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Spring 2013 Family Matters magazine

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.

Family Matters Spring 2013You can read about our Emergency Relief Work, providing food and life-saving medical care to vulnerable families. In food-insecure countries such as Niger, staple crops have become so expensive that families cannot cope with the hunger crisis. Our programmes work in partnership with local leaders to reach out to struggling families and help malnourished children. Read the story of two-year-old Ibrahim, who recovered from severe malnutrition with support from SOS Children’s special diet programme.

Learn more about our long-term strategies to help families break the cycle of food insecurity and become independent. For example, in the town of Gode in Ethiopia, badly affected by the 2011 drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, we helped to establish an irrigation scheme for the local river, enabling land to be used for growing crops. As a member of the irrigation scheme, Ayesha, a widow with eight children, now has a maize plot and two dairy cows, selling any spare milk to buy food. Ayesha is able to build up her long-term food security and is safe in the knowledge her family can survive the future.

Get an insight into our work breaking the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition. In order to ensure the health of children in the long-term, SOS Children reach out to communities to provide health education and nutrition workshops. In the deprived area of Samneua in Indonesia, for example, the SOS Medical Centre provides workshops on healthy eating and cookery lessons - teaching families about practical, affordable steps they can take to prevent future malnutrition.

We hope that you enjoy this edition of Family Matters.

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