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November 2015

Central African Republic violence: How we're helping, The building blocks of a loving home, Writing off illiteracy in Benin, Ebola: Re-building lives in Sierra Leone, Meeting your SOS child, A letter to our supporters, Chipata: An inspiring place, Spotlight on our fantastic fundraisers
Central African Republic violence: How we're helping

Central African Republic violence: How we're helping

Nov 03, 2015 10:30 AM

The civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been rumbling on for over two years. The ethnic and religious elements of the conflict have made this a particularly brutal war. At least 6,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. We have been actively working with those affected, particularly children and young people, since 2014 and recently stepped up our efforts. Discover how we've been helping.

The building blocks of a loving home

The building blocks of a loving home

Nov 04, 2015 12:20 PM

The SOS Family Strengthening Programme in Francistown, Botswana, is currently providing support to 215 families, including 586 children. Kayla and her siblings are among the families who are benefiting from the programme. We take a look at how her family’s living situation has transformed with the help of SOS Children.

Writing off illiteracy in Benin

Writing off illiteracy in Benin

Nov 06, 2015 02:10 PM

SOS Children is aiming to lower the number of illiterate adults in Benin by teaching the next generation how to read and write. Through SOS Schools, staff are giving equal opportunities to children of all abilities.

Ebola: Rebuilding lives in Sierra Leone

Ebola: Rebuilding lives in Sierra Leone

Nov 10, 2015 08:45 AM

At the height of the Ebola outbreak our emergency relief efforts reached thousands of people in the affected countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Today, thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are continuing to assist communities ripped apart by the disease and are giving many orphaned children a new, loving home.

Meeting your SOS child

Meeting your SOS child

Nov 10, 2015 06:30 PM

Ever fancied getting to meet your sponsored child? That's exactly what Dennis, Hilary and Mark got to do on their respective trips to Cambodia and the Philippines.

A letter to our supporters

A letter to our supporters

Nov 11, 2015 01:10 AM

In this letter our Chair of Trustees, Mary Cockcroft, reaffirms our commitment to the privacy of our supporters and details a change we're making to the way we operate as a charity.

Chipata: An inspiring place

Chipata: An inspiring place

Nov 11, 2015 08:00 AM

Our Children's Village in Chipata, Zambia holds a special place in the hearts of many of our supporters. Suzgo grew up near Chipata and knows just how poor the area is. He is thrilled that by fundraising for the Village, he is able to help the children there achieve their dreams, just as he has been able to. Mary, a dedicated volunteer, sponsors a child from the Village and recently made the trip to see her sponsored son. Read both their stories here.

Spotlight on our fantastic fundraisers

Spotlight on our fantastic fundraisers

Nov 11, 2015 10:05 AM

Every year, hundreds of wonderful people take to the road, water and sky to do amazing things for us. Others organise bake-offs, knitting competitions and sing-a-thons. Raising both money and awareness, we are immensely proud of these superheroes. We are equally grateful to our incredible corporate partners who support us year-in-year-out. Take a look at what some of our awesome fundraisers have been up to this year!

Our BBC Radio 4 debut!

Our BBC Radio 4 debut!

Nov 11, 2015 12:30 PM

In August, SOS Children’s Villages UK recorded its first BBC Radio 4 Appeal. We were thrilled that novelist and long-time supporter Alexander McCall Smith agreed to voice this for us.

Supporting children in Nepal

Supporting children in Nepal

Nov 11, 2015 12:45 PM

At our Annual Supporters’ Meeting on 5th September, we welcomed Shree Shankar Pradhananga, the SOS National Director of Nepal.

Update from our CEO

Update from our CEO

Nov 11, 2015 01:00 PM

In this message Simon Etherington, CEO of SOS Children's Village UK, talks about his recent visit to Chipata, Zambia, thanks the attendees of our Annual Supporters Meeting, and looks at how SOS Children is responding to the worsening refugee crisis. He also addresses an important change we're making as an organisation.

Making a young man's dream come true

Making a young man's dream come true

Nov 12, 2015 11:10 AM

There is very little that gets 19-year-old Ngoni down. Even living in a two-roomed house with seven other family members doesn’t dampen his spirits. Neither does living in the incredibly poor Mzilikazi community in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Rather than focusing on the challenges that face him, Ngoni chooses instead to focus on the fact that he is lucky enough to attend university.

Overcoming her scars

Overcoming her scars

Nov 13, 2015 05:10 PM

A deep scar rings around Rasoas' neck – leaving her a permanent reminder of the worst night of her life. The mark looks as if she was a victim of a violent attack. Her frail body is dressed in denim and a warm, violet-coloured jumper. She sits on the edge of her double bed in her one-room home as she recounts the tragic story behind her scar.

Helping troubled teens in Jamaica

Helping troubled teens in Jamaica

Nov 16, 2015 03:50 PM

We all know that being a teenager is far from easy. At SOS Children, we have dedicated programmes designed to support young people during this time of transition. One such programme, at SOS Children’s Village Barrett Town, Jamaica, focuses on supporting teenage boys from the Village who are at risk of jeopardising their futures. It also helps prepare them for life at the Youth Home they’ll move into in a couple of years.

#GivingTuesday: A day to give back

#GivingTuesday: A day to give back

Nov 17, 2015 03:15 PM

This GivingTuesday, SOS Children is championing the extraordinary power of a mother’s love. On 1 December, help give children without parental care a loving mum. Join our #MumsMatter campaign to raise funds and awareness so no child has to grow up alone.

A child’s happiness is all that matters

A child’s happiness is all that matters

Nov 18, 2015 12:07 PM

In the bustling city of Jakarta, Indonesia, Arista Saragih raises orphaned and abandoned children as her own. She has dedicated her life to the children at the SOS Village for nearly 20 years. Being a mother is not easy. Arista explains her inspiration is the happiness of her children.

Universal Day of the Child

Universal Day of the Child

Nov 20, 2015 10:30 AM

Today is the Universal Day of the Child. This is a day when the world comes together to actively promote the welfare of children around the world. A huge aspect of this is drawing attention to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a promise made by governments all over the world to every single child on this very day 26 years ago.

A new home for Stephen

A new home for Stephen

Nov 24, 2015 02:20 PM

Stephen was just a year old when his mother died. With no dad in the picture and other family members unable to offer help, this little boy and his three siblings went to live with their great-grandmother.

All I want for Christmas is...

All I want for Christmas is...

Nov 26, 2015 03:30 PM

“What do you want for Christmas?” That’s the question asked by millions of us all over the world, every December. It’s a question children long to hear, and their letters to Father Christmas are carefully prepared weeks (or even months!) in advance. It's no different at our Children's Villages.

Training future generations in Sri Lanka

Training future generations in Sri Lanka

Nov 27, 2015 03:10 PM

We want to see all children inspired and ready to face the world. To do this, we equip children and young people, who were once alone, with the resources to become independent, happy adults. A central pillar of our work is providing education and training to teach children, young people and adults the skills needed to gain employment. We take a look at our educational programmes in Sri Lanka.

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