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March 2011

Sudan: Rebels move out of SOS Village, Haiti: SOS tent school is transformed!, Sudan: Children evacuated after rebels storm Village, Japan tsunami: SOS Children projects safe, Egypt: Villages safe and schools have now reopened
SOS Ghana support communities through organic farming

SOS Ghana support communities through organic farming

Mar 01, 2011 09:38 AM

In the deprived region of Tamale in Ghana, SOS Children are currently running training courses in organic farming practices, so that young people can support their families through food self-sufficiency.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Aboisso, Ivory Coast

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Aboisso, Ivory Coast

Mar 01, 2011 12:20 PM

A child sponsorship report from Aboisso in Ivory Coast. Written in 2010.

More help for girls drawn into prostitution in India

Mar 01, 2011 05:04 PM

The United Nations (UN) Children’s Agency (UNICEF) estimates that as many as 1.2 million children are trafficked globally every year.

Charity volunteers share their skills at SOS Children's Villages in Malawi

Charity volunteers share their skills at SOS Children's Villages in Malawi

Mar 02, 2011 09:50 AM

At the end of January, Maureen and Martin Brooke left Devon in the UK to become volunteers at SOS Children's Villages in Malawi.

Landslides in Bolivia: SOS Children to help children and families

Landslides in Bolivia: SOS Children to help children and families

Mar 02, 2011 11:31 AM

A landslide caused by intense rains has destroyed more than 300 homes in the Bolivian city of La Paz, leaving thousands homeless.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Mar 02, 2011 11:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Cholpon-Ata in Kyrgyzstan. Written in 2010.

Fighting deprives 28 million children of education

Mar 02, 2011 12:10 PM

Sixty-seven million children are not in school, says a new report and nearly half of that number are caught in conflict.

Poor families struggling to cope with rising food prices in Vietnam

Mar 03, 2011 10:49 AM

Yesterday, the UK’s International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced the results of two reviews looking into the UK’s future aid giving.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Dafra, Burkina Faso

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Dafra, Burkina Faso

Mar 03, 2011 11:10 AM

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

Egypt: Villages safe and schools have now reopened

Egypt: Villages safe and schools have now reopened

Mar 03, 2011 02:00 PM

After attacks by looters in early February, the situation in the SOS Children's Villages in Cairo and Alexandria has settled and children are returning to school.

Mitchell makes top 100 working for women

Mar 04, 2011 09:28 AM

Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell has been named one of the top 100 people getting results for women and girls worldwide.

Pakistan could top list of countries receiving bilateral aid from the UK

Mar 04, 2011 09:35 AM

In the UK’s review of its future international aid giving (announced this week), Pakistan is one of 6 countries which scored highest in its need for assistance and the potential for aid to be best used.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Pedra Bonita, Brazil

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Pedra Bonita, Brazil

Mar 04, 2011 11:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Pedra Bonita in Brazil. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Hyderabad, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Hyderabad, India

Mar 05, 2011 10:15 AM

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

Ghana promises to fix teacher’s pay issues

Mar 07, 2011 10:30 AM

Teachers in Ghana were yesterday told they will not be ‘short-changed’ at a schoolchildren’s parade to celebrate Independence Day.

Women killed in Ivory Coast protest

Mar 07, 2011 10:34 AM

Seven women have been killed in a peaceful protest in the Ivory Coast as the country teeters on the brink of all-out civil war.

China pledges to focus on the poor and inequalities

Mar 07, 2011 10:56 AM

At the opening of the National People’s Congress in China on Saturday, the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao promised that the ‘have-nots’ would be at the centre of the country’s development goals over the next five years.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, Canchungo, Guinea Bissau

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, Canchungo, Guinea Bissau

Mar 07, 2011 11:00 AM

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

New standards set on Child Sponsorship

New standards set on Child Sponsorship

Mar 07, 2011 11:15 AM

SOS Children is one of five top child-focused charities who have committed to the new Child Sponsorship Charter, which specifies what ‘child sponsorship’ means and how it should be portrayed and marketed to the public.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bujumbura, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bujumbura, Burundi

Mar 07, 2011 11:24 AM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Freetown, Sierra Leone

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Freetown, Sierra Leone

Mar 07, 2011 02:28 PM

A child sponsorship report from Freetown in Sierra Leone. Written in 2010.

International Women’s Day 2011

International Women’s Day 2011

Mar 08, 2011 09:35 AM

All over the world on 8 March International Women’s Day stands for solidarity and for women's right to equal working conditions, equal access to education, respect for personal integrity and self-determination, for protection from all sorts of violence, for social, political and economical equality.

Emma Thompson speaks out for Liberia’s women and girls

Mar 08, 2011 09:48 AM

Oscar-winning Hollywood actress, Emma Thompson has put Liberia's women and girls in the media spotlight for International Women's Day.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Putian, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Putian, China

Mar 08, 2011 10:25 AM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bali, Indonesia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bali, Indonesia

Mar 08, 2011 01:10 PM

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

Discrimination still there, UN notes on International Women's Day

Mar 08, 2011 04:30 PM

There is much more work to be done to wipe out gender discrimination, the United Nations warned today on the 100th International Women's Day.

Pakistan will be a focus for UNICEF in 2011

Mar 09, 2011 10:30 AM

UNICEF released its ‘Humanitarian Action for Children Report’ yesterday, with a request for $1.4 billion in its annual appeal to donors.

Uganda's women and girl ex-soldiers face hopeless future

Mar 09, 2011 01:45 PM

Women and girls forced to fight in Uganda struggle to go back to normal life after escape, say researchers.

Children in Guatemala missing school

Mar 10, 2011 09:24 AM

According to data from the United Nations, 95 per cent of children are enrolled at primary school in Guatemala, with around 40 per cent in secondary education. But the Guardian’s Jessica Shepherd this week reports on an estimated 1.5 million children now missing school in order to help their families earn a living.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Trichur, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Trichur, India

Mar 10, 2011 10:35 AM

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

Syria’s parched farmlands bring poverty to families

Mar 11, 2011 09:58 AM

Eastern Syria has been experiencing a water crisis for the past five years and a report from the United Nations says the shortage of water has plunged around 800,000 people into extreme poverty and displaced thousands more.

Uganda families face food and water crisis

Mar 11, 2011 10:03 AM

Thousands of families in Uganda face serious food shortages and many are already going without, disaster chiefs warned.

UN praise for guilty verdicts in Congo rape trial

Mar 11, 2011 04:22 PM

The guilty verdicts handed down by a military court in the latest rape trial in Democratic Republic of the Congo have been welcomed by the United Nations

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Lembang, Indonesia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Lembang, Indonesia

Mar 12, 2011 09:45 AM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bouar in the Central African Republic

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bouar in the Central African Republic

Mar 13, 2011 10:30 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bouar in the Central African Republic. Written in 2010.

Côte d'Ivoire: "The situation is frightening"

Côte d'Ivoire: "The situation is frightening"

Mar 14, 2011 11:10 AM

Côte d'Ivoire has been the scene of violent outbreaks and armed conflicts since the results of the Ivorian presidential elections in late 2010. The children from the SOS Children's Village in Abidjan have been evacuated for as long as the violence in areas of the town continues. The Director of SOS Children's Villages Côte d'Ivoire Paul Gbato sums up the situation from his point of view:

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tbilisi, Georgia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tbilisi, Georgia

Mar 14, 2011 11:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Tbilisi in Georgia. Written in 2010.

Britain backs Kenya tea farmers

Mar 14, 2011 11:20 AM

Small-scale tea farmers in Kenya will be helped to get Fairtrade status in a project by the Co-op supermarket chain backed by the British government.

Japan tsunami: SOS Children projects safe

Japan tsunami: SOS Children projects safe

Mar 14, 2011 11:35 AM

SOS Children's only Village in Japan in Fukuoka, 1,100 km south-west from Tokyo, is safe following the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

Young given alternatives to gang violence in Venezuela

Mar 14, 2011 12:03 PM

With murder rates more than double the average in South America, Venezuela is currently struggling against high levels of violent crime. According to human rights groups, over 14,000 people were murdered in the country during 2010 and crime rates are especially high in the capital Caracas.

Hundreds of thousands of children at risk in Ivory Coast

Mar 14, 2011 02:16 PM

The lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the Ivory Coast are at risk amid what is being called a ‘humanitarian emergency.’

Zimbabwe women turning to herbalists for abortion

Mar 14, 2011 05:03 PM

As doctor's abortion fees soar, women in Zimbabwe are resorting to traditional medicine for illegal abortions.

Helping Haiti’s people access education and other services

Mar 15, 2011 12:19 PM

This Sunday, Haitians will once again turn out to vote for a new leader in the run-off between the two remaining presidential candidates – former first lady, Mirlande Manigat and popular singer Michel Martelly.

World makes big steps in fighting infectious diseases

Mar 15, 2011 03:35 PM

Scientists across the world are getting positive results in fighting infectious diseases such as Aids, malaria and diarrhoea, a new study reveals.

Pakistan’s disabled children at risk of being trafficked

Mar 16, 2011 09:31 AM

It is estimated that up to 10 per cent of Pakistan’s people live with a disability of some kind.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Chennai, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Chennai, India

Mar 16, 2011 10:25 AM

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

Protecting the health of the young in Armenia

Mar 16, 2011 03:19 PM

After gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Armenia faced a number of setbacks.

Young people in Gaza aren’t hopeful about their future

Mar 16, 2011 03:28 PM

At a rally held in the Gaza strip this week, organised on Facebook, thousands of Palestinians gathered to call for the reconciliation of Hamas and the Fatah group lead by President Mahmoud Abbas.

'Door of hope' for South Africa's orphans

Mar 17, 2011 01:48 PM

A metal hatch or baby bin on the outside wall of a Johannesburg orphanage is saving hundreds of babies lives a year, say carers. The Berea Baptist Mission Church, in one of the most crime-ridden streets in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, call the innovation their 'door of hope'.

Could this be the end for polio in India?

Mar 18, 2011 08:23 AM

Since the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988, cases of polio have been reduced by more than 99 per cent. In 1988, over 350,000 people contracted this cruel disease. In 2009, there were fewer than 2000 cases and last year, just over 1,000 infections were recorded.

Haiti cholera epidemic could be worse than feared

Mar 18, 2011 08:24 AM

In the weeks following the outbreak of cholera in Haiti last October, medical experts predicted the number of people who could be infected over the following 12 months might rise to between 300,000 to 400,000.

Sudan: Children evacuated after rebels storm Village

Sudan: Children evacuated after rebels storm Village

Mar 18, 2011 11:40 AM

Last Saturday, the SOS Children's Village in Malakal became the scene of gunfights carried out between government troops and rebel fighters. The children and staff of the Village have been evacuated to safety.

Improving child and maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh

Mar 21, 2011 09:51 AM

The United Nations (UN) has praised Bangladesh for its “impressive feats in pulling people out of poverty” and for the “considerable progress” the country has made in improving the survival rates of children.

Helping to change attitudes about violence towards women in Lebanon

Mar 21, 2011 09:56 AM

Across the Middle East, young men are standing at the forefront of a revolution demanding the voice of the people should be heard. Their protests have become increasingly loud and in certain countries have led to changes in government. But though less vocal, a quieter revolution is also taking place in the region, one which demands that the voice of women should also be heard.

Police search Nile for children’s bodies

Mar 21, 2011 10:30 AM

Police in Uganda are searching the river Nile for the bodies of two children, who along with a third child were allegedly drowned by their mother.

Families forced from homes as big firms buy up Ethiopia

Mar 21, 2011 04:46 PM

Tens of thousands of families are being moved out of their homes in Ethiopia as rich countries buy up huge chunks of its farmland to grow food for themselves.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Vientiane, Laos.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Vientiane, Laos.

Mar 22, 2011 04:40 PM

A child sponsorship report from Vientiane in Laos. Written in 2010.

Nora – SOS Children's Village Concepción, Chile

Nora – SOS Children's Village Concepción, Chile

Mar 23, 2011 09:25 AM

Nora is one of several experienced SOS mothers at SOS Children's Village Concepción, the first SOS Village to be built in Chile. The following interview gives an insight into her life as an SOS mother.

Amra – SOS Children’s Village Amman, Jordan

Amra – SOS Children’s Village Amman, Jordan

Mar 23, 2011 09:30 AM

Amra recently became an SOS mother at SOS Children's Village Amman in the capital of Jordan. She enjoys taking care of the ten children in her SOS family, and appreciates the help and guidance she is getting from the other SOS mothers in the Village.

Improving education for India’s children

Mar 23, 2011 10:51 AM

Over the last decade, India has made a number of commitments towards ensuring children have universal access to primary and secondary education. For example, the recent Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 has made education compulsory for all children up to the age of 14 years.

Many in Sri Lanka remember their own tsunami disaster

Mar 23, 2011 10:53 AM

It’s now seven years since a huge tsunami struck countries around the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day in 2004. One of the worst-affected was Sri Lanka, where over 40,000 people were killed in the disaster. Seeing the plight of many Japanese people following the recent tsunami has reminded some Sri Lankans of the loved ones they lost and their own struggle to rebuild their lives.

Ivory Coast's forgotten women and children

Mar 23, 2011 11:00 AM

The plight of hundreds of thousands of women and children is going ignored as the world media hones in on Libya and Japan, the United Nations warns.

Somalia signing up more child soldiers

Mar 23, 2011 02:30 PM

Armed groups are adding more and more child soldiers to their ranks as fighting across Somalia increases.

Water management is a priority for the capital of Haiti

Mar 23, 2011 04:37 PM

Yesterday over 200 international delegates met for World Water Day 2011, where the focus was on the pressing need to improve water management in cities.

Women and girls central to fight against TB

Mar 24, 2011 12:35 PM

Women and girls will be at the centre of UK efforts to halve Tuberculosis deaths by 2015, the government says on World TB Day today.

Fighting Tuberculosis in Georgia

Mar 24, 2011 04:28 PM

Today (24th March) is World TB Day, commemorating the date in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB).

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mbabane, Swaziland

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mbabane, Swaziland

Mar 25, 2011 09:32 AM

A child sponsorship report from Mbabane in Swaziland. Written in 2010.

Rebuilding in Pakistan

Mar 25, 2011 03:10 PM

Last year’s devastating floods across Pakistan left over 1.7 million homes damaged and destroyed crops across an area of more than 2.2 million hectares.

Emotional impact of tsunami disaster on Japan’s children

Mar 25, 2011 04:54 PM

Following the huge earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan two weeks ago, it is still far from clear what the final death toll from the disaster will be.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Phuket, Thailand.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Phuket, Thailand.

Mar 28, 2011 10:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Phuket in Thailand. Written in 2010.

Young girls in India face increased risks from anaemia

Mar 28, 2011 04:44 PM

In February this year, the International Food Policy Research Institute held a conference in Delhi to discuss ways in which agriculture can improve health.

Madonna scraps Malawi girl’s school plan

Mar 29, 2011 09:40 AM

Madonna has dropped plans to set up a girl’s boarding school in Malawi after blowing £2.4 million on the project.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Basse, Gambia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Basse, Gambia

Mar 29, 2011 11:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Basse in Gambia. Written in 2010.

Adolescents in the Ukraine face growing risks

Mar 29, 2011 04:36 PM

Researchers have just released the findings of a study which looks at mortality data across 50 countries over the last half-century up to 2004.

Teen death rates overtake child mortality

Mar 30, 2011 09:29 AM

Medical progress and global efforts to reduce Death rates among teenagers are now higher than those in babies and children, research revealed today.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Kolkata, India

Mar 30, 2011 11:15 AM

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

Give to Charity before tax year end and avoid tax!

Give to Charity before tax year end and avoid tax!

Mar 30, 2011 03:25 PM

The UK tax year ends on this Tuesday so now is the last chance for decisions which count in the last tax year.

A charter for improving the lives of children in Peru

Mar 30, 2011 04:32 PM

In 1990, Peru was one of the first countries in Latin America to ratify the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Extending free healthcare for the poor of Indonesia

Mar 30, 2011 04:36 PM

Indonesia has come a long way since independence in the 1960s. Over the last half-century, economic growth has reduced the number of people living in poverty from around 6 in 10 to just 2 in every 10 people and life expectancy has risen from 45 to 70 years.

Challenge yourself for SOS Children!

Challenge yourself for SOS Children!

Mar 31, 2011 08:25 AM

SOS Children rely on donations raised through a wide variety of fundraising efforts. Taking part in a challenge is a fun way to raise valuable funds for our work accross the world.

Shafqat Amanat Ali performs live in concert for SOS

Shafqat Amanat Ali performs live in concert for SOS

Mar 31, 2011 08:30 AM

On 14 May 2011, the internationally acclaimed artist Shafqat Amanat Ali will perform live in London in a concert to raise funds for SOS Children’s work with orphaned and abandoned children in Pakistan.

SOS calls for mothers to be sponsors for Mother's Day

SOS calls for mothers to be sponsors for Mother's Day

Mar 31, 2011 08:35 AM

For Mother's Day, why not give a sponsorship gift that will help SOS Children to support more mothers, helping children around the world?

Haiti: SOS tent school  is transformed!

Haiti: SOS tent school is transformed!

Mar 31, 2011 08:40 AM

The SOS School in Santo is barely recognisable: instead of classrooms consisting of tents on a dirt floor, brand new shelters now provide ample space for eight classrooms in addition to the existing school building.

SOS Children wins US$5M commitment from HSBC

SOS Children wins US$5M commitment from HSBC

Mar 31, 2011 08:45 AM

SOS Children has won a US$5M commitment from HSBC to continue with Future First, a global education programme for children at risk.

Sudan: Rebels move out of SOS Village

Sudan: Rebels move out of SOS Village

Mar 31, 2011 08:50 AM

Fighting at the SOS Children's Village in Malakal in Southern Sudan has now ceased. SOS staff now need to assess the safety of the Village and decide when the children and mothers can return home.

SOS Japan ready to care for unaccompanied children

SOS Japan ready to care for unaccompanied children

Mar 31, 2011 08:55 AM

The SOS Children’s Village in Fukuoka has agreed to take in as many unaccompanied children as it can following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Thousands in Ivory Coast need UN protection

Mar 31, 2011 09:20 AM

Tens of thousands of people forced from their homes by fighting in the Ivory Coast urgently need help from the United Nations, rights group Amnesty International has warned.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Montevideo, Uruguay

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Montevideo, Uruguay

Mar 31, 2011 11:10 AM

A child sponsorship report from Montevideo in Uruguay. Written in 2010.

Census in India reveals missing girls

Mar 31, 2011 03:53 PM

In February this year, India began its 15th national census (which takes place every 10 years). This huge task was carried out by 2.5 million officials visiting over 7,000 towns and 600,000 villages.

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