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.
Children in the SOS Palestine family strengthening programme are among those injured, traumatised and kept from attending classes, as result of heightened violence and checkpoints in Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Violence, arrests, and restrictions on free movement in Hebron and other Israeli-occupied Palestinian areas continue to have a grave impact on school children.
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.
18 July 2014 - On Thursday evening, Israeli forces escalated their assault on militants in the Palestinian Territories, sending ground forces into the Gaza strip and warning civilians to evacuate their homes and seek shelter in safe cities.
The children, mothers and co-workers at the SOS Children’s Village in Rafah are reported safe, but they are fearful and tired. Getting enough food, supplies and electricity to the village has become difficult.
SOS Children's Villages CEO calls on Israel and Palestinian leaders to ensure safety of children in latest outbreak of violence over Palestinian Territories.
19/11/12 - Experiencing violence is equally traumatizing for all children; the psyche knows no ethnic or political borders. Children in SOS families in the Gaza Strip and in Israel are suffering from the on-going violence and threat of violence.
The children in SOS Children's Village Rafah, located in the Gaza Strip, may have learned how to live in the presence of a latent or, more often, outright state of emergency, but the constant threat of violence engrains itself in the spirit of the children. And it has not been this bad for some time now.
A co-worker of SOS Children's Villages in the Gaza Strip reports on the impact of the armed conflict on the families participating in the family strengthening programme (FSP) in the area. The programme in Gaza is currently assisting 187 families, including 900 children.
Communicating with FSP participants was extremely difficult for Ihsan Redwan, FSP national coordinator in the Gaza Strip, throughout the 23 days of violence.
Some form of normalcy has reportedly returned to the lives of the children, mothers and co-workers of SOS
According to Dr. Kamil el Shami, representative of SOS Children's Villages in the Gaza Strip, SOS co-workers, who have been unable to reach the village since the hostilities started more than three weeks ago, have returned to their work. Also, for the first time in weeks, SOS mothers and aunts were able to leave the village to run errands, including grocery shopping and withdrawing money at banks.
Though no casualties have been reported from among the families who receive support from SOS Children's Villages, many have been severely affected, two children have been badly injured
Continued violence in the Gaza Strip has affected all 196 beneficiary families with 900 children of SOS Children's Villages' family strengthening programme in the area. The SOS Social Centre remains closed for the time being as it is not safe for civilians to travel around at this time.
While the SOS Children's Village Rafah remains unharmed, dozens of families who receive support from SOS Children's Villages' family strengthening programmes have been severely affected by the violence that has erupted in the Gaza Strip.
The violence in the Gaza Strip has affected dozens of beneficiaries of the SOS Children's Villages family strengthening programme (FSP) in the area. The Social Centre has been closed since the beginning of the Israeli campaign on 27 December and co-workers and volunteers have been advised to stay at home and communicate via telephone.
The SOS facilities in Rafah and Gaza City try to continue their work as best as possible despite the tense situation
SOS co-workers of the SOS Children's Village in Rafah and associated facilities, as well as the co-ordinator of the family strengthening programme in Gaza City, described the situation following the blockade of the Gaza Strip as dire and dangerous for the entire population.
Fighting rages in the Gaza Strip between Palestinian factions preventing SOS Children's Villages co-workers from going to work.
Most of the fighting is in the city centre and heavily populated areas such as major refugee camps. Snipers continue to fire on rivalling factions from rooftops of high-rise buildings in the main conflict areas, causing civilians to take refuge in their homes. Though located far from the conflict zones, SOS Children's Villages co-workers are living in a state of fear.
The current situation in the Gaza Strip is seriously restricting life at the SOS Children's Village in Rafah. Those who live there are however trying to get on with their everyday lives as well as they can and help their neighbours.
The blockade is still up at the Gaza Strip, but Kamil El-Shami, project coordinator of the SOS Children's Village in Rafah, says that the border crossings to Israel are being opened from time to time, to let relief supplies through. "The Gaza Strip is getting almost all of its supplies via Israel.
SOS Children's Village in Rafah is suffering from severe food, medication and fuel shortages due to the current bombings and blockade by Israel. The situation is threatening to cause a health crisis if not lifted soon.
Again the situation in Gaza is aggravating. Within the last few days a number of people were killed or injured. The children and adults at SOS Children's Village Rafah have not been harmed, but due to the insecure situation around the village emergency was declared.
After the killing of Hamas founder Sheik Yassin, the conflict in the Gaza Strip is intensifying anew. This has also led to a tense atmosphere in SOS Children's Village Rafah. Two families have moved out of their family houses into other buildings.
Universal Children's Day on November 20 has served to promote the plight of children worldwide since 1954. This year, while commemorating all of the children of the world, SOS Children's Villages would like to draw special attention to the suffering of children in conflict areas.
According to reports received from co-worker Lina Kopty in Jordan on 6 April, the situation in and around the SOS Children's Village in Bethlehem continues to be critical. A temporary lifting of the curfew made it possible for co-workers to purchase provisions. The effects of the military offensive by Israeli troops can also be clearly felt in the SOS Children's Village in the Gaza Strip.
In spite of a massive intensification in the conflict, SOS Children's Villages is continuing to take care of its children and young people in the Palestinian Territories and is supporting neighbourhood families in need. So far no one has been injured at the SOS Children's Village facilities. However, the present situation in Rafah is alarming.
Shooting caused damage to the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School and the SOS Kindergarten located in Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip on the evening of 2 February. None of the children and co-workers were injured, however, uncertainty and fear are great.