United Nations.

Anti-Aids gel funding set-back

Sep 20, 2010 10:46 AM

Scientists discovered in July that a vaginal gel significantly reduced HIV. However, possible use of the gel for women is now being stalled by a lack of funds.

Battling the weather in Bangladesh

Sep 21, 2010 09:39 AM

In Bangladesh, the monsoon rains flood around one third of the country annually and the people of Bangladesh have been used to dealing with the weather. But last year, a devastating cyclone hit the southwest coastal region of Bangladesh, killing at least 300 people and destroying nearly 90,000 homes. 4,000 kilometres of roads and embankments were also damaged, effectively destroying the livelihoods of thousands.

Recession should not hold back development goals, warns Ban

Sep 21, 2010 10:03 AM

Millions of people need to be lifted out of poverty regardless of the global recession, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon urged world leaders yesterday.

Extra aid needed for Pakistan

Sep 21, 2010 10:17 AM

Today the UK government has announced it will be doubling its aid money for Pakistan, where the floods have affected an area greater than the size of England.

Poor countries on brink of education crisis

Sep 21, 2010 10:22 AM

Somalia and Haiti are the two worst countries to go to school in at a time when £3 billion has been cut from education budgets worldwide, a new report says.

The suffering of communities in the north of India

Sep 22, 2010 09:36 AM

As the world’s attention is focused on Pakistan, heavy rains and flooding are also bringing misery to neighbouring countries. In the northern state of Uttarakhand in India, more than 60 people are reported to have died recently in flood waters and landslides.

Cooking stoves kill two million a year in developing countries

Sep 22, 2010 09:49 AM

Across the world’s poorest countries, nearly three billion women spend hours cooking family meals several times a day on basic indoor stoves.

Safe water and toilets vital to poverty goals, says UN

Sep 23, 2010 10:40 AM

The lack of clean drinking water and toilets in the world’s poorest countries is a major obstacle to global progress, world leaders said yesterday.

Hopes for the Commonwealth Games in India

Sep 23, 2010 10:45 AM

Urgent concerns are now being raised about the state of India’s readiness for the Commonwealth Games, due to start on October 3rd.

No return to the slums of Haiti

Sep 23, 2010 10:58 AM

A new ‘World Disasters Report’ by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies looks at the urban risks faced by the poorest in our societies. Over 25 per cent of the world’s urban population is now estimated to live in the most basic and informal of dwellings, in the slums and shanty towns of cities.

Malaria came from gorillas

Sep 23, 2010 11:06 AM

Malaria first passed to humans from gorillas thousands of years ago, finds new research.

Update 22nd September: Latest on SOS Children work in flood affected Pakistan

Update 22nd September: Latest on SOS Children work in flood affected Pakistan

Sep 23, 2010 03:35 PM

Update on the Flood Relief Programme in Pakistan, 22 September 2010

The nature of China’s aid

Sep 24, 2010 09:50 AM

This week, the Chinese Minister for Commerce, Chen Deming, has been speaking about his country’s aid policies at the UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals. Frequently criticized by the West for paying scant regard to human rights issues in developing countries, Mr Deming reiterated that “cultural systems” and “political regimes” varied, and China would never attach “political conditions to developmental assistance”.

Tropical storms bring misery to Mexico

Sep 24, 2010 09:58 AM

Over a week ago, hurricane Karl hit the central Gulf Coast of Mexico. The storm swept through the Bay of Campeche, where Mexico produces more than two thirds of its oil.

Unnecessary and avoidable: The struggle against HIV/AIDS

Unnecessary and avoidable: The struggle against HIV/AIDS

Sep 24, 2010 10:25 AM

"Unnecessary and avoidable" Coenraad de Beer on the struggle against HIV/AIDS

Maasai women's haute couture

Sep 24, 2010 02:20 PM

Maasai women in Nairobi, are capitalising on their tribal craft skills, by selling their intricate beadwork to European fashion designers.

Community maps Africa’s biggest shanty town

Sep 24, 2010 02:28 PM

Hundreds, if not thousands of people live in what is often described as ‘Africa’s biggest slum.’

Further hunger looms for Nepal’s poor

Sep 27, 2010 09:27 AM

While some of the far East suffering from too much rain, experts are concerned about the situation in Nepal, where three major droughts over recent years are taking their toll on the food supply. 2010 has not been a good year either, with an erratic monsoon in some parts of the country. In the mid and far west regions, the World Food Programme (WFP) warns that farmers are reaping as little as half their normal harvests because of late rains.

Pakistanis wait for assistance to rebuild

Sep 27, 2010 09:39 AM

In the Balochistan region of Pakistan, the flood waters have now retreated. Here, among other aid agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Pakistan Red Crescent are working on the huge task of helping the estimated 600,000 people displaced by the waters.

Two million homeless after Nigeria floods

Sep 27, 2010 09:45 AM

Two million people in northern Nigeria have been forced out of their homes by rising waters after authorities opened the floodgates on two dams.

Poor women workers battered by South Africa wage law

Sep 27, 2010 02:39 PM

A national drive to close down clothes factories who flout the minimum wage laws is crushing women working on the factory floor – the very people it is supposed to help.

China’s health

Sep 28, 2010 09:34 AM

Obesity is a well known problem across economically developed countries, but it is also increasingly an issue in developing countries, including China.

A new land bill for the displaced of Columbia

Sep 28, 2010 09:50 AM

After four decades of conflict from rebels, drugs gangs and militias, Columbia has one of the world’s highest rates of displaced people.

Mental health ignored by aid work

Sep 28, 2010 10:03 AM

People suffering from poor mental health are being bypassed by most development and poverty programs, says a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ghana trafficking victims helped to rebuild their lives

Sep 28, 2010 10:08 AM

When Ayi was 15, her parents sold her. She was sent to the west African country’s capital, Accra, where she was forced to carry heavy loads to the market.

One in four children risk malnutrition in Chad

Sep 28, 2010 10:45 AM

Alarming rates of malnutrition in children have hit critical levels in Chad.

Drug resistant TB rise in east Africa

Sep 28, 2010 11:55 AM

Cases of drug resistant Tuberculosis are rising dangerously in East Africa, medics warn.

Free Aids treatment for 32,000 more Ugandans

Sep 28, 2010 03:28 PM

Some 32,000 people living with HIV in Uganda will be offered free life-lengthening treatment over the next two years after a sea change in US funding.

Third SOS Children's Village for Swaziland

Third SOS Children's Village for Swaziland

Sep 28, 2010 03:35 PM

On 10 September 2010, SOS Children's Village Swaziland opened its new Village in Siteki

Children kidnapped by Nigeria gunmen

Sep 29, 2010 12:25 PM

Fifteen children were kidnapped when Gunmen hijacked a school bus, taking primary and nursery age children to school, police said yesterday.

Feeding India’s children

Sep 29, 2010 12:32 PM

As the population of India continues to increase, feeding its growing number of children is increasingly of concern

Finding a safe home in the Philippines

Sep 29, 2010 12:37 PM

Located in the seismic belt of the Pacific, the Philippines is frequently affected by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms, typhoons and landslides. Between 2000 and 2008 the country suffered five natural disasters. And these disasters often have the largest impact on the poorest families, many of whom live in shanty homes which are no match for such forces of nature.

Cambridge launches first CSR Forum

Cambridge launches first CSR Forum

Sep 29, 2010 02:30 PM

A group of entrepreneurs are about to launch Cambridge’s first ever Corporate Social Responsibility Forum which will bring together local companies to share thinking and practice on how best to align values and behaviour with the needs of their stakeholders.

Bringing twins together

Bringing twins together

Sep 29, 2010 04:00 PM

A special story about two sets of twins, one living in the UK, and the other in Pakistan, and how SOS Children brought them together

The shock and the joy: SOS child reunited with her Grandmother

The shock and the joy: SOS child reunited with her Grandmother

Sep 29, 2010 04:05 PM

No one quite knows how long it’s been since Elizabeth saw her grandmother. At least five years, she thinks, but it may be more...

Educating Brazil’s children

Sep 30, 2010 04:28 PM

Over the past eight years, Brazil’s economy has grown under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Sliva and millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, thanks in part to the expansion of the ‘Bolsa Familia’ or Family Grant scheme, which gives a monthly payment to more than 12 million poor families.

Indonesia’s determination to march forwards

Sep 30, 2010 04:34 PM

This week saw an eruption of violence on the island of Borneo which killed at least 3 people.

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