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22 Nov 2017 description

A new SOS Children’s Villages programme will improve livelihoods and gender relations between host communities and the growing number of refugees

SOS Children’s Villages Uganda will launch a programme to help the surging number of refugees in the country’s southwest, with a focus on vulnerable local and refugee families.

10 Jun 2016 description

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.

27 Aug 2013 description

Samia was eleven years old in 2009, when she was forced to drop out of school. Her parents could no longer afford to pay school fees for all of their children. In Somaliland, traditionally, boys’ education is the priority. She recalls, “I was getting ready for school as normal. Then my mother told me that I would not be going; only my brothers can go to school". This is her story.

22 Jan 2013 description

22/01/2013 - In August 2011, all children, youth and staff had to leave the SOS Children's Village in Somalia's capital Mogadishu - for the fourth time in recent years. The war has once more spilled over to areas where SOS families live, to the operating rooms of the big hospital, and to the classrooms of the two schools. A safe return was not possible until December 2012. Read an interview with Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim, director of SOS Children's Villages in Somalia, on the present situation.

What do the family houses and the other facilities look like?

22 Oct 2012 description

In 2011 over 11 million people in the Horn of Africa were hit by the worst famine in 60 years. In response SOS Children’s Villages set up emergency relief programmes in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

24 Aug 2012 description

17/08/2012 – A year after famine was declared across East Africa, the SOS Children’s Villages team in Somalia continues to face challenges. However, a recent visit by a visiting health specialist showed how the humanitarian spirit within the team bodes well for the future.

31 May 2012 description

30/05/2012 - Is Somalia’s famine really over? Does insecurity hinder all development there? What has become of the children and their mothers who desperately depend on SOS Children’s Villages? Against the odds, there exists a glimmer of hope.

30 Jan 2012 description

26/01/2012 - Six months after famine was declared across the Horn of Africa, 460,000 children remain malnourished in Somalia, while four million people remain in crisis. Providing therapeutic feeding vaccines, maternity and a multitude of other services are heroic SOS Children’s Villages teams, who say the forgotten heroes are at home.

12 Dec 2011 description

SOS Children's Villages development expert describes her recent visit to the Somali capital

Listen to interview

9/12/2011 – Insecurity in Somalia has been severely curtailed visits by westerners to the country in recent times. Long established trust has enabled SOS Children’s Villages to overcome various restrictions in Mogadishu to provide Monika Psenner with unique access to the troubled city.

12 Dec 2011 description

6/12/2011 - Hawa Abubakr was a familiar face outside the entrance to the SOS Hospital in the Somali capital where she sold soft drinks and snacks to patients and visitors. That was until early October when she and everyone else in the surrounding area were forced to run for their lives as the area became a war zone – Hawa who was eight months pregnant at the time, has since lost everything.

Hawa is convinced that her baby died because the SOS Hospital was closed -

05 Dec 2011 description

Child friendly spaces in the Badbado refugee camp

Since our Emergency Relief Programme got underway across the Horn of Africa in July, SOS Children has helped save lives and improve living conditions for over 70,000 of the worst-affected victims of famine. Now, we are also providing ‘child friendly spaces’ in Badbado refugee camp in Mogadishu to help children to come to terms with the difficult times.

23 Nov 2011 description

Since insecurity forced the closure of the SOS Hospital in Mogadishu on October 10 in excess of 4,000 sick children have been without desperately needed paediatric services. In response, a concerned SOS medical team have now opened a temporary facility – the same week in which their colleagues in southern Somalia help bring some areas out of famine.

31 Oct 2011 description

Continuous heavy rain has not dampened the spirit of thousands of men who are now returning home from crowded camps where they sought refuge after being displaced by East Africa’s worst drought in decades. They leave, assured that SOS Children’s Villages teams across Somalia will continue to assist them and their families, who require on-going lifesaving support.

18 Oct 2011 description

18/10/2011- A daring rescue by SOS Children's Villages staff saved the life of Ayanle Abdi Mohamed (29), a mentally disabled youth who was feared dead when his home - the local SOS Children's Village - became the front line in a weeklong battle between government troops and al-Shabab militants.

14 Oct 2011 description

13/10/2011- Troops occupying the SOS Hospital in the Somali capital for over five days have been urged not to use the facility or the adjacent children's village as a military shield. The cost of the occupation is costing lives, as 500 people who would otherwise receive medical care on a daily basis are dying on the streets, while troops guard empty beds.

A children's village is for children, not for soldiers

13 Oct 2011 description

12/10/2011- The SOS Children's Villages staff today pleaded with troops to hand over the body of their colleague Ali Shabye, who continues to lie where he died on Monday morning when he was caught in the crossfire between Somali government troops and al-Shabab militants.

12 Oct 2011 description

11/10/2011- The street that divides the SOS Children's Village and SOS Hospital compound in north Mogadishu has become the new combat line in a battle that has claimed the life on an SOS employee, damaged hospital facilities and has led to the evacuation of all staff.

A three day battle has taken place within two adjoining SOS compounds, between Somali government forces who took up position in the children's village, and Al-Shabab who are fighting to retain control of the area around the adjacent SOS Hospital compound.

21 Sep 2011 description

Over two thousand Somali families have recently descended on what was a quiet village in the Gode district of Ethiopia. Their arrival in Morudile has increased the local population by half as the influx of refugees continues to grow. SOS Children’s Villages is now addressing many of their needs.

15 Sep 2011 description

15/09/2011 - To contain an outbreak of measles, an increase in cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea and other diseases, staff at the SOS Emergency Health Centre in the Somali capital Mogadishu are facing a race against time.

Additional medical teams are being recruited and trained while funding is primarily directed towards the treatment of acute malnutrition in children under five.

24 Aug 2011 description

SOS Children's Villages' relief work in the drought areas of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya is running at full throttle. Nevertheless, the worst is yet to come for East Africans suffering from the famine. For hundreds of thousands of children, it is a matter of life and death.

Help amidst the fighting