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August 2015

World breastfeeding week, A tale of twins in Zambia, Down on the farm at SOS Jimma, International Youth Day: Senait's success story, From teacher to emergency relief worker
World Breastfeeding Week: Let's make it work

World Breastfeeding Week: Let's make it work

Aug 06, 2015 09:33 AM

This week, more than 170 countries are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week to promote breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. SOS Children works directly with new and expecting mothers to ensure their children have the best possible start to life.

A tale of twins in Zambia

A tale of twins in Zambia

Aug 07, 2015 09:05 AM

Alice and May* were born on the side of a dusty dirt road near Chipata in Zambia. Their mother had been walking to a clinic for hours in a remote district when she went into labour. She died shortly after giving birth.

Down on the farm at SOS Jimma

Down on the farm at SOS Jimma

Aug 10, 2015 03:20 PM

At SOS Children's Village Jimma, an exciting project is going from strength to strength. A farm, growing fruit and vegetables as well as coffee and sugarcane, is helping the Village become more sustainable. We asked Ebisa Jaleta the brains behind the project and Eshetu, a young boy who loves spending time on the farm, to tell us more.

International Youth Day: Senait's success story

International Youth Day: Senait's success story

Aug 11, 2015 03:35 PM

International Youth Day has been celebrated since 1999. This year the theme is “Youth Civic Engagement”. We’re putting a spotlight on Senait from Ethiopia, a young person who is not only working hard to improve her own future, but is also committed to giving back to her local community.

The tooth fairy visits Sarajevo

The tooth fairy visits Sarajevo

Aug 14, 2015 01:40 PM

Much like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, the tooth fairy is an important fantasy figure in early childhood. No distance is too far for the tooth fairy. We take a look at three SOS children's experience with the tooth fairy.

From teacher to emergency relief worker

From teacher to emergency relief worker

Aug 19, 2015 01:00 PM

Ahmad was once an English teacher, at a school in the Qodsaya district of Damascus, close to the SOS Children’s Village there. Many of the SOS children were his students. His classroom was a safe place filled with laughter. Today, he leads a team of emergency relief workers in one of the most dangerous places in the world; the rural Damascus region.

Ebola in Sierra Leone: Is the end near?

Ebola in Sierra Leone: Is the end near?

Aug 21, 2015 02:30 PM

For the first time since the outbreak was declared in March 2014, no new cases of Ebola have been recorded in Sierra Leone. However, the country is still grappling with the longer-term impacts of this deadly disease. Sierra Leone’s economy is under enormous stress, and its people are struggling with hardship. Our family strengthening programmes are key resources for many families, such as Famata’s.

Empowering young people in Zambia

Empowering young people in Zambia

Aug 25, 2015 03:45 PM

With high unemployment rates in Zambia, many young people struggle to find suitable job opportunities in the country. The SOS Vocational Training Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, provides young people with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. Charles and his siblings have been able to continue their education thanks to the support of the SOS Family Strengthening Programme in their community.

From orphan to culinary genius

From orphan to culinary genius

Aug 29, 2015 09:35 AM

Gasper was born into poverty in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. He orphaned at the age of 10 and brought up by his widowed stepsister who was already struggling to raise seven children. Five years later, Gasper left secondary school to help support his stepsister by crushing stones for local builders. The SOS Children’s Village in Lusaka offered him a scholarship to complete his secondary education. This window of hope has changed the course of Gasper’s life.

Supporting communities in Zambia

Supporting communities in Zambia

Aug 26, 2015 04:10 PM

SOS Children have been present in Zambia since 1996 and provide a variety of necessary services both within the SOS Villages and the surrounding communities. Here we examine the impact of the different threads that form the basis of our work in Zambia and how this support echoes throughout communities.

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