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July 2014

Senegalese Ramadan, How poo can change your life, Gaza: “We are all afraid about our children and families”, An SOS Village video tour, Escalating Ukraine violence traumatises families, How animal magic can help children heal, Ebola threatens West Africa
Ramadan in Senegal: “A month of happiness and memory”

Ramadan in Senegal: “A month of happiness and memory”

Jul 01, 2014 12:35 PM

For Muslims across the world, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is considered the holiest of all the year. We take a look at what Ramadan means to children from our Children's Village in Ziguinchor, southern Senegal.

Cecilia's Village visit tops trip to Rio

Cecilia's Village visit tops trip to Rio

Jul 02, 2014 03:25 PM

Cecilia is the founder of “from babies with love”, a unique online baby clothes shop which uses 100% of its profits to sponsor 14 children and two SOS Children's Villages worldwide. With the World Cup in full swing, she travelled to Rio, where she paid a visit to the Children's Village in Jacarepaguá. Here, Cecilia remembers what made her trip extra special...

Ugandan tobacco farmers worry about potential regulation impact

Ugandan tobacco farmers worry about potential regulation impact

Jul 03, 2014 04:15 PM

The Ugandan government is set to make it more difficult to be a smoker in the country. How will this affect poor farmers who depend on tobacco for income?

How mobile phones could help expectant mothers

How mobile phones could help expectant mothers

Jul 07, 2014 05:10 PM

There is a worrying divide between medical care for rural and urban women in Bangladesh. Could a new advice programme help to change this trend?

How poo can change your life

How poo can change your life

Jul 08, 2014 10:40 AM

It's easy to take fast energy for granted. But for mothers in many parts of the world, an unreliable power supply makes cooking the family meal a difficult business. For five years, the SOS Children's Village in Hawassa, Ethiopia, has been using home-produced biogas made with cow manure to take the stress out of cooking – giving SOS mothers time to help their children with homework instead!

Reduction in child mortality not enough to meet 2015 target

Reduction in child mortality not enough to meet 2015 target

Jul 10, 2014 02:56 PM

In 2000, world governments agreed the Millennium Development Goals, setting ambitious targets for improving the lives of their citizens. Sadly, it looks like many of them will be missed.

Israeli air raids affect SOS Children's Village in Gaza

Israeli air raids affect SOS Children's Village in Gaza

Jul 10, 2014 04:15 PM

In the last few days, violence has again erupted between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In the southern part of the Gaza strip is SOS Children's Village Rafah. Although all children and SOS mothers are currently safe, they are staying indoors to avoid the ongoing danger outside.

Would you like a tour of an SOS Village?

Would you like a tour of an SOS Village?

Jul 17, 2014 11:35 AM

“Lights, camera, action!” exclaim children at our Village in Tlokweng, Botswana. They are eager to give you a tour of their Children's Village through short videos. You will be shown around an SOS family home, meet SOS mothers, and find out why there are red elephants at the SOS Nursery. Finish the tour with some music from the Village's marimba band.

Ukraine violence: Vulnerable families at risk

Ukraine violence: Vulnerable families at risk

Jul 18, 2014 11:50 AM

July's air disaster threw Ukraine back into the headlines, but for families in Lugansk, the crisis has never gone away. Fighting in the city has driven well over half the population from home, and life is tough both for refugees and those who have stayed.

SOS Children's Village Gaza fearful

SOS Children's Village Gaza fearful

Jul 18, 2014 04:00 PM

On Thursday 17th July Israel has launched a ground attack in the Gaza strip. Civilians have been warned to evacuate their homes and seek shelter in 'safe cities'. Everyone in SOS Children's Village in Rafah is safe, but the children and staff are reported to be fearful and tired from 10 days of Israeli air strikes.

A new home for evacuated children in South Sudan

A new home for evacuated children in South Sudan

Jul 22, 2014 09:05 AM

Times have been tough for SOS families from our Children's Village in South Sudan. After rebels violently seized Malakal, where the Village was based, families were evacuated to safety in the capital Juba. One of our team was captured by the rebels and would have lost his life had it not been for a daring rescue. Today, the children are looking forward to moving into their new home just outside the capital.

Pet power: How animal magic can help children heal

Pet power: How animal magic can help children heal

Jul 24, 2014 10:00 AM

Every pet owner knows that spending quality time with our furry friends can have a uniquely calming effect after a stressful day. That's why we decided to bring some animal magic into the therapy we offer to children suffering from trauma, bereavement and anxiety. The effects were astonishing!

Growing up in a warzone

Growing up in a warzone

Jul 28, 2014 12:05 PM

In every conflict, it is the most vulnerable members of society who suffer the most. For children, war threatens the security of a stable home, puts families at risk, and disrupts education, crushing dreams and opportunities. Here, we share two stories of what it is like to grow up in the shadow of war.

“I'm really happy to be part of the family”

Jul 02, 2014 12:55 PM

Thank you for accepting Vincent Kompany's invitation to help him bring a loving home to every child. Here, Vincent explains why changing children's lives is so important to him and why he believes so passionately in SOS Children.

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