Here, you can find a collection of past news stories about our work around the world. Read about our ongoing work providing care to the world's most vulnerable children, and learn about how we act to help those affected by humanitarian disasters. From the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2010 Haitian earthquake, to the crisis in Syria and the conflict in the Central African Republic, we are there to help.
Mar 10, 2014 04:25 PM
Beyond politics and international diplomacy, ordinary families in Ukraine are suffering. Food prices are increasing by the day, with more and more people are falling into poverty. Unrest and the threat of war can have a profound psychological impact on young and old alike, and children are among the most vulnerable. Sadly, SOS families are not immune.
Mar 07, 2014 01:20 PM
This week, a new bill means the UK becomes the first country to expect development aid to reduce gender inequality.
Mar 07, 2014 12:05 AM
Recent events in Crimea have heightened the crisis in Ukraine, with the US and EU warning of further sanctions against officials on Thursday. SOS families in our two Ukrainian Children’s Village remain unaffected. However, our Village in Lugansk is vulnerable to the crisis due to its location in a Russian-speaking region in the east of the country.
Mar 06, 2014 03:15 PM
In 2014, we are closer than ever to achieving equality between men and women. Worldwide, more and more girls are in education, more women occupy positions of power, and more women are in work. But with so many definitions, it can be hard to establish just how far along the road to equality we have travelled. With International Women’s Day just around the corner, we celebrate the successes and review the next steps on the path to achieving gender equality globally.
Mar 06, 2014 08:00 AM
All over the world girls and young women experience their menstrual cycle. It's a process as natural as the ocean flowing, as regular as the full moon. But in many countries the subject is enshrouded with shame and harsh impracticalities. Our guest blogger, Neyonta, asks when the tides will change for these innumerable young women?
Mar 06, 2014 08:00 AM
Throughout history, women have been immobilised in many ways. A recurring cause of immobilisation is the monthly cycle of menstruation. In some countries, women continue to be marginalised and stigmatised during their period, restricting them from attending school or taking part in society. In the lead up to International Women's Day our guest blogger, Marilyn Herman, explores these issues in Ethiopia.
Mar 06, 2014 08:00 AM
Gender equality is a cornerstone of development. When women and men are equal in a society poverty is reduced, economies flourish, and the health of children and mothers improves. Yet despite progress in the last two decades women remain marginalised across the globe. This is true for the world of work, where women are often restricted from fully taking part in the economy. In the lead up to International Women's Day, we explore why women's economic empowerment is important for us all.
Mar 06, 2014 12:05 AM
With International Women's Day just a few days away, we look at how we are transforming the lives of the world's most vulnerable girls and women.
Mar 06, 2014 12:05 AM
We have evacuated our SOS Children's Village in the South Sudanese city of Malakal to protect our families from the violence which has engulfed the city. We are doing all we can to keep them safe during the current crisis and to make plans for their long-term welfare.
Mar 03, 2014 08:46 AM
Twenty years ago, nearly a quarter of Rwanda’s young children were underweight; with the help of locally-backed solutions, this number has been reduced significantly.
Feb 28, 2014 04:50 PM
In India, there are around 40–60 million people with mental and physical disabilities and they frequently face discrimination. Now a new parliamentary bill aims to give disabled people legal redress against discrimination, as well as equal rights to education and employment. At our Children's Village in Khajuri Kalan, we ensure children with disabilities have the support they need to thrive.
Feb 26, 2014 04:15 PM
Since Typhoon Haiyan devastated vast regions of the Philippines, communities have been working to rebuild their lives. Although there is a long way to go, hope is on the horizon. Read our latest update to find out what SOS Children is doing to help recently orphaned children and affected families.
Feb 25, 2014 04:25 PM
Uncertainty continues in Ukraine following the departure of former president Viktor Yanukovych. Despite the recent violence, families from our Children's Villages and community programmes are safe.
Feb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
When Elizabeth visited Gujarat, she knew she was in for the holiday of a lifetime. What she didn't know, however, was that a trip to our SOS Village in the town of Bhuj would be the highlight of her tour. Seeing the love and devotion lavished on our children in Bhuj inspired her to become a long-term supporter of our work. Here, she tells her story.
Feb 24, 2014 03:36 PM
The media often run stories showing charities as ineffective and wasteful – but is this a fair picture? Laurinda Luffman investigates.
Feb 21, 2014 11:55 AM
Using a hidden camera, our colleagues in Norway filmed what happened when a shivering child was left alone at a bus stop in Oslo. The resulting video has warmed the hearts of over 13 million people who have watched it online. The viral video draws our attention to the millions of Syrian children who are facing a harsh winter without warm clothes or safe shelter.
Feb 20, 2014 11:45 AM
Fighting has resumed in the South Sudanese city of Malakal, home to our only SOS Children's Village in the country. Though some SOS families remain in the Village, we have moved some children to safety elsewhere. Today, we are working to establish the best course of action for the long-term welfare of all of our families.
Feb 18, 2014 03:25 PM
In the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, new technology is allowing children to stay on after school to study.
Feb 18, 2014 02:55 PM
India’s economy has seen impressive growth in the last decade and classified as a ‘middle-income’ nation, the country is being dropped from the UK’s aid programme in 2015. But with one third of the world’s poorest people living in India, Laurinda Luffman asks if this is the right decision?
Feb 18, 2014 02:15 PM
SOS Children cares for vulnerable children all over the world. But not everybody knows that we run Children’s Villages in Western Europe. In Austria and Finland, we are adapting the way we work to keep up with the ever-changing needs of the children we support. Here, we take a look at how the future may look for SOS Children’s Villages.
Feb 17, 2014 05:24 PM
As violence and unrest continue to plague the Central African Republic (CAR), the French are deploying more troops to combat the crisis.
Feb 14, 2014 03:20 PM
Despite its natural resources, Orissa (also known as Odisha) is the poorest state in India. Two-thirds of people here live in extreme poverty. And in 1999, a super cyclone brought devastation to the area. Many children were orphaned by the disaster and so in 2001, SOS Children built a second Village in Orissa , at Rourkela.
Feb 12, 2014 11:30 AM
When the storm surge created by Typhoon Haiyan swept through Tacloban, eight-year-old Maria survived by clinging to the roof her home. As she struggled against the waves, she watched helplessly as her mother drowned. Maria is one of 2,000 children we are caring for in seven child-friendly spaces in the Philippines.
Feb 11, 2014 08:00 AM
As large parts of the UK remained submerged by water, it’s easy to forget that many communities suffer from never having enough.
Feb 10, 2014 08:50 AM
New research suggests that a safe, nurturing childhood environment and a mother’s love can have a drastic effect on brain development. Laurinda Luffman investigates whether Kaiser Wilhelm’s unhappy childhood impacted on future world events, and what these findings may mean for the theory of child development.
Feb 08, 2014 01:00 AM
In 2011, Maureen and Martin visited an SOS Children's Village Lilongwe in Malawi. Maureen recorded their experiences in a blog, which we are now republishing. In the final part, Maureen teaches young people at the SOS Vocational Centre about agriculture.