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April 2011

Haiti: SOS to build a new Children’s Village in Les Cayes, Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Living in the shadow of Chernobyl, Haiti two years on: SOS to build a new Children’s Village in Les Cayes, South Sudan: Children return home to SOS Children’s Village, A new Village for Ghana!
Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Owu-Ijebu, Nigeria.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Owu-Ijebu, Nigeria.

Apr 01, 2011 11:30 AM

A child sponsorship report from Owu-Ijebu in Nigeria. Written in 2010.

The importance of opportunities for girls in Bangladesh

Apr 01, 2011 06:24 PM

This year Bangladesh celebrates its 40th birthday. Formerly ‘East Pakistan’, Bangladesh became independent in December 1971 after a nine-month war with West Pakistan.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Suncheon, Korea

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Suncheon, Korea

Apr 02, 2011 10:30 AM

A child sponsorship report from Suncheon in Korea. Written in 2010.

Families live in fear as Ivory Coast fighting intensifies

Apr 04, 2011 09:35 AM

Women and children are living in fear in the Ivory Coast as the United Nations starts to evacuate 200 staff from the strife-torn country.

Documentary shows child soldiers released in Congo

Apr 04, 2011 09:39 AM

Channel 4 researchers travelled to the Central African country, to film footage broadcast on Friday.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

Apr 04, 2011 11:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Santiago de Los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. Written in 2010.

Children evacuated from SOS Village Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire

Children evacuated from SOS Village Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire

Apr 04, 2011 02:50 PM

The situation in Côte d’Ivoire is becoming increasingly chaotic. Due to heavy fighting and prevailing insecurity in the surrounding area in Abidjan, children and young people have been evacuated to our SOS Children's Village Aboisso, further east in the country.

HIV patients told don’t stop ARVs amid miracle cure clamour

Apr 05, 2011 09:20 AM

HIV patients in Tanzania are being urged to keep taking their anti-retrovirals as thousands of people surge into the north of the country to buy a herbal miracle cure.

Floods in southern Thailand as country hosts UN climate convention

Apr 05, 2011 09:31 AM

In southern Thailand, flooding has struck ten provinces and killed at least 45 people. Over 2 million people have been affected across the southern region, with areas put on high alert as more rain is forecast.

UN delegate raises issue of reproductive health in the Philippines

Apr 05, 2011 09:36 AM

This week, a United Nations (UN) delegation has been visiting the Philippines.

New beginnings for Haiti and its orphans

Apr 05, 2011 02:27 PM

Preliminary results from Haiti’s presidential election have just been announced which indicate that musician Michel Martelly has won a majority of votes, defeating former first lady Mirlande Manigat.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sheikh, Somaliland.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sheikh, Somaliland.

Apr 06, 2011 02:35 PM

A child sponsorship report from Sheikh in Somaliland. Written in 2010.

Importance of education and reform in Pakistan

Apr 06, 2011 03:00 PM

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, has just visited Pakistan and spoken of the UK government’s commitment to the country.

World Health Day - SOS supporting families with HIV/AIDS

World Health Day - SOS supporting families with HIV/AIDS

Apr 07, 2011 09:35 AM

Throughout the world, SOS Children are supporting nearly 400,000 children and families with medical treatments and preventative care. Celestine, from Nairobi in Kenya, is one of these people whose lives have improved with support from the SOS Medical Centre and Family Strengthening Programme.

Schoolchildren taking fighting drug

Apr 07, 2011 09:48 AM

Parents and teachers in South Africa fear a growing trend of wearing a herb, believed to improve fighting and sexual prowess, is fuelling a rise in violence among schoolchildren.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Cibitoke, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Cibitoke, Burundi

Apr 07, 2011 10:25 AM

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

2011 Property Race Day supports new SOS Village in Chipata, Zambia

2011 Property Race Day supports new SOS Village in Chipata, Zambia

Apr 07, 2011 10:45 AM

On Friday 8th July 2011, the fifth annual Property Race Day will take place at Ascot Racecourse, helping to raise valuable funds in support of our work in Chipata, a deprived town in Zambia’s eastern province, where one in every six children are orphans.

International Day for Street Children - 12 April

International Day for Street Children - 12 April

Apr 07, 2011 11:55 AM

On 12 April, a new campaign 'The International Day for Street Children: Louder Together' is launched. This campaign aims to give a louder voice to the millions of vulnerable street children all around the world, so their rights cannot be ignored.

Indigenous children die of malnutrition in Argentina

Apr 07, 2011 04:43 PM

Despite years of strong economic growth, bumper harvests and huge social care and food assistance programmes, there are still pockets in Argentina where hunger and malnutrition persist.

Rwanda’s miracle orphanage

Apr 07, 2011 05:03 PM

As Rwanda marks the anniversary of the 1994 genocide in which almost one million people were killed, an orphanage that played a key part in protecting people is still serving its community.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Savannakhet, Laos.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Savannakhet, Laos.

Apr 08, 2011 11:10 AM

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

"I will be a success": Watch how Esther's life has changed

Apr 08, 2011 11:45 AM

Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children, broadcast on BBC2 in 2010, told the story of young sisters Esther and Tino and their struggle to survive. A year later, the film crew returned to make a second film charting their progress since they arrived to live at SOS Children's Village Bindura. Take a look at how Esther and Tino’s lives have dramatically changed since they came to live with SOS Children in Zimbabwe…

Ending the use of child soldiers in the Philippines

Apr 08, 2011 04:55 PM

At his election in June last year, Benigno Aquino the President of the Philippines promised to work towards ‘peace & prosperity’.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010 from Santa Tecla, El Salvador

Child Sponsorship Report 2010 from Santa Tecla, El Salvador

Apr 11, 2011 10:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Santa Tecla in El Salvador. Written in 2010.

Haiti’s need for bulldozers instead of tanks

Apr 11, 2011 10:34 AM

In his final speech to the United Nations (UN) last week, the outgoing president of Haiti, Rene Preval, spoke of the need for the UN to refocus its mission in Haiti.

Côte d'Ivoire: 500,000 displaced by violent clashes

Côte d'Ivoire: 500,000 displaced by violent clashes

Apr 11, 2011 01:40 PM

Since disputed presidential elections in late 2010, the situation in Côte d’Ivoire has been increasingly unstable and is now descending into a full-scale humanitarian crisis.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Daegu, South Korea

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Daegu, South Korea

Apr 12, 2011 10:10 AM

A child sponsorship report from Daegu in South Korea. Written in 2010.

Young doctors’ great results in Africa Aids fight

Apr 12, 2011 11:48 AM

A surge in interest among young western doctors in the world’s poorest countries is lightening the load for local health workers and leading to better care.

Changing attitudes to the early marriage of girls in Bangladesh

Apr 12, 2011 04:57 PM

Despite a growing women’s movement, girls continue to be married off at a very young age in Bangladesh.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Serowe, Botswana

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Serowe, Botswana

Apr 13, 2011 10:25 AM

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

The overlooked flood victims of Peru

Apr 13, 2011 04:05 PM

Results of Peru’s first-round presidential election were announced on Sunday, giving the left-wing nationalist Ollanta Humala a majority.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Rustenburg, South Africa

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Rustenburg, South Africa

Apr 14, 2011 11:05 AM

A child sponsorship report from Rustenburg in South Africa. Written in 2010.

Protecting the most vulnerable microfinance borrowers in India

Apr 14, 2011 04:55 PM

Last week, a Bangladeshi court upheld the dismissal of Muhammad Yunus as managing director of the Grameen Bank, which he founded.

New aid bible to protect women and girls’ rights

Apr 15, 2011 12:11 PM

Aid agencies risk violating, rather than protecting the rights of people in disaster zones, experts warn.

EU incentive on improvements to reproductive health in the Philippines

Apr 15, 2011 04:55 PM

Earlier this month a delegation from various United Nations (UN) agencies, including representatives from the Development Program (UNDP) and the Children’s Fund (UNICEF), visited the Philippines.

Helping families in Pakistan to rebuild their lives

Helping families in Pakistan to rebuild their lives

May 31, 2011 11:40 AM

It has now been over eight months since Pakistan was affected by devastating flooding. SOS are providing support to help families in the community to repair their homes and rebuild their lives.

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Keeping families together

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Keeping families together

Apr 18, 2011 10:15 AM

In the Belarus capital of Minsk, many families, particularly those forced to move from contaminated areas following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, now face unemployment and a range of social problems including alcoholism and mental health issues.

Uncertain future for Ethiopia’s orphans

Apr 18, 2011 03:10 PM

Ethiopia is one of the world’s most popular destinations for western couples hoping to adopt orphaned children.

A better future for Nepal’s children

Apr 18, 2011 04:45 PM

With the exception of Afghanistan, Nepal remains the poorest country in south Asia, with over half the population living on less than a dollar per day.

EU wasting billions on aid

Apr 19, 2011 09:25 AM

The European Union has been criticised for wasting billions of taxpayer’s money on useless aid projects.

The dangers of contaminated water in Pakistan

The dangers of contaminated water in Pakistan

Apr 19, 2011 12:05 PM

A new study has been conducted by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) to assess the nation’s water supplies.

Baby among 500 dead in Nigeria machete attacks

Apr 19, 2011 02:31 PM

A four-day old baby and several children are among 500 killed when rioters armed with machetes stormed villages in Nigeria.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Dar Bouazza, Morocco.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Dar Bouazza, Morocco.

Apr 19, 2011 02:47 PM

A child sponsorship report from Dar Bouazza in Morocco. Written in 2010.

Swaziland’s Aids organisations in free fall

Apr 20, 2011 03:07 PM

Aids organisations in the country with the world’s highest HIV rate are struggling to survive.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Jorpati, Nepal.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Jorpati, Nepal.

Apr 20, 2011 03:10 PM

A child sponsorship report from Jorpati in Nepal. Written in 2010.

Protecting India’s young people against honour killings

Apr 20, 2011 04:54 PM

Though no official statistics exist, one recent study (conducted by the Democratic Women’s Association) estimated that 1000 young people die each year in India due to ‘honour killings’.

The kids making our kids’ Easter Eggs

Apr 21, 2011 09:29 AM

When British children tuck into their Easter eggs on Sunday, few will know their chocolate treats have been made by African children working as modern day slaves.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Chengdu, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Chengdu, China

Apr 21, 2011 04:38 PM

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

Poverty rises in Egypt as country moves towards a new beginning

Apr 21, 2011 04:45 PM

On Saturday, an Egyptian court ordered the dissolution of former President Hosni Mubarak’s political party, the National Democratic Party (NDP).

Growing up in Chernobyl

Growing up in Chernobyl

Apr 25, 2011 09:25 AM

Elena Parhimovich, 50, and her son Maxim, 23, live in Bobruisk, a small town in the district of Mogilev, one of Belarus's most severely contaminated areas by the radioactive fall-out from the worst nuclear accident in history at Chernobyl. Here, they tell their story...

Exhibition: 'Belarus - Growing up in the Shadow of Chernobyl'

Exhibition: 'Belarus - Growing up in the Shadow of Chernobyl'

Apr 25, 2011 10:10 AM

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, professional photographer Gail Ward is holding an exhibition at The Link Gallery in Winchester from 19 April until 26 May 2011 illustrating the effect that the nuclear fallout is still having on children and families in Belarus.

A new Village for Ghana!

A new Village for Ghana!

Apr 26, 2011 08:55 AM

SOS Children have recently opened a new SOS Children’s Village in Ghana, the third in the country, and the first Village to be located in central Ghana.

SOS Children in Burkina Faso unaffected by political unrest

SOS Children in Burkina Faso unaffected by political unrest

Apr 26, 2011 09:00 AM

Burkina Faso, a poor landlocked country in West Africa, has been severely affected by ongoing unrest both by the country’s population and in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire. We have received the good news that all of our programmes in Burkina Faso are safe and unaffected by the violence.

An education for all at SOS School Blantyre

An education for all at SOS School Blantyre

Apr 26, 2011 09:05 AM

"An advantage for the disadvantaged" is how one parent recently described the new class now available for children with special needs at SOS Primary School Blantyre in Malawi.

Bolivian landslides: SOS Children is helping to rebuild lives

Bolivian landslides: SOS Children is helping to rebuild lives

Apr 26, 2011 09:10 AM

After massive landslides destroyed entire neighbourhoods of Bolivia’s capital La Paz in late February 2011, SOS Children set up five Emergency Childcare Centres in the areas affected most by the disaster.

Challenging child malnutrition in Indonesia

Challenging child malnutrition in Indonesia

Apr 26, 2011 09:15 AM

Nearly one in every five Indonesian children under the age of five is underweight. Not only can malnutrition be fatal; it causes significant long-term health problems in those who survive. Since early 2011, SOS have been organising programmes in Indonesia to help to reduce the number of malnourished children.

South Sudan: Children return home to SOS Children’s Village

South Sudan: Children return home to SOS Children’s Village

Apr 26, 2011 09:20 AM

Children and staff have finally returned to the SOS Children’s Village in Malakal, which they had to flee due to deadly clashes on site on 12 March.

Haiti two years on: SOS to build a new Children’s Village in Les Cayes

Haiti two years on: SOS to build a new Children’s Village in Les Cayes

Dec 15, 2011 09:40 AM

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, plans to build a brand new SOS Children’s Village, Family Strengthening Programme and education facilities in Les Cayes in the south of the country are underway.

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Helping Andrey

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Helping Andrey

Apr 26, 2011 09:40 AM

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in 1986 emitted radiation over a territory the size of Germany and was a human tragedy, resulting in large-scale displacement of populations, the contamination of vast areas of land, and the loss of livelihoods. It is estimated that at least 4,000 deaths are attributable to the accident, whilst thousands more continue to endure health problems as a direct result of radiation.

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Olga's story

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Olga's story

Apr 26, 2011 09:45 AM

In a crowded room on the second floor of a state-owned high rise block in the small town of Borovljany, just outside Minsk, single mother Olga, begins to recount her story of her troublesome childhood and her struggle to provide for her three children.

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Living in the shadow of Chernobyl

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Living in the shadow of Chernobyl

Apr 26, 2011 09:55 AM

Sitting in his office on the outskirts of Minsk, Alex Nesterenko, Director of the Belarus Institute of Radiation, looks worried: ‘25years after Chernobyl, we have not learnt anything. It’s happening all over again [in Japan]. It’s déjà vu.’

Cameroon cholera outbreak could reach Haiti proportions

Apr 26, 2011 02:50 PM

A cholera outbreak in west Africa could kill hundreds of people a day, without urgent aid to stop the disease spreading, a charity has warned.

Haiti’s president-elect talks of the country’s pressing needs

Apr 26, 2011 05:05 PM

The president-elect of Haiti, Michel Martelly, has been in Washington and spoken about the pressing needs of his ravaged country.

Sierra Leone families mark golden jubilee

Apr 27, 2011 01:37 PM

Sierra Leone should move forward from its troubled past and look to the future, its president said today as the country marks 50 years of independence from British rule.

School buildings empty of children in Pakistan

Apr 27, 2011 03:22 PM

Over the next five years, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) expects to spend a significant part of its aid budget for Pakistan on education.

Madonna’s Malawi court battle with sacked charity school workers

Apr 28, 2011 09:45 AM

Madonna has launched her legal case against a group of sacked workers after her plans to build a girls' school in the country were scrapped.

Russia aims to tackle its alcohol problem

Apr 28, 2011 03:20 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) this week published its first worldwide report on non-communicable diseases.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Imzouren, Morocco.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Imzouren, Morocco.

Apr 28, 2011 04:24 PM

A child sponsorship report from Imzouren in Morocco. Written in 2010.

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