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December 2013

Christmas around the world, Remembering Nelson Mandela, Are charities slow to innovate?, SOS families safe despite continuing tension in CAR, Protecting Syrian families against a harsh winter, SOS Villages unharmed in South Sudan violence, 9 years after the Asian tsunami...
Staying the course with HIV/AIDS in Africa

Staying the course with HIV/AIDS in Africa

Dec 01, 2013 01:00 AM

In the headline banner of its 2013 Special report, UNAIDS proclaims ‘How Africa turned AIDS around’ but World Aids Day will hopefully remind Africa’s nations not to let this progress slide.

Focusing on teenagers in the battle against HIV/AIDS in Malawi

Focusing on teenagers in the battle against HIV/AIDS in Malawi

Dec 02, 2013 03:40 PM

As in many other African countries, the wider availability of antiretroviral treatment has slashed deaths and reduced new infections from HIV/AIDS in Malawi.

Christmas around the world with SOS Children

Christmas around the world with SOS Children

Dec 04, 2013 12:05 AM

Christmas is a magical time for children. That sense of anticipation as the special day draws closer, the joy of exchanging gifts and sharing unforgettable moments with those closest to us. At Children's Villages the world over, SOS families celebrate Christmas in their own unique way. Here, we share some festive moments from around the world.

Finding places in Jordan’s schools for Syrian refugee children

Finding places in Jordan’s schools for Syrian refugee children

Dec 04, 2013 01:17 PM

As the number of Syrian refugee children rises, schools in neighbouring countries are struggling to cope.

Nelson Mandela: Remembering a great man

Nelson Mandela: Remembering a great man

Dec 06, 2013 11:45 AM

Today, the world mourns the passing of one of the greatest figures of our time. A constant fighter for justice and equality, Nelson Mandela’s greatness was demonstrated in all that he did. We thank Mr Mandela for his tireless work to protect the rights of the most vulnerable members of society, in South Africa and around the world.

SOS South Africa pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

SOS South Africa pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Dec 10, 2013 03:10 PM

Across South Africa, and the world, millions are reflecting on the inspiring life of Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December. One child at an SOS Children's Village in South Africa said, “Nelson Mandela is like a hero to me, he did a lot for us. He did a lot for the country.”

Remembering Nelson Mandela’s championing of HIV/AIDS treatment

Remembering Nelson Mandela’s championing of HIV/AIDS treatment

Dec 10, 2013 04:35 PM

As the world gathers to celebrate the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela, those living with HIV/AIDS are just one group thankful for this great man.

Situation still tense in CAR, SOS families remain safe

Situation still tense in CAR, SOS families remain safe

Dec 13, 2013 09:15 AM

In early December, French troops moved into the Central African Republic (CAR) to support African Union forces following three days of violence in the capital, Bangui. Though the situation remains tense, we can report that no children or staff from our Children’s Village have been harmed. We continue to help the most vulnerable children through our emergency relief programme.

Marshall Group helps children in the Philippines

Marshall Group helps children in the Philippines

Dec 13, 2013 01:00 PM

We would like to thank the Marshall Group for their kind support of our work to help children and families in the Philippines. Their very generous contribution will help us continue to provide much-needed care to children whose lives have been turned upside down by last month's typhoon.

Plamen's story: My favourite Christmas with all my family

Plamen's story: My favourite Christmas with all my family

Dec 14, 2013 01:00 AM

However you celebrate this holiday season, many of us look forward to creating special memories with our family. For Plamen a happy Christmas with his mother and young brothers hasn't always been guaranteed. When SOS Children offered his family in Bulgaria the support they needed, Christmas became a favourite time of year for Plamen because they were all together.

Saving lives with Milli Millu

Saving lives with Milli Millu

Dec 01, 2013 12:05 AM

We are proud to announce the launch of a brand new partnership with luxury handbag brand Milli Millu. ‘A Bag, A Life’ means that for every bag purchased, Milli Millu will fund lifesaving medical treatment for children who need it the most.

In Zambia, around two-fifths of young children do not officially exist

In Zambia, around two-fifths of young children do not officially exist

Dec 16, 2013 02:47 PM

A new report from the UN’s child agency (UNICEF) highlights how it is still common in many developing countries for children to go unregistered at birth.

Christmas fun for SOS children at Siedlsli, Poland

Christmas fun for SOS children at Siedlsli, Poland

Dec 19, 2013 01:00 PM

Siedlsli is one of five SOS Children’s Villages in Poland. As in many other SOS villages, the mothers and community members at Siedlsli organise fun events such as plays and performances to make sure Christmas is as memorable and special for the children as possible.

Situation in South Sudan tense, SOS Village safe

Situation in South Sudan tense, SOS Village safe

Dec 20, 2013 07:15 PM

As fighting spreads beyond the capital Juba, Barack Obama has warned that South Sudan is on the “precipice” of civil war. At least 500 people have died since last weekend while 34,000 are seeking shelter in UN bases. Our Children's Village in Malakal, some 325 miles from the capital, is safe.

A Christmas treat from Latvia

A Christmas treat from Latvia

Dec 22, 2013 12:05 AM

Mince pies, Yule log and Christmas cake are all very well - but how about trying something a bit different this Christmas? We take a trip to our Children's Village in Islice, Latvia to discover some delicious festive treats. If your taste buds are tingling, why not try our recipe for Cranberry Kissel?

Life after the tsunami

Life after the tsunami

Dec 26, 2013 09:00 AM

The tsunami that hit parts of South Asia on 26th December in 2004 had devastating consequences for children in the region. For those that survived, life changed forever. Many lost parents, siblings, their home and their school. How are these children doing today?

Early intervention is the key to saving children in Mali

Early intervention is the key to saving children in Mali

Dec 28, 2013 12:05 AM

Improved health services in Mali have cut child mortality significantly over the last decade, but an innovative health programme has shown reductions could be even more dramatic.

Why are so many Indian children forced to work?

Why are so many Indian children forced to work?

Dec 18, 2013 04:10 PM

Today in India, 28 million children aged 5-14 years old are engaged in work, meaning that India has the largest number of child labourers in the world. Poverty is one of the key reasons why children go into work and out of the classroom. Child labour has an enduring impact on a young person's future, making it an urgent issue to address.

Why do girls miss out on education in India?

Why do girls miss out on education in India?

Dec 18, 2013 04:10 PM

Today in India, a good education is still a luxury. Some children face a journey of many miles just to get to school, only to arrive at a tumble-down building with no basic equipment, toilets or drinking water. Teacher absenteeism is rising, and drop-out levels worryingly high.

HIV/AIDS: The impact on Indian children

HIV/AIDS: The impact on Indian children

Dec 18, 2013 04:10 PM

Today, India is home to the world's third-largest population suffering from HIV/AIDS. Beyond statistics, millions have been affected by the disease, including children whose parents are HIV-positive or have died of AIDS.

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