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May 2012

Haiti recovery update, Displaced Malian children get education in SOS Schools, Goodbye to Somali Dr Abdullahi Hussein, Fundraising Matters, International Day of the Family, British 10K, Bulgaria earthquake, Our Africa grows, Donkey carts in Ethiopia, A sponsor visits their child...
Haiti update May 2012: Contributing to long-term recovery

Haiti update May 2012: Contributing to long-term recovery

May 01, 2012 11:40 AM

Immediately after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, SOS Children stepped in to provide a comprehensive Emergency Relief Programme. This is an update on our work as we continue to help children and families to recover from the long-term impact of the disaster.

Nourishing meals for children of poor families in Indonesia

May 03, 2012 09:55 AM

Despite the country’s increasing prosperity, around two-fifths of young children (under five years) in Indonesia are stunted (according to World Health Organization data for 2000-2009).

Mali: Displaced children offered an education in SOS Schools

Mali: Displaced children offered an education in SOS Schools

May 03, 2012 12:30 PM

200,000 people, including thousands of children, are estimated to have fled their homes in ongoing unrest in Mali. We have opened up our three SOS Schools in the country to displaced children, to minimise the impact of the current conflict on their education and development.

Narrowing the income gap in the Philippines

May 03, 2012 04:19 PM

As in many developing countries, the Philippines runs a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme to help the poorest families.

SOS Children mourns inspirational Somali Doctor

SOS Children mourns inspirational Somali Doctor

May 04, 2012 10:25 AM

Dr. Abdullahi Hussein, a Somali-born doctor who dedicated his life to providing medical care for his own population, suffered a fatal stroke in Mogadishu on April 13, 2012, at just 50 years old. He passed away just before a planned trip to see his wife and children in England.

Children at risk of being sucked into fighting in South Sudan

May 04, 2012 04:39 PM

As Sudan and South Sudan continue to fight along border areas of the two newly separated countries, Save the Children has issued a stark warning about the rising risk to children in the region.

Read the new Fundraising Matters for Spring 2012 now

Read the new Fundraising Matters for Spring 2012 now

May 14, 2012 12:35 PM

The Spring 2012 edition of Fundraising Matters is now available to be read online.

Preventing more stunted children in Tanzania

May 15, 2012 09:32 AM

Despite having an economy growing between 6-7% annually, Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest nations in terms of income per head and as more families struggle with food costs, the country is seeing a rise in the number of malnourished children.

International Day of the Family 2012

International Day of the Family 2012

May 15, 2012 10:35 AM

Today, 15th May 2012, marks the UN International Day of Families, an annual event recognising the significance of the family. SOS Children believe that all children deserve to live as a family, with a mother and brothers and sisters.

Brazil increases support for low-income families

May 17, 2012 09:42 AM

It has been hailed as a Latin America success story and used as the inspiration for many other poverty-reduction schemes; now Brazil’s ‘Bolsa Familia’ programme for low-income families is to be expanded even further.

UN warns of severe food shortages in South Sudan

May 17, 2012 04:20 PM

The United Nations (UN) has warned that more than half of South Sudan’s population could be facing food shortages this year.

Can you take on the British 10k for SOS Children?

Can you take on the British 10k for SOS Children?

May 18, 2012 02:00 PM

The British 10k London Run is one of the UK's most prestigious road races. We're putting a fantastic team together to run in this event raising funds and awareness for SOS Children, and we still have spaces available!

Boosting food production in The Gambia and across Africa

May 18, 2012 02:36 PM

In the US, Barack Obama is due to give details about a new 3 billion dollar investment in boosting food production across Africa.

South Sudan: Unaccompanied children begin to arrive at SOS Shelters

South Sudan: Unaccompanied children begin to arrive at SOS Shelters

May 21, 2012 10:40 AM

As the first planes taking South Sudanese living in Sudan to the South Sudan capital of Juba began to land last week, we have been stepping up our facilities in the country to provide unaccompanied children with basic services including food, water, and healthcare.

Young people become politicians in the Dominican Republic

May 22, 2012 10:30 AM

In the Dominican Republic, the governing party candidate, Danilo Medina, has avoided a presidential run-off next month by winning 51% of the vote. But as Mr Medina declared victory, the opposition challenged the result, alleging fraud and the buying of votes. The governing party has also been accused of using public money for political advantage by commissioning expensive vote-wooing projects in major cities.

Bulgaria: SOS Children projects unaffected by earthquake

Bulgaria: SOS Children projects unaffected by earthquake

May 22, 2012 02:55 PM

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 at the Richter scale hit Bulgaria at 3 am this morning (Tuesday 22 May) approximately 20km from SOS Children's Village Dren. We have received the good news that all children, SOS mothers and staff from the Village are safe. SOS Children will offer temporary shelter to those in need.

A significant reduction in child mortality rates in Kenya and across Africa

May 24, 2012 12:25 PM

With attention now focused on the growing food crisis across the Sahel region, it’s easy to miss positive news about Africa, but officials at the World Bank are keen to trumpet the “tremendous success story” of declining child mortality rates across the continent.

Company add their support to SOS Children in Greece

Company add their support to SOS Children in Greece

May 24, 2012 04:57 PM

A market research and business consulting company IntelliClear has selected SOS Children in Greece as the 2011 recipient of its annual Clarity Trust donation.

Child workers in Pakistan among bonded families

May 25, 2012 03:28 PM

Pakistan’s ‘Employment of Children Act 1991’ prohibits children under 14 years of age working in sectors other than agriculture or household enterprises and yet it’s still common to find children labouring in the country’s brick-making industry.

Curtailing child labour in Peru

May 28, 2012 04:44 PM

Well over a quarter of children in Peru aged between six and 17 years perform some kind of work but the Peruvian government has declared it is time to end such child labour.

'Our Africa' website reaches across the continents

'Our Africa' website reaches across the continents

May 31, 2012 09:32 AM

SOS Children’s award-winning ‘Our Africa’ video website has been visited by people throughout the world since it went live in the spring.

Pioneering website created by SOS Children wins award at the prestigious One World Media Awards

Pioneering website created by SOS Children wins award at the prestigious One World Media Awards

May 31, 2012 12:30 PM

Tuesday night (8th May) saw the 25th anniversary award ceremony of the highly acclaimed One World Media Awards.

Spring 2012 edition of Family Matters magazine ready to download!

Spring 2012 edition of Family Matters magazine ready to download!

May 31, 2012 01:00 PM

Spring 2012: Our latest Family Matters looks at our SOS Family Strengthening Programmes.

ABBA sponsors family home in SOS Children’s Village in Central African Republic

ABBA sponsors family home in SOS Children’s Village in Central African Republic

May 31, 2012 01:30 PM

Together with their production companies, the four members of 1970s pop group ABBA have united to fund the construction of a house in the new SOS Children’s Village in Bossangoa, Central African Republic.

Donkey carts provide a lifeline for families in Ethiopia

Donkey carts provide a lifeline for families in Ethiopia

May 31, 2012 02:00 PM

As part of the SOS East Africa Emergency Relief Programme, 100 families in Gode, Ethiopia, have been given donkey carts, enabling them to fetch precious water and recover from the drought.

A memorable experience: visiting my sponsored child

A memorable experience: visiting my sponsored child

May 31, 2012 02:40 PM

Mark Mitchinson, a child sponsor with SOS Children UK recently paid a visit to his sponsored child Amir in India. Here, he describes his visit and why he recommends our charity to others.

Ukraine: Charity giving street children a chance

Ukraine: Charity giving street children a chance

May 31, 2012 02:40 PM

Ukraine is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Despite limited economic growth, the situation for children growing up in Ukraine is far from ideal and thousands are estimated to survive living on the streets of the capital Kiev. Through our community projects, SOS Children are working to provide both practical help and psychological care for street children in Ukraine.

Taking home gold

Taking home gold

May 31, 2012 02:45 PM

When a six-year-old Hicham first arrived at SOS Children’s Village Dar Bouazza in Morocco experiencing severe motor impairments, no one would have believed that ten years later he would be competing in the Special Olympics and even awarded a gold medal for his swimming.

Mogadishu ten years on

Mogadishu ten years on

May 31, 2012 03:55 PM

SOS Children Regional Editor for East Africa, Hilary Atkins, first visited the Somali capital in September 2002. She returns to Mogadishu ten years after her first visit and reflects on the stark differences.

Greek financial crisis turns families to SOS Children

Greek financial crisis turns families to SOS Children

May 31, 2012 04:00 PM

Families affected by the financial crisis in Greece are struggling to care for their children. SOS Children has seen a 70% increase in requests for support from parents unable to afford to provide for their families. We are helping families to stay together through our four Family Strengthening Programmes in the country, which provide tailored support to enable children to grow up with their parents.

Zinc helps children in India recover from illness

May 31, 2012 04:44 PM

Results from a clinical study conducted in India have revealed that seriously ill children respond more quickly to medical treatment when they also receive zinc. The findings of the study, published in the medical journal ‘The Lancet’, suggest zinc could play an important role in reducing deaths.

Niger is the worst place to be a mother in 2012

May 11, 2012 10:26 AM

In the latest report from Save the Children, the ‘State of the World’s Mothers 2012’, Niger is ranked as the worst place in the world to be a mother, replacing Afghanistan at the bottom of the list.

Uganda one of the first countries receiving low cost anti-malaria medicine

May 11, 2012 10:30 AM

To date, the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria has committed over 22 billion dollars to battling these three killer diseases across 150 countries of the world.

Preventing child deaths from pneumonia in Malawi and other developing countries

May 11, 2012 10:31 AM

A new study conducted by a US medical team (reporting results in The Lancet) reveals the majority of child deaths around the world are still from preventable infectious causes.

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