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July 2013

Dembe builds new life with SOS Children after LRA abduction, SOS Children's work in the US, From SOS Children in Ethiopia to Harvard University, Celebrating Ramadan with SOS Children...

Youth clubs in Uganda tackle the issue of early pregnancy

Jul 02, 2013 08:15 AM

Early pregnancies and marriage are common in Uganda, which has the second highest fertility rate of all countries.

Care for children with nodding syndrome in Uganda falls short

Jul 02, 2013 12:26 PM

Adequate care for children in Uganda with nodding syndrome is still lacking as government-run centres run low on supplies.

Avanti to cycle from Cornwall to Blackfriars in 24 hours for SOS Children

Avanti to cycle from Cornwall to Blackfriars in 24 hours for SOS Children

Jul 03, 2013 12:10 PM

This weekend, a group of cyclists from communications company Avanti are challenging themselves to a 300-mile bike ride from their Goonhilly satellite facility in Cornwall to their headquarters in London to raise money for SOS Children. As if that wasn’t gruelling enough, they plan to do it in 24 hours!

Moves to stamp out polio outbreak in Somalia and the horn of Africa

Jul 03, 2013 02:58 PM

As the worldwide community continues the battle to eradicate polio, the former prime minister of Canada calls for all remaining obstacles to be tackled with energy and commitment.

Dembe's story: Building a new life with SOS Children

Dembe's story: Building a new life with SOS Children

Jul 03, 2013 11:55 PM

When Dembe* was just 16, she was kidnapped by a militia group in northern Uganda. When she finally escaped after years of sexual exploitation, she had two young children to care for. Through her own determination to start again and with the help of SOS Children, Dembe has started her own business and begun to create a new life for herself and her children. Remarkably, she can now look back on her days in captivity with dignity and even forgiveness.

Landmines continue to kill and maim children in Colombia

Jul 04, 2013 01:35 PM

Colombia is one of the most mine-scarred countries in the world and unexploded devices have killed or maimed more than 1,000 children in the last two decades.

SOS success in the US

SOS success in the US

Jul 04, 2013 04:00 PM

SOS Children is a truly international charity. In addition to our many Villages in developing countries around the globe, we also care for vulnerable families in the developed world, where life can be just as difficult for some children. We take a look at our Children's Village in Chicago, where all students graduated successfully from high school last year!

Misery continues for children in the Central African Republic

Jul 07, 2013 08:00 AM

This week, the UN’s child agency (UNICEF), has highlighted the “deepening misery” of the situation facing children in the Central African Republic.

Creating employment for young people to reduce insecurity in Nigeria and Africa

Jul 08, 2013 03:10 PM

Young people (under 25) make up 60% of the unemployed in sub-Saharan Africa.

SOS Children and others meet to discuss children’s rights post-2015

SOS Children and others meet to discuss children’s rights post-2015

Jul 09, 2013 01:50 PM

In June 2012, the Rio +20 conference met to discuss sustainable development in the coming years as the Millennium Development Goals approached their 2015 deadline. One year on, the UN’s Major Group for Children and Youth met with Member States to address the children’s needs in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. In attendance was SOS Children’s Advocacy Advisor on Post-2015, Sofia Garcia.

Greater funding needed for Chad and other countries of the Sahel

Jul 09, 2013 02:01 PM

Across the Sahel region of Africa, around 1.5 million under-fives are acutely malnourished.

South Sudan is two years old, but many problems remain

Jul 10, 2013 01:59 PM

Yesterday marked the second anniversary of South Sudan’s creation, but many of its people still battle hunger, disease and extreme poverty.

Malala Yousafzai proves an inspiration for girl’s education in Pakistan

Jul 12, 2013 09:00 AM

Today, on her 16th birthday, Malala Yousafzai is set to address the United Nations, but already her example is helping girls in Pakistan.

International help needed in the Central African Republic

Jul 12, 2013 04:48 PM

A week after the UN’s child agency, UNICEF, warned about “deepening misery” in the Central African Republic, the European Union (EU) has increased its aid.

UK extends aid funding for food and school meals in Malawi

Jul 15, 2013 12:38 PM

Poor harvests in Malawi have left many rural families low on food stocks and last week the UK government announced a new package of aid to address the crisis.

Mekidem’s story: The glittering prize

Mekidem’s story: The glittering prize

Jul 16, 2013 09:20 AM

Mekidem’s story is a remarkable one. His experiences at our SOS school in the town of Awassa inspired him to aim for the very highest prize, and his efforts have been rewarded with a hard-won place at Harvard University. As he prepares to leave Ethiopia and head for the US, Mekidem considers how he will use his success to change yet more lives...

Chinese children with disabilities excluded from education

Jul 16, 2013 03:52 PM

China has over 80 million people with disabilities, yet discrimination against children with special needs is still common.

Somalia is the first country to receive a three-year UN aid appeal

Jul 17, 2013 05:26 PM

A new report on humanitarian assistance worldwide shows that Somalia remains one of the largest recipients of international aid.

Manchester City get the ball rolling with SOS Children in South Africa

Manchester City get the ball rolling with SOS Children in South Africa

Jul 18, 2013 03:35 PM

Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) held an open training session yesterday at Durban’s famous Moses Mabhida Stadium, which was attended by starstruck children from our SOS Children’s Village in nearby Pietermaritzburg.

Child deaths draw attention to the state of school meals in India

Jul 19, 2013 08:24 AM

In Bihar, the death of more than 20 children due to poisoning from their school lunch has drawn attention to the shocking state of school meals in India.

Children make up many of Chad’s returnees

Jul 19, 2013 11:49 AM

As a spate of conflicts affect neighbouring countries, Chad is struggling to deal with an influx of returnees, many of them children.

Adventurer Richard Meredith visits SOS Children’s Village in Nepal

Adventurer Richard Meredith visits SOS Children’s Village in Nepal

Jul 20, 2013 11:00 AM

Earlier this month, renowned travel writer Richard Meredith journeyed many thousands of miles by plane, train and bus to Nepal to attend the 10th anniversary of our SOS Children’s Village in Bharatpur.

All profits from novel go to SOS Children

All profits from novel go to SOS Children

Jul 22, 2013 10:55 AM

If you’re a follower of life in the literary world, you may have heard of Michael Anthony’s novel The Wind That Blows Before the Rains. Perhaps you didn’t realise, however, that all proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards SOS Children’s work in Zimbabwe, where the novel is set.

Returning to SOS Children’s Village Mopti

Returning to SOS Children’s Village Mopti

Jul 26, 2013 09:00 AM

Last Sunday, Mali went to the polls for the first time since the military coup in 2012. Coinciding with this critical event in Malian politics is the homecoming of evacuated children to our SOS Children’s Village in Socoura.

Algeria at the forefront with new guidelines for children and adults with HIV

Jul 29, 2013 02:13 PM

In June this year, the World Health Organisation issued new treatment guidelines for adults and children with HIV.

SOS Children celebrates 50 years in Ecuador

SOS Children celebrates 50 years in Ecuador

Jul 30, 2013 03:16 PM

This year, SOS Children celebrates 50 years of working in the South American country of Ecuador. Earlier this month, children from all our Children’s Villages, SOS mothers past and present, SOS staff, and child protection workers joined together with figures from government and representatives from other NGOs to mark this milestone.

Family planning reduces maternal and infant deaths in developing nations such as the Philippines

Family planning reduces maternal and infant deaths in developing nations such as the Philippines

Jul 30, 2013 05:10 PM

The role of family planning in development is now more widely discussed and acknowledged, even in religiously conservative nations such as the Philippines.

Inventions helping mothers to be around for their babies in Bangladesh and other developing countries

Inventions helping mothers to be around for their babies in Bangladesh and other developing countries

Jul 31, 2013 04:29 PM

In developing countries childbirth can be a dangerous affair; in Bangladesh, for every 100,000 births, more than 190 mothers never get to raise their babies.

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