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April 2013

SOS Education Coordinator Helen visits SOS School in Basse, Liverpool students teach local children about growing up in Africa, Children in Swaziland catch up on numeracy and literacy...

Funding healthcare improvements in the DR Congo

Apr 02, 2013 04:45 PM

Six million people should benefit from healthcare improvements as part of the UK government’s new 180 million pound programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Educating and protecting girls in Kenya

Apr 03, 2013 04:30 PM

In traditional Maasai communities in Kenya, girls typically finish their education at primary level and are married after reaching puberty.

A chance of further education outside Gaza

Apr 04, 2013 05:08 PM

Currently, most young Palestinians who wish to carry out further studies abroad are unable to do so.

Former child soldiers take on new role in South Sudan

Apr 05, 2013 05:59 PM

After five decades of civil war, South Sudan became an independent country in 2011 and its former child soldiers are taking on a new role.

Situation for children in Sindh province of Pakistan

Apr 08, 2013 04:31 PM

After three years of severe monsoon floods, life in the province of Sindh is returning to some normality, but children are suffering from poor health and education services.

Singer highlights children’s work in Madagascar

Apr 10, 2013 09:45 AM

The UN’s child agency, UNICEF, has this week welcomed the singer and songwriter Katy Perry to Madagascar.

The teenager speaking out about HIV/AIDS in Ukraine

Apr 11, 2013 04:44 PM

Unlike most other regions of the world, AIDS-related deaths continue to rise in Eastern Europe where lack of treatment can be a problem.

Vital new vaccines and health plan for the DR Congo and worldwide

Apr 15, 2013 04:21 PM

A new 10-year action plan drawn up by United Nations agencies aims to stop 2 million young children dying each year from preventable diseases.

Stunting blights prospects of children in Burundi

Apr 16, 2013 04:32 PM

For millions of children across the world, poor nutrition in the first 1,000 days of their lives leaves them permanently stunted.

Senegal government to act on child beggars

Apr 17, 2013 05:10 PM

A fire in March which killed nine children at a sub-standard religious school has shocked the government of Senegal into action.

Visiting the SOS School in Basse

Visiting the SOS School in Basse

Apr 18, 2013 02:21 PM

Helen Elmerstig, Education Coordinator at SOS Children, recently visited the SOS Lower Basic School in Basse, Eastern Gambia. Located in a remote part of the country where many schools are overcrowded, Helen tells the story of a school with dedicated staff and remarkably attentive pupils.

Pupils step up to World Orphan Week challenge

Pupils step up to World Orphan Week challenge

Apr 18, 2013 02:22 PM

Four education students from Liverpool Hope University recently volunteered their time at a local Primary School, helping pupils to learn more about the lives of children in Africa, and organising a sponsored walk to raise valuable funds for SOS Children’s work in Zambia, during World Orphan Week 2013.

Catching up with literacy and numeracy skills

Catching up with literacy and numeracy skills

Apr 18, 2013 02:47 PM

In Swaziland, over 60 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. Although primary education recently became free, many families could previously not afford to send their children to school. SOS Children are running literacy and numeracy classes to help the ‘lost generation’ of children develop literacy and numeracy skills and move forward into a career.

Families need more assistance in Chad and other Sahel countries

Apr 18, 2013 04:25 PM

This week a new report by Oxfam assesses last year’s humanitarian response across Africa’s Sahel regions.

Help for Syria’s refugees in Jordan and elsewhere

Apr 19, 2013 03:43 PM

During the early stages of the conflict, Syrian refugees believed their flight to neighbouring countries would be temporary; now their numbers have risen to over 1.4 million and the UN expects this number to double in the next six months.

Food and Fundraising

Food and Fundraising

Apr 22, 2013 08:35 AM

The author, Moyra Irving, explains what inspired her and a group of friends to set up The Extra Guest charity and help to fill the empty bowl for children being supported by our family strengthening programmes at an SOS Children’s Village in India.

Thanks for your support

Thanks for your support

Apr 22, 2013 08:40 AM

Children’s lives are improving thanks to the efforts of our supporters. Read about a team of hairdressers from the UK teaching young people in India the basics of hairdressing, increasing their employment opportunities, and learn more about our brave supporter Matt who took on three full marathons in just three days.

Nurturing healthy nutrition

Nurturing healthy nutrition

Apr 22, 2013 08:45 AM

Hungry children, whose growth is stunted by poor diets, are less immune to illness, tend to start school later, if at all, drop out sooner and learn less when they do attend, locking families into systemic poverty. Here we report on work being done to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition.

Promoting food sustainability

Promoting food sustainability

Apr 22, 2013 08:50 AM

Following on from emergency relief measures, the next step for SOS Children is to facilitate small-scale projects whereby local people can produce food for themselves and their communities in a more sustainable way – as illustrated by the people of Gode in eastern Ethiopia.

Emergency food relief

Emergency food relief

Apr 22, 2013 08:55 AM

Although the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s drove the world to take action, food disasters have continued – costing hundreds of thousands of lives in Somalia, the Horn of Africa and now in the Sahel. Here we see how SOS emergency relief is delivering food aid while helping people escape the cycle of famine.

Combating food poverty

Combating food poverty

Apr 22, 2013 09:00 AM

Each day 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes – mostly from common illnesses that their weak bodies can’t fight. About 850 million people are undernourished, while nearly one in three chronically hungry people will die early or develop disabilities. Here we highlight how SOS Children helps families to cope.

Spring 2013 Family Matters magazine

Apr 22, 2013 02:20 PM

Our latest edition of Family Matters has a special focus on food security, and how SOS Children help families break out of the hunger trap and develop the means to feed themselves.

Protecting children from slavery in India and worldwide

Apr 22, 2013 04:21 PM

As a new bill outlaws all forms of child labour in India, campaigning groups are joining other international organisations to form a new coalition on child slavery.

SOS Children ready to help after China quake

SOS Children ready to help after China quake

Apr 23, 2013 02:15 PM

China’s powerful earthquake has killed at least 184 people and left many without homes in Sichuan Province. SOS Children is on standby in the aftermath, ready to offer shelter to those left homeless and ongoing support to children and families affected.

Helping families recover after China’s earthquake

Apr 24, 2013 10:15 AM

After a severe earthquake caused widespread destruction in southwest China, residents have been out on the streets asking for help to rebuild their lives.

Insecurity slows development in Colombia and Latin America

Apr 24, 2013 12:05 PM

A group of experts and government officials at the World Bank have labelled growing violence in Latin America as “the Achilles heel of development”.

Queen Charlotte's Ball: book your place and support SOS Children

Apr 25, 2013 12:40 PM

The Queen Charlotte’s Ball, the prestigious annual event organised by the London Season, will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice on Saturday 26th October 2013. This year the Ball will generously support the work of SOS Children.

Indian women achieve financial independence

Indian women achieve financial independence

Apr 26, 2013 03:15 PM

Women living in the Marh region of Jammu and Kashmir province in India are benefiting from SOS Children’s support in spearheading their own income-generating initiative. Together, they look forward to the day when many more girls and women are in charge of their future.

Preventing child deaths in Haiti and Latin America

Apr 29, 2013 09:05 AM

In Haiti, one in every 14 deaths among children aged under five is caused by diarrhoea and at least half of these deaths are preventable.

A more prosperous future for her daughters

A more prosperous future for her daughters

Apr 29, 2013 01:20 PM

Every day of her life, Leila’s existence has been dictated by men. In Azerbaijan, the decisions of fathers and husbands have kept women like Leila living in poverty for generations. With the help of SOS Children, she has gained some independence, and the hope of a better future for her daughters.

Rebuilding child health services in Somalia

Apr 29, 2013 03:55 PM

Though the security situation in Somalia is still far from ideal, conditions are now peaceful enough for the country to build up its child health services.

Helping to protect new generations from leprosy in Brazil

Apr 30, 2013 04:52 PM

Researchers in America have developed a new test for leprosy which should help to prevent long-term disabilities in thousands of people each year.