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December 2012

Spurs raise awareness about plight of African children, Wedding cake fundraiser, Birth certificates improve Cote d'Ivoire children's future prospects, Protecting children of Gaza, Case study: Benin girl looks forward to SOS Christmas...
Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Isolo, Nigeria

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Isolo, Nigeria

Dec 04, 2012 10:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Isolo in Nigeria. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Spurs help Tottenham school children discover more about Africa

Spurs help Tottenham school children discover more about Africa

Dec 04, 2012 10:40 AM

As part of their ongoing support for SOS Children, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation recently organised a lesson for local school children on life in Africa – making use of the ‘Our Africa’ educational resource developed by our charity. Spurs player Emmanuel Adebayor brought the lesson to life for pupils as he talked about his experiences growing up in Togo.

Couple raise £800 for SOS Children with wedding cake

Couple raise £800 for SOS Children with wedding cake

Dec 04, 2012 10:45 AM

Newlyweds Frances and Nick decided to support SOS Children on their wedding day by requesting donations from their guests in exchange for a slice of wedding cake. With the help of SOS supporter and ‘Imagination’ singer Leee John, they raised an impressive £800 for our work with vulnerable children.

The importance of birth certificates

The importance of birth certificates

Dec 04, 2012 10:50 AM

Many take birth certificates for granted. But in a lot of countries, families face difficulties registering births and are living without them. Without birth certificates, they are often unable to access basic education or apply for jobs. The SOS Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) in Cote d'Ivoire has helped families to receive their birth certificates and improve their prospects for the future.

Protecting the children of Gaza

Protecting the children of Gaza

Dec 04, 2012 10:55 AM

Although a ceasefire has now been declared between Gaza and Israel, intense conflict in both countries during November caused death and devastation. In these still unstable times, we are increasingly concerned for the welfare of children in communities who have been caught up in the fighting. SOS Children are already running programmes to support vulnerable children in the country, and will help those affected by the violence. We need your support to continue our vital work.

Celebrating Christmas with family

Celebrating Christmas with family

Dec 04, 2012 11:00 AM

Rachelle, 10, lives with her family in Abomey-Calavi in Benin. After her father died in 2008, her mother had been struggling to care for Rachelle and her six brothers and sisters alone. Now, with the support of the SOS Family Strengthening Programme, Rachelle and her family can look forward to celebrating a happier family Christmas.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Quthing, Lesotho

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Quthing, Lesotho

Dec 05, 2012 09:50 AM

A child sponsorship report from Quthing in Lesotho. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Philippines suffers from strongest typhoon this year

Dec 05, 2012 02:19 PM

While climate change talks continuing in Doha, the Philippines has this week suffered its worst typhoon of the year.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012 from Kisumu, Kenya

Child Sponsorship Report 2012 from Kisumu, Kenya

Dec 06, 2012 11:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Kisumu in Kenya. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Childhood cancer in Uganda and central Africa linked to infections

Dec 06, 2012 04:08 PM

It’s been known for some time that some infections can lead to certain types of cancer. Medical scientists now believe that in developing countries, such infections could account for one in every four cancers.

Coming home for Christmas

Coming home for Christmas

Dec 07, 2012 10:32 AM

After her mother developed a terminal illness, Macarena grew up in SOS Children’s Village Puerto Varas in Chile. Now 32 years-old, she has a good job working in medical research. Despite her busy life, she would never miss a Christmas with her SOS family, and will soon be travelling back to the Village to spend the special time with her SOS mother, brothers and sisters.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Bo, Sierra Leone

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Bo, Sierra Leone

Dec 07, 2012 10:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bo in Sierra Leone. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Children losing their childhood in Syria

Dec 07, 2012 03:45 PM

This week, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that up to 4 million people face going hungry this winter in Syria since it is no longer possible to deliver aid supplies safely.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Hai Phong, Vietnam

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Hai Phong, Vietnam

Dec 10, 2012 10:25 AM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Nhlangano, Swaziland

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Nhlangano, Swaziland

Dec 10, 2012 03:45 PM

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

A working childhood for many youngsters in Zambia

Dec 10, 2012 05:04 PM

Millions of children across the world are forced to work, locking them into a cycle of poverty.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Dec 11, 2012 10:40 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bissau in Guinea-Bissau. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Tackling the problem of out-of-school girls in Pakistan

Dec 11, 2012 03:54 PM

Pakistan has more than 7 million primary-school-age children who are not enrolled at school.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Da Nang, Vietnam

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Da Nang, Vietnam

Dec 12, 2012 10:39 AM

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

Brothers reunited for Christmas

Brothers reunited for Christmas

Dec 13, 2012 09:00 AM

After their parents were unable to care for them, brothers Rey David, Leonardo and Victor had been living in child shelters in Mexico. Because of the difference in their ages, they were forced to live apart in separate shelters and rarely saw each other. SOS Children offered the three boys a home together at SOS Children's Village Huehuetoca, and now they are able to celebrate Christmas together for the first time in years.

Children in Senegal who are out on the streets instead of learning in school

Dec 13, 2012 11:22 AM

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for around half of all out-of-school children across the world.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Rutana, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Rutana, Burundi

Dec 13, 2012 02:10 PM

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

Malnutrition remains a stubborn problem in Nepal

Dec 14, 2012 03:49 PM

New national data from Nepal for 2011 reveals that 16% of households in the country are still severely food insecure and correspondingly, 16% of young children (under-five) remain severely malnourished.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Makeni, Sierra Leone

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Makeni, Sierra Leone

Dec 17, 2012 10:20 AM

A child sponsorship report from Makeni in Sierra Leone. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Child refugees from Syria struggle with harsh life of camps in Jordan

Dec 17, 2012 04:36 PM

As Syria’s civil war continues, hundreds of thousands of families have fled to neighbouring countries such as Jordan. Life in the refugee camps is proving particularly harsh through the winter months as refugees battle to stay warm.

Yassim gets a second chance in life

Yassim gets a second chance in life

Dec 18, 2012 02:40 PM

Helen Elmerstig, SOS Children UK’s Education Coordinator, recently visited SOS Children’s Village Basse in The Gambia. In this piece, she tells the story of Yassim, a little girl who overcame her difficult start in life with the dedication and support of her SOS mother Sutay.

Cycling across Canada for SOS Children

Cycling across Canada for SOS Children

Dec 18, 2012 02:50 PM

British cyclist Tana Silverland recently completed a two and a half year bicycle journey across Canada, whilst promoting SOS Children’s work providing a family life for vulnerable children around the world. Her journey reached its conclusion in Ottawa, where she celebrated raising awareness and over £25,000 for the charity’s work.

SOS children make New Year’s Resolutions

SOS children make New Year’s Resolutions

Dec 18, 2012 02:55 PM

In many of our 518 SOS Children’s Villages around the world, children have been looking forward to the New Year. From a range of difficult backgrounds, they have all now found safe homes in SOS Children’s Villages and are able to enjoy their childhoods. Here, they reveal the goals they are setting for 2013 and what they hope to achieve.

Going green: An alternative power supply for SOS Children’s Village Awassa in Ethiopia

Going green: An alternative power supply for SOS Children’s Village Awassa in Ethiopia

Dec 18, 2012 03:05 PM

Power cuts are a part of daily life in East Africa’s Great Rift Valley. After SOS mothers in Awassa were forced to wake up in the middle of the night to cook breakfast for their children, they decided to take the situation into their own hands. Making use of available agricultural products, watch a video below of how a biogas system was installed into the Village, transforming families’ lives.

Finding ways to improve efficiency in tackling malaria in Nigeria and other countries

Dec 18, 2012 04:49 PM

Despite a significant increase in international support for prevention measures, malaria still claims the life of an African child every minute.

Improving the health of mothers and children in the slums of Kenya

Dec 19, 2012 03:47 PM

In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly two-thirds of all town-dwellers live in slums. And in many countries, numbers are rising, as more people migrate to the towns and cities for work.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Kaifeng, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Kaifeng, China

Dec 20, 2012 11:05 AM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2012: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Child Sponsorship Report 2012: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dec 20, 2012 11:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Meeting in Senegal highlights the growing number of malnourished children in the Sahel

Dec 20, 2012 04:53 PM

Even though harvests have been better in much of the Sahel this year, an estimated 1.4 million children are likely to be malnourished across the region in 2013. This represents a rise of 400,000 from the 1 million children suffering from malnourishment in 2012.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Gikongoro, Rwanda

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Gikongoro, Rwanda

Dec 21, 2012 10:25 AM

A child sponsorship report from Gikongoro in Rwanda. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Philippines passes important new health bill

Dec 21, 2012 11:18 AM

Joyous scenes have greeted the ratification of the new reproductive health bill in the Philippines.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Mbalmayo, Cameroon

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Mbalmayo, Cameroon

Dec 24, 2012 10:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Mbalmayo in Cameroon. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Blantyre, Malawi

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Blantyre, Malawi

Dec 27, 2012 10:25 AM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Xiengkhouang, Laos

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Xiengkhouang, Laos

Dec 28, 2012 10:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Xiengkhouang in Laos. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Temirtau, Kazakhstan

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Temirtau, Kazakhstan

Dec 29, 2012 10:50 AM

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

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Maputo, Mozambique

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Maputo, Mozambique

Dec 30, 2012 11:35 AM

A child sponsorship report from Maputo in Mozambique. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Gwagwalada, Nigeria

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Gwagwalada, Nigeria

Dec 31, 2012 12:45 PM

A child sponsorship report from Gwagwalada in Nigeria. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

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