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November 2011

Life after death: SOS Children launch its first ever Mobile Medical Clinic, An amazing journey: From SOS child to UK trainee surgeon, Christmas in SOS Children’s Villages around the world, SOS women's shelter in Belarus helps victims of domestic violence, Advocating for Children's Rights in Jordan
Anti-Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Africa

Anti-Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Africa

Nov 01, 2011 10:00 AM

The world’s first vaccine against malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that killed 781,000 people in 2009, may be available in the next few years.

It’s harder for girls

Nov 01, 2011 10:05 AM

As the global population reaches seven billion, the United Nations picked a handful of newborn babies to symbolise the milestone.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Lumbini, Nepal

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Lumbini, Nepal

Nov 01, 2011 10:40 AM

A child sponsorship report from Lumbini in Nepal. Written in 2011.

Supporting vocational training for Palestinian youth in Lebanon

Nov 02, 2011 09:18 AM

As Palestinians celebrate being accepted by UNESCO as a member state, work to improve the lives of Palestinian refugees continues in the countries where many have settled.

William and Kate visit east Africa aid centre

Nov 02, 2011 11:15 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are making a tour of a global aid centre for the east Africa food crisis their first humanitarian mission together.

Brazil to target poorest regions with World Bank loan

Nov 02, 2011 12:50 PM

In June this year, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff launched the new ‘Brazil Without Poverty/Misery’ welfare initiative, aimed at improving the lives of 16 million of the country’s poorest people. Yesterday, the World Bank Group announced the granting of an 8 billion dollar loan (July 2011-June 2015) towards this poverty eradication programme.

Chevrolet donates 100 cars to SOS Children

Chevrolet donates 100 cars to SOS Children

Nov 03, 2011 09:20 AM

Today marks 100 years of Chevrolet. To celebrate the occasion, Chevrolet Europe and SOS Children joined forces as part of the “Wheels for Kids” initiative, aiming to increase the mobility of the children we care for.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bindura, Zimbabwe

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bindura, Zimbabwe

Nov 03, 2011 02:55 PM

A child sponsorship report from Bindura in Zimbabwe. Written in 2011.

Thailand waits for the floods to recede

Nov 04, 2011 09:25 AM

For the past week, the weather has been mostly clear across Thailand, but many areas are waiting for the flood waters to recede.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kigali, Rwanda

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kigali, Rwanda

Nov 04, 2011 10:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Kigali in Rwanda. Written in 2011.

Success stories from world’s biggest refugee camp

Nov 04, 2011 11:15 AM

Twenty years since the first refugee families sought temporary shelter there, the number of people living in Dadaab refugee camp in north eastern Kenya is still swelling.

A morning with Mariama, a midwife at SOS Clinic Bakoteh

A morning with Mariama, a midwife at SOS Clinic Bakoteh

Nov 04, 2011 11:44 AM

In The Gambia, facilities for professionally assisted births are rare. To help to reduce maternal and infant mortality, SOS Children set up a maternity ward at the SOS Clinic in Bakoteh nearly two years ago. Mariama is one of the midwifes at the hospital.

Assistance for flood-affected communities slowed by landslides in Nicaragua

Nov 04, 2011 03:40 PM

Heavy rains have caused deadly floods and landslides across Central America and the United Nations is warning that tens of thousands of families remain cut off.

Angola’s polio emergency

Nov 07, 2011 09:33 AM

Angola has called a state of emergency after a 14 month-old boy was diagnosed with Polio.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Pakse, Laos

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Pakse, Laos

Nov 07, 2011 11:12 AM

A child sponsorship report from Pakse in Laos. Written in 2011.

High death toll from drowning among children in South Asia’s floods

Nov 07, 2011 04:55 PM

While Thailand has been receiving much of the media’s attention as it battles to keep floods from reaching the centre of Bangkok, flooding across South Asia continues to cause misery and a rising death doll.

Crisis looms as 12,000 stranded on Sudan border

Nov 08, 2011 09:44 AM

More than 12,000 people have been left stranded in temporary shelters on the Sudan border as they head for south Sudan.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Maputo, Mozambique

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Maputo, Mozambique

Nov 08, 2011 10:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Maputo in Mozambique. Written in 2011.

Pneumonia kills 17,700 Nigerian children a year

Nov 09, 2011 09:40 AM

Every hour, 20 children in Nigeria die from Pneumonia, the biggest amount in Africa and second biggest in the world.

Ensuring children are vaccinated against polio in Pakistan

Nov 09, 2011 12:24 PM

Last month international experts warned that the world was “off track” for eradicating polio by the end of 2012 and one of the main regions for concern was Pakistan.

Doctors continue to fight encephalitis outbreak in India

Nov 09, 2011 02:56 PM

Medics in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh continue to battle an outbreak of encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain caused by a virus.

Malaria vaccine possible in two years

Nov 10, 2011 09:00 AM

Scientists are working on the first vaccine that could halt the spread of malaria and save millions of lives.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Mombasa, Kenya

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Mombasa, Kenya

Nov 10, 2011 11:56 AM

A child sponsorship report from Mombasa in Kenya. Written in 2011.

Shortfall in funding for relief efforts in Pakistan’s Sindh province

Nov 10, 2011 02:47 PM

Following the flooding which has once again brought misery to Sindh province in Pakistan, aid agencies are struggling to provide help to all those affected due to a shortage of funds.

New SOS Children’s Village Opens in Russia’s northwest

New SOS Children’s Village Opens in Russia’s northwest

Dec 22, 2011 10:30 AM

On October 27, the first eight children arrived at the new SOS Children's Village in Russia. Located in the pretty historical town of Vologda, 300 miles north of Moscow, the newly opened SOS Children’s Village is the sixth in Russia.

Britain helps send 3.5 million more children to school

Nov 11, 2011 09:30 AM

Britain will help pay for an extra 3.5 million of the world’s poorest children - half of them girls – to get a decent education, in a major global literacy drive.

SOS Children return to Thai Village as floods start to recede

SOS Children return to Thai Village as floods start to recede

Nov 14, 2011 04:50 PM

This week, Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported over 560 people have lost their lives in the floods which have hit many parts of the country since late July.

Call for more openness on aid

Nov 15, 2011 09:59 AM

Donor countries need to be far clearer about what they spend aid money on.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Qiqihar, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Qiqihar, China

Nov 15, 2011 02:56 PM

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

Potential rise in cholera cases as lack of funding reduces services in Haiti

Nov 16, 2011 11:26 AM

Just over a year since the outbreak of cholera first struck Haiti, the leading response organisation tackling the disease is warning that reduced services risk a significant rise in cases.

New law helps protect girls and women in Pakistan

Nov 16, 2011 04:36 PM

The parliament of Pakistan has passed a new law designed to strengthen the protection of women against economic or social discrimination.

South Africa’s Techno Girls

Nov 17, 2011 09:42 AM

Schoolgirls in South Africa are getting a step up in the science, technology and engineering world, from industry experts.

The “president of the poor” wins another term in Nicaragua

Nov 17, 2011 11:38 AM

Following the recent re-election of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, violent clashes in the north of the country last week led to four deaths.

Read the Winter 2011 edition of Fundraising Matters now

Read the Winter 2011 edition of Fundraising Matters now

Nov 17, 2011 02:25 PM

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

New bills aimed at improving life in India

Nov 17, 2011 05:00 PM

During the next session of parliament, the Indian government is set to pass a number of new bills aimed at improving the lives of its citizens.

Swaziland Aids orphans owed £6.3m

Nov 18, 2011 09:37 AM

Thousands of children orphaned by Aids in Swaziland have not seen any of the £6.3m their government owes them in grants.

Returning displaced families to their communities in the Philippines

Nov 18, 2011 11:45 AM

As peace talks continue between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the United Nation’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) continues its work to help displaced families.

Sad day for Haiti: Little Marevie passes away

Sad day for Haiti: Little Marevie passes away

Nov 21, 2011 09:34 AM

Marevie, 2, who survived against all the odds in the aftermath of the devastating Haiti earthquake, has sadly passed away.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bali, Indonesia

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bali, Indonesia

Nov 21, 2011 12:21 PM

A child sponsorship report from Bali in Indonesia. Written in 2011.

Nursery school children deaths because of overcrowded bus in China

Nov 21, 2011 05:04 PM

Last Wednesday, a bus crash in the Gansu province of China killed 19 young children and 2 adults.

Thousands sick from foul water

Nov 22, 2011 09:36 AM

Horrific sanitation conditions along a UN-funded waterway in Uganda are causing thousands of children, women and workers to fall ill.

A role model for SOS youths in Brazil

A role model for SOS youths in Brazil

Dec 22, 2011 10:35 AM

Since the age of eight, Sergio was raised by his SOS Mother at SOS Children’s Village in Rio Bonito, a suburb south of São Paulo. Now 25, he is an IT tutor and trains 120 young people a year in the same SOS Village where he found a new home.

Rise in HIV/AIDS infections in the Russian Federation

Nov 22, 2011 05:02 PM

Though a new report from UNAIDS reveals a drop in HIV/AIDS deaths and new infections in most regions of the world, in Eastern Europe and Central Asia there is little sign of the epidemic stabilising.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Leh Ladakh, North India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Leh Ladakh, North India

Nov 23, 2011 03:55 PM

A child sponsorship report about Tibetan children in North India. Written in 2011.

Dealing with the threat of landmines in Colombia

Nov 23, 2011 04:40 PM

A new report released by the Landmine Monitor reveals that anti-personnel landmines were used in more countries during 2010 than in any year since 2004.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Cuzco, Peru

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Cuzco, Peru

Nov 24, 2011 09:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Cuzco in Peru. Written in 2011.

South Sudan families imprisoned by landmines

Nov 24, 2011 04:33 PM

Families living in the South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state, are being imprisoned by landmines freshly planted by rebel gangs, warn aid agencies.

Helping deprived children in Venezuela and elsewhere through music

Nov 24, 2011 04:55 PM

In 1975, a musician and economist called José Antonio Abreu decided to help children in Venezuela from very poor and deprived backgrounds through music.

Westwood handbags change lives for Nairobi women

Nov 25, 2011 11:57 AM

Thousands of poor Kenyan women have a better life, sewing handbags for top British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

Child poverty threatens Lesotho’s future

Nov 25, 2011 03:38 PM

A sick economy, Aids pandemic and crippling poverty leaves little hope for Lesotho’s children, one in four of whom are orphaned.

Protests continue in Egypt

Nov 25, 2011 04:45 PM

Tens of thousands are expected in Tahrir square today, as men, women and children head for the area to continue protests over the Egyptian military’s continuing role in government.

Zimbabwe: turning the corner

Zimbabwe: turning the corner

Nov 28, 2011 08:00 AM

A personal view by Peter Law, of the ‘Our Africa’ website team

Dreaming of an education

Dreaming of an education

Nov 28, 2011 01:25 PM

A personal view by Lucy Patterson, ‘Our Africa’ editor

Advocating for Children's Rights in Jordan

Advocating for Children's Rights in Jordan

Nov 28, 2011 04:32 PM

Children born outside marriage in Jordan are forcibly removed from their parents’ custody. As well as being separated from their parents, these children are forbidden from using their family name and often face a life-long stigma. SOS Children are working with the government to promote the rights of all children to a family and an identity.

SOS mother Jennifer: It can be exhausting being a mother!

Nov 28, 2011 05:15 PM

Jennifer is an experienced SOS mother from SOS Children’s Village Kakiri in Uganda. She recently welcomed two-year-old Leonarld into her family. Watch her son, Jimmy, interview her about the challenges and responsibilities of being a mother.

Helping victims of domestic violence in Belarus

Helping victims of domestic violence in Belarus

Nov 29, 2011 08:35 AM

“Where have you been? Our mothers could have used this kind of help too!” That’s what women flocking to the SOS Children's Crisis Centre for Women in the city of Mogilev, in Belarus, ask Centre Director Elena Pushkaryova.

New edition of Family Matters ready to download!

New edition of Family Matters ready to download!

Nov 29, 2011 08:40 AM

Winter 2011: Our latest edition of Family Matters takes a look at the role of the SOS mother. Worldwide, there are nearly 6,000 women who have dedicated their lives to raising a generation of orphaned and abandoned children in our Villages.

Rwandan children have hope for the future

Nov 29, 2011 08:45 AM

These happy, smiling and well loved young boys and girls from SOS Children's Village Kigali in Rwanda are performing traditional and modern dance, singing and having fun. All are unaware of their country’s sad history, the genocide of 1994 that took the lives of a million Rwandans.

Spreading the word about SOS Children

Spreading the word about SOS Children

Nov 29, 2011 08:50 AM

Susan Stobbs has been volunteering for SOS Children for the last three years. She has dedicated hours of her time to championing our work, highlighting the situation for children across the world and inspiring others to get involved and make a difference.

Solar light for SOS Children’s Village Tirupati

Solar light for SOS Children’s Village Tirupati

Nov 29, 2011 08:55 AM

In the Chittoor district of India, just west of Bangalore, more than half a million children live in vulnerable situations. SOS Children are building a new Children’s Village here to provide a home for children with no one else to care for them. Thanks to the support of Pinsent Masons and the Pinsent Masons Foundation, solar street lighting is currently being installed in the Village, providing sustainable lighting for an entire community.

Christmas in SOS Children’s Villages around the world

Christmas in SOS Children’s Villages around the world

Nov 29, 2011 09:00 AM

Children living in SOS Children’s Villages in many countries celebrate Christmas, but often in very different ways. Find out how Christmas is celebrated in South Africa, Bangladesh and Kenya.

An amazing journey: From SOS child to UK trainee surgeon

An amazing journey: From SOS child to UK trainee surgeon

Nov 29, 2011 09:05 AM

Nokwanda Dlamini's journey from the SOS Children's Village Mbabane, Swaziland, to a practising Cambridgeshire surgeon has been a long and exciting one. Former SOS UK Trustee David Stranack finds out more...

Life after death: SOS Children launch its first ever Mobile Medical Clinic

Life after death: SOS Children launch its first ever Mobile Medical Clinic

Nov 29, 2011 09:10 AM

For Simon Jukes, a 40-year-old British banker, pneumonia was a third-world disease, or at least something that affected only the elderly or severely ill. That was until his wife Debbie contracted and died suddenly of the disease at the age of 37.

Eliminating child malnutrition in Nicaragua

Nov 29, 2011 09:34 AM

According to the latest World Health Organization data, nearly a fifth of Nicaraguan children are stunted.

Nestlé pledges to end child labour

Nov 29, 2011 11:10 AM

Chocolate maker Nestlé says it has taken a major step to stop children working on cocoa farms supplying its factories.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Maseru, Lesotho

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Maseru, Lesotho

Nov 29, 2011 04:33 PM

A child sponsorship report from Maseru in Lesotho. Written in 2011.

Honduras bucking the trend of declining poverty rates in Latin America

Nov 30, 2011 04:00 PM

A new report published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) reveals that poverty is at its lowest in two decades within the region.

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