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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.

24 May 2017 description

ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.

11 Jan 2017 description

After the SOS Children's Village in Juba, South Sudan, had to be evacuated in July 2016, the SOS families are settling in at their temporary homes in the South Sudanese capital. Life has slowly returned to normal for the children despite the ongoing security challenges in the country.

The SOS Children’s Village in Juba, which opened in early 2015, was evacuated on 11 July 2016 as fighting gripped the capital. The children were quickly moved to safety, leaving behind nearly everything they had.

17 Jun 2015 description

Every day, SOS mothers, aunts, youth leaders and social workers make an impact in the lives of the children and families around them.

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. Finalists are selected by the Hermann Gmeiner Academy Board and then voted for by SOS Children’s Villages employees around the world.

Protecting her children from a typhoon

29 Aug 2014 description

Six months after being driven from their homes by looting soldiers, families from SOS Children’s Village Malakal enjoyed moving into their brand new, temporary village

29 August 2014 - After six months of living in confined and cramped quarters in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, SOS Children’s Villages families displaced from their SOS village in Malakal by rebel soldiers have moved into a spacious temporary village in Jebel, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Juba.

05 Aug 2014 description

5 August 2014 - With no permanent home in site, SOS Children’s Villages proceeds with construction of a temporary village for refugee children and families from Malakal, South Sudan.

Despite political and ethnic polarisation that has plagued South Sudan for the last six months, the youngest country in the world celebrated three years of independence on 9 July 2014. The streets of the capital, Juba, were lined with troops singing and dancing, carrying banners proclaiming "One People, One Nation".

02 Jul 2014 description

2 July 2014 - During celebrations marking the Day of the African Child on 16 June children from all over South Sudan marched through the capital city, Juba, and urged their leaders to find a speedy solution to the protracted conflict. After marching through the streets alongside a police band, the children read a poem describing their experience in the last six months:

10 May 2014 description

9 May 2014 - When fighting first erupted between government troops and opposition fighters in her town of Malakal, SOS mother Nyanyul Look did not imagine her family would be in danger. Surely, no one – not even fighters – would jeopardize the safety of a child. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

05 May 2014 description

`Home´, Healing and New Challenges for SOS Children

5 May 2014 - SOS children and families forced from their homes by armed conflict in Malakal, South Sudan, are beginning to put their lives back together in their new, temporary home. But every day brings new tests.

Since the SOS families were evacuated from Malakal, South Sudan, a month ago, they have settled well into their new environment in the capital city of Juba.

18 Mar 2014 description

**More than a hundred SOS children, SOS mothers and staff members were evacuated on 13 March from Malakal, South Sudan, where a military conflict has escalated in recent weeks.*:

The first group of 52 SOS children, five SOS mothers and one SOS aunt arrived in Juba after being airlifted out of Malakal by a UN Humanitarian Air Service Plane. They were later joined by a second group of 48 SOS Children and 13 staff members. The SOS families had initially sought protection at the United Nations Mission (UNMISS) base in Malakal after fleeing the SOS Children’s Village in February.

20 Feb 2014 description

SOS Children’s Villages Doing Everything Possible to Ensure Safety of Children and Co-workers

Despite the ceasefire signed on 23 January 2014 between the Government of South Sudan and rebels loyal to the former vice president, Riek Machar, fighting resumed in the town of Malakal on the morning of 18 February. Malakal is the capital of Upper Nile state, strategically important because of its links to oil revenues. It is also the location of an SOS Children's Village - home to over 120 children and young people, together with SOS mothers and other co-workers.

23 Jan 2014 description

The month-long conflict has displaced half a million people across South Sudan. SOS Children’s Villages is there in the turbulent town of Malakal, doing everything possible to assist affected families and children who are in desperate need of food, water, shelter...and a place to call home.

12 Apr 2013 description

12/4/2013 - President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has today visited South Sudan, for the first time since it became independent in 2011. This follows an agreement reached in March that allows for the resumption of cross-border oil flows. After decades of war and recent disagreement between the two neighbours, the move has defused tension. However, a worrying humanitarian situation may unfold as a result.

12 Dec 2012 description

11/12/2012 - Suffering is ever-present in South Sudan, the newest African country. One in nine children do not reach their fifth birthday. Many mothers never know their children because they die in childbirth. Many children living in the SOS Children's Village in Malakal have lost their mothers and do not know their fathers. The SOS families are a last place of refuge for them, something that many other children in South Sudan do not have.

31 Aug 2012 description

28/08/2012 - Returnees to South Sudan come in many forms. Some are recent and impoverished, desperately in need of humanitarian help, while others are well educated, offering much needed skills. Robert Sakaya, a nurse at SOS Children’s Villages Malakal, is a returnee who has become part of the relief effort.

Robert Mambo Sakaya was 13 when he left what was then Sudan to go to live in northern Uganda. He was alone at the time, leaving his parents who were living in an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp in the south of the country.

10 Aug 2012 description

09/08/2012 - Malakal, a town in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, has recently seen an influx of Southerners returning from the north to begin a new life in a new country. But life is far from easy for the returnees.

William’s father Michael is 85 and lives in a house made from mud and sticks with a corrugated iron door. The house, which he shares with William’s family, consists of one room, plus two small canvas covered structures outside. Michael’s bed is next to the door.

25 Mar 2012 description

26/03/2012 - Hilary Atkins accompanied officials from Street Children Aid in Juba, South Sudan, to the local rubbish dump where they found children collecting metal and playing cards.

Juba, South Sudan, and the outside temperature at 9.00 am is about 38 degrees. I am with Charles Wani Elikana and Emmanuel Wani, officials of a relatively new organisation in Juba called Street Children Aid, and we are on our way to the Juba local rubbish dump.

25 Mar 2012 description

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23/03/2012 - South Sudan has a matter of days to provide food, shelter, medical facilities and various services to tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who are due to cross the border from Khartoum before April 8th. In one of the world's poorest countries, a state minister responsible for child welfare outlines the challenges.

22 Mar 2012 description

19/03/2012 - The Government of Sudan has ordered all Southern Sudanese to formalise their positions in the north or to return to South Sudan. As the April 8 deadline approaches the authorities, and SOS Children's Villages East Africa, are preparing for an influx of children.

27 Feb 2012 description

27/02/2012 - South Sudan is facing a looming humanitarian crisis as its northern neighbour, Sudan, plans to return refugees across the border. SOS Children's Villages is currently preparing an emergency programme to accommodate and temporarily care for some of the 2,000 unaccompanied children expected to arrive in South Sudan in the coming weeks.