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Reinventing Dickens for youngsters in Kenya

Jan 03, 2012 01:57 PM

In Kenya, Shujaaz is a monthly comic and daily radio show aimed at young people. It is designed as a fun vehicle to carry educational and inspirational messages for its target audience, who are mostly aged between 16 and 25 years.

Families in Pakistan who can no longer feed their children

Jan 04, 2012 05:06 PM

As well as the misery of leaving many thousands homeless, the recent devastating floods in the south of Pakistan have led to even higher food prices in some parts of the country.

SOS staff and children evacuated as forest fires rage in Chile

SOS staff and children evacuated as forest fires rage in Chile

Jan 05, 2012 03:35 PM

Wildfires have been raging for several days across parts of central and southern Chile. At least one person has died and more than 160 houses have been engulfed.

Haiti two years on: Challenges faced by NGOs on the ground

Haiti two years on: Challenges faced by NGOs on the ground

Jan 06, 2012 10:43 AM

As part of the international SOS Children team in Haiti, Max Lamesch is in charge of institutional donor services. In this interview he shares some insights about challenges NGOs such as SOS Children are faced with in Haiti, two years after the earthquake.

Growing threat of water-borne diseases in Zimbabwe

Jan 06, 2012 04:45 PM

In Sub Saharan Africa, half of all hospital beds are likely to be taken by patients who are ill because of dirty water or bad sanitation and aid experts in Zimbabwe are concerned numbers in the country are rising.

Children dying from lack of medical supplies in Ivory Coast

Jan 09, 2012 04:34 PM

After the unrest of 2011, the new government of Ivory Coast introduced free healthcare.

Dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Washi in the Philippines

Jan 10, 2012 03:50 PM

More than 1,250 Filipinos are now known to have died during Typhoon Washi and over 100 are still missing.

Earthquake strikes the northern region of Sumatra in Indonesia

Earthquake strikes the northern region of Sumatra in Indonesia

Jan 11, 2012 12:05 PM

Five years after the Asian tsunami constituted one of the world’s worst natural catastrophes, killing 230,000 people around the Indian Ocean, a large earthquake has struck near the northern region of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Haiti two years on: The most vulnerable must not be forgotten

Haiti two years on: The most vulnerable must not be forgotten

Jan 11, 2012 02:50 PM

Today is the two year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. SOS Children, in partnership with other NGOs, are calling on the international community to prioritise the needs of children and families in Haiti.

Haiti two years on

Haiti two years on

Jan 11, 2012 03:00 PM

Today is the second anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. In the aftermath of the devastating disaster on 12 January 2010, which killed 220,000 people and left more than one million homeless, SOS Children stepped in to provide Emergency Relief for children and families most affected. Now, nearly two years on, our plans to contribute to Haiti’s long-term recovery are well underway.

Indian Prime Minister calls child malnutrition a “national shame”

Jan 12, 2012 04:44 PM

The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, has called the level of malnutrition among the country’s children a “national shame”.

Haiti two years on: "This is still a children's crisis"

Haiti two years on: "This is still a children's crisis"

Jan 13, 2012 09:10 AM

Two years after the unthinkable 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, significant progress has been made in reconstructing the country. Even so, Haiti is still very much in a state of emergency and it is affecting children the most.

Action needed to avoid a food crisis in Niger

Jan 13, 2012 04:54 PM

In the past, food crises in Niger have escalated to a point where the situation has become a desperate emergency.

Unrest in Nigeria and the plight of the country’s north

Jan 16, 2012 04:56 PM

The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, today announced a change in policy over planned petrol price changes.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Los Mina, Dominican Republic

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Los Mina, Dominican Republic

Jan 17, 2012 09:43 AM

A child sponsorship report from Los Mina in Dominican Republic. Written in 2011.

India's new identification scheme will mean help reaches the poor

Jan 17, 2012 05:05 PM

There are over 700 million food-insecure people in India, despite the country’s 22 programmes to alleviate hunger and poverty.

More people could have been saved from starvation in East Africa

Jan 18, 2012 10:21 AM

The Horn of Africa drought killed between 50,000-100,000 people in five months (between April and August 2011), more than half of them children under five, and according to a frank report from aid agencies, many of these deaths would have been avoided by a quicker response from the international community.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Los Jardines Del Norte, Dominican Republic

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Los Jardines Del Norte, Dominican Republic

Jan 18, 2012 10:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Los Jardines Del Norte in Dominican Republic. Written in 2011.

Keeping children in school in drought-prone areas of Ethiopia

Jan 19, 2012 09:32 AM

Following the severe drought of 2011, an estimated 385,000 Ethiopian school children need “emergency education assistance” according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Louga, Senegal

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Louga, Senegal

Jan 19, 2012 10:50 AM

A child sponsorship report from Louga in Senegal. Written in 2011.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Douala, Cameroon

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Douala, Cameroon

Jan 20, 2012 10:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Douala in Cameroon. Written in 2011.

Young South Africans struggling to go all the way in education

Jan 20, 2012 03:29 PM

Last week saw the shocking incident of a woman trampled to death outside South Africa’s University of Johannesburg, when thousands of young people pushed forward to sign up for last-minute places.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bharatpur, Nepal

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bharatpur, Nepal

Jan 23, 2012 10:20 AM

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

Staying free of polio in Bangladesh

Jan 23, 2012 04:51 PM

Having launched a nationwide immunization programme at the beginning of January, Bangladesh is now using mobile health workers to reach around 560,000 children across the country who have yet to be vaccinated against polio.

Support for former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Jan 24, 2012 01:32 PM

Despite efforts to end the practice of using child soldiers, up to 300,000 children worldwide are caught up in fighting each year, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Child workers in the cotton fields of India

Jan 25, 2012 04:56 PM

There are an estimated 215 million child workers worldwide and nearly two-thirds of those (aged 5-17 years) work in agriculture, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS in Tanzania and the rest of the world

Jan 27, 2012 09:23 AM

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the world’s largest provider of financial investment in health services and this week marks its 10th anniversary.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Meru, Kenya

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Meru, Kenya

Jan 27, 2012 04:30 PM

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

Protection for child labourers from Burkina Faso and other West African countries

Jan 30, 2012 04:51 PM

Child labour remains common in West Africa, where poverty increasingly results in the movement of children from poorer nations to work in wealthier ones.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Migdal Haemek, Israel

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Migdal Haemek, Israel

Jan 31, 2012 10:00 AM

A child sponsorship report from Megadim, Migdal Haemek, in Israel. This report was written in 2011.

Investing in lives – my visit to SOS Children in Colombia

Investing in lives – my visit to SOS Children in Colombia

Jan 31, 2012 10:05 AM

When SOS Children Supporter Christina Lowe paid a visit to our SOS Social Centres in Colombia, she had the chance to see first-hand the impact of the projects. Here, she describes her trip and her impressions of how we are helping disadvantaged families.

SOS Children in South Africa celebrates three decades

SOS Children in South Africa celebrates three decades

Jan 31, 2012 10:05 AM

2012 is SOS Children’s 30th year of working in South Africa. Dressed in a pretty pink sweater and curled on a couch in her home at SOS Children’s Village Ennerdale, Johannesburg, Maria is proof of the good that SOS Children continues to do in the country.

“SOS Children’s educational programme is one of the best in the world.”

“SOS Children’s educational programme is one of the best in the world.”

Jan 31, 2012 10:10 AM

Victor Ofosu attended the SOS Primary and Junior School in Tema, Ghana from the age of six. Here, he describes his experiences at the SOS School and why he believes the education he received gave him the confidence for his achievements later in life.

Greek crisis forces families to abandon children

Jan 31, 2012 10:20 AM

The economic crisis in Greece is forcing families to seek help from SOS Children -– and in many cases ask if their children could be taken into care.

The strength to power on: Adeline's story

Jan 28, 2012 03:50 PM

Former SOS child 18 year-old Adeline Gouenon is currently studying English and Sports Development at Loughborough College, and, as an Ivorian athletics champion, has just been selected by her country for trials to run in the 2012 London Olympics.

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