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June 2015

A celebration of parents, Normality still far off for Nepal, Samir's story: An adult at 14, What Ramadan means to Abdullah, From sponsored child to successful entrepreneur, Tackling child labour in Madagascar, The magic of music, Pinky's plight: From poverty to pride, Infographic: Child labour in numbers
A celebration of parents

A celebration of parents

Jun 01, 2015 08:55 AM

163 million children are growing up as orphans. 18.5 million of them have no parents at all. We know that parents are irreplaceable in the life of a child, which is why our SOS mothers, fathers and couples are dedicated to looking after the children in their care to the best of their ability. They not only meet the daily needs of the children, but provide endless love and support.

Healing with horses

Healing with horses

Jun 02, 2015 02:55 PM

At the San Ignacio Village in Paraguay, a large horse named Mafalda is helping children with special needs. Riding the magnificent animal helps children achieve a calm, peaceful state-of-mind. Mafalda is assisting therapists at the SOS Village treat children with everything from Down syndrome to visual impairment.

Samir's story: An adult at 14

Samir's story: An adult at 14

Jul 02, 2015 08:30 AM

Growing up in rural Morocco, Samir had a poor but happy childhood. His parents worked hard and Samir and his siblings were able to go to school. They had a secure house to live in and meals every day.

What Ramadan means to Abdullah

What Ramadan means to Abdullah

Jun 04, 2015 09:55 AM

Ramadan is the name given to the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the third pillar of Islam. It is a spiritual time when Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours and practice their religion faithfully by praying and reading the Qur’an regularly.

From sponsored child to successful entrepreneur

From sponsored child to successful entrepreneur

Jun 05, 2015 10:30 AM

When Winta was just a child she came to live at SOS Children’s Village Hawassa in Ethiopia. Today, the 24-year-old is a successful salon owner. SOS Children provides orphaned and abandoned children with the necessary elements to become successful adults.

Tackling child labour in Madagascar

Tackling child labour in Madagascar

Jun 09, 2015 08:55 AM

Child labour is a huge problem across Madagascar. On every street corner there is a child manning an informal shop or pushing a cart overloaded with cement.

The magic of music

The magic of music

Jun 10, 2015 11:20 AM

Najat was just four years-old when she moved into SOS Children’s Village Bethlehem in Palestine. Desperate poverty meant that her parents were no longer able to care for her or her two brothers. Growing up in poverty and during a time of political turmoil and conflict had a hugely negative effect on Najat. Moving into the SOS Village was a daunting prospect.

Pinky's plight: From poverty to pride

Pinky's plight: From poverty to pride

Jun 11, 2015 08:50 AM

Pinky’s husband died suddenly after complaining of chest pain. It happened so quickly, he didn’t even make it to the doctors. For a few months, Pinky’s parent’s supported her, but the money quickly ran out.

Infographic: Child labour in numbers

Infographic: Child labour in numbers

Jun 12, 2015 10:50 AM

This World Day Against Child Labour, we take a look at some of the facts.

SOS Social Centres in South America allow dreams to become a reality

SOS Social Centres in South America allow dreams to become a reality

Jun 13, 2015 06:35 AM

SOS Children offers social centres to help vulnerable families, especially women and children, escape poverty. In the Americas, SOS Children runs 110 social centres.

Day of the African Child: Ending child marriage

Day of the African Child: Ending child marriage

Jun 16, 2015 11:40 AM

Today is International Day of the African Child – a day which focuses on the rights of the child, and shines a light on the troubles children still face in Africa.

Celebrating Ramadan

Celebrating Ramadan

Jun 18, 2015 09:35 AM

With Ramadan fast approaching, we take a look at what the holy month involves for children in SOS Villages across the world. We visit Heba in Lebanon, Mojtaby in Sudan and Razan in Palestine.

Father's Day: A different approach

Father's Day: A different approach

Jun 21, 2015 08:05 AM

Traditionally, the SOS model has been built around SOS mothers and whilst there are currently only four SOS fathers, they are starting to play more of a role in our work. 44 husbands of SOS mothers are also employed by SOS, and often co-parent the children.

Summer break is underway at SOS Children's Villages

Summer break is underway at SOS Children's Villages

Jun 22, 2015 03:20 PM

Summer break at SOS Children’s Villages is jam-packed with fun activities for children of all ages. It is a time where children can discover new talents, socialise and be active. We plan a range of summer activities from field trips to art lessons.

A magical month in Mali

A magical month in Mali

Jun 26, 2015 08:30 AM

Throughout June and July, we’re exploring what Ramadan means to Muslim children in our Villages across the world. This week, we journey to Mali to visit SOS Children’s Village Sanankoroba. We meet the families there and see what celebrations they have planned.

The Cape Town Village contributes to a greener world

The Cape Town Village contributes to a greener world

Jun 27, 2015 09:05 AM

Reliable electricity is scarce in South Africa. Power outages are frequent across the entire country. However, the SOS Children’s Village in Cape Town is prepared for such blackouts - it has recently had solar panels installed, meaning the Village has access to power even during an outage.

A proper childhood for Bao

A proper childhood for Bao

Jun 30, 2015 09:30 AM

In rural Vietnam, many people face harsh social and economic circumstances. Bao was one of the many children in Vietnam who lived in poverty. However, he was given a second chance at childhood when he came to live at SOS Children’s Villages Da Lat.

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