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May 2011

Côte d'Ivoire crisis: SOS supporting Ivorian refugees in Liberia, Ivorian Refugees: Woko, Touego and Kapeu tell their stories, Helping Belinda grow up safely, Peace through theatre for Sudan's children, Building a better future: SOS supporting families in Urgench to become independent
Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Calbayog, Philippines.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Calbayog, Philippines.

May 03, 2011 04:09 PM

A child sponsorship report from Calbayog in Philippines. Written in 2010.

Children attend Barenboim peace concert in Gaza

May 03, 2011 04:23 PM

Hundreds of children helped to make up the audience for Daniel Barenboim’s ‘peace concert’ in Gaza territory this week.

Sub Saharan Africa worst place to be a mum

May 04, 2011 09:40 AM

Eight out of 10 of the world's worst countries to be a mother are in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Gitega, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Gitega, Burundi

May 04, 2011 11:35 AM

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

Women workers in Asian countries like Indonesia face exploitation

May 05, 2011 10:14 AM

A new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Asian Development Bank looks at the situation of women workers in Asia.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Itahari, Nepal.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Itahari, Nepal.

May 05, 2011 04:15 PM

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

World AIDS Orphans Day: Reaching out to vulnerable children in Nairobi

World AIDS Orphans Day: Reaching out to vulnerable children in Nairobi

May 06, 2011 11:45 AM

Over 15 million children throughout the world have lost one or both parents to AIDS, leaving vulnerable child or extended-family headed households which struggle to survive. In Kenya, staff at the SOS Social and Medical Centre in Nairobi are working with AIDS orphans to improve their prospects for the future.

Children in Ivory Coast health crisis

May 06, 2011 01:00 PM

Thousands of children forced out of their homes to escape fighting in the Ivory Coast now face a health ‘catastrophe,’ a charity warns.

Thousands homeless in Tanzania floods

May 06, 2011 02:58 PM

Devastating floods in Western Tanzania have left more than 3,500 people homeless.

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Lesha's story

Chernobyl 25th anniversary: Lesha's story

May 06, 2011 03:30 PM

Lesha, 23, was diagnosed with leukaemia in January 2011. Since February, he has been receiving treatment from the Centre of Child Oncology and Haematology in Borovljany. He is currently staying at the nearby Mother and Child Social Centre whilst he undergoes treatment which was established in 1996 to help families affected by the Chernobyl Disaster.

Children caught up in the violence of Mexico’s drug war

May 06, 2011 03:45 PM

In a televised speech, the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, has called on Mexicans to support his government’s continuing crackdown on the drugs cartels.

Anisia’s story - Supporting child-headed households in Mozambique

Anisia’s story - Supporting child-headed households in Mozambique

May 09, 2011 10:30 AM

Child headed households are common in Mozambique, where economic migration and illness leave children parentless. SOS Children run Family Strengthening Programmes which reach out to families such as Anisia’s*, in desperate circumstances. This is her story, in her own words.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Nha Trang, Vietnam.

May 09, 2011 03:07 PM

A child sponsorship report from Nha Trang in Vietnam. Written in 2010.

Changing attitudes on gender violence among young people in Argentina

May 10, 2011 09:35 AM

According to the United Nations (UN), violence against women and girls constitutes the most widespread form of human rights abuse.

Talks focus on world’s poorest countries

May 10, 2011 12:10 PM

International talks starting in Turkey this week will focus on how the global community can help the world’s poorest countries.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mamelodi, South Africa.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mamelodi, South Africa.

May 10, 2011 12:30 PM

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

Children risk death fleeing North Africa, warn aid workers

May 11, 2011 09:35 AM

Children as young as 12 are risking starvation, thirst and drowning as they flee North Africa unaccompanied in boats heading for Europe, charity workers warn.

Children in Egypt inspired by the revolution

May 11, 2011 09:47 AM

Clashes between Egypt’s Christians and conservative Muslims have lead to the deaths of 12 people in Cairo this week.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sanothimi, Nepal.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sanothimi, Nepal.

May 11, 2011 11:45 AM

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

The ‘unheard of’ epidemic killing children in Bangladesh

May 12, 2011 09:26 AM

This week, Vietnam plays host to the World Conference on Drowning Prevention. 400 delegates (representing 50 countries) are expected at the Conference, which is being presented by the Royal Life Saving Society Australia and The Alliance for Safe Children.

‘Baby safes’ ignite child welfare controversy

May 12, 2011 09:38 AM

A ‘safe deposit box’ where parents can leave unwanted babies might encourage more people to abandon their children, child welfare groups fear.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Chittagong, Bangladesh

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Chittagong, Bangladesh

May 12, 2011 11:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Chittagong in Bangladesh. Written in 2010.

UN International Day of the Family: reunited

UN International Day of the Family: reunited

May 12, 2011 02:15 PM

Millions of children across the world are unable to be cared for by their biological relatives, leaving them vulnerable and alone. SOS believe that all children deserve to live as a family. Patricia explains how she and her six siblings became a family at SOS Children’s Village Quilpué in Chile.

Haiti's President makes promises for women and girls

May 12, 2011 04:50 PM

Early this year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) completed a three-month survey of Haitians made homeless by the earthquake of January 2010.

Helping least developed countries such as Haiti

May 16, 2011 10:25 AM

A United Nations (UN) conference was held last week in Istanbul focusing on the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs). Delegates discussed a new action plan drawn up by the UN to help raise these countries out of poverty.

241,000 children hungry in drought-ravaged Somalia

May 16, 2011 11:20 AM

Hundreds of thousands of children in are going hungry in what is being called one of the worst droughts in living memory.

Improving schools in Mexico

May 16, 2011 04:41 PM

National literacy rates in Mexico are high, with 98 per cent of 15-24 year olds able to read and write. And the country is well on track to meet maths and reading targets set by Felipe Calderon at the start of his presidency in 2007. However, some experts feel the country should be doing much better.

Girl’s death triggers Ebola alert

May 17, 2011 09:28 AM

Tight border controls are in place after cases of the deadly Ebola disease have been confirmed in Uganda.

Lighting up lives in rural Bangladesh

May 17, 2011 04:53 PM

Less than a third of rural households in Bangladesh have access to grid electricity. This means that in many rural communities, life comes to a halt once the sun has set.

Protecting the poor in Serbia during the economic downturn

May 18, 2011 04:32 PM

Last week, a United Nations conference on least developed countries focused on private sector participation as a way to reduce poverty. But though the private sector undoubtedly has a role to play in developing nations, some experts question how easy it is to interest private companies during a global recession.

Africa’s child vaccine failure

May 19, 2011 09:50 AM

African leaders are failing to hand out enough life-saving jabs to children, says multi-billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

An update from Haiti

An update from Haiti

May 19, 2011 02:36 PM

On 12 January 2010, Haiti was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. Sixteen months on, SOS are continuing to provide services to those most vulnerable.

New UK law could save world’s poorest countries millions

May 19, 2011 03:42 PM

A new law could save the world’s poorest countries an estimated £145m over six years.

The young photographers in Lebanon’s camps

May 19, 2011 04:35 PM

Recent clashes along Israel’s border have offered a reminder about the plight of 4.5 million Palestinians displaced by the conflict in Israel.

Strike closes Botswana hospitals

May 20, 2011 01:40 PM

Botswana’s biggest hospital was shut down yesterday (Thurs) after a walkout by 300 staff.

Measuring poverty in India

May 20, 2011 04:51 PM

India’s population is currently estimated at more than 1.2 billion people. Official statistics suggest nearly two-fifths – around 500 million Indians - live below the poverty line.

20,000 flee homes as Sudan edges towards civil war

May 23, 2011 11:10 AM

Thousands have fled their homes after northern troops moved into the contested border town Abeyi, in a move south Sudan says is illegal and a declaration of war.

Nigeria applauded for boosting women’s and children’s health

May 23, 2011 01:55 PM

Nigeria was today congratulated for investing in women’s and children’s health.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Ksarnaba, Lebanon.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Ksarnaba, Lebanon.

May 23, 2011 04:35 PM

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

The battle against dengue fever in Cambodia

May 23, 2011 04:46 PM

This is always a worrying time of year for Cambodian health officials, as cases of dengue fever normally spike in June and July. However, this year officials at the National Dengue Control Programme (NDCP) are especially concerned.

Aid arrives for Niger families

May 24, 2011 03:05 PM

Tens of thousands of families in southern Niger are finally starting to get the aid they need to survive.

New SOS Children's Village for Rwanda

New SOS Children's Village for Rwanda

Jun 30, 2011 06:50 AM

At the beginning of May, SOS Children opened a fourth Village in Rwanda. Located in Kayonza, a deprived area in the east of the country, the new Village will provide a home for 120 children, as well as vital services for the local community.

Unrest does not deter agencies from assisting Syria’s people

May 25, 2011 09:45 AM

Following three consecutive years of drought in the north east, farmers in Syria have now been struck by another problem – the invasion of an alien weed.

Africa’s poorest countries spend most on children

May 26, 2011 09:43 AM

The richest countries in Africa spend less on looking after their children than the poorest ones, a new study shows.

Poor communities in the Philippines build resilience against disasters

May 26, 2011 09:47 AM

According to the latest ‘Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction’ published by the United Nations this week, the risk of being killed by a cyclone or flood is lower today than 20 years ago because of early warning systems and better disaster response in countries frequently affected.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tema, Ghana.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tema, Ghana.

May 26, 2011 04:25 PM

A child sponsorship report from Tema in Ghana. Written in 2010.

Remote poor face hunger in Nepal as food aid is cut

May 26, 2011 04:59 PM

A lack of funds means the United Nations (UN) food agency is having to cut back operations in Nepal, leaving around half a million poor facing extreme hunger.

Supporting families to become independent

Supporting families to become independent

May 27, 2011 03:55 PM

Urgench in Uzbekistan is one of the cities in the country with the highest number of children at risk of losing the care of their families. Since September 2010, SOS have been working to empower parents to care and provide for their children.

150,000 homeless after fleeing Sudan violence

May 27, 2011 04:10 PM

More than 150,000 people have fled violence in Sudan’s Abyei, a southern Sudanese minister said today.

How to stop the killing of unborn girls in India?

How to stop the killing of unborn girls in India?

May 27, 2011 04:45 PM

Provisional census data released in India this year shows the number of girls under the age of six is continuing to decline. Studies suggest that unborn baby girls are terminated by families hoping for a boy instead. Why is this happening, and what is being done to stop it?

Peace through theatre for Sudan's children

Peace through theatre for Sudan's children

May 31, 2011 11:20 AM

Ali Mahdi, the National Director of SOS Children in Sudan, has recently won the UN Arab Culture Prize award for his work bringing drama performances to children in the frontline of conflict in Sudan.

Celebs to run British 10K for SOS Children

Celebs to run British 10K for SOS Children

Jun 30, 2011 06:40 AM

Two high-profile Tottenham Hotspur fans were put through their paces at the Spurs training ground this week – all in the name of SOS Children!

Zimbabwe film wins BAFTA award

May 31, 2011 11:30 AM

Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children, broadcast on BBC2 in 2010, which told the story of young sisters Esther and Tino and their struggle to survive, has won the 2011 BAFTA for best Current Affairs documentary.

SOS Children from Tlokweng in Botswana – in their own words

May 31, 2011 11:35 AM

SOS Children’s Village Tlokweng was the first SOS Village to be built in Botswana, in 1986. Recently, filmmakers visited the Village to find out from the children and the SOS mothers living there how they felt about their lives in the Village.

Spurs visit SOS South Africa

Spurs visit SOS South Africa

May 31, 2011 11:45 AM

Children at the SOS Children’s Village Rustenburg in South Africa were greeted by Tottenham Hotspur Club representatives, including Gary Mabbutt, as part of the Club’s visit to South Africa earlier this month.

Helping Belinda grow up safely

Helping Belinda grow up safely

May 31, 2011 11:50 AM

We believe that wherever possible, children should be brought up their biological parents. We strengthen vulnerable families ability to care for their children, helping them to stay together. Belinda is just one child who has been able to grow up safely with her biological family thanks to support from SOS Children.

Ivorian Refugees: Woko, Touego and Kapeu tell their stories

Ivorian Refugees: Woko, Touego and Kapeu tell their stories

May 31, 2011 11:55 AM

Fleeing the instability in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire, refugees were forced to leave their homes, their belongings and day to day life in order to survive. Now living in a refugee camp in Liberia, life is a struggle. These are the stories of three refugees.

Côte d'Ivoire crisis: SOS supporting Ivorian refugees in Liberia

Côte d'Ivoire crisis: SOS supporting Ivorian refugees in Liberia

May 31, 2011 12:00 PM

At the Bahn Refugee Center in Nimba in the north of Liberia, 3,885 refugees fleeing the violence in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire have taken shelter. SOS have set up operations in the camp to help as many families as possible meet their basic needs.

Film charts South African girl’s Aids struggle

May 31, 2011 12:28 PM

A young girl’s struggle against a host of South Africa’s current problems is the subject of a touching new film.

Microfinance savings and loans benefit poor communities in Cambodia

May 31, 2011 03:56 PM

Recently, the area of microfinance has attracted controversy, with concerns about rising numbers of suicides among over-indebted borrowers and shock over the dismissal of Muhammad Yunus from the Grameen Bank he founded.

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