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March 2014

International Women's Day, Evacuation of South Sudan Village, Ukraine crisis, Normality returns to CAR Villages after heightened tensions, Children in Syria suffer nightmares, Lost boy taken in by SOS Children in CAR, Stella McCartney collection to support SOS Children, Happy SOS mother's Day.
Local solutions in Rwanda reduce malnutrition

Local solutions in Rwanda reduce malnutrition

Mar 03, 2014 08:46 AM

Twenty years ago, nearly a quarter of Rwanda’s young children were underweight; with the help of locally-backed solutions, this number has been reduced significantly.

Giving girls a chance

Giving girls a chance

Mar 06, 2014 12:05 AM

With International Women's Day just a few days away, we look at how we are transforming the lives of the world's most vulnerable girls and women.

Chaos in Malakal forces evacuation of SOS Village

Chaos in Malakal forces evacuation of SOS Village

Mar 06, 2014 12:05 AM

We have evacuated our SOS Children's Village in the South Sudanese city of Malakal to protect our families from the violence which has engulfed the city. We are doing all we can to keep them safe during the current crisis and to make plans for their long-term welfare.

Women's economic empowerment: What is it, and why does it matter?

Women's economic empowerment: What is it, and why does it matter?

Mar 06, 2014 08:00 AM

Gender equality is a cornerstone of development. When women and men are equal in a society poverty is reduced, economies flourish, and the health of children and mothers improves. Yet despite progress in the last two decades women remain marginalised across the globe. This is true for the world of work, where women are often restricted from fully taking part in the economy. Here, we explore why women's economic empowerment is important for us all.

Have we achieved gender equality?

Have we achieved gender equality?

Mar 06, 2014 03:15 PM

In 2014, we are closer than ever to achieving equality between men and women. Worldwide, more and more girls are in education, more women occupy positions of power, and more women are in work. But with so many definitions, it can be hard to establish just how far along the road to equality we have travelled. In this article, we celebrate the successes and review the next steps on the path to achieving gender equality globally.

SOS families safe amid Ukraine turmoil

SOS families safe amid Ukraine turmoil

Mar 07, 2014 12:05 AM

Recent events in Crimea have heightened the crisis in Ukraine, with the US and EU warning of further sanctions against officials on Thursday. SOS families in our two Ukrainian Children’s Village remain unaffected. However, our Village in Lugansk is vulnerable to the crisis due to its location in a Russian-speaking region in the east of the country.

New gender equality bill for UK development aid

New gender equality bill for UK development aid

Mar 07, 2014 01:20 PM

This week, a new bill means the UK becomes the first country to expect development aid to reduce gender inequality.

Tough times for families in Ukraine

Tough times for families in Ukraine

Mar 10, 2014 04:25 PM

Beyond politics and international diplomacy, ordinary families in Ukraine are suffering. Food prices are increasing by the day, with more and more people are falling into poverty. Unrest and the threat of war can have a profound psychological impact on young and old alike, and children are among the most vulnerable. Sadly, SOS families are not immune.

Work resumes in Central African Republic Villages

Work resumes in Central African Republic Villages

Mar 13, 2014 01:05 PM

Normality returns to our two SOS Children's Villages in the Central African Republic (CAR) as relative calm resumes in parts of the country.

The continuing challenge of malnutrition in Burkina Faso

The continuing challenge of malnutrition in Burkina Faso

Mar 13, 2014 02:49 PM

In the West African country of Burkina Faso, malnutrition continues to represent a major impediment to children's healthy development.

South Sudan update: “One of the happiest moments of my life”

South Sudan update: “One of the happiest moments of my life”

Mar 17, 2014 03:25 PM

After months of terror, SOS families from our Children’s Village in the rebel-held city of Malakal have been airlifted to safety in the capital Juba. Here, we tell their extraordinary story.

Drought and deep-seated problems in southern Pakistan

Drought and deep-seated problems in southern Pakistan

Mar 17, 2014 04:25 PM

Drought is almost always devastating to lives and livelihoods. However, could more have been done to prevent the deaths of at least 132 children during a recent drought in Pakistan?

Uncertainty in Ukraine: “What will happen next?”

Uncertainty in Ukraine: “What will happen next?”

Mar 18, 2014 04:50 PM

“What will happen next?” asks Lyudmila Hartchenko, director of the SOS Children’s Village in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. It is the question on everyone’s lips. “It is also the question that the children ask us every day.”

Abandonment and 'baby hatches' in Guangzhou, China

Abandonment and 'baby hatches' in Guangzhou, China

Mar 19, 2014 06:00 AM

Does the high number of children left at Guangzhou's 'baby hatch' programme prove the need for it, or highlight its fundamental problems?

Lost boy taken in by SOS Children's Village Bangui

Lost boy taken in by SOS Children's Village Bangui

Mar 20, 2014 01:25 PM

Amidst the chaos of the conflict in Central African Republic (CAR), four-year-old Marc lost his parents. He was found at a camp for internally displaced people at Bangui airport, in the capital of CAR. SOS Children's Village Bangui is now caring for Marc. As the country becomes more stable we are working to reunite children like Marc with their families.

Looming uncertainty about EU aid funding

Looming uncertainty about EU aid funding

Mar 20, 2014 03:44 PM

Fears of a crisis are growing, as the gap widens between what aid has been pledged and what aid has been delivered by European Union (EU) member states.

Stella McCartney's Maleficent collection will support SOS Children

Stella McCartney's Maleficent collection will support SOS Children

Mar 24, 2014 12:05 PM

We are thrilled to announce that proceeds from a new range of children's clothes, designed by Stella McCartney, will support SOS Children. The unique collection is inspired by Disney's 'Maleficent'. 10% of each item purchased in Stella McCartnery stores and online will be donated to SOS Children, and help orphaned and abandoned children to grow up in a loving home.

Outrage at potential child marriage bill in Iraq

Outrage at potential child marriage bill in Iraq

Mar 25, 2014 10:20 AM

A new bill that could allow girls as young as nine to be married, has provoked condemnation from groups in and outside Iraq.

Refugees find security in Ethiopia, but how long will it last?

Refugees find security in Ethiopia, but how long will it last?

Mar 26, 2014 11:45 AM

A crisis is developing as conflict in South Sudan forces hundreds of thousands of people to flee to Ethiopia.

Tackling the challenges of unsafe abortions in Burkina Faso

Tackling the challenges of unsafe abortions in Burkina Faso

Mar 26, 2014 04:10 PM

Abortions remain illegal under almost all circumstances in Burkina Faso, but many women still take the risk to end unwanted pregnancies.

Relief as more SOS families reach South Sudan capital

Relief as more SOS families reach South Sudan capital

Mar 28, 2014 10:55 AM

The final group of families from our SOS Children's Village in South Sudan has arrived safely in the capital Juba. They are recovering well from their ordeal in the rebel-held city of Malakal, where our SOS Children's Village is located.

Hopes for better sex education in Pakistan

Hopes for better sex education in Pakistan

Mar 28, 2014 04:00 PM

Could the advent of sex education for the girls of a village in southern Pakistan be a sign of changing attitudes in the country as a whole?

Happy SOS mother's Day!

Happy SOS mother's Day!

Mar 30, 2014 06:00 AM

Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK, when we celebrate mothers and grandmothers. At SOS Children, we'd like to dedicate this day of gratitude to SOS mothers. With their commitment and compassion, children growing up in SOS Children's Villages are nurtured into happy and healthy young people.

Could Syria's polio outbreak threaten the Middle East?

Could Syria's polio outbreak threaten the Middle East?

Mar 31, 2014 09:55 AM

Fears are growing that a polio outbreak in Syria could have an impact on the wider region if it is not controlled soon.

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