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May 2013

Foster care in Murmansk, Wikipedia for Schools 2013 approaches completion, SOS Children unite with BT for Connecting Africa, Benefiting from broadband in Nepal, Happy birthday “from babies with love”...

Youth representative from India campaigns for human rights

May 02, 2013 09:30 AM

A UN taskforce looking into population and development has highlighted how the health of young women and girls is often compromised by a lack of human rights.

Improving the standard of foster care in Murmansk

Improving the standard of foster care in Murmansk

May 02, 2013 03:38 PM

When SOS Children began its foster-care programme in the Russian city of Murmansk in 2000, there were only a handful of foster families in the area. Now, there are 600 children living with foster parents in Murmansk.

Changing practices to ensure healthier children in Nepal

May 03, 2013 10:01 AM

Nearly half of all under-fives in Nepal are stunted, with many children also severely malnourished.

Wikipedia for Schools 2013 nearly ready for release!

Wikipedia for Schools 2013 nearly ready for release!

May 03, 2013 11:55 AM

The 2013 edition of Wikipedia for Schools is nearing completion. Schools Wikipedia is the only checked-content version of Wikipedia available offline to children in developing countries. For the first time in four years, it is undergoing a full relaunch with a fresh look and plenty of new and updated articles.

Preventing future famines in Somalia

May 03, 2013 03:05 PM

A new study estimates that around a quarter of a million people died during the famine in Somalia from 2010–2012, half of them young children.

Saving the lives of mothers and babies in Somalia

May 07, 2013 04:46 PM

As delegates come together for an international conference on Somalia, a new report shows that the country is the most dangerous place for a child to be born.

Improving survival rates for newborns in Ethiopia

May 08, 2013 04:11 PM

Across sub-Saharan Africa, babies are seven times more likely to die on the day of their birth than infants in industrialised countries.

SOS Children and BT unite to connect Africa

SOS Children and BT unite to connect Africa

May 09, 2013 08:50 AM

SOS Children UK is excited to announce today the official launch of BT’s “Connecting Africa” project which will bring internet access to families in 20 SOS Children’s Villages across 12 African countries.

Combining forces to combat malnutrition in Niger

May 09, 2013 02:57 PM

Following the Sahel drought crisis of 2012, development agencies in the region aim to work more closely together to combat food insecurity.

Preventing child deaths in Nigeria and across the world

May 10, 2013 03:17 PM

A week after publishing its mothers and babies ‘risk indexes’, Save the Children has announced a new partnership to help save the lives of infants.

Expanding virtual horizons in Nepal

Expanding virtual horizons in Nepal

May 13, 2013 10:00 AM

In the wake of SOS Children UK’s partnership with BT to provide broadband to 20 Children’s Villages in Africa, more exciting IT news comes in from Nepal.

Cuts to funding in Guinea-Bissau threaten children’s health

May 13, 2013 03:26 PM

With its reliance on international aid, a lack of funding for projects in Guinea-Bissau threatens to leave children without nutritional support.

Happy birthday from babies with love!

Happy birthday from babies with love!

May 15, 2013 06:00 AM

We are proud to announce the first birthday of “from babies with love”, an online baby clothes shop which donates all of its profits to SOS Children!

SOS success stories on UN Family Day

SOS success stories on UN Family Day

May 15, 2013 06:00 AM

To celebrate the UN’s International Day of the Family, we review two success stories from SOS families around the world.

New emphasis on climate issues in Kenya’s schools

May 15, 2013 08:39 AM

United Nations data suggests the global population will rise from 7 billion to more than 9 billion by 2050, putting even more pressure on natural environments.

Reversing a decline in immunisation rates in Uganda

May 15, 2013 03:24 PM

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) publishes its latest health statistics, showing lower worldwide under-five mortality figures and higher child immunisation rates, Uganda is battling to reverse a decline in its immunisation coverage.

The battle to stop girls being trafficked from Nepal

May 16, 2013 04:10 PM

Around 4.5 million girls and women are trafficked for sexual exploitation across the globe, often lured across borders by the promise of a better life.

Clean water comes to more families in Burkina Faso

May 17, 2013 03:15 PM

According to the latest update from the World Health Organisation and UN’s Child Agency (UNICEF), nearly 90% of the world’s population had access to an improved drinking-water source in 2011 and over two thirds had improved sanitation facilities.

Cyclone Mahasen spares lives in Bangladesh

Cyclone Mahasen spares lives in Bangladesh

May 17, 2013 04:35 PM

Cyclone Mahasen brought far less destruction than was feared as it made landfall in southern Bangladesh on Thursday morning. Mahasen veered west of its predicted path, meaning that the key ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar were spared the destruction officials had anticipated.

Health system failing children in Pakistan

May 20, 2013 03:13 PM

Over 420,000 under-fives die each year in Pakistan and many of these deaths could be prevented by improvements to health services.

Building the resilience of the poor in Ethiopia and worldwide

May 21, 2013 02:45 PM

Fewer than one in ten workers in least developed countries have any kind of social security, so when weather disasters or ill-health strike, the poor are extremely vulnerable.

SOScapers get lost for charity!

SOScapers get lost for charity!

May 21, 2013 03:10 PM

This year’s fundraising challenge SOScape is just a few weeks away! With exams nearly over, Cambridge University students are readying themselves for their next great mission – hitch-hiking home to raise money for SOS Children!

A place for girls to complete school in South Sudan

May 23, 2013 09:05 AM

In South Sudan, more than a million primary-aged children are out of school, many of them girls.

Dante on side with SOS Children: Footballer becomes SOS Ambassador

Dante on side with SOS Children: Footballer becomes SOS Ambassador

May 23, 2013 03:45 PM

Bayern Munich footballer Dante Bonfim Costa Santos – better known as Dante to his fans – has become the latest high-profile supporter of SOS Children.

Malaria remains the no.1 threat to children in the DR Congo

May 24, 2013 01:29 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo is once again in the news as the UN’s Secretary-General talks up security in the east, while a much larger battle is being waged across the whole country.

Ground-breaking nutrition study of children around the world

May 28, 2013 03:32 PM

A study of over 7,000 children growing up in Ethiopia and three other countries suggests children suffer irreversible damage from poor nutrition in the first years of life.

Addressing youth unemployment in South Africa

May 29, 2013 04:45 PM

Africa has the youngest population in the world; already, there are nearly 200 million Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 years and this figure looks set to double in thirty years’ time.

The plight of children with albinism in Tanzania

May 30, 2013 02:18 PM

Tackling the prejudice faced by children with disabilities in Tanzania and around the world.

Battling a measles epidemic in Pakistan

May 31, 2013 02:59 PM

Doctors in Pakistan are battling a measles epidemic and emergency vaccination campaigns are being set up across the country.