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The seven ages of SOS children: SOS babies

Needing a new mother


Twins Alice and May were just four days old when they arrived at the SOS Children’s Village in Chipata last October.

Alice and May when they were one year old

Their mother had been walking to a clinic in a remote district, but sadly didn’t make it. Giving birth by the side of the road, she died shortly afterwards.

The twins’ distraught father has elderly parents and two other young children to support. With his meagre income from selling firewood, he was at a complete loss over how he could care for Alice and May.

Thanks to the generous donations of UK supporters like you, the Chipata Village was able to offer the twins a home.

They now live with SOS mother, Mary, who describes how happy everyone was to receive these “two bundles of joy”.

Mary is bringing up these “beautiful girls”, but their family visits regularly. According to the SOS team, the twins are “the light in their grandmother’s eyes and so loved by their father”.

Temily lives at the Children's Village in Nhlangano. One of her favourite pastimes is dressing up.

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A new baby sister


Temily’s single mother tragically died just a month after she was born and no one in her extended family could take care of her.

SOS mother, Nomsa Ngcamphalala, went to collect Temily and bring her back to the SOS Children’s Village at Nhlangano.

As in any family, the children already in Nomsa’s care were excited to have a new baby sister. On the day of Temily’s arrival, they ran to the front of the Village to be the first to welcome her.

Today, Temily (pictured right) has just started playschool, where she particularly loves dressing up. As you can see, Temily is now one very happy little girl.

Find out more about Temily's home in Nhlangano, and learn how you can help children like her.