Family Matters magazine
Keeping you up-to-date
Here, you can find all the issues of our glossy magazine Family Matters. Family Matters is a great way to stay in touch with the work we do to help vulnerable children and families around the world. It is packed full of information about our global programmes, as well as details of our latest emergency appeals and news about exciting fundraising events our supporters have been getting involved in!
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The latest edition of Family Matters focuses on the work we do to support refugee children at risk across Europe and the Middle East. It also includes articles on how we build strong families and help people in the communities beyond our Villages. There are also some incredibly inspiring stories of SOS children who've gone on to achieve great things in life and a whole section showcasing the fantastic fundraising efforts of our partners and supporters.
The Autumn edition of Family Matters is all about what it means to be part of the SOS family - for our children and supporters alike. We begin with a visit to our Village in Chipata - a Village that has a special place in many of our supporters' hearts. We then join two child sponsors as they meet their sponsored children, before detailing some of emergency response work this year. Don't miss the piece on our fantastic fundraisers and make sure to read all about our Radio 4 debut featuring Alexander McCall Smith.
The Spring edition of Family Matters is all about what it means to be a mum. We begin with a look at the special bond between a mother and her children, before moving on to the things that make mums really special – from the minutiae of daily life to what happens when a child falls sick. Don't miss our interview with amazing SOS mother Christine, who talks about the joys and challenges of raising children over two decades.
Your Autumn edition of Family Matters takes you through the seven ages of SOS children, from infancy to adulthood, so you can get a feel for the challenges and achievements faced every day by SOS families around the world. First, we introduce you to Alice and May, two twins who joined an SOS family after their mother died by the roadside just hours after giving birth to them. Today, they are thriving infants – the pride and joy of their SOS mother! We round off our journey in Pakistan, where former SOS child Afzal lives with his own family, looking back to the “beautiful paradise” that was his Village home.
The Spring edition of Family Matters celebrates half a century of work in India, where we opened our first SOS Children's Village in Greenfields near Delhi in 1964. India has come a long way since, but many people still live in poverty, and new problems are emerging all the time, from climate change to a growing HIV/AIDS crisis. In this issue, we take a look at some of the major issues encountered by children growing up in this vast and diverse country and give you a flavour of what we are doing to help families adapt.
The Autumn edition of Family Matters focuses on the power of education to change lives, and examines the work we are doing to bring learning to families worldwide. Take a look inside to learn about the barriers that prevent many children from accessing education, find out why girls still fare worse, and discover the lifelong consequences of illiteracy. Read about the fantastic work we are doing to help children get to school - and how sometimes it's as simple as giving a child a bicycle.
The Spring 2013 edition of Family Matters has a special focus on food security, looking at how solving child hunger can help families break the ongoing cycle of generational poverty. Find out about the practical work we are doing to tackle the dreadful consequences of drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, and read how SOS Children's special diet programme helped baby Ibrahim recover from potentially life-threatening malnutrition.
This edition of Family Matters celebrates SOS Children's 40th year in Africa by taking a very special look at the life-changing work we are carrying out in countries across the continent. Our new Children's Village in the Zambian town of Chipata is already turning lives around and providing a fantastic education for children in a revamped school. Also, get a real insight into what it is like to grow up in Africa with the spectacular and enlightening Our Africa project, a collection of films produced by children to provide a child's-eye view into what life is really like on this fascinating continent.
Spring 2012: Keeping families together
Millions of children around the world are at risk of losing the protection of their families, and in the Spring 2012 issue of Family Matters, we take a look at how we are uniting parents and children through the global work we do to support fragile families. From examining how we provide food and medical care for children growing up amid desperate poverty, to looking into how we support single parents through business advice and micro-loans, this edition considers how a decent family life can have a big impact on a child's life.
Autumn 2011: In safe hands
The Autumn 2011 edition of Family Matters takes a closer look at the extraordinary women who have dedicated their lives to caring for children who have no one else. We look at the rigorous training they undergo in preparation for this vital task, and the challenges they face every day as full-time mothers. We also celebrate the fantastic and lasting impact an SOS mother can have on a child and how they play an essential role in the lives of countless young people around the world.
Spring 2011: A Healthier Future
This edition of Family Matters looks at the importance of healthcare in ensuring children can succeed and prosper in later life. Adopting the Millennium Development Goals as a starting point, we take a whistle-stop tour of the global work SOS Children is doing to keep families healthy. Learn about how we are combating preventable illness in poor countries, and helping parents and children live with HIV/AIDS in Africa and around the world.
Autumn 2010: A Family... for Life
Family Matters Autumn 2010 takes a look at the exciting journey from childhood to adulthood made by SOS children around the world. Ensuring children make this journey successfully is about more than just getting them from infancy to adulthood. It is about providing the best environment and the best opportunities to provide a solid start in life. This edition focuses on how we support young people on the road to independence, and looks at how SOS children from our Villages around the globe have gone on to prosper in later life.