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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Arusha, Tanzania, A house of new beginnings: the Babies’ Transit Home in Bakoteh, Gabriela rebuilds her livelihood with help from SOS Children, Pakistan Kashmir earthquake - six years on, A marathon a month for SOS Children, Bakello's story: “How SOS Children shaped my life”

Women and girls in Haiti struggle to get the help they need

Sep 01, 2011 09:34 AM

More than a year and a half after the earthquake of 2010, nearly 600,000 Haitians are still living in tents.

The migrant children with no school in China

Sep 02, 2011 10:02 AM

In China, millions of young adults who migrate to find work in the cities decide to leave their children behind.

Aids gets the red card in Africa

Sep 02, 2011 02:39 PM

Sports fans across Africa are being urged to give Aids the red card, in the lead up to the continent’s biggest multi-sport games.

Helping families apply for citizenship in Kyrgyzstan

Sep 02, 2011 04:38 PM

Over 17,000 people are stateless in Kyrgyzstan, though many have lived in the country for decades.

Early successes of Argentina’s cash transfer programme

Sep 06, 2011 10:23 AM

Nearly two years after Argentina’s cash transfer programme went into effect (in December 2009), many schools are talking about the positive impact of the ‘Universal Child Allowance’ (AUH) and increases in enrolment of children at primary school. However, drop-out rates in Argentina’s secondary schools remain high and organisers of the programme admit other measures are required to encourage older pupils to stay on in education.

Pregnant women not getting medical care

Sep 06, 2011 10:30 AM

Pregnant women and girls in Sierra Leone still face problems getting the drugs and medical care they need for a safe pregnancy and birth, Amnesty International said today (Tues).

Hidden hunger victims flee to Ethiopia

Sep 06, 2011 11:45 AM

As famine spreads across Somalia and thousands of hungry Somalis flood into Ethiopian refugee camps, thousands of others are doing the same, although this time families from Eritrea.

Bangladesh among 20 worst countries for a child to fall sick

Sep 07, 2011 09:55 AM

Forty years after independence, Bangladesh has come a long way, with economic growth averaging 6 per cent over the last two decades. Yet this week, the country has been listed as one of the 20 worst places in the world for a child to fall sick.

More areas face new flooding misery in Pakistan

Sep 08, 2011 09:43 AM

Following days of heavy rain during this year’s monsoon season, areas of Sindh province in Pakistan are again being devastated by flooding.

Woman’s torment trying to adopt orphan

Sep 08, 2011 09:49 AM

As campaigners plan a march to highlight the ‘dysfunctional’ international adoption system,’ one woman tells of the corruption, legal barriers and heartache she met in her bid to adopt an orphan.

Is the wealth trickling down to Indonesia’s poor?

Sep 09, 2011 11:40 AM

During August this year, thousands of Indonesia’s poor travelled to large cities, such as the capital Jakarta, to beg during Ramadan. In this holy month, it is a duty for Muslims to give away food or money.

Zimbabwe’s children risking lives to go to school

Sep 09, 2011 12:05 PM

Thousands of children in Zimbabwe are risking their lives every day simply by trying to go to school.

Five killed in Somalia food aid handout

Sep 09, 2011 12:15 PM

Five people were killed and others hurt when a Somali soldier opened fire as starving women and children gathered for food aid handouts.

Protecting the health of women in Colombia

Sep 09, 2011 04:05 PM

Every day across the world, a thousand women die in childbirth and a million contract a sexually transmitted infection.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Mbabane, Swaziland

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Mbabane, Swaziland

Sep 12, 2011 02:01 PM

A child sponsorship report from Mbabane in Swaziland. Written in 2011.

Famine survivors now face disease and flooding

Sep 13, 2011 09:50 AM

With the rainy season round the corner will come the fresh threat of disease and flooding for people already struggling to fend off starvation in the Horn of Africa famine.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Faridabad, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Faridabad, India

Sep 13, 2011 11:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Faridabad in India. Written in 2011.

Children in India infected with HIV/AIDS

Sep 14, 2011 09:36 AM

In the Indian state of Gujarat, more than 20 children who receive regular blood transfusions have tested positive for HIV.

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Zimbabwe

Sep 14, 2011 09:41 AM

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is set to visit Zimbabwe next month as part of a tour which will also include Malawi and Zambia.

Miss Universe vows to help HIV patients

Sep 14, 2011 09:55 AM

The brand new Miss Universe, Leila Lopes has said she wants to help her native Angola escape a history of war and impoverishment and work towards combating HIV.

Number of people affected by flooding rises in Pakistan

Sep 14, 2011 04:38 PM

The flooding situation across southern areas of Sindh province in Pakistan is worsening as the country’s disaster management agency blames rising water levels on poor drainage.

Bakello's story: “How SOS Children shaped my life”

Bakello's story: “How SOS Children shaped my life”

Sep 15, 2011 11:50 AM

SOS Children are fully committed to preparing children in our care for life as independent young adults. Bakello, who moved into an SOS Children’s Village in Togo at 15, explains how the support he has received has helped him to become a happy and successful businessman and father.

Free laptops for children in India

Sep 16, 2011 09:33 AM

In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, authorities have begun giving out free laptops to older schoolchildren. Eventually, education officials hope to issue 6.8 million laptops to pupils in government-funded secondary schools and colleges across the state. To complete such a programme would eventually take five years and cost over two billion dollars.

Hundreds of thousands more children surviving

Sep 16, 2011 10:14 AM

There has been a massive fall in the amount of children who die before they reach five years old.

Fighting tuberculosis in Russia

Sep 16, 2011 01:52 PM

Tuberculosis (TB) is a highly contagious disease which kills 4,700 people each day, the vast majority in the developing world.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Gwagwalada, Nigeria

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Gwagwalada, Nigeria

Sep 16, 2011 03:32 PM

A child sponsorship report from Gwagwalada in Nigeria. Written in 2011.

UNHCR launches appeal for Pakistan

Sep 19, 2011 11:20 AM

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is leading humanitarian efforts to help the flood-hit communities of southern Pakistan and has appealed for 33.2 million dollars.

Britain’s multimillion plan to school world’s poorest girls

Sep 20, 2011 09:32 AM

Britain has a unveiled a multimillion pound scheme designed to get a million of the poorest girls in the world into school.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Urumqi, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Urumqi, China

Sep 20, 2011 11:10 AM

A child sponsorship report from Urumqi in China. Written in 2011.

More children and mothers surviving

Sep 20, 2011 05:37 PM

The world’s poorest countries have been praised for improving health for women and children as part of UN strategy to save 16 million lives.

Progress report on Haiti

Sep 21, 2011 09:53 AM

In his latest report on the ‘Stabilization Mission in Haiti’, the Secretary-General of the United Nations speaks of the “considerable strides” made in the country since the earthquake of January 2010.

State of Sikkim in India struggling after earthquake

Sep 21, 2011 11:25 AM

Blocked roads and bad weather are hampering rescue and recovery work in the remote Indian state of Sikkim, after an earthquake hit the region on Sunday.

Women and children suffer appalling conditions in Liberia’s jails

Sep 21, 2011 01:15 PM

Prisoners in Liberia are being kept in conditions that are so shameful they violate basic human rights, says a new report out today.

Child Sponsorship Report, from Cali, Colombia

Child Sponsorship Report, from Cali, Colombia

Sep 21, 2011 02:39 PM

A child sponsorship report from Cali in Colombia. Written in 2011.

Global land grab greed leaving poor families homeless and hungry

Sep 22, 2011 11:01 AM

Families living in the poorest parts of the world are being plunged into homelessness and hunger by the rising trend of businesses from richer countries buying up vast chunks of the land they live on.

Polio spreads from Pakistan to China

Sep 22, 2011 04:47 PM

In the last two months, seven cases of polio have been reported in China’s western Xinjiang province, the first in China since 1999.

The child cotton pickers of Uzbekistan

Sep 23, 2011 10:13 AM

Uzbekistan is one of the top five exporters of cotton in the world and cotton is the mainstay of the country’s economy, earning revenue of over 490 million dollars each year.

More obese than starving

Sep 23, 2011 02:16 PM

More people now die from eating too much than too little, it emerged today as a charity highlights one of the ugliest divides in modern life.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Siteki, Swaziland

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Siteki, Swaziland

Sep 23, 2011 03:10 PM

A child sponsorship report from Siteki, Swaziland. Written in 2011.

Misery continues in Pakistan

Sep 26, 2011 09:34 AM

Reports from Pakistan suggest hundreds of thousands have yet to receive any assistance in the flood-hit areas of the country.

Kenya’s women’s champion dies age 71

Sep 27, 2011 09:32 AM

The first African woman to get the Nobel Peace prize has died while having cancer treatment.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bhopal, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bhopal, India

Sep 27, 2011 11:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bhopal in India. Written in 2011.

Hunger and malnutrition among girls in Nepal

Sep 28, 2011 09:26 AM

Fifteen per cent of the world’s population goes to bed hungry at night. The latest ‘World Disasters Report 2011’ from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reviews the critical issues surrounding these 925 million people who don’t have enough to eat, including the problem of rising global food prices.

A marathon a month for SOS Children

A marathon a month for SOS Children

Sep 28, 2011 09:40 AM

At the beginning of 2011, running enthusiast Alan Middlebrook took on an exceptional new year’s resolution – to run a full marathon every single month of the year, for the whole year, to raise valuable funds for SOS Children’s work across the world.

Pakistan Kashmir earthquake - six years on

Pakistan Kashmir earthquake - six years on

Sep 28, 2011 09:45 AM

On 8 October, it will be six years since the devastating earthquake which affected millions of people in Pakistan and parts of Northern India. SOS Children provided families with Emergency Relief following the quake, and built specific Children’s Villages which today provide a new home for over 200 children who lost their families.

Rebuilding livelihoods: Gabriela's story

Rebuilding livelihoods: Gabriela's story

Sep 28, 2011 09:50 AM

Gabriela, a 32-year-old mother of four, lives in El Alto, in the Bolivian highlands. After her sewing machine was stolen, Gabriela found herself unable to earn a living to support her children. As well as replacing her sewing machine, SOS Children have provided Gabriela with business training to improve her families’ income and wellbeing in the long-term.

A house of new beginnings: the Babies’ Transit Home in Bakoteh

A house of new beginnings: the Babies’ Transit Home in Bakoteh

Sep 28, 2011 09:55 AM

In SOS Children's Village Bakoteh in The Gambia, a 'Babies' Transit Home' provides accommodation and specialised care for babies in emergency situations. Since it was founded, it has looked after over 80 vulnerable children.

Clean up begins after typhoon Nesat hits the Philippines

Sep 28, 2011 12:17 PM

Typhoon Nesat, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, has caused flooding, landslides and power cuts across the country.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kandalaksha, Russia

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kandalaksha, Russia

Sep 28, 2011 12:35 PM

A child sponsorship report from Kandalaksha in Russia. Written in 2011.

African leaders push back on malaria

Sep 29, 2011 10:15 AM

African leaders renewed their vow to tackle malaria by launching a scorecard to track their progress in fighting the disease.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Arusha, Tanzania

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Arusha, Tanzania

Sep 29, 2011 12:01 PM

A child sponsorship report from Arusha in Tanzania. Written in 2011.

Flooding in Cambodia adds to the country’s problems

Sep 29, 2011 04:42 PM

34 children are among the 97 people who have died over the last month of floods in Cambodia.

Poverty dragging child soldiers back to war

Sep 30, 2011 03:42 PM

Poverty and a lack of prospects is driving children who once fought for Hutu rebel soldiers in Burundi to again take up their weapons.

Living on less than half a dollar per day in India

Sep 30, 2011 04:55 PM

India boasts the world’s fifth largest economy, but also has the largest number of hungry people in the world – more than in all of sub-Saharan Africa.

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