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October 2011

Somalia: Working in the world's most dangerous city, SOS Children nominated for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, SOS Children to set up projects in Djibouti, A home for every child at SOS Children’s Village Khajuri Kalan, Hope restored as Somalis plant next year’s harvest

New approaches in Bangladesh

Oct 03, 2011 04:25 PM

An estimated 40,000 beggars take to the streets of Dhaka each day and the authorities in Bangladesh have decided to conduct a survey of them.

The adoption business in Nepal

Oct 05, 2011 11:42 AM

In Nepal, there are an estimated 650,000 children who have lost either one or both parents (according to the United Nations Children’s Agency).

Angelina Jolie’s plea to boost Horn of Africa famine aid

Oct 05, 2011 12:53 PM

Angelina Jolie has appealed to the world to beef up its efforts to handle the Horn of Africa food crisis, saying hundreds of thousands of lives depend on it.

Bomb blast in capital of Somalia

Oct 05, 2011 02:32 PM

A huge bomb blast in Mogadishu yesterday killed at least 70 people and wounded more than 50.

Zimbabwe children deprived of education

Oct 06, 2011 09:33 AM

Thousands of children in Zimbabwe who were evicted from their homes are being deprived of a proper education, a rights group says.

Changing attitudes towards girls in India

Oct 06, 2011 04:43 PM

Indians are realising the long-term health of their nation is at risk because of the decreasing number of girls.

The children of China’s rural poor

Oct 07, 2011 03:47 PM

At the National People’s Congress in March this year, China’s premier, Wen Jiabao promised the country’s ‘have-nots’ would be at the centre of development goals over the next five years.

Thousands flee fighting in Sudan

Oct 10, 2011 09:39 AM

Thousands of families are fleeing violence in Sudan's Blue Nile state and the United Nations has opened a new refugee camp in western Ethiopia to house the arrivals.

Archbishop of Canterbury in Zimbabwe

Oct 10, 2011 10:38 AM

On his tour of three central African countries, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has moved on from Malawi, where the country was celebrating its 150th anniversary of the Anglican Church, to Zimbabwe.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bhuj, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bhuj, India

Oct 10, 2011 01:35 PM

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

Global growth of bridenapping

Oct 11, 2011 01:53 PM

Girls are being abducted, raped and forced into marriage in at least 17 countries around the world, from China to Mexico to Russia to southern Africa.

Uganda’s growing market in child sacrifice

Oct 12, 2011 11:45 AM

Abductions of children in Uganda for use by witch doctors in rituals have surged over the past three years.

Flooding in Thailand threatens the capital

Oct 12, 2011 12:35 PM

The worst flooding in decades across many parts of Thailand has led to the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to declare a national crisis.

School students demand free tertiary education in Chile

Oct 12, 2011 01:45 PM

Over the last five months, school and university students in Chile have been holding demonstrations and boycotting classes to demand free education at university level.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Viet Tri, Vietnam

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Viet Tri, Vietnam

Oct 12, 2011 02:40 PM

A child sponsorship report from Viet Tri in Vietnam. Written in 2011.

Second anniversary of Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Second anniversary of Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Oct 12, 2011 04:00 PM

In 2009, the UN formally adopted the groundbreaking Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, which SOS Children helped to develop. This week, speakers at a high-level meeting in New York have urged the international community to continue to improve the quality and standard of care for vulnerable children.

SOS Mogadishu fully evacuated for first time since 1985

SOS Mogadishu fully evacuated for first time since 1985

Oct 12, 2011 04:05 PM

Over the past three days, SOS Children’s projects in Mogadishu, Somalia, have come under heavy artillery fire. SOS Children have evacuated our Children’s Village and SOS Hospital in the area to ensure the safety of all of our children, SOS mothers, and staff.

Global fall in TB

Oct 13, 2011 03:01 PM

Tuberculosis rates have dropped to their lowest in a decade, says The World Health Organization.

Encephalitis outbreak killing children in northern India

Oct 13, 2011 04:20 PM

A number of children are now dying every day from viral encephalitis, as an outbreak brings misery to parts of the Uttar Pradesh state in northern India.

The kidnapping of children in Colombia

Oct 14, 2011 04:03 PM

The plight of a 10-year old girl, abducted as she was taken to school by her mother, has highlighted the problem of frequent kidnappings in Colombia.

Working together to build a better life

Working together to build a better life

Oct 17, 2011 10:00 AM

Today is the International Day for the Eradication or Poverty. In Georgia, poverty, in combination with unemployment, is a major problem for many families. Elena is just one of the parents SOS Children are working with to help them to find employment and support their families’ financial needs.

Aid agencies unable to reach famine victims in Somalia

Aid agencies unable to reach famine victims in Somalia

Oct 17, 2011 10:35 AM

Armed conflict continues to impact on international agencies' ability to carry out relief activities for Somali famine victims in Mogadishu. The situation is severely affected by drought, famine, displacement, violence and governance issues. SOS Children have been forced to abandon our projects in the area for the safety of our children and staff.

Eradicating poverty in Haiti and around the world

Oct 17, 2011 11:36 AM

October 17th is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and this year’s theme is ‘Only a Development That Includes Everyone is Sustainable’.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Chennai, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Chennai, India

Oct 17, 2011 12:37 PM

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

Haiti: A new term begins at SOS Schools

Haiti: A new term begins at SOS Schools

Oct 18, 2011 12:06 PM

This October, the SOS Schools in Santo and Cap Haïtien opened their doors to welcome hundreds of children back for a new school year. In Santo alone, an extra 500 children now have access to a free education, and we are building another school to give even more young people the opportunity for a better start in life.

BBC's Panorama investigates child beggars

BBC's Panorama investigates child beggars

Oct 19, 2011 04:50 PM

Tonight on BBC One, Panorama investigates 'Britain's Child Beggars'. The programme takes a look at the sad reality of children, some as young as four, who live and beg on the streets of the UK, sometimes making up to £500 a day for their minders.

East Africa drought crisis still ‘huge’

Oct 20, 2011 10:09 AM

The size of the humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa remains massive, says a British politician.

800,000 children caught up in Thailand floods

Oct 24, 2011 09:17 AM

About 800,000 children have been caught up in some of Thailand’s worst flooding in half a century, aid workers estimate.

Flooding causes national emergency in El Salvador

Flooding causes national emergency in El Salvador

Oct 26, 2011 09:45 AM

An estimated 300,000 people in El Salvador are in urgent need of help after heavy rains caused widespread flooding across Central America.

India sets the example for efforts to eradicate polio

Oct 26, 2011 10:22 AM

So far this year, only one case of polio has been reported in India, leading the country’s health minister to declare on World Polio Day that India has “never been closer” to eradicating the disease.

SOS Children urge the EU to focus on children to reduce risk following disasters

SOS Children urge the EU to focus on children to reduce risk following disasters

Oct 26, 2011 12:05 PM

“We are learning in school how to protect ourselves during storms and earthquakes,” says a child from SOS Children’s Village Port-au-Prince in Haiti. “I wish we could have learned that earlier, so we would have been safer and better prepared at the time of the earthquake.”

Emergency appeal launched for El Salvador

Oct 27, 2011 10:27 AM

This week, the United Nations (UN) and other aid organisations have launched an emergency appeal to raise 15.7 million dollars for El Salvador.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Colon, Panama

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Colon, Panama

Oct 27, 2011 10:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Colon in Panama. Written in 2011.

Patients go untreated for tropical disease in Paraguay

Oct 28, 2011 12:25 PM

Earlier this month, the medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) issued a statement that it had stopped diagnosing new cases of Chagas disease in Paraguay.

Problems facing the youth of the Dominican Republic

Oct 28, 2011 01:45 PM

Despite a fast-growing economy, nearly a third of young people (aged 15-24 years) in the Dominican Republic are unemployed and the situation is exacerbating social problems in the country.

Hope restored as Somalis plant next year’s harvest

Hope restored as Somalis plant next year’s harvest

Oct 28, 2011 03:30 PM

Continuous heavy rain has not dampened the spirit of thousands of Somalis who are now leaving crowded refugee camps and returning home after being displaced by East Africa’s worst drought in decades.

A home for every child at SOS Children’s Village Khajuri Kalan

A home for every child at SOS Children’s Village Khajuri Kalan

Oct 31, 2011 12:10 PM

Up to 80 million people in India have a disability. Children with physical and mental disabilities are amongst the most socially excluded and disadvantaged in the country. Against this background, SOS Children’s Village Khajuri Kalan provides a home, an education and medical care for disabled children with no one else to care for them.

SOS Children to set up projects in Djibouti

SOS Children to set up projects in Djibouti

Oct 31, 2011 12:30 PM

In Tadjourah, the oldest town in Djibouti, 11 percent of children under the age of 14 are growing up without parental care. SOS Children are establishing new projects in the country, to give a home to orphaned and abandoned children, and to support vulnerable families in the community.

SOS Children nominated for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

SOS Children nominated for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 31, 2011 12:40 PM

For the 16th time in our history, SOS Children International were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, an honour which recognises our work helping orphaned and abandoned children worldwide. Although we didn't win this year's prize, we were very grateful for the awareness the nomination generated for our cause.

Rebuilding lives in Chipata: Watch SOS Zambia Director talk about our work

Oct 31, 2011 12:45 PM

Florence Phiri is the National Director of SOS Children in Zambia. Recently, she visited our office in the UK to discuss the development of new SOS Children’s projects in Chipata, in the country’s Eastern Province, which are currently being built thanks to the support of UK donors.

Somalia: Working in the world's most dangerous city

Somalia: Working in the world's most dangerous city

Oct 31, 2011 12:50 PM

For the first time since SOS Children began working in Mogadishu in 1985, all of our facilities have had to be totally evacuated due to ongoing fighting.

Youth kept in adult prisons in Kashmir region of India

Oct 31, 2011 01:34 PM

The Indian government has recently announced it will withdraw drastic security laws in parts of the Himalayan region of Kashmir due to an improvement in the situation there.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Huehuetoca, Mexico

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Huehuetoca, Mexico

Oct 31, 2011 03:25 PM

A child sponsorship report from Huehuetoca, Mexico. Written in 2011.

Solar powered e-school

Oct 31, 2011 03:29 PM

Schoolchildren in the most cut-off parts of rural Africa are learning their lessons in hard-wearing mobile classrooms kitted out with laptops, video cameras and an electronic blackboard.

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