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November 2012

SOS Sudan director named UNESCO Artist for Peace, Epic cycle journey raises £15,000, Our Africa, New SOS Village in Chipata, Universal Children's Day, DRC children caught up in violence...
Top honour for SOS Children Sudan Director

Top honour for SOS Children Sudan Director

Nov 01, 2012 10:15 AM

We are very proud to announce that Ali Mahdi, director of SOS Children's Villages Sudan, has been officially named 2012 United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Artist For Peace for his work bringing drama performances to children in the frontline of conflict in Sudan.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Ratanakiri, Cambodia

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Ratanakiri, Cambodia

Nov 01, 2012 10:30 AM

A child sponsorship report from Ratanakiri in Cambodia. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Asiakwa, Ghana

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Asiakwa, Ghana

Nov 02, 2012 10:20 AM

A child sponsorship report from Asiakwa in Ghana. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Youth unemployment high on the agenda in Liberia and Africa

Nov 02, 2012 04:30 PM

World leaders, including the UK prime minister David Cameron and the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, have gathered this week to discuss the kind of development framework which might replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when these expire in 2015.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Muyinga, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Muyinga, Burundi

Nov 05, 2012 09:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Muyinga in Burindi. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Helping South Africa’s young unemployed?

Nov 05, 2012 02:32 PM

South Africa has the largest and most developed economy in Africa, but around half of its young people are unemployed.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Go Vap, Vietnam

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Go Vap, Vietnam

Nov 05, 2012 02:00 PM

A child sponsorship report from Go Vap in Vietnam. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Santo, Haiti

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Santo, Haiti

Nov 06, 2012 09:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Santo, Port-au-Prince, in Haiti. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Almaty, Kazakhstan

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Almaty, Kazakhstan

Nov 06, 2012 02:40 PM

A child sponsorship report from Almaty in Kazakhstan. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

What are the hopes of the next generation in China?

Nov 06, 2012 04:16 PM

While much of the world watches the leadership race in the US between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, others are looking east as China prepares for its transition of power.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Nov 07, 2012 10:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Abomey-Calavi in Benin. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Phuket, Thailand

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Phuket, Thailand

Nov 07, 2012 01:55 PM

A child sponsorship report from Phuket in Thailand. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Bangladesh makes great strides in improving the lives of the poor

Nov 08, 2012 10:30 AM

Over forty years after it became an independent state, Bangladesh remains a poor nation, but the country has made huge strides in improving the lives of its citizens.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Siteki, Swaziland

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Siteki, Swaziland

Nov 08, 2012 10:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Siteki in Swaziland. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Guatemalan Earthquake Charity appeal

Guatemalan Earthquake Charity appeal

Nov 09, 2012 11:45 AM

A devastating earthquake which hit Guatemala’s pacific coast yesterday (8 November), has left at least 52 dead and 20 missing. Homes have been destroyed and many families have nowhere to go. We have launched an Emergency Appeal to help families and children affected by the disaster.

Haiti asks for help after Hurricane Sandy

Nov 09, 2012 11:51 AM

Most of the news about Hurricane Sandy concentrated on the USA, but the weather system also left a trail of misery across the Caribbean and caused widespread destruction in Haiti.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Fort Portal, Uganda

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Fort Portal, Uganda

Nov 09, 2012 02:30 PM

A child sponsorship report from Fort Portal in Uganda. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Honeymoon fundraisers

Honeymoon fundraisers

Nov 12, 2012 09:50 AM

Matthew and Hazel Packer from Norwich married earlier this year. Instead of a traditional holiday in the Caribbean, the couple decided to spend their honeymoon cycling 300 miles in three days around Lebanon to raise valuable funds for SOS Children.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Mzuzu, Malawi

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Mzuzu, Malawi

Nov 12, 2012 10:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Mzuzu in Malawi. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Many schools close in Nigeria’s worst flooding in half a century

Nov 12, 2012 11:45 AM

The huge scale of the flooding in Nigeria between July and October is only now being fully realised as the country begins to assess the damage.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Gitega, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Gitega, Burundi

Nov 13, 2012 10:10 AM

A child sponsorship report from Gitega in Burundi. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Meeting in Senegal discusses Africa’s youth

Nov 14, 2012 10:05 AM

At the weekend, business leaders and key African figures met in Dakar to discuss the continent’s young people.

Better solutions for helping India’s poor

Nov 15, 2012 10:22 AM

Two-fifths of the food rations meant for India’s poorest disappear before they reach the people for whom they’re meant. Huge amounts of basic supplies are siphoned off by officials, ration-shop owners, distributors and others. And many of the 140 million claims each year for bottled cooking gas are made by ‘ghost’ recipients created by black-market traders.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Child Sponsorship Report 2012: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Nov 15, 2012 01:00 PM

A child sponsorship report from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Family planning moves up the agenda in Niger and worldwide

Nov 15, 2012 03:55 PM

Over 220 million women across the globe lack access to reliable, high-quality family planning services and supplies, leading to many unintended pregnancies, particularly among adolescents and the poor.

Matthew goes the extra mile

Matthew goes the extra mile

Nov 15, 2012 03:55 PM

In 2008 Matthew Blake set off on a worldwide cycle ride. Four years and sixty countries later he is back home having raised more than £15,000 for SOS Children’s work in Chipata, Zambia. Here he recalls some of the special moments.

From Ghana’s streets to medical school

From Ghana’s streets to medical school

Nov 15, 2012 04:00 PM

Charles was a baby when his mother abandoned him and his two brothers. When their father died a few years later, the boys had to fend for themselves until SOS Children stepped in. As Charles, now 26, prepares to graduate from medical school, he takes a look back.

Spotlight on South Sudan

Spotlight on South Sudan

Nov 15, 2012 04:10 PM

People in the newly formed Republic of South Sudan have faced countless challenges since independence in July 2011. Amid continuing civil unrest and a mounting refugee crisis, SOS Children is working with other agencies to provide a lifeline for displaced families. Hilary Atkins found out more when she met Mary who, with her family, is being forced to move from Sudan to South Sudan.

A tribute to Tom

A tribute to Tom

Nov 15, 2012 04:15 PM

Travel writer Tom Parkinson had just finished a dream research trip to Madagascar in 2007 when he died suddenly and unexpectedly, aged 28. However, his legacy is living on at an SOS School, thanks to the support of his parents, Dilys and Stephen Parkinson, who take up the story.

Lessons for life

Lessons for life

Nov 15, 2012 04:20 PM

For mothers and carers caught in a poverty trap, economic independence is often crucial for them to support their families. But getting a job or running even the smallest venture demands basic literacy and numeracy skills. So what lessons were learned when a group of women in Zimbabwe went back to school?

Our Africa: Life through a lens

Our Africa: Life through a lens

Nov 15, 2012 04:23 PM

What happens when you give children across Africa a digital camcorder and a chance to talk about their lives on film? To celebrate the 40th anniversary of SOS Children in Africa, Andrew Cates, CEO of SOS Children, decided to find out.

Celebrations as new SOS Children’s Village opens in Chipata

Celebrations as new SOS Children’s Village opens in Chipata

Nov 15, 2012 04:25 PM

After more than two years in development, the latest SOS Children’s Village has been greeted with much jubilation in Chipata, eastern Zambia.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Nov 16, 2012 11:05 AM

A child sponsorship report from Chiang Rai in Thailand. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Children in Zimbabwe and across the world are being failed by TB programmes

Nov 16, 2012 04:13 PM

In Zimbabwe, around 40 deaths out of every 100,000 are caused by tuberculosis among people who are HIV-negative and worrying new evidence suggests children with the disease are particularly being failed by the health profession.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Qiqihar, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Qiqihar, China

Nov 19, 2012 10:00 AM

A child sponsorship report from Qiqihar in China. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Read the new edition of Family Matters magazine

Read the new edition of Family Matters magazine

Nov 19, 2012 03:15 PM

Autumn 2012: Our latest edition of Family Matters has a special focus on Africa, celebrating 40 years of SOS Children working in the continent to ensure that more children can grow up in safe, loving homes.

Universal Children’s Day

Universal Children’s Day

Nov 20, 2012 09:35 AM

Today (20th November) marks the annual United Nations Universal Children’s Day, a day established to promote understanding between children, and draw attention to the welfare of children across the world.

New HIV-AIDS infections drop significantly among children in Zambia and elsewhere

Nov 20, 2012 03:59 PM

Significant progress is now being made across the world in reducing the number of new HIV infections among children.

Children at even greater risk of abuse in the east of the DR Congo

Nov 22, 2012 09:35 AM

As the instability in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo worsens, an estimated 200,000 children are now at even greater risk of abuse in the region.

DR Congo: Children caught up in violence

DR Congo: Children caught up in violence

Nov 22, 2012 12:30 PM

As rebel fighters strengthen their hold over key cities in DR Congo, children are increasingly at risk of abuse. As well as suffering the trauma of wartime violence, many fear a rise in child soldiers. Our charity have been working in the country with families affected by war since 1989, and are doing all we can to safeguard children.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Nov 23, 2012 10:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Phnom Penh in Cambodia. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Number of malnourished children in Pakistan at emergency levels

Nov 23, 2012 02:31 PM

Over half of households in Pakistan are currently food insecure and the number of malnourished children is running at emergency levels.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Entebbe, Uganda

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Entebbe, Uganda

Nov 26, 2012 03:20 PM

A child sponsorship report from Entebbe in Uganda. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Families in Malawi need help to survive the lean season

Nov 26, 2012 04:33 PM

Poor harvests in Malawi have left around 1.6 million people facing food insecurity according to the latest World Food Programme (WFP) update.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Hatyai, Thailand

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Hatyai, Thailand

Nov 27, 2012 09:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Hatyai in Thailand. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Front line study in The Gambia helps inform leaders in Doha about climate change

Nov 27, 2012 04:46 PM

Ministers from over 100 countries have begun gathering in Doha, the capital of Qatar, for the latest round of United Nations climate talks.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Astana, Kazakhstan

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Astana, Kazakhstan

Nov 28, 2012 09:55 AM

A child sponsorship report from Astana in Kazakhstan. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Children of Benin sent away to be labourers

Nov 28, 2012 05:07 PM

Every year, around four million African children are traded for labour before they even reach the age of 15.

Nursery schools provide important care for young children in Swaziland

Nov 29, 2012 04:35 PM

Nearly a quarter of young children attend pre-primary school in Swaziland, a rate higher than many developing nations in Africa.

Health centres provide a safety net for families in Burkina Faso

Nov 30, 2012 03:35 PM

The drought across the Sahel region this year has taken its toll on families across the region, including in Burkina Faso.

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