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March 2012

This month's child sponsorship reports, International Women's Day, It's hard work being a woman, Greek economic crisis, Our Africa nominated for media award and on Newsround, War and famine in southern Somalia, Providing safety in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pioneering care in South Africa, Spurs support campaign...

Flood victims in Pakistan still need urgent support

Mar 01, 2012 10:09 AM

The United Nations (UN) this week highlighted the ongoing emergency in Pakistan, where at least 2.5 million people require help six months after floods left devastation across the south.

A safe haven for the young of Haiti’s capital

Mar 01, 2012 04:21 PM

On wasteland near Cite Soleil, a slum area of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, one of the country’s former football stars runs a youth sports and education centre called L'Athletique d'Haiti.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Gode, Ethiopia

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Gode, Ethiopia

Mar 02, 2012 11:30 AM

A child sponsorship report from Gode in Ethiopia. Written in 2011.

Children accused of witchcraft in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mar 02, 2012 03:48 PM

This week’s court case surrounding the murder of a fifteen year-old boy, Kristy Bamu, in London, has once again highlighted the problem of children being accused of witchcraft, a phenomenon which has been growing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Vientiane, Laos

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Vientiane, Laos

Mar 05, 2012 10:35 AM

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

Reducing child mortality in Zambia by ‘hitching’ medical supplies to drinks crates

Mar 05, 2012 05:02 PM

In Zambia, 15% of deaths among under-fives are caused by diarrhoea (according to World Health Organization data), making it one of the main child killers.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bucharest, Romania

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bucharest, Romania

Mar 06, 2012 10:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bucharest in Romania. Written in 2011.

Helping rural communities in Bangladesh adapt to climate change

Mar 07, 2012 09:44 AM

Following the Durban talks in December on tackling climate change, the foreign minister of Bangladesh criticised developed countries for failing to distribute funds aimed at helping poorer countries adapt to environmental change.

United Nations holds new talks on Syria

Mar 07, 2012 11:04 AM

This week, ambassadors from the five permanent Security Council members of the United Nations (UN) – Britain, China, France, Russia and the USA – along with Morocco, are holding meetings to try and agree a new draft resolution on Syria.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from El Jadida, Morocco

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from El Jadida, Morocco

Mar 07, 2012 01:35 PM

A child sponsorship report from El Jadida in Morocco. Written in 2011.

International Women's Day: Four women, four mothers

International Women's Day: Four women, four mothers

Mar 08, 2012 10:05 AM

Fatumah, Ayesha, Hamdi and Ardi are all women living in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Poverty-stricken, marginalised and suffering under extreme weather conditions, the Somali region is a hard place to survive, especially for rural people.

Improving women's prospects via education

Improving women's prospects via education

Mar 08, 2013 02:10 PM

In Niger, only 17% of women are able to read and write, hindering not only their employment prospects but also their ability to participate in their communities. As part of the Family Strengthening Programme in Niamey, SOS Children have established a programme to provide literacy education for vulnerable women, to help them to improve their family’s prospects for the future.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Khartoum, Sudan

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Khartoum, Sudan

Mar 08, 2012 10:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Khartoum in Sudan. Written in 2011.

Food shortages in Niger affect women and children the hardest

Mar 08, 2012 04:54 PM

Next week, world delegates will be exploring this year’s theme for International Women’s Day – “Empower rural women, end poverty and hunger.” The ‘Global Conference on Women in Agriculture’ will take place in India on the 13-15th March.

It’s hard work being a woman

It’s hard work being a woman

Mar 09, 2012 07:25 AM

Editorial by Helen Elmerstig, Education Coordinator.

Greek economic crisis prompts SOS to launch Village sponsorships

Greek economic crisis prompts SOS to launch Village sponsorships

Mar 09, 2012 08:10 AM

Two of the three SOS Children's Villages in Greece will soon be available to receive international SOS Village sponsorships, a new development reflecting the needs of that nation’s children during economic crisis.

LRA attacks in the DR Congo and a YouTube video remind the world of the ‘Invisible Children’

Mar 12, 2012 11:16 AM

This month, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported new attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) causing thousands of people in the northern Orientale province to flee their homes.

Deaths of children from nodding disease in Uganda

Mar 12, 2012 04:55 PM

In the central northern districts of Uganda (Lamwo, Kitgum and Pader), over 3000 children have been struck down by a fatal illness called nodding disease.

ICC conviction against DR Congo leader who recruited child soldiers

Mar 14, 2012 02:25 PM

In the first international trial to focus on the use of child soldiers, a warlord from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Red ribbons: HIV discrimination in Tanzania?

Mar 15, 2012 04:55 PM

A number of schools in the Kibaha district of Tanzania, north-west of the capital, have implemented a system where pupils living with HIV identify themselves with a red ribbon.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Benguela, Angola

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Benguela, Angola

Mar 19, 2012 02:35 PM

A child sponsorship report from Benguela in Angola. Written in 2011.

Malnutrition levels rise among children in Chad

Mar 19, 2012 03:58 PM

High rates of acute malnutrition are not uncommon in Chad, particularly in the western Kanem region along the border with Niger, where over the past decade rates of malnutrition have only dipped once below the World Health Organization’s emergency threshold of 15%.

Improving the education of Arab youngsters in Israel & the Middle East

Mar 20, 2012 05:15 PM

Two new reports focus on the issue of how to improve education among Arab youngsters in the Middle East.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Gikongoro, Rwanda

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Gikongoro, Rwanda

Mar 21, 2012 12:25 PM

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

Children sold to traffickers on the rise in Sindh, Pakistan

Mar 22, 2012 09:32 AM

After the flooding disasters of 2010 and 2011, many poor families in the Sindh province of Pakistan have become so desperate they are selling their children to traffickers.

‘Our Africa’ nominated for top media award

‘Our Africa’ nominated for top media award

Mar 22, 2012 02:00 PM

SOS Children’s new website ‘Our Africa’ is in the running for a major award.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Fort Portal, Uganda

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Fort Portal, Uganda

Mar 22, 2012 03:40 PM

A child sponsorship report from Fort Portal in Uganda. Written in 2011.

Children in detention in Thailand and around the world

Mar 23, 2012 09:43 AM

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates that the detention of children can only be used “as a measure of last resort” and “for the shortest appropriate period of time” and yet the children of migrant workers and asylum seekers are regularly held for long periods, sometimes for many years.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Cibitoke, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Cibitoke, Burundi

Mar 23, 2012 04:20 PM

A child sponsorship report from Cibitoke in Burundi. Written in 2011.

Bangladesh receives support for its anti-smoking lobby from the New York mayor

Mar 23, 2012 04:37 PM

Bangladesh is one of many developing countries where there are high smoking rates among men and adolescent boys, with nearly half of all males smoking and almost one in ten teenage boys (aged 13-15) adopting the habit, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Callao, Peru

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Callao, Peru

Mar 26, 2012 03:58 PM

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

The plight of children with TB in South Africa

Mar 27, 2012 09:32 AM

Tuberculosis (TB) is an illness which is not often associated with children, but each year up to 70,000 youngsters die from this curable disease.

Supporting a rounded education in the north of Nigeria

Mar 28, 2012 03:38 PM

In some northern regions of Nigeria, over three-quarters of people live below the poverty line and with unemployment high, young men are easily attracted into the ranks of militant groups.

Nursing Southern Somalia through civil war and famine

Nursing Southern Somalia through civil war and famine

Mar 30, 2012 10:30 AM

As the sun rises across Mogadishu, the Somali capital's air is fresh and the call to prayer signals the beginning of another day. The sound of radio talk shows can then be heard from battery-operated transistors placed on the ground outside the entrances of homes where food preparation takes place.

Manchester students join forces to support SOS Children in Chipata

Mar 30, 2012 10:35 AM

Students from The University of Manchester have recently established an SOS Children supporters group, to raise awareness and vital funds for SOS Children’s projects supporting children in the deprived town of Chipata in Zambia.

Helping children to grow up safely in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Helping children to grow up safely in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mar 30, 2012 11:10 AM

In Bosnia-Herzegovina families are faced with many challenges. Approximately 18% of children grow up in poverty and unaffordable health insurance has left families in desperate situations. SOS Children are working through our Family Strengthening Programmes (FSPs), supporting families in all aspects of their lives to provide a better future for their children.

Pioneering community-based foster care in South Africa

Pioneering community-based foster care in South Africa

Mar 30, 2012 11:15 AM

In South Africa, SOS Children have set up new form of community-based foster care, in an area with a high number of orphaned and abandoned children. Emma is just one of the foster mothers who have taken vulnerable children into their homes and provided them with long-term care.

‘Our Africa’ on prime time TV

‘Our Africa’ on prime time TV

Mar 30, 2012 11:25 AM

The popular children’s BBC news programme, Newsround, recently aired an episode featuring SOS Children's project ‘Our Africa’.

Tottenham Hotspur add their support to our Mums Matter campaign

Tottenham Hotspur add their support to our Mums Matter campaign

Mar 30, 2012 11:35 AM

Tottenham Hotspur football club have recently announced that they are backing Mums Matter, our campaign to raise awareness of the role that over 5,000 SOS Mothers play in improving the lives of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children around the world.

Young people in Estonia at risk from a new drug

Mar 30, 2012 03:03 PM

In Estonia, the growing use of fentanyl as a recreational drug is causing a spate of deaths among young people.

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