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August 2012

Network Scouts visit SOS Children in India, Wedding gifts in The Gambia, Difficulties of being an SOS mother during Greece crisis, Zambia SOS Village nearly ready...

Locusts add to woes of Niger and other Sahel countries as crisis deepens

Aug 02, 2012 09:45 AM

Two leading agencies have issued a new warning about the one million children now at risk from severe malnutrition across the Sahel region of West Africa.

Reducing child deaths in Indonesia

Aug 02, 2012 04:23 PM

Improvements in health care have significantly reduced rates of child mortality in Indonesia, but experts say more deaths could be avoided with better sanitation and wider practice of basic hygiene.

Young people in Guatemala serving among their country’s poor

Aug 03, 2012 04:05 PM

In Guatemala, half of under-fives suffer from chronic malnutrition, which is one of the leading causes of death and the government is now sponsoring an initiative among its young to tackle this blight on the nation’s health.

Stopping children from being trafficked in India

Aug 07, 2012 10:09 AM

In India, forced labour is all too common, with millions of the country’s citizens estimated to be working in conditions which constitute modern slavery, many of them children.

Over sixty people die and schools shut as floods strike the capital of the Philippines

Aug 09, 2012 11:43 AM

Torrential rain has brought severe flooding to Luzon island in the Philippines, leading to the death of over 60 people in the past week and causing the closure of roads, offices and schools.

More children at risk of malnutrition in Kenya’s urban centres

Aug 09, 2012 04:29 PM

According to the World Health Organization, around 35% of children under five in Kenya are stunted through malnutrition, with food insecurity widespread in many rural parts of the country.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Nhlangano, Swaziland

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Nhlangano, Swaziland

Aug 10, 2012 11:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Nhlangano in Swaziland. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bo, Sierra Leone

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bo, Sierra Leone

Aug 10, 2012 02:18 PM

A child sponsorship report from Bo in Sierra Leone. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Reducing the risk of contaminated food in Malawi and other countries

Aug 10, 2012 04:18 PM

Aflatoxins are toxic compounds which can be found in foods such as maize and groundnuts; long-term exposure to them can lead to children becoming stunted or underweight and at increased risk of disease because the immune system becomes impaired. High levels of the toxins also damage the liver, with the World Health Organization estimating four-fifths of liver cancers are related to aflatoxin consumption.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Draria, Algeria

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Draria, Algeria

Aug 13, 2012 10:55 AM

A child sponsorship report from Draria in Algeria. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Aboisso, Ivory Coast

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Aboisso, Ivory Coast

Aug 14, 2012 11:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Aboisso in Ivory Coast. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

How to tackle long-term hunger in Uganda and elsewhere

Aug 14, 2012 03:10 PM

The hunger summit held at Downing Street on the last day of the Olympic Games was hailed by commentators as a great opportunity to focus attention on the world’s most vulnerable children.

Removing barriers to children attending school in Senegal

Aug 15, 2012 03:31 PM

In Senegal, the government has focused on improving education by setting up state-funded nurseries and providing free universal access to schooling; despite this, only around three-quarters of children are enrolled at primary school.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Gitega, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Gitega, Burundi

Aug 16, 2012 12:32 PM

A child sponsorship report from Gitega in Burundi. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

“The happiness of the children is clear for all to see”: Network Scouts visit SOS Children’s Village in India

“The happiness of the children is clear for all to see”: Network Scouts visit SOS Children’s Village in India

Aug 16, 2012 03:05 PM

Glenn Hadley and Isobel Mitchell of the Hornchurch Network Scouts visited the SOS Children’s Village Bawana in the North West of India earlier this year. Reflecting on their trip, the pair describe their experiences of meeting the SOS families and learning about the successes of children who have grown up there.

Boys dying from botched circumcisions in South Africa

Aug 16, 2012 03:57 PM

Male circumcision is currently being promoted in many parts of Africa as a way for men to help protect themselves against HIV/AIDS and yet in some places, botched circumcisions are leading to the deaths of young boys.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Nairobi, Kenya

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Nairobi, Kenya

Aug 17, 2012 09:00 AM

A child sponsorship report from Nairobi in Kenya. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Too many school children failing literacy and numeracy test in Tanzania

Aug 17, 2012 05:04 PM

Countries in East Africa have made significant improvements in extending access to primary schooling, but a new study suggests many children are not learning the core skills expected from primary education.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Beau Bassin, Mauritius

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Beau Bassin, Mauritius

Aug 20, 2012 09:40 AM

A child sponsorship report from Beau Bassin in Mauritius. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Wedding gifts make a difference to children in The Gambia

Wedding gifts make a difference to children in The Gambia

Aug 20, 2012 11:55 AM

When Ian and Sharon tied the knot at the end of June, they decided to request that, should their guests wish to buy them a gift in celebration, they donate instead towards clothing for the children living at SOS Children’s Village Bakoteh in the Gambia. The couple visited the country on their honeymoon and were able to visit the Village in person.

“We’ll get through this”

“We’ll get through this”

Aug 20, 2012 12:00 PM

Christina has been an SOS mother at SOS Children’s Village Plagiari in Greece for 16 years. She has faced many challenges throughout her time with SOS Children, including the current financial crisis, but believes that by pulling together, her family can build themselves a positive future.

Zambia: SOS families ready to move into new SOS Children’s Village in Chipata

Zambia: SOS families ready to move into new SOS Children’s Village in Chipata

Aug 20, 2012 12:15 PM

Funded by donors from the UK, SOS Children’s Village Chipata in Zambia will be a loving home for 150 children who have lost their families, where they can stay until they reach independence. Vulnerable children have already been indentified and the first 52 will move into the Village with their SOS mothers in the beginning of September.

Somalia has a new constitution which aims to protect girls from female circumcision

Aug 20, 2012 02:43 PM

Today (Monday 20th August), Somalia’s transitional federal government has been replaced by a new president, prime minister, speaker and ministers elected by clan elders, following the approval of a new Provisional Constitution at the beginning of this month.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Flores, Indonesia

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Flores, Indonesia

Aug 21, 2012 09:28 AM

A child sponsorship report from Flores in Indonesia. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kankan, Guinea

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kankan, Guinea

Aug 22, 2012 10:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Kankan in Guinea. This charity report is from 2011.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from N’Zérékoré, Guinea

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from N’Zérékoré, Guinea

Aug 23, 2012 09:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from N’Zérékoré in Guinea. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Child soldiers: Children in the DR Congo at risk

Aug 23, 2012 04:00 PM

The United Nations (UN) believes around a quarter of a million people have recently fled their homes because of renewed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bangalore, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bangalore, India

Aug 24, 2012 10:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bangalore in India. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Sylhet, Bangladesh

Aug 27, 2012 11:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Sylhet in Bangladesh. This charity report is from 2011.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kolkata, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kolkata, India

Aug 28, 2012 10:17 AM

A child sponsorship report from Kolkata in India. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Mopti, Mali

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Mopti, Mali

Aug 29, 2012 12:10 PM

A child sponsorship report from Mopti in Mali. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Children ‘born free’ in South Africa say race shouldn’t matter

Aug 29, 2012 04:52 PM

It has now been eighteen years since the fall of apartheid in South Africa and for many youngsters, a democratic system of government is all they’ve known.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Khajuri Kalan, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Khajuri Kalan, India

Aug 30, 2012 09:36 AM

A child sponsorship report from Khajuri Kalan in India. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Inspiring SOS Child is going for Gold at the Paralympics

Inspiring SOS Child is going for Gold at the Paralympics

Aug 30, 2012 12:25 PM

Thousands of inspirational stories are hitting the papers in light of the Paralympics now taking place at the Olympic Park. Over the next two weeks we will see a flurry of young and talented athletes all of whom have a particular personal journey, but not one that they have allowed to hold them back.

Peru debates how best to protect its children from violence

Aug 30, 2012 04:42 PM

In Peru, a new Code for Children and Adolescents has been drafted by the Justice Commission of Congress and will be debated by politicians soon.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bataan, Philippines

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bataan, Philippines

Aug 31, 2012 10:17 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bataan in the Philippines. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Families in Malawi face food shortages as prices rise in the country and globally

Aug 31, 2012 03:52 PM

As the World Bank warns of a 10% overall rise in food prices for the month of July, families in many developing countries are facing real hardship.

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