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January 2014

SOS Village affected by South Sudan violence, Helping women into work in Nepal, SOS Village shelters 3,000 in CAR, Two months after Philippines typhoon, Keeping siblings together in SOS Villages, Syrian child-friendly space in Damascus...
Correcting poor vision in Rwanda and other developing countries

Correcting poor vision in Rwanda and other developing countries

Jan 07, 2014 09:15 AM

Around the world an estimated 150 million adults and children struggle each day because of poor eyesight.

South Sudan fighting: SOS Village affected

South Sudan fighting: SOS Village affected

Jan 08, 2014 11:15 AM

On Christmas Eve, the violence in South Sudan reached Malakal in Upper Nile province, where our Children's Village is located. Although rebel soldiers passed through the Village during four days of fighting in Malakal, no SOS families or staff were harmed.

Obesity rising in developing nations

Obesity rising in developing nations

Jan 08, 2014 03:44 PM

The number of overweight people in the developing world has tripled in thirty years.

Two inspirational Nepalese women

Two inspirational Nepalese women

Jan 09, 2014 04:05 PM

Nepal remains the second poorest country in south Asia (after Afghanistan), with a quarter of its people living on less than 1.25 dollars per day. However, the economy is growing and with the right educational opportunities, families can break out of poverty.

SOS Village acts as a refuge amid CAR violence

SOS Village acts as a refuge amid CAR violence

Jan 10, 2014 10:35 AM

As violence and chaos continue to afflict the Central African Republic (CAR), the SOS Children’s Village at Bangui is providing a place of refuge to more than 3,000 displaced people. Soldiers from the Central African Multinational Force (FOMAC) are helping to protect the Village.

India wins the battle against polio

India wins the battle against polio

Jan 14, 2014 03:29 PM

This week, health workers in India are celebrating as the country declares itself free of polio.

SOS families in South Sudan safe despite fighting in Malakal

SOS families in South Sudan safe despite fighting in Malakal

Jan 15, 2014 10:25 AM

10,000 people have been killed and over 350,000 forced from home by nearly a month of violence in South Sudan. Fighting has returned to Malakal, the location of our Children's Village. Although all SOS families remain safe, a member of our team was caught in the crossfire.

Keeping siblings together

Keeping siblings together

Jan 17, 2014 02:35 PM

When children can no longer be cared for by parents or extended family, staying together with their brothers and sisters is often a key desire. Sibling relationships are frequently the longest-lasting ones of our lives and where possible, we believe in keeping siblings together.

Update from CAR: Despite continued violence, SOS Villages are safe

Update from CAR: Despite continued violence, SOS Villages are safe

Jan 21, 2014 04:15 PM

Across Central African Republic, chaos and violence continue to afflict the population. Aid agencies have reported that sporadic killings have occurred in the past few days – affecting both sides of the conflict. Fortunately, everyone at the SOS Children's Villages are safe.

Protecting girls from child marriage

Protecting girls from child marriage

Jan 21, 2014 04:15 PM

A key human rights organisation for gender equality is calling on the United Nations to include the ending of child marriage in new development targets.

Universal healthcare comes to Indonesia

Universal healthcare comes to Indonesia

Jan 23, 2014 12:05 AM

In Indonesia, the government has introduced a new universal healthcare scheme called Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN). Under the scheme, health insurance will be extended to the entire population by 2019.

SOS families in South Sudan welcome ceasefire

SOS families in South Sudan welcome ceasefire

Jan 27, 2014 11:35 AM

After weeks of violent conflict, a ceasefire agreement was signed last Thursday by South Sudan's government and rebels. The ceasefire came into effect on Friday 24th January as a result of peace delegations in Ethiopia's capital. A few days before the agreement, our colleague in South Sudan reported the tense situation in the SOS Children's Village.

Families say ‘free schooling’ in Kenya should mean just that

Families say ‘free schooling’ in Kenya should mean just that

Jan 28, 2014 05:57 PM

More than ten years after primary school fees were abolished, Kenyan families are going to court to contest having to pay for schooling.

A challenging situation for our SOS Village in South Sudan

A challenging situation for our SOS Village in South Sudan

Jan 31, 2014 10:37 AM

Despite the ceasefire agreement of 23rd January, sporadic fighting has continued in South Sudan and the humanitarian situation remains dire. 646,400 people remain displaced within the country, more than half whom are children. Most are displaced in Upper Nile State, where our Children’s Village is located, in the key city of Malakal.

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