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February 2011

Evacuation of SOS Children's Village Abobo-Gare, Côte d'Ivoire, Sudan: Families in dire need of food, SOS facilities in Sri Lanka affected by flooding, Austria, Marevie celebrates a special birthday, Catching up with 'orphans' reunited with their families
Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Hemeius, Romania

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Hemeius, Romania

Feb 01, 2011 03:15 PM

A child sponsorship report from Hemeius in Romania. Written in 2010.

Aid shipped to refugees as turmoil in Ivory Coast continues

Feb 01, 2011 03:55 PM

Five leaders from the African Union (AU) are to form a panel to discuss the deadlock in Ivory Coast. The presidents of South Africa, Tanzania, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad are charged with finding “proposals for a way out of the crisis” and will be travelling to Ivory Coast to negotiate a peaceful settlement within the next month.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Battan, Philippines

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Battan, Philippines

Feb 02, 2011 11:10 AM

A child sponsor report from Battan in the Philippines. Written 2010.

Poverty and anxiety over food prices play role in Egypt’s unrest

Feb 02, 2011 03:40 PM

Yesterday, Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak confirmed he would not be re-standing in elections due in September. Given the scale of protest in the country, Barack Obama responded by stressing an orderly transition “must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now”.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bhersaf, Lebanon

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bhersaf, Lebanon

Feb 02, 2011 04:35 PM

A child sponsorship report from Bhersaf in Lebanon. Written in 2010.

High food prices in Sri Lanka as fears grow about the cost of rice

Feb 03, 2011 09:05 AM

In the eastern, northern and central provinces of Sri Lanka, people are beginning to pick up the pieces of their lives after the torrential floods which hit last month.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Siem Reap, Cambodia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Siem Reap, Cambodia

Feb 03, 2011 10:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Siem Reap in Cambodia. Written in 2010.

SOS Villages in Egypt suffer damage

SOS Villages in Egypt suffer damage

Feb 03, 2011 10:40 AM

Violent protests have intensified in Egypt, as anti-government protesters continue demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

Peace and stability needed in a troubled region of the Philippines

Feb 04, 2011 09:50 AM

At the end of last year, Benigno Aquino, the new president of the Philippines spoke of his determination to bring peace to the troubled regions of his country. In the southern island of Mindanao, militant Islamic separatists have been fighting to annex land for the Muslim minority.

Child Sponsorship 2010, from Mogadishu, Somalia

Child Sponsorship 2010, from Mogadishu, Somalia

Feb 04, 2011 10:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Modagishu in Somalia. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Khartoum, Sudan

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Khartoum, Sudan

Feb 04, 2011 11:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Khartoum in Sudan. Written in 2010.

Fears for Somalia grow as food crisis deepens

Feb 04, 2011 04:15 PM

Some developing countries in Africa are seeing good food harvests. The government in Niger for example, reported last month that the country is on track to produce 1.5 million tonnes of cereal, a yield over 40 per cent higher than average in the last five years.

Tackling food insecurity in Uganda with a new approach

Feb 04, 2011 04:15 PM

The price of food worldwide has now reached its highest-ever peak since records began in 1990.

After 20 years, Kenya’s refugee families still live in limbo

Feb 07, 2011 02:06 PM

Twenty years since refuge families started pouring in to eastern Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps, there is little likelihood any of them will leave anytime soon.

Sudan: SOS gives refuge to 150 families as violence erupts

Sudan: SOS gives refuge to 150 families as violence erupts

Feb 08, 2011 09:27 AM

SOS Children's Village Malakal has taken in more than 150 families seeking shelter after 50 people reportedly died in gunfights. Violent clashes broke out over today's official recognition of the referendum results concerning the secession of South Sudan from the North. Although the vote was peaceful, tension was high in parts of the oil-rich border region.

Aid Agencies continue to issue warnings about situation in Pakistan

Feb 08, 2011 09:46 AM

Last week, the head of the International Red Cross (IRC) spoke of the continuing food insecurity in large areas of Pakistan devastated by the floods.

More flooding brings misery to Sri Lanka

Feb 08, 2011 10:25 AM

In January, parts of northern and eastern Sri Lanka were devastated by floods which affected more than one million people.

Aid tripled amid Somalia malnutrition crisis

Feb 08, 2011 10:32 AM

Britain is to triple the amount of aid earmarked for Somalia after serious droughts have left nearly one in three of the country’s children malnourished.

Battle to improve sanitation in Cambodia

Feb 08, 2011 02:59 PM

Along the border between Thailand and Cambodia, troops have been clashing for four days over a disputed area between the two countries.

Child Sponsorship 2010, from Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Child Sponsorship 2010, from Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Feb 09, 2011 10:39 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bissau in Guinea-Bissau. Written in 2010.

Poor struggle to make a living as protests continue in Egypt

Feb 09, 2011 02:23 PM

The protests that have made international headlines continue in Egypt

Boys of 13 fight as soldiers in Chad

Feb 10, 2011 10:11 AM

Chad’s national army and armed groups are using boys as young as 13-years-old as soldiers, claims a report out today.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Luangprabang, Laos

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Luangprabang, Laos

Feb 10, 2011 10:35 AM

A child sponsor report from Luangprabang in Laos. Written in 2010.

International Conference “Quality in Alternative Care”

Feb 10, 2011 02:15 PM

SOS Children’s Villages, with the support of various partners, is organising the international conference "Quality in Alternative Care" at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague from 4-6 April 2011.

Mother’s HIV lowers baby’s immunity

Feb 10, 2011 04:18 PM

Babies lucky enough to avoid HIV infection from their infected mothers are still four times more likely to die before their first birthday, said a study.

Improving education in India

Feb 10, 2011 04:21 PM

In a recent report published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to coincide with the launch of the United Nations ‘International Year of Youth’ (August 2010 to August 2011), the authors highlight their growing concern over rising unemployment among the young.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mbalmayo, Cameroon

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mbalmayo, Cameroon

Feb 11, 2011 03:00 PM

A child sponsorship report from Mbalmayo in Cameroon. Written in 2010.

Congolese soldiers on trial accused of mass rapes

Feb 11, 2011 03:51 PM

An army officer and 10 other Democratic Republic of Congo government soldiers have gone on trial accused of raping more than 60 women.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Qiqihar, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Qiqihar, China

Feb 12, 2011 12:20 PM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Salto, Uruguay

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Salto, Uruguay

Feb 13, 2011 11:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Salto, Uruguay. Written in 2010.

LRA survivors tell of brutal attacks

Feb 14, 2011 02:30 PM

Four victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army have spoken about the horrific rebel attacks on their villages.

Helping over 800,000 people living in the camps of Haiti

Feb 14, 2011 04:47 PM

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), an inter-governmental agency dealing with issues of migration and the displaced, conducted a countrywide assessment of the camps in Haiti between November and January 2011.

Aid at risk as gangs target donated clothes

Feb 15, 2011 09:55 AM

Leading charities are losing millions of pounds in aid money as criminal gangs target clothes donations to sell abroad.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Feb 15, 2011 03:34 PM

A child sponsorship report from Banda Aceh in Indonesia. Written in 2010.

Internet helps find trafficked children in China

Feb 15, 2011 04:24 PM

Wenle was snatched at three years old from his home street in Shenzhen, in the Guangdong province of China.

English language seen as key for a better life in India

Feb 15, 2011 04:41 PM

Learning English is becomingly increasingly popular as a way to improve quality of life in India

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Medan, Indonesia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Medan, Indonesia

Feb 16, 2011 11:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Medan in Indonesia. Written in 2010.

Kenya kicks off global roll out of new jab against leading cause of child death

Feb 16, 2011 11:35 AM

Hundreds of babies in Kenya were the first to get new generation jabs against the world’s biggest child killer – pneumonia.

Soaring food prices plunge millions into poverty

Feb 16, 2011 02:49 PM

Tens of millions of people are being tipped into poverty by the rising cost of food.

Millions of HIV patients needlessly suffer pain

Feb 16, 2011 03:45 PM

Millions of HIV patients are living with pain that could be prevented, say rights groups.

Guatemala caught up in drug violence

Feb 16, 2011 04:30 PM

United States officials estimate that over 60 per cent of the cocaine produced in South America for the US market travels overland before being smuggled through its borders.

Women’s bank takes off in Tanzania

Feb 17, 2011 12:42 PM

Africa’s first bank aimed specifically at women has been so successful in its first years it is overwhelmed by demand.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Rutana, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Rutana, Burundi

Feb 17, 2011 01:05 PM

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

Protecting young girls in Bangladesh

Feb 17, 2011 04:14 PM

A growing consensus is forming among social and economic experts that a vital component to the development of poorer countries is the education of girls and their ability to control their own health and fertility.

Young activists keen to oversee new constitution in Egypt

Feb 17, 2011 04:16 PM

According to state television, 365 people are now thought to have lost their lives during the recent unrest in Egypt which lead to the resignation of President Mubarak.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Lilongwe, Malawi

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Lilongwe, Malawi

Feb 18, 2011 01:33 PM

A child sponsor report from Lilongwe in Malawi. Written in 2010.

Uncertain future for Tunisia’s children

Feb 18, 2011 01:45 PM

As life slowly gets nearer to normal after what people are calling the yasmine revolution, the United Nations calls attention to the future of Tunisia’s children.

Series of explosions rock Dar es Salaam

Series of explosions rock Dar es Salaam

Feb 18, 2011 01:47 PM

At least 20 people have been killed in explosions after an accident at an army base in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Thousands of residents living near the military base have fled the area, many congregating at the National Stadium in the city centre.

School HIV test fears

Feb 18, 2011 03:06 PM

A plan to test schoolchildren for HIV in South Africa has outraged student and teaching unions.

Measures to help the urban poor in the Philippines

Feb 18, 2011 04:59 PM

In the Philippines this week, political activists were giving out free condoms on Valentine’s day to raise support for a new bill - ‘The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011’.

China moves to improve health care & HIV/AIDS programmes

Feb 21, 2011 09:50 AM

Over the last decade, China has introduced a series of healthcare reforms aimed at introducing universal medical coverage and improving basic and primary healthcare services.

Catching up with 'orphans' reunited with their families

Catching up with 'orphans' reunited with their families

Feb 21, 2011 10:00 AM

One year ago, following the Haiti earthquake, 33 children were brought to the SOS Children's Village in Santo after a long and sad trip. A group of self-proclaimed missionaries wanted to bring them to the Dominican Republic and were later charged with child trafficking. In March 2010 the children were reunited with their families. We visited two girls and their mother at home to follow up on their story.

Marevie celebrates a special birthday

Marevie celebrates a special birthday

Feb 21, 2011 11:45 AM

Following the earthquake in Haiti on 12 January 2010, Marevie came to live at SOS Children’s Village Santo. When she arrived she was so malnourished she could hardly keep her eyes open, but one year on she is a lively young girl celebrating turning two.

Dangers for agricultural workers in Indonesia

Feb 21, 2011 04:55 PM

In the Bantul region of central Java, IRIN reports a state of emergency has been declared following an outbreak of leptospirosis.

Women’s groups fear step backwards after Tunisia uprising

Feb 21, 2011 04:59 PM

Women rights campaigners have voiced fears that after Tunisia’s revolution, conservative forces could turn back the clock on levels of equality.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sanankoroba, Mali

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sanankoroba, Mali

Feb 22, 2011 04:00 PM

A child sponsor report from Sanankoroba in Mali. Written in 2010.

Need for assistance remains after floods in Colombia

Feb 22, 2011 05:01 PM

At the start of the year, many northern and coastal provinces of Colombia flooded after weeks of heavy rain.

Street children caught up in Egypt’s protests

Feb 22, 2011 06:05 PM

Egypt’s pro-democracy activists have called on demonstrators to gather today in Tahrir square for a “Tuesday of Challenge”.

Maria Weber – SOS Children’s Village Imst, Austria

Maria Weber – SOS Children’s Village Imst, Austria

Feb 16, 2011 02:25 PM

Maria Weber was one of the first SOS mothers when she arrived at SOS Children’s very first SOS Village in Imst, Austria, in 1951. Throughout her life, she has been mother to 20 children, grandmother to 36, and great-grandmother to 20 children.

Street children’s hope for new Egypt

Feb 23, 2011 03:07 PM

As Egypt slowly finds its feet a week after its revolution, street children in the capital, Cairo who joined the protests in Tahrir Square, are hoping for a better future.

Foreign work provides lifeline for poorest regions of Pakistan

Feb 24, 2011 10:32 AM

A study commissioned by the Pakistan government and conducted by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) surveyed 500 households in nine districts of Pakistan where one family member worked abroad.

Chile earthquake anniversary: Reconstruction will take years

Feb 25, 2011 08:40 AM

At the start of this month, two earthquakes struck the central region of Chile around 25 kilometres northeast of the country’s second largest city, Concepción. According to the United States Geological Survey, the tremors registered 5.8 and 6.9 in magnitude.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Lhasa, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Lhasa, China

Feb 25, 2011 11:05 AM

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

Changes in food subsidy system for the poor in India

Feb 25, 2011 03:24 PM

The Indian government is working on a food security bill which would increase the level of subsidies available on food. Despite generally good harvests, food inflation in India is among the highest in Asia and price rises have hit double digits over the past year. Political backers of the bill believe it will help to protect India’s poor, who spend up to 60 per cent of their income on food.

10 hurt in Kenya hospital blast

Feb 25, 2011 04:44 PM

One person was killed and 10 others badly hurt when a bomb went off at a Kenya hospital.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Arusha, Tanzania

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Arusha, Tanzania

Feb 26, 2011 01:00 PM

A child sponsorship report from Arusha, Tanzania. Written in 2010.

An elephant visits an SOS Children's Village in Kenya!

An elephant visits an SOS Children's Village in Kenya!

Feb 28, 2011 09:25 AM

One recent Sunday morning, children at SOS Children's Village Meru in Kenya awoke to find a huge bull elephant roaming about inside their Village.

Astor College take on anti-smoking initiative

Astor College take on anti-smoking initiative

Feb 28, 2011 09:30 AM

The message that smoking is bad for us is one that most of us hear so often we are nearly deaf to it. At Astor College in Dover, staff and students are trying a different way to drive the message home.

How a little support from SOS transformed Laxmi's life

How a little support from SOS transformed Laxmi's life

Feb 28, 2011 09:35 AM

Laxmi Rajak is 18 years old and comes from a very poor family in the small town of Sanothimi, Bharatpur, Nepal. Here, she describes how SOS Children supported her to receive an education and build a better life for herself.

SOS facilities in Sri Lanka affected by flooding

SOS facilities in Sri Lanka affected by flooding

Feb 28, 2011 09:40 AM

The second spell of monsoon rain since mid-January has caused widespread flooding and destruction in Sri Lanka. At least 57 people have been killed and over 230,000 have been displaced by the highest ever recorded rainfall in the country.

Sudan: Families in dire need of food

Sudan: Families in dire need of food

Feb 28, 2011 09:45 AM

After days of fighting between Northern troops and Southern militias in the town of Malakal, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has restored peace.

Evacuation of SOS Children's Village Abobo-Gare, Côte d'Ivoire

Evacuation of SOS Children's Village Abobo-Gare, Côte d'Ivoire

Feb 28, 2011 09:50 AM

The situation in Côte d’Ivoire is becoming increasingly chaotic. Due to heavy fighting and prevailing insecurity especially in Abobo, a suburb of the main city Abidjan where an SOS Children’s Village is located (the first African SOS Children’s Village), the decision has been made to evacuate the children and SOS mothers.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Raipur, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Raipur, India

Feb 28, 2011 11:10 AM

A child sponsorship report from Raipur in India. Written in 2010.

Families in Bolivia made homeless by flooding and landslides

Feb 28, 2011 02:13 PM

Weeks of heavy rain have caused the deaths of more than 40 people in Bolivia and left over 10,000 homeless.

Mums stunned by scenes from Liberia maternity ward

Feb 28, 2011 03:46 PM

A documentary on the life of a midwife in Liberia last night reduced many British mums to tears.

Progress in Bangladesh towards health and nutrition of children

Feb 28, 2011 04:15 PM

IRIN highlights a recent report from Action Against Hunger (ACF International) which looks at the progress made towards reducing malnutrition in Bangladesh.

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