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October 2015

Farhan's story: Growing up in Somalia, the UN post-2015 summit, International Day of the Girl: The problem with being a girl, A fresh start for twins in Malawi, From troublesome tearaway to loving son
Farhan’s story: “I am the change this country needs”

Farhan’s story: “I am the change this country needs”

Oct 01, 2015 10:05 AM

Growing up in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, is tough. The city has been ravaged by years of violent anarchy and only recently has some form of stability returned to its streets. Farhan, 21, was born at the height of the fighting between different warlords, when gunshots and explosions were regular occurrences. The conflict had already made his family incredibly poor, so when his father died they lost everything.

Five questions answered about the UN post-2015 summit

Five questions answered about the UN post-2015 summit

Oct 09, 2015 11:43 AM

September was a historic month for the United Nations as almost 200 representatives from countries around the world met to discuss global targets to make the world a better place. Now that the summit and the general debate have wrapped up, we answer five questions you may have been asking about these significant UN events.

International Day of the Girl 2015: The problem with being a girl

International Day of the Girl 2015: The problem with being a girl

Oct 11, 2015 11:00 AM

This Sunday we’re celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. Initiated by the United Nations (UN) in 2011, this is a day when the world comes together to recognise the challenges that girls and young women face on a daily basis. Millions of girls around the world do not have their rights respected and are subject to gender-based inequality. Mariam was one such girl, but thanks to SOS Children’s Villages, her life is now very different.

A fresh start for the twins

A fresh start for the twins

Oct 13, 2015 10:05 AM

When SOS social worker Paul Nyirongo came across the Khune family he was shocked. 16 children were living together in one room, cared for by Thomas, a single father. All the children were significantly malnourished, but it was the baby twin girls, Celeste and Cassandra who were desperately ill. Paul’s first thought was that Celeste and Cassandra would not make it. Now, two years later, the little girls are healthy, happy and enjoying life at SOS Children's Village Mzuzu, Malawi.

Violence heightens between Palestinians and Israelis

Violence heightens between Palestinians and Israelis

Oct 16, 2015 11:40 AM

The escalation of violence in the West Bank has resulted in 30* causalities since 1 October. All of the children at our SOS Children’s Villages remain safe. We are continuing to provide on-the-ground relief to keep vulnerable children safe.

The difference the SOS Family Strengthening Programme can make in Malawi

The difference the SOS Family Strengthening Programme can make in Malawi

Oct 20, 2015 12:05 PM

Racheal, 35, and Sarah, 51, live in the same city but in very different circumstances. Sarah successfully exited the SOS Family Strengthening Programme in 2013. Racheal and her family have just been accepted into the programme.

From troublesome tearaway to loving son

From troublesome tearaway to loving son

Oct 22, 2015 11:30 AM

In Vargem Grande, one of the poorest communities in Brazil, our Social Centre is committed to supporting vulnerable families. The staff there help strengthen parenting skills and give children brighter futures. 10-year-old Leonardo used to be incredibly violent and caused a lot of trouble. His mum didn’t know how to cope and the family was at risk of falling apart. Today, with the support of SOS Children’s Villages, Leonardo has transformed into a happy child and his mother has gained confidence as a parent.

Getting girls back into school

Getting girls back into school

Oct 23, 2015 09:36 AM

SOS Children’s Villages in Malawi and several female activist groups are championing for the return of children, especially girls, to school. The campaign took to the streets in August 2015 to raise awareness of the fact that too many children are deprived of their right to an education.

Hurricane Patricia: keeping children safe in Mexico

Hurricane Patricia: keeping children safe in Mexico

Oct 24, 2015 12:25 PM

SOS Children is closely monitoring Hurricane Patricia’s progress and our team on the ground is working to keep children safe.

Ama's story: Growing up hungry

Ama's story: Growing up hungry

Oct 27, 2015 01:40 PM

Ama was raised by her grandmother in a small village in Ghana after she lost both her parents at a young age. Despite her grandmother’s best efforts, life was extremely tough and Ama and her 12 siblings lived on nothing more than a few mouthfuls of burnt rice a day. Today, thanks to SOS Children's Villages, the situation could not be more different and Ama finally has hope for the future.

Rehabilitating through play

Rehabilitating through play

Oct 30, 2015 11:50 AM

SOS Children is offering a unique programme to children living with disabilities in Malawi. The SOS Children’s Rehabilitation Centre is helping more than 4,000 children living with disabilities learn how to play and develop critical skills.

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