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July 2011

Rebuilding lives: New homes for 2010 Pakistan flood victims, SOS committed to the children of South Sudan, SOS Primary School in Basse receives School of the Year Award!, I belong: The importance of quality in alternative care, The first SOS Village for the children of Somaliland

Cholera cases on the rise in Haiti

Jul 01, 2011 04:03 PM

As the rainy season begins again in Haiti, the number of cholera cases is rising.

The slum-dwellers of Egypt hoping for a better life

Jul 04, 2011 04:41 PM

With 11 million people, Cairo is currently the largest urban area on the continent of Africa. Many of its poorest citizens dwell in overcrowded conditions, often in streets where the power goes down regularly and water quality is low.

Britain’s aid for world’s worst food crisis

Jul 05, 2011 09:27 AM

Britain has stepped in to help hundreds of thousands of people in what The Famine Early Warning Systems Network last month dubbed ‘the most severe food security emergency in the world today’.

Children learn a special sport in the West Bank

Jul 05, 2011 04:49 PM

“We believe every child should be able to play, learn and feel good.” This is the founding belief of Bidna Capoeira, an organisation working with poor and severely underprivileged children in the West Bank.

Misery of flood victims in the south of the Philippines

Jul 07, 2011 09:29 AM

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has raised concerns about food shortages in areas of the southern Mindanao island of the Philippines, after recent flooding destroyed thousands of hectares of rice and corn.

Teaching Indonesia’s children about their special natural environment

Jul 08, 2011 09:35 AM

Indonesia is home to a third of the world’s mangroves and now teachers in the country are telling their students all about this very special natural environment.

The children from South Sudan

The children from South Sudan

Jul 08, 2011 10:25 AM

Australian photographer Conor Ashleigh recently returned from Sudan and shares his experiences.

Low-cost HIV/AIDS drugs will continue to be made by India

Jul 08, 2011 12:09 PM

Reassurance has been given by India that it will continue to produce low-cost generic HIV/AIDS drugs, despite a possible free-trade agreement with the European Union (EU).

Extra troops in gear for the new South Sudan

Jul 08, 2011 04:51 PM

Aid agencies have asked the United Nations to send extra troops to South Sudan, as it becomes a new nation tomorrow.

Moments make families: Growing up as a family

Moments make families: Growing up as a family

Jul 11, 2011 08:45 AM

The SOS Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) in The Gambia supports families living in extreme poverty, many affected by HIV/AIDS. Yama and her three children are beneficiaries of the programme, which has enabled them to stay together and grow up as a family.

Moments make families: Ties for life

Moments make families: Ties for life

Jul 11, 2011 08:45 AM

Danute is an SOS mother from SOS Children's Village Vilnius, Lithuania. She has a family of 11, who live together in a large house, with many books and toys. With so many children, the house is never quiet.

Accident in Bangladesh leads to death of schoolboys

Jul 11, 2011 05:05 PM

Over 40 children have died in Bangladesh on their way home from a football tournament.

Mission complete - Kulveer completes the British 10K

Mission complete - Kulveer completes the British 10K

Jul 12, 2011 09:40 AM

Six weeks of hard work paid off as Spurs fan Kulveer Ranger completed Sunday’s British 10k London run in a time of 58 minutes 42 seconds, raising a fantastic £2,000 for SOS Children.

Adopted Russian children need greater protection

Jul 12, 2011 12:41 PM

This week, Russia is expected to sign an “historic” treaty on adoption with the United Sates, after a number of cases where Russian children have been abused in the US.

Uganda starts first war crimes trial

Jul 12, 2011 12:45 PM

Uganda has started its first war crimes trial with a case against a leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group.

Schooling for ‘the Gypsies’ of Lebanon

Jul 13, 2011 03:39 PM

Children’s rights groups working in Lebanon are calling attention to the situation of the ‘Dom’, since as many as two-thirds of children within this ethnic group may not attend school.

Cheaper Aids drugs for world’s poorest countries

Jul 13, 2011 03:48 PM

A new patent deal will let other drugs firms make cheaper Aids drugs, making them far more widely available in the world’s poorest countries, especially in Africa.

Somalia nears famine

Jul 13, 2011 04:26 PM

Desperate for food, people in drought-hit Somalia are being told to eat leaves as the country edges closer to officially declaring a famine.

Will changes in Egypt bring better education for its children?

Jul 13, 2011 04:31 PM

Any new government of Egypt is going to face a host of problems, but one of the most pressing is the failure of the country’s education system.

Families struggle in Pakistan as the monsoon weather arrives

Jul 13, 2011 05:10 PM

As the monsoon season starts once again in Pakistan, aid agencies are warning about the renewed threat to families who haven’t recovered from last year’s floods.

Light shines for poor families in the Philippines

Jul 14, 2011 04:32 PM

Of the 60 million Filipinos who live in the urban centres of the Philippines, over two-fifths (around 27 million) live in slums or shanty-towns. Though most households have access to clean water and sanitation, houses are often built of poor materials.

Women and children flee Sudan bombing

Jul 15, 2011 02:04 PM

Government bombing around Sudan’s north south border has forced thousands of people to leave their homes and run for the hills.

Food Security bill extends food subsidies in India

Jul 15, 2011 04:17 PM

Food inflation in India is among the highest in Asia and price rises are hitting the poorest.

Girls at greater risk of being sold by desperate families in Pakistan

Jul 18, 2011 08:15 AM

The devastating floods last year in Pakistan have impoverished many families and some are resorting to selling their daughters in order to survive.

Children across South Africa sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Nelson Mandela

Jul 18, 2011 11:46 AM

Today, Nelson Mandela celebrates his 93rd birthday and millions of children across South Africa joined in a simultaneous song to wish him ‘Happy Birthday’.

Problem of growing drug abuse for the youth of Laos

Jul 18, 2011 11:51 AM

With its neighbours Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam and Thailand, Laos used to be known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ for opium.

Crisis in Somalia

Jul 19, 2011 12:15 PM

Around half a million children could die in the Horn of Africa, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Tom cycles 14,000 miles around the world for SOS Children

Tom cycles 14,000 miles around the world for SOS Children

Aug 31, 2011 09:30 AM

Tom Bruce, 24, recently set off from his hometown in Peckforton, Cheshire, to embark on an epic nine-month cycle ride around the world. Covering a distance of over 14,000 miles, Tom will travel through 24 countries whilst raising money to support the work of SOS Children.

Aid or development in Uganda

Jul 20, 2011 04:52 PM

The Karamoja area of north-eastern Uganda is one of the poorest. Natural disasters, violence, environmental degradation and extreme poverty have left many people in the region extremely vulnerable. And acute malnutrition rates reach emergency levels of 15 per cent of children in some places. The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) runs an outreach programme in Karamoja, which provides nutrition supplements for nearly 17,000 children.

Fighting malnutrition in Nepal

Jul 21, 2011 04:25 PM

In Nepal, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 4 in 10 of under-fives are underweight and nearly half suffer from stunted growth.

Helping families in the aftermath of conflict in Côte d'Ivoire

Helping families in the aftermath of conflict in Côte d'Ivoire

Jul 21, 2011 05:34 PM

Peace is gradually being restored in the aftermath of violent conflicts in Côte d'Ivoire which began after disputed presidential elections in November last year. However, many families are still without basic services. SOS Children will help the most vulnerable families to provide for their needs and return home.

Young refugees face uncertain future in Ethiopia

Jul 22, 2011 04:43 PM

As the media focuses on drought-stricken people pouring into camps in the horn of Africa, one region of Ethiopia has been coping with increasing numbers of refugees for many months.

Improving livelihoods and protecting the environment in Kenya

Jul 22, 2011 04:45 PM

Communities living around the central Mau forest in Kenya are being shown how to improve their livelihoods while at the same time protecting the environment.

Emergency famine talks

Jul 25, 2011 02:25 PM

Emergency talks are starting today in Rome as aid agencies battle to help nearly 12 million people on the brink of starvation.

The effects of Jamaica’s debt burden

Jul 25, 2011 04:49 PM

Jamaica has one of the worst debt burdens in the world and this is having a direct impact on the country’s development.

Tackling rabies in the Philippines

Jul 25, 2011 04:50 PM

Rabies has the highest case fatality rate of any disease and each year more than 55,000 people are killed by the disease, over half of them children under 15 years.

Families’ squalor as refugee camp stands empty

Jul 25, 2011 05:10 PM

Thousands of families fleeing famine in southern Somalia are shut out of a brand new refugee camp in Kenya, because it is yet to open.

Landslides and floods cause misery in Nepal

Jul 26, 2011 11:38 AM

Over 60 people have been killed by floods and landslides in Nepal and another 24 are missing after heavy monsoon rains have brought misery to parts of the country.

UN airlifts food into Somalia

Jul 26, 2011 04:30 PM

The United Nations will today start to airlift emergency food aid to desperately hungry refugees in drought-ravaged Somalia.

Helping reduce child labour in Pakistan through new technology

Jul 27, 2011 04:32 PM

In Pakistan’s Punjab state, an estimated 150,000 children work in the carpet-weaving industry.

Property Race Day 2011 raises valuable funds for education in Zambia

Property Race Day 2011 raises valuable funds for education in Zambia

Jul 28, 2011 10:02 AM

On 8th July 2011, the fifth annual Property Race Day took place at Ascot Racecourse. A hugely successful event, the day raised a fantastic £170,000 for four chosen charities, one of them SOS Children. The funds raised will be used towards our work with children and families in Chipata, a deprived town in Zambia’s eastern province.

Ivory Coast families too scared to go home

Jul 28, 2011 11:46 AM

Hundreds of thousands of people who fled their homes to avoid post-election violence in the Ivory Coast are too afraid to return.

Swaziland HIV patients eat cow dung

Jul 28, 2011 11:54 AM

Starving people with HIV in drought-hit southern Africa are eating manure to make their medication work.

A new beginning at SOS Children’s Village Bogotá

A new beginning at SOS Children’s Village Bogotá

Jul 28, 2011 02:20 PM

Nicolas, Luisa, Diana, Julian, and Angie recently came to live at SOS Children's Village Bogotá in Colombia. They arrived to a warm reception with a party organised their SOS family, welcoming them into their new home in the Village.

A special day out for children from SOS Children's Village Rustenburg

A special day out for children from SOS Children's Village Rustenburg

Jul 28, 2011 02:25 PM

Last weekend, children from SOS Children's Village Rustenburg in South Africa enjoyed an exciting day out as mascots at the final of the Vodacom Challenge football tournament, courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur.

The first SOS Village for the children of Somaliland

The first SOS Village for the children of Somaliland

Jul 28, 2011 02:30 PM

SOS have just officially opened a new SOS Children's Village and facilities for families in the community in Hargeisa in the west of Somaliland. Although the first families moved into the Village in 2008, construction is now complete and a ceremony marked its grand opening.

I belong: The importance of quality in alternative care

I belong: The importance of quality in alternative care

Jul 28, 2011 02:35 PM

In the best case scenario, alternative care becomes a safe new home. In the worst case scenario, alternative care turns into another trauma. So how can a radically different environment become a home and a place of trust? In partnership with other children’s organisations, SOS Children have developed Quality4Children, a report defining quality standards for alternative care in Europe.

SOS Primary School in Basse receives School of the Year Award!

SOS Primary School in Basse receives School of the Year Award!

Jul 28, 2011 02:40 PM

The SOS Primary School in Basse, funded by generous supporters from the UK, has recently been awarded the honour of School of the Year 2011 by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in The Gambia.

SOS committed to the children of South Sudan

SOS committed to the children of South Sudan

Jul 28, 2011 02:45 PM

On the 9th July, South Sudan will become an independent country. SOS Children have been working in South Sudan for over a decade, and already support over 120 children in the country. As a new SOS office is established for the newly formed state, we will expand our projects to care for more children and families in need.

Rebuilding lives: New homes for  2010 Pakistan flood victims

Rebuilding lives: New homes for 2010 Pakistan flood victims

Jul 28, 2011 02:55 PM

A year after catastrophic monsoon floods swept through Pakistan, the crisis remains far from over and communities are still in need of support.

Tackling hepatitis C in Egypt

Jul 29, 2011 09:24 AM

Egypt has one of the highest infection rates of hepatitis C in the world. Whereas rates in most countries are as low as 0.1 per cent of the population, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the incidence in Egypt is as high as 18 per cent. Though infection rates are highest in older age groups, an estimated 3 in every 1,000 Egyptian children are believed to carry hepatitis C.

‘Children’s famine’ could claim a generation

Jul 29, 2011 11:10 AM

Tens of thousands of could starve to death children in the drought stricken horn of Africa, as experts warn of ‘a lost generation’.

New President of Peru vows to fight poverty and social exclusion

Jul 29, 2011 04:48 PM

The new president of Peru, Ollanta Humala, has been sworn into office, promising to eliminate poverty and social exclusion in his country.