- Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2015
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Sierra Leone: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2007
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2007
The 2015 International Annual Report describes how SOS Children’s Villages around the world supported children and strengthened families and communities in 2015 through community-integrated responses in care, education, health and emergency services.
The 573 SOS Children’s Villages around the world in 2015 are described as ‘care and protection hubs’ for their local communities, as they provided a range of locally-tailored services to support vulnerable children.
The first World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016, will bring together governments, humanitarian organisations, and people affected by humanitarian crises to propose solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In the months leading up to the Summit, ensuring that children’s voices are heard in these discussions is a key priority for Plan International.
The 2014 International Annual Report of SOS Children's Villages, published today, presents risk factors for family breakdown and positive impacts of family strengthening, along with programme statistics and financial results.
In 2014, SOS Children’s Villages International provided sustained care for more than 439,000 children, young people and adults through its Family Strengthening and Family Based Care programmes.
SOS kindergartens, schools, vocational training centres and social centres provided education and learning opportunities for over 206,000 people.
For the first time since June 2014 new cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone have fallen below 100 per week. As the outbreak slows, focus shifts to how to care for the thousands of children left orphaned by Ebola.
4 February 2015 - Charles* is just 18 months old. Already in life, he lost his father to Ebola. Then his mother. Then three brothers, one sister, an uncle and an aunt. All within weeks.
Two more sisters caught the virus, but survived. One of them, 23-year-old Mabinty, says: “I and my sister went through pain but survived. We were thinking of Charles.”
6 October 2014 - It is another day at the SOS Medical Centre in Monrovia, back open after a recent nine-day closure following the death of a nurse from Ebola.
Staff at the clinic are displaying extraordinary resilience, dedication and courage – treating over 50 patients a day.
Among the patients is Mariama Bary, a desperate mother, without any money. She has brought her three-year old daughter, Ariana*, to the SOS Medical Centre. Ariana has a high fever and has been vomiting.
As the Ebola outbreak spreads, SOS Children's Villages programmes in West Africa are on high alert and taking the strictest measures to avoid infections. No children, mothers or co-workers from any SOS village have been infected.
SOS Children’s Villages programmes continue efforts to raise awareness and battle the spread of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
Already robbed of their dignity and their humanity, some child soldiers find themselves open to prosecution and faced with having to account for atrocities they were forced to commit.
According to the United Nations, about 10,000 children linked with armed groups were rescued or released in 2009. However, for some their fight for freedom remains uncertain as justice systems the world over are struggling to assess whether the children should be treated as victims or perpetrators.
The work of SOS Children's Villages started thirty years ago in Sierra Leone. Even though there have been extremely trying times in which the civil war raged, the staff stood by the needy children incessantly for three decades.
The SOS Children's Villages in Sierra Leone celebrated their 30 year anniversary for nine days, from the 4 to 12 October, with a series of actions and events.