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December 2010

SOS Children visit the Seven Seas, A new SOS Children’s Village for the children of Quetta, SOS Venezuela helps flood-affected families, SOS begins emergency relief in flood-affected Colombia, SOS schools in Haiti close as riots erupt, "My goodness you have grown!" SOS Trustee re-visits sponsored child in The Gambia

Indonesia’s refugees offered new start

Dec 01, 2010 12:06 PM

One month after Mount Merapi erupted in Java, displaced families are being offered incentives by the Indonesian government to start afresh on the less populated island of Borneo.

Most African countries will miss clean water targets

Dec 01, 2010 12:16 PM

The amount of water per person in Africa is shrinking and most countries across the continent will fail to reach global goals for clean water.

Uganda treats rape victims to prevent HIV

Dec 01, 2010 12:38 PM

As the world marks World Aids Day today, a clinic in Uganda tells how it has been treating women who have been raped with drugs to prevent them getting HIV.

Israel to vote on land mine removal

Dec 01, 2010 03:24 PM

This week, Geneva plays host to the Tenth Meeting for Representatives of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty. 156 countries have now signed up to the 1997 treaty banning antipersonnel landmines.

Teen peer pressure compromises South Africa Aids fight

Dec 02, 2010 10:13 AM

South African teenagers’ risky sexual behaviour is making the country’s fight against Aids an uphill struggle, say experts.

Pakistan hit by rising food prices

Dec 02, 2010 11:06 AM

Since huge swathes of crops were destroyed across the flood-hit areas of Pakistan, victims are now facing another blow in their struggle to survive.

Life as a woman with disabilities in Uganda

Dec 02, 2010 02:03 PM

A single mum tells her story of how her life changed after a rebel attack on her village left her with disabilities.

Zimbabwe newborn deaths inquiry called for

Dec 02, 2010 04:20 PM

More than 21 newborn babies died in five months at a camp for people made homeless by government shanty town clearing in 2005, Amnesty International said.

Flooding in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania affects SOS Children work

Flooding in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania affects SOS Children work

Dec 03, 2010 10:30 AM

A report from Mr Amir Omanovic, director of SOS Children's Villages Bosnia & Herzegovina, provides an overview of the situation at SOS Nursery Goradze. More flooding has affected SOS Children's Villages Shkodra.

Child labour in India

Dec 03, 2010 03:19 PM

Recently a number of UK retailers have been caught sourcing garments from suppliers involved with child labour.

The waiting game in Haiti

Dec 03, 2010 03:23 PM

Last Sunday, the people of Haiti turned out to vote for a new president and government. Following problems at certain polling stations, 12 of the 18 presidential candidates denounced the election as a ‘massive fraud’ and called for a rerun.

Burkina Faso children first to get new meningitis jabs

Dec 06, 2010 09:48 AM

A new meningitis vaccine which could save the lives of millions of children is today (Monday) being launched in Burkina Faso.

Poorest children worst-hit by global warming

Dec 06, 2010 10:21 AM

Children from the poorest families can be as much as times more likely to suffer from environmental disasters linked to climate change, according to new research.

Widespread flooding brings misery across Colombia

Dec 06, 2010 10:48 AM

Over the last month Colombia has experienced weeks of heavy rains, which have caused landslides and widespread flooding.

Reclaiming Brazil’s ‘favelas’

Dec 06, 2010 05:10 PM

Rio de Janeiro is home to around 6 million people, 1 million of whom live in the 1,000 or so ‘favelas’ (shanty towns) which have grown up around the city.

Flooding across the Balkans hits Bosnia-Herzegovina

Dec 07, 2010 03:09 PM

In the town of Tuzla in north-eastern Bosnia, three members of a family were killed at the weekend when a landslide struck their house, as heavy rains have brought misery to the Balkans.

SOS helps families as flooding continues in Albania

SOS helps families as flooding continues in Albania

Dec 08, 2010 08:50 AM

Torrential rains in Albania have caused flooding in almost half the country.

Pakistan emergency relief update

Pakistan emergency relief update

Dec 08, 2010 09:05 AM

An update from our emergency relief programme in Pakista, where flooding has brought devastation to many parts of the country. Read reports from key locations.

"My goodness you have grown!" SOS Trustee re-visits sponsored child in The Gambia

"My goodness you have grown!" SOS Trustee re-visits sponsored child in The Gambia

Dec 08, 2010 10:15 AM

David Stranack, SOS UK Trustee, reflects on his experiences visiting his own sponsored child in Bakoteh, The Gambia.

Christmas sponsorship update from Cameroon

Christmas sponsorship update from Cameroon

Dec 08, 2010 12:00 PM

A child sponsorship update specifically written for Christmas in Cameroon

Christmas sponsorship update from South Africa

Christmas sponsorship update from South Africa

Dec 08, 2010 12:00 PM

An update on how one SOS Family is celebrating Christmas

Christmas according to Akou!

Christmas according to Akou!

Dec 09, 2010 09:15 AM

Akou, from SOS Children's Village Lome in Togo, tells us what Christmas means to him...

Changing hazardous cooking methods in Tanzania

Dec 09, 2010 09:26 AM

Safer methods of cooking could help reduce an estimated 1.9 million premature deaths a year.

Ivory Coast families face food shortages

Dec 09, 2010 09:34 AM

Families living in the Ivory Coast are running short of basic foods as the west African country’s political deadlock continues.

Families across Pakistan desperate for warm clothing and bedding

Dec 09, 2010 09:47 AM

Across Pakistan, many families are still living without proper shelter. As winter temperatures drop, health workers and aid agencies are therefore seeing a rise in the number of pneumonia cases and respiratory tract infections.

Land reforms needed in Nepal

Dec 09, 2010 12:10 PM

Fresh calls have been made by a Swiss non-governmental agency (NGO) working in Nepal for urgent land reforms to help poor families stave off hunger and boost agricultural production.

SOS schools in Haiti close as riots erupt

SOS schools in Haiti close as riots erupt

Dec 09, 2010 12:16 PM

Violent riots in the streets of Haiti following the presidential election results have forced SOS Children schools to close.

SOS begins emergency relief in flood-affected Colombia

SOS begins emergency relief in flood-affected Colombia

Dec 09, 2010 12:20 PM

Heavy rains in northern Colombia have lead to disastrous floods and landslides that have claimed the lives of some 200 people.

SOS Children Christmas Appeal 2010

SOS Children Christmas Appeal 2010

Dec 10, 2010 09:00 AM

With Christmas fast approaching, child sponsorships and charity donations are two ways you can help SOS Children provide for orphaned and abandoned children

Child soldier’s real stories too brutal for film

Dec 10, 2010 09:31 AM

The director of an award-winning film about child soldiers in Africa has said that these children’s real life experiences are far too brutal to be shown on film.

Hot and happy Christmas for SOS children in South Africa

Hot and happy Christmas for SOS children in South Africa

Dec 10, 2010 09:35 AM

Children from SOS Children's Village Ennerdale will be hot and happy at Christmas time!

Battling corruption and inefficiency to fight malnutrition in India

Dec 10, 2010 11:39 AM

Over 40 per cent of Indians live on less than one dollar per day and 43% of children under five are underweight. Now a new report, ‘The State of Food Insecurity in Urban India’, produced by the World Food Programme and the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation suggests that malnutrition may even be on the rise in India, despite the country’s growing wealth.

Unrest in Haiti hampering medical efforts

Dec 10, 2010 04:03 PM

After first-round election results were announced in Haiti this week, protestors took to the streets in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien.

Celebrating Christmas in Bangladesh

Celebrating Christmas in Bangladesh

Dec 13, 2010 09:05 AM

Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim country, where the number of people following other religions is limited to a few. However, at SOS Children's Village Dhaka, one of the fifteen family houses belongs to a Christian family.

Thousands face homelessness in Ghana forced evictions

Dec 13, 2010 02:18 PM

Thousands of people living and working next to railway lines in Ghana’s capital, Accra, face homelessness and destitution within days.

At least one million people in Pakistan still need basic aid

Dec 13, 2010 02:28 PM

Four months after devastating floods hit Pakistan, a million people in the south of the country continue to live in camps or temporary shelters.

Helping farmers adapt to climate change Tanzania and the developing world

Dec 13, 2010 04:58 PM

The climate talks in Cancun have ended with a formal recognition by nations that further emission cuts are needed, though there was no agreement on the mechanisms required to achieve those cuts.

Lamina's Christmas Questionnaire

Lamina's Christmas Questionnaire

Dec 14, 2010 10:00 AM

Lamina, from SOS Children's Villages Nigeria tells us what Christmas means to him.

Syria hit by consecutive years of drought

Dec 14, 2010 03:23 PM

Large swathes of the Middle East - in Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories - have been hit by a severe drought this autumn.

Women arrested in Sudan demo against public flogging

Dec 14, 2010 04:50 PM

Police in Sudan have arrested dozens of women protesting against indecency laws.

Celebrating Christmas in Venezuela

Celebrating Christmas in Venezuela

Dec 15, 2010 08:55 AM

Celebrating Christmas at a Children's Village in Venezuela

Christmas in Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo

Christmas in Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo

Dec 15, 2010 08:00 AM

Christmas is just around the corner. SOS Children's Village Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo is also getting ready for the festive season. Preparations are underway to offer the children a good Christmas.

UNHCR celebrates with milestone in Nepal

Dec 15, 2010 09:05 AM

On Tuesday this week, the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) has been celebrating its 60th anniversary in offices around the world.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Natitingou, Benin

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Natitingou, Benin

Dec 15, 2010 09:47 AM

A child sponsorship report from Natitingou in Benin. Written in 2010.

 Christmas for Mary

Christmas for Mary

Dec 15, 2010 10:30 AM

Children and mothers at SOS Children's Village Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, are gettign ready for Christmas.

Christmas in Bindura

Christmas in Bindura

Dec 15, 2010 10:35 AM

Pupils from SOS Primary School Bindura in Zimbabwe share their Christmas thoughts...

Fostering peace through a village in Israel

Dec 15, 2010 11:25 AM

The village of Wahat al-Salam/ Neve Shalom (WAS-NS) lies between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa. As its two names in Arabic and Hebrew suggest, the village is a place where both Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel live side by side.

Protecting both poor farmers and elephants in Cambodia

Dec 15, 2010 03:59 PM

A recent report by economists suggests that people living in medieval Britain had a more prosperous existence than those living in the poorest parts of the world today.

Malaria deaths could be stopped by 2015

Dec 16, 2010 08:20 AM

Malaria deaths could be stopped by 2015, the World Health Organisation says in a new report.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Draria, Algeria

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Draria, Algeria

Dec 16, 2010 08:30 AM

A child sponsorship report from Draria in Algeria. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Cordoba, Argentina

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Cordoba, Argentina

Dec 16, 2010 08:42 AM

A child sponsorship report from Cordoba in Argentina. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Marina Gorka, Belarus

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Marina Gorka, Belarus

Dec 16, 2010 09:42 AM

A child sponsorship report from Marina Gorka in Belarus. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Luján, Argentina

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Luján, Argentina

Dec 16, 2010 11:16 AM

A child sponsorship report from Luján in Argentina. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tianjin, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tianjin, China

Dec 16, 2010 02:09 PM

A child sponsorship report from Tianjin in China. Written in 2010.

Flooding in Colombia affects 2 million people

Dec 16, 2010 03:23 PM

According to government figures, the torrential rains which have hit Colombia over the past few months have now affected nearly 2 million people.

Are micro-finance loans fuelling a suicide epidemic in India?

Dec 17, 2010 09:13 AM

Some social commentators are worried Micro Finance Initiative's may be lending to people who are unable to repay their loans, leading to a growing number of premature deaths and suicides.

Christmas letter by a child from SOS Village

Christmas letter by a child from SOS Village

Dec 17, 2010 12:15 PM

A christmas letter to Santa by a child from SOS Children in Albania

Ivory Coast civil war fears after violent protests

Dec 17, 2010 12:45 PM

Police were out in the Ivory Coast’s economic capital today after as many as 30 people were killed in protests yesterday sparking fears of civil war.

Fear spreads of Christmas massacre

Dec 17, 2010 02:12 PM

Aid groups say more needs to be done to prevent mass killings by Africa’s most brutal rebel army at Christmas.

Poverty, immigration and land rights in Argentina

Dec 17, 2010 03:55 PM

Violent protests have erupted in areas of Buenos Aires over the last week, which have shocked Argentina’s population.

Reducing maternal and infant deaths in Sierra Leone

Dec 17, 2010 04:04 PM

Each year 8 million newborns and young children die of preventable causes worldwide and over 350,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth.

SOS Venezuela helps flood-affected families

SOS Venezuela helps flood-affected families

Dec 20, 2010 08:57 AM

SOS Children's Villages Venezuela helps flood-affected families

Pakistan flood update

Pakistan flood update

Dec 20, 2010 08:00 AM

Update on the Emergency Programme for Flood Relief in Pakistan by Souriya Anwar, President of SOS Children's Villages Pakistan, 14 December 2010

Christmas letters to Santa

Christmas letters to Santa

Dec 20, 2010 11:55 AM

The children from SOS Children's Village Lekenik, Croatia, share their Santa mailings this Christmas.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Coyanco, Chile

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Coyanco, Chile

Dec 20, 2010 02:22 PM

A child sponsorship report from Coyanco in Chile. Written in 2010.

Outbreak of Kala Azar disease strikes South Sudan

Dec 20, 2010 04:04 PM

South Sudan is experiencing an epidemic of Kala Azar disease, the worst to hit the region in eight years.

High number of malnourished children in the east of Indonesia

Dec 20, 2010 04:06 PM

2010 has been a testing year for Indonesia, particularly the last few months.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from N'Djamena, Chad

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from N'Djamena, Chad

Dec 20, 2010 04:39 PM

A child sponsorship report from N'Djamena in Chad. Written in 2010.

What Christmas means to me

What Christmas means to me

Dec 21, 2010 09:30 AM

Christmas means many different things to people. 14-year-old Zandalee from SOS Children's Village Cape Town lets us know what it means to her …

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sarajevo, Bosnia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sarajevo, Bosnia

Dec 21, 2010 09:55 AM

A child sponsorship report from Sarajevo in Bosnia. Written in 2010.

Message of ‘Prosperity brings Peace’ in the Philippines

Dec 21, 2010 12:17 PM

In June this year, Benigno Aquino was voted as the new president of the Philippines. Son of President Cory Aquino (who brought an end to the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986), Mr Aquino spoke at his inauguration of his parents wish to bring ‘democracy, peace and prosperity’ to the Philippines.

A new SOS Children’s Village for the children of Quetta

A new SOS Children’s Village for the children of Quetta

Dec 21, 2010 03:20 PM

We are currently building Pakistan’s ninth SOS Children’s Village in Pakistan, in Quetta, the largest city and the capital of the Balochistan Province on the Western Coast of the country, bordering Afghanistan.

SOS Children visit the Seven Seas

SOS Children visit the Seven Seas

Dec 21, 2010 03:25 PM

Children from our SOS Children’s Village Benguela in Angola recently had the opportunity to experience the Seven Seas, located in the port of Lobito, Angola. The visit was kindly arranged by our corporate partner, Subsea 7.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Puerto Varas, Chile

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Puerto Varas, Chile

Dec 22, 2010 10:20 AM

A child sponsorship report from Puerto Varas in Chile. Written in 2010.

Hopes for new stability in Guinea as its neighbour descends into chaos

Dec 22, 2010 12:22 PM

Two neighbouring countries in West Africa have recently held elections – Ivory Coast and Guinea. Both countries were once havens of peace and prosperity in a troubled region, but over the last decades both have experienced turmoil and instability leading to paralysis, lack of investment in infrastructure and deepening poverty.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Benguela, Angola

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Benguela, Angola

Dec 22, 2010 01:45 PM

A child sponsorship report from Benguela in Angola. Written in 2010.

Highlighting the plight of street children in Bangladesh

Dec 22, 2010 03:31 PM

This month a special exhibition can be seen in Dhaka and the southern city of Barisal in Bangladesh. Called ‘Living in the Urban Jungle’, the exhibition is a collection of photos taken by a group of 20 disadvantaged children.

Young girls married off illegally in Zambia

Dec 23, 2010 02:12 PM

In Zambia, the legal age for marriage is 18 and teenagers of 16 or 17 can be married with their parents’ consent. It is illegal for anyone of 15 years or younger to be married and ‘defilement of a minor’ is a criminal offence, carrying sentences of imprisonment up to 25 years. Despite the law, the practice of marrying off young girls is still common.

Cholera vaccination will become tool in fight against epidemic in Haiti

Dec 23, 2010 03:28 PM

Last week, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon announced an independent panel will be set up to investigate the cholera epidemic which has afflicted more than 91,000 people and killed over 2,500 in Haiti.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tlokweng, Botswana

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tlokweng, Botswana

Dec 23, 2010 03:45 PM

A child sponsorship report from Tlokweng in Botswana. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Yantai, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Yantai, China

Dec 24, 2010 10:55 AM

A child sponsorship report from Yantai in China. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Douala, Cameroon

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Douala, Cameroon

Dec 24, 2010 04:15 PM

A child sponsorship report from Douala, Cameroon. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Dec 25, 2010 12:45 PM

A child sponsorship report from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Limón, Costa Rica

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Limón, Costa Rica

Dec 26, 2010 10:30 AM

A child sponsorship report from Limón, Costa Rica. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Keila, Estonia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Keila, Estonia

Dec 27, 2010 02:10 PM

A child sponsorship report from Keila, Estonia. Written in Summer 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bangui, Central African Republic

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bangui, Central African Republic

Dec 28, 2010 10:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bangui, Central African Republic. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Muyinga, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Muyinga, Burundi

Dec 28, 2010 01:35 PM

A child sponsorship report from Muyinga in Burundi. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Kaifeng, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Kaifeng, China

Dec 30, 2010 11:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Kaifeng in China. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Dec 30, 2010 02:10 PM

A child sponsorship report from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. Written in 2010

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Makalle, Ethiopia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Makalle, Ethiopia

Dec 31, 2010 11:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Makalle in Ethiopia. Written in 2010.

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