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June 2011

Steps towards gender equality in Guatemala, SOS “book bikes” provide a valuable service for Indonesian Children, Giving children a chance: Kim visits her sponsored child in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka: A new Village for displaced children, Saving lives through disease prevention

Rising food costs hit poor countries like the Philippines

Jun 01, 2011 02:10 PM

A new report by Oxfam highlights the growing struggle of the world’s poor to feed their families.

Cure and cash key to HIV

Jun 01, 2011 03:30 PM

Nearly 30 years since first reports of Aids, more money is needed to find a cure for HIV, the International Aids Society has said.

SOS Sudan remains vigilant in the midst of unrest

SOS Sudan remains vigilant in the midst of unrest

Jun 02, 2011 08:00 AM

Just seven weeks before South Sudan is due to secede as an independent country, tensions between north and south Sudan have flared up in the disputed Abyei region on the ill-defined north-south border. About 60,000 to 80,000 people, mainly women and children, have fled the area. Thankfully, SOS Children’s two Villages are some distance away, but staff are closely monitoring the situation.

SOS sends two relief convoys to Liberian-Ivorian border

SOS sends two relief convoys to Liberian-Ivorian border

Jun 02, 2011 09:10 AM

Due to the ongoing violence in Côte d’Ivoire, tens of thousands have fled the country for the relative safety of Liberia. In several refugee camps and communities along the border, relief organisations are struggling to provide the desperate refugees with basic necessities and medication. SOS Children’s Villages’ second convoy with emergency supplies arrived on 26 May.

Child casualties soar in Somalia

Jun 02, 2011 10:58 AM

The number of children hurt in fighting in Somalia has risen massively, the United Nations says.

Bangladesh to receive large aid packages for development

Jun 02, 2011 05:01 PM

This week, the United Nations (UN) has signed an agreement to provide 1.8 billion dollars to Bangladesh over the next five years to support development work.

Food insecurity in Guatemala

Jun 03, 2011 11:13 AM

Nearly half of young children in Guatemala suffer from chronic malnutrition and following the failure of legislation meant to increase local food production, the number looks set to rise.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mthatha, South Africa.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mthatha, South Africa.

Jun 03, 2011 03:35 PM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Agadir, Morocco

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Agadir, Morocco

Jun 04, 2011 10:35 AM

A child sponsor report from Agadir in Morocco. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Socoura Mopti, Mali

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Socoura Mopti, Mali

Jun 05, 2011 10:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Socoura Mopti in Mali. Written in 2010.

Girl killed in Burkina Faso uprising

Jun 06, 2011 09:40 AM

A little girl was among seven people killed when Burkina Faso’s army stamped down on an uprising.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Jun 06, 2011 12:15 PM

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

32 pregnant girls rescued from Nigeria baby farm

Jun 06, 2011 03:21 PM

A "baby farm" where school-age teenagers were allegedly being held hostage by staff who planned to sell their babies has been raided by Nigerian police.

Brazil extends poverty alleviation scheme

Jun 06, 2011 04:52 PM

Despite Brazil’s growing wealth (the country’s economy outweighs all others in Latin America), an estimated 16 million of its citizens still live in extreme poverty.

Photographer swaps stars for people fighting starvation

Jun 07, 2011 02:56 PM

During his 20-year career, British photographer, John Rankin has worked with royalty, prime ministers, supermodels and actors.

A new bill to protect children in the Philippines

Jun 07, 2011 04:26 PM

Last week, a bill was passed by the Philippines’ House of Representatives to further the protection of children.

Can mobiles heal Africa?

Jun 08, 2011 04:46 PM

Clever use of mobile technology may be key to cracking Africa’s healthcare problems, say experts.

Concerns that water shortages could impede China’s development

Jun 08, 2011 04:57 PM

Heavy rain in parts of southern and eastern China has caused the deaths of over 50 people and displaced more than 100,000 according to state media sources this week.

India’s young drug users at risk of catching HIV/AIDS

Jun 08, 2011 06:25 PM

Figures newly released by UNAIDS show that more than 34 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2010.

Juliette's journey: Learning how to support her family in Côte d’Ivoire

Juliette's journey: Learning how to support her family in Côte d’Ivoire

Jun 09, 2011 04:00 PM

Juliette is a young mother of three living in Côte d’Ivoire, whose husband's tragic death left her alone and unemployed, with no means to provide for her family. Thanks to the help of SOS Children, she has been able to realise her dream of becoming a teacher, and is now able to support her family independently.

Flooding raises fears of more cholera cases in Haiti

Jun 09, 2011 08:39 PM

Flooding and mudslides following days of heavy rain have killed more than 20 people in Haiti.

Youth of Gaza want freedom and unity

Jun 10, 2011 09:47 AM

Despite the recent signing of a unity deal between Fatah and Hamas, young Palestinians in Gaza remain sceptical about their future.

Malawi stops workers’ HIV payouts

Jun 10, 2011 12:01 PM

Malawi has pulled the plug on payments to public workers with HIV.

Make Africa’s vaccines in Africa, summit told

Jun 13, 2011 09:55 AM

Campaigners are calling for vaccines destined for Africa to be made there to save money and boost Africa’s economic development.

Research from Brazil highlights risks to child workers

Jun 13, 2011 10:05 AM

According to a new report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), an estimated 115 million children are involved in hazardous work worldwide (over half of child labourers). The report – ‘Children in Hazardous Work’ – was issued to mark United Nations World Day against Child Labour on the 12th June.

Saving lives through disease prevention

Saving lives through disease prevention

Jun 13, 2011 12:35 PM

Millions of children around the world are at risk of dying from preventable diseases. SOS Children are coordinating vital immunisation programmes in the countries we work in, saving the lives of vulnerable children and creating healthy communities for the future.

Lead pollution from foil-making in China poisons children

Jun 13, 2011 04:46 PM

Over 100 children in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang have been poisoned by lead materials used in workshops making tin-foil, according to reports from the Xinhua news agency.

Tensions remain in Kyrgyzstan one year on from the violence

Jun 13, 2011 05:50 PM

One year on from the violence which struck the south of Kyrgyzstan, the new president, Roza Otunbayeva, has laid a wreath to commemorate the dead.

Britain’s £814m for jabs for world’s poorest children

Jun 14, 2011 09:25 AM

Britain will donate more than £800m to vaccinate tens of millions of children against a raft of fatal diseases, David Cameron promised yesterday.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Harrar, Ethiopia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Harrar, Ethiopia

Jun 14, 2011 03:20 PM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mzuzu, Malawi.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Mzuzu, Malawi.

Jun 14, 2011 05:35 PM

A child sponsorship report from Mzuzu in Malawi. Written in 2010.

Sudan attacks causing ‘huge suffering’

Jun 15, 2011 09:00 AM

Fighting at the Sudanese border is causing ‘huge suffering,’ and is stopping people who need it getting aid, the United Nations has said.

Celebs to run British 10K for SOS Children: An update on DJ Nihal and Kulveer Ranger’s training

Celebs to run British 10K for SOS Children: An update on DJ Nihal and Kulveer Ranger’s training

Jun 15, 2011 09:25 AM

In a little under four weeks Spurs supporters DJ Nihal and Kulveer Ranger take on the British London 10k Run in the name of SOS Children. They are currently in training and finding it harder than they thought to keep to the strict regime.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Comitan, Mexico.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Comitan, Mexico.

Jun 15, 2011 09:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Comitan in Mexico. Written in 2010.

Tackling child labour in India

Jun 15, 2011 09:50 AM

A new report published by a leading child rights group in India estimates that cheap child labour could be netting Indian employers around 27 billion dollars annually.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Jun 15, 2011 02:05 PM

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

Pakistan ranked third most dangerous country for women

Jun 15, 2011 04:51 PM

A recent poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation ranked Pakistan as the world’s third most dangerous country in which to be a woman, with only Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo thought to be more dangerous.

Dickson’s success story

Dickson’s success story

Jun 16, 2011 09:25 AM

Dickson, 16, comes from a very poor family headed by his grandmother. Living in the slums of Zambia, she struggled to provide for him, his two brothers and three sisters. Despite his difficulties at home, with the support of SOS Children, Dickson is doing well at school and creating a brighter future for himself.

International Day of the African Child: 16 June 2011

International Day of the African Child: 16 June 2011

Jun 16, 2011 09:30 AM

Today, the International Day of the African Child is being celebrated all over the world. The thousands of black African students, who bravely stood up and fought for their rights, will be remembered and honoured.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bo, Sierra Leone.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bo, Sierra Leone.

Jun 16, 2011 02:44 PM

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

Hard economic times for families in West Bank and Gaza

Jun 16, 2011 04:49 PM

New economic analysis highlights the poor job prospects faced by many Palestinian families.

Heavy rains bring misery and dangers to central and southern China

Jun 17, 2011 04:42 PM

China has raised its disaster alert warning to the highest level after days of torrential rain have forced over half a million people to evacuate their homes in central and southern provinces.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Jun 17, 2011 05:02 PM

A child sponsorship report from Samarkand in Uzbekistan. Written in 2010.

$100m for Ethiopian Aids Orphans

Jun 20, 2011 10:07 AM

Five hundred thousand Ethiopian children affected by Aids will benefit from a $100m (about £62m) in US aid over the next five years.

UN Announces Ambitious AIDS-Prevention Goals

UN Announces Ambitious AIDS-Prevention Goals

Jun 20, 2011 11:40 AM

At a three-day summit which concluded on June 10th in New York, the United Nations aimed high in its call to address the global AIDS problem. SOS Children work across the world to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and help those already affected.

Brazil continues to reclaim its shantytowns

Jun 20, 2011 05:07 PM

At the weekend, the authorities in Brazil sent in around 800 policemen and soldiers to reclaim the Mangueira shantytown, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest slums.

Pakistan has highest burden of refugees

Jun 20, 2011 06:10 PM

To coincide with World Refugee day on 20th June, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has published an update showing there are nearly 44 million displaced people across the globe in 2010, more than half of them children.

Michelle Obama urges African women and young people to take the lead

Jun 21, 2011 09:48 AM

Michelle Obama last night touched down in South Africa starting a week-long trip focussing on the nation’s women and young people.

The pressing need for more midwives in Haiti

Jun 21, 2011 11:09 AM

In the first detailed survey of midwifery in over thirty years, a new report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) concludes that millions of deaths could be avoided each year in developing countries if more investment was made in midwives.

The ICRC is promised greater access to civilians in Syria

Jun 22, 2011 09:40 AM

As civilians continue to suffer from the conflict affecting parts of Syria, the Syrian government has agreed to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) greater access to affected areas.

Bolivia debates food security

Jun 22, 2011 04:45 PM

The continuing rise in global food prices prompted the World Bank President to warn “we are one shock away from a full blown crisis”.

South Sudan’s women seize the moment

Jun 23, 2011 09:35 AM

Women in south Sudan are pushing for an equal say in the nation’s politics on the eve of the region’s independence.

International SOS Children Day – 23rd June 2011

International SOS Children Day – 23rd June 2011

Jun 23, 2011 10:40 AM

On 23 June every year, children, mothers and staff celebrate international SOS Children day. Fun activities and parties are organised to commemorate the birthday of Hermann Gmeiner, who founded SOS Children 61 years ago. Read how the day is celebrated around the world…

Sri Lanka: A new Village for displaced children

Sri Lanka: A new Village for displaced children

Jun 23, 2011 11:20 AM

Although the end of the Sri Lankan civil war was proclaimed in May 2009, over two years later, hundreds of thousands of people remain stranded in refugee camps. As well as reuniting families, SOS have been directly caring for 80 children whose families cannot be traced. Now, we are constructing a permanent SOS Village for these children displaced by the conflict.

Pakistan faces risk of repeated floods

Jun 23, 2011 04:59 PM

The United Nations (UN) has warned that up to 5 million Pakistanis face the risk of being affected by floods again this year.

India struggles with disease epidemics

Jun 24, 2011 09:43 AM

Medical experts have confirmed that a mystery disease which killed at least 30 children and 2 adults in north-eastern India over the past two weeks is a strain of encephalitis.

Cheap jab wipes out new cases of meningitis A

Jun 24, 2011 09:54 AM

A low-cost new vaccine has slashed the number of new cases of Meningitis A in three west African countries to almost zero.

The struggle for some girls in Nepal to have an education

Jun 24, 2011 04:49 PM

IRIN this week highlights the case of Nepalese girls faced with the prospect of having to leave school and work as servants.

How India’s rural communities can benefit from technology

Jun 24, 2011 04:52 PM

For over a decade, India’s economy has been growing by an average of more than 7 per cent each year.

Rwanda minister first woman found guilty of genocide

Jun 24, 2011 05:20 PM

A mother and former minister for family and women's affairs was jailed for life along with her son for their part in the Rwandan genocide.

Giving children a chance: Kim visits her sponsored child in Zimbabwe

Giving children a chance: Kim visits her sponsored child in Zimbabwe

Jul 28, 2011 02:50 PM

Last year, Kim Christian paid a visit to her sponsored child Brian, who lives in SOS Children's Village Harare in Zimbabwe. She explains why she started sponsoring with SOS and shares her experiences of meeting Brian in her own words...

Global food crisis: combating malnutrition in Bolivia

Global food crisis: combating malnutrition in Bolivia

Jun 27, 2011 12:25 PM

Rising food prices have had a devastating impact on families across the world. SOS are playing a part in protecting children in Bolivia against malnutrition by educating parents about the importance of a healthy diet and how they can achieve this using affordable produce and growing their own food.

One girl forced to marry every three seconds

Jun 27, 2011 12:29 PM

Every three seconds, a girl under 18 is forcibly married off, a new report highlights.

Food crisis closes schools

Jun 27, 2011 03:48 PM

Famine is threatening 65 high schools in north eastern Kenya with closure.

Egypt introduces minimum wage but faces spiralling cost of subsidies

Jun 27, 2011 04:44 PM

The head of the World Bank’s anti-graft unit says every child in the world’s poorest countries should learn about corruption at school.

The problems of resettlement for Haiti’s people

Jun 28, 2011 09:33 AM

Last week, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the UN human rights office issued a joint appeal urging international governments not to repatriate Haitians while the country struggles to rebuild itself.

High street jewellery linked to child slavery

Jun 29, 2011 09:42 AM

Gold jewellery on sale in British high street stores is likely to have been made using child slavery, a TV documentary claimed this week.

Preventing enforced marriages of under-age girls in Bangladesh

Jun 29, 2011 04:32 PM

Two thirds of girls are married before the legal age of 18 years in Bangladesh, placing the country at number 4 in the world of developing nations with the highest proportion of early marriage.

Battle to contain Polio in Pakistan

Jun 29, 2011 04:34 PM

Thanks to global immunisation programmes, polio remains endemic in just four countries across the world – Nigeria, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

Children killed as lightning strikes Ugandan school

Jun 29, 2011 04:40 PM

Police in Uganda say 18 children and a teacher died and 51 were hurt when lightning struck their school yesterday evening.

Summer 2011 - Read the new Fundraising Matters now

Summer 2011 - Read the new Fundraising Matters now

Jun 30, 2011 06:30 AM

The Summer 2011 edition of Fundraising Matters is now available to be read online.

Supporting informal workers in Kenya

Supporting informal workers in Kenya

Jun 30, 2011 06:35 AM

Up to 30% of the Kenyan population work in the informal sector, characterised as unreliable, low-income activities beyond the scope of legality. In an effort to improve the prospects for those working in the informal sector, SOS run specially-designed courses at the SOS Vocational Training Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

SOS “book bikes” provide a valuable service for Indonesian Children

SOS “book bikes” provide a valuable service for Indonesian Children

Jun 30, 2011 06:45 AM

Every week, two SOS libraries on the back of motorcycles travel round Flores, an island on the east side of Indonesia, providing materials and activities for local children. In deprived areas, the mobile library makes a real difference for children who would otherwise not be able to access educational resources.

Summer 2011 edition of Family Matters magazine ready to download!

Summer 2011 edition of Family Matters magazine ready to download!

Jun 30, 2011 06:55 AM

Summer 2011: Our latest edition of Family Matters takes a look at how we are providing critical medical care for thousands of children and families every day.

Steps towards gender equality in Guatemala

Steps towards gender equality in Guatemala

Jun 30, 2011 07:00 AM

For over five years, the SOS Family Strengthening Programme in Sololá, Guatemala, has been empowering women and encouraging them to participate in their communities. The programme has made a real difference, as one participant, Isabel, describes.

3,000 children in Democratic Republic of Congo’s adult jails

Jun 30, 2011 12:55 PM

About 3,000 children are still in prison across the Democratic Republic of Congo, two years after the country brought in a child protection law to keep children out of adult jails.

China works to address inequality

Jun 30, 2011 03:35 PM

As part of its commitment to tackling inequality, the Chinese government has raised the level at which citizens pay income tax.

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