It’s hard to believe it’s 2020 already. Especially because 2019 was such a great year at SOS – we really hope it was for you too. Here’s a little look back at some of the things we saw over the past 12 months.
On Boxing Day, we remembered all the people who lost their lives or whose families were torn apart by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. SOS was there from the beginning and is still working to support the communities affected to this day.
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We were thrilled when the UN General Assembly committed to supporting children without parental care - one of the world’s most vulnerable groups.
We were delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate to SOS Children’s Villages in Pakistan, and to hear them speak so highly of what they saw:
“You are transforming children’s lives and providing them with strong foundations to support all their families.”
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In September, we were really pleased to be featured in a BBC article about the work of SOS in DRC.
In August, there was another outbreak of Ebola in DRC, so we shared our front-line staff’s invaluable experience of working with this killer disease.
In July, we reported back on the amazing work being carried out to help families rebuild their lives after cyclone Idai in Malawi, just four months on.
In June, our advocacy team were proud to celebrate Refugee Week by supporting Safe Passage and other charities fighting for the rights of refugee children worldwide.
May 2019 marked five years since the start of the war that brought devastation to Ukraine. SOS was already working in the country which allowed us to offer crucial support when conflict broke out. Find out more about what SOS does in Ukraine.
Children who have lost a parent often face a life of poverty – but in April we shared how Akpena from Namibia has had support from SOS to not only lift herself out of poverty but is now going to support those facing disadvantage in her community. Read Akpena’s inspiring story to find out more.
March 2019 marked eight years since the start of the war in Syria that has devastated lives and brought the country to its knees. But Teresa Ngigi, SOS Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor, showed how children can show incredible resilience and will to survive against the odds.
Cornelia’s mother died much too young, leaving the 17-year-old as the head of the household. But thankfully, support from SOS meant that Cornelia is facing a much brighter future. Read Cornelia’s full story here.
We were thrilled to be working with the Guardian who hosted an exhibition for us, highlighting the stories of the Rohingya.
SOS Children’s Villages operates five child-friendly spaces in Cox’s Bazar offering Rohingya children a safe place to play and receive psychosocial care. The charity’s teachers, social workers and trauma counsellors are providing 300 children each day with access to informal education, healthcare, trauma counselling and malnutrition prevention. They are also supporting parents, so they are better able to protect and care for their children during the crisis, offering training and advice on child protection and positive parenting.
We couldn’t have done any of this work last year without the support of people like you. Thank you, and let’s make this year another amazing year!
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