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Mobilising support as more refugees arrive
- SOS Children’s Villages Greece is gathering supplies to address the humanitarian needs of children and families arriving by land and sea.
Launch of global study on care leavers
- For the first time, a report collates evidence from 12 countries from different regions, detailing how young people with alternative care backgrounds cope with the challenges of becoming self-reliant and which support they receive to find decent work.
Changing childhoods and futures
- Martin Chada recalls how his family’s life changed when his mother enrolled in SOS family strengthening eight years ago.
ICT Corners: More than helping refugees connect with their families
- When hundreds of thousands of refugees started arriving in Serbia and FYR Macedonia in 2015, SOS Children’s Villages initiated an urgent humanitarian emergency response. Nearly two years later, the dynamics along the so-called Balkan route have changed, and so have the needs of those who live at the reception centres
International Annual Report 2016
- Roughly one out of ten children is facing life’s challenges without adequate care and support. Our International Annual Report 2016 describes how SOS Children’s Villages supported children and families in 135 countries and territories worldwide, working with communities and partners towards ensuring that no child grows up alone.
YouthCan! - Launching the new global partnership for youth employability
- On 1 March, SOS Children’s Villages launched the new global partnership YouthCan! in Johannesburg, South Africa. YouthCan! helps to empower young people to successfully manage the transition into independent life and the job market.
Calling for a partnership to advance the rights of children in alternative care
- SOS Children’s Villages partnered with the European Commission and CELCIS to produce the first research study of its kind to compare child care systems globally. Towards the right care for children explores the situation of alternative care in six countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
SOS Children’s Villages to begin work in Iraq
- SOS Children’s Villages is launching a humanitarian programme in the Dohuk region of Iraqi Kurdistan to help ethnic Yazidis and other internally displaced people. In an interview, Alia Al-Dalli, SOS Children’s Villages’ International Director of the Middle East and North Africa Region, explains the new emergency relief programme.
Mobile learning helps young Cambodians improve their skills
- In Cambodia, a mobile phone-based learning project gives young people the opportunity to build skills that help increase their employment prospects.
A Children’s Day Resolution: Let no child grow up alone
- Children have a right to grow up in a caring family environment. On the occasion of Universal Children's Day, SOS Children's Villages’ President and CEO explain the importance of ensuring that no child grows up alone.
SOS Children's Villages accepts 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Concord from Royal Family in Spain
- King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain honour SOS Children’s Villages with prestigious award in recognition of its work in favour of vulnerable children.
Helping children during Malawi’s drought
- Smart Namagonya is the National Director of SOS Malawi. In the following interview, he talks about how the drought affects SOS programmes, and what is needed to help vulnerable children and families in the country.
The road to Rio: Young woman from SOS Children's Villages at the Olympic Games
- Mavis, a 21-year old footballer who grew up in an SOS Children’s Village in Zimbabwe, is on her way to participate in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Putting children at the heart of humanitarian action
- The first ever World Humanitarian Summit starts in Istanbul on 23 May. SOS Children’s Villages International will be urging world leaders to put children at the heart of humanitarian action.
Make time to listen to refugees, says trauma healing expert
- More than hand-outs, refugees arriving in Europe need ‘hand-ups’, says specialist who trains SOS emergency co-workers and SOS mothers to help traumatised children and adults.
Bringing the voices of children to the United Nations
- 14-year-old Rodrigo, who currently lives with an SOS family in Chile, spoke in front of global leaders at an event in the United Nations
The Sustainable Development Goals for Children
- In four short months the MDGs will be history and the Post-2015 SDGs will take their place as the global development challenge for the next 15 years. Here's how SOS Children's Villages will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Northbound: European refugee crisis in Macedonia
- To describe the situation in Macedonia's southern border town of Gevgelija as alarming would be an understatement. Daily, the town, with its population of about 15,000, has been receiving thousands of refugees fleeing Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Nepal Earthquake: 3 Months Later
- that occurred on April 25. SOS Children’s Villages was working with children and families immediately after the earthquake. With 10 SOS Children’s Villages and 39 projects all around Nepal, we used all of SOS’ infrastructure and personnel to help those affected.
2014 International Annual Report released
- The 2014 International Annual Report of SOS Children's Villages presents risk factors for family breakdown and positive impacts of family strengthening, along with programme statistics and financial results.
Courage and commitment: SOS Children’s Villages co-workers who went above and beyond for children
- The three co-workers whose stories are told here are the winners of the 2015 Helmut Kutin Award, a biannual award named for a former President of SOS Children’s Villages International, which celebrates the achievements of some of our extraordinary caregivers.
SOS to help more unaccompanied Syrian children through European Commission-financed project
- A new project in Northern Syria run by SOS Children’s Villages and financed by the European Commission will provide complete care for hundreds of unaccompanied children and reunification services to reunite them with their families if possible.
Young volunteers in Nepal describe what they saw after quake
- Over 80 young volunteers from SOS Children’s Villages programmes in Nepal were among the first responders who stepped up to care for children and families injured and displaced by the earthquakes. Two of those volunteers, Rinku Rawal (15) and Indira Lama (16), describe what they saw.
Nepal: International aid crucial for earthquake survivors
- Nepal's earthquake victims are struggling to survive while waiting for international aid to arrive. On the ground, SOS Children's Villages is delivering relief but more help is crucial.
Syria’s ‘lost generation’ of children now suffering year 5 of war
- As the brutal conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, over 12.2 million people there need life-saving humanitarian assistance. Almost half of them are children who now face a fifth year of being denied their rights to safety, education, health care and protection.
Ebola in West Africa: One Year after the Outbreak
- In December 2013 a two-year-old boy from Guinea died of strange symptoms. His case was later identified by researchers as the first case of Ebola in West Africa since 2012. It was the beginning of the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak. Here’s how it unfolded, and where we are today.
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