For decades SOS Children’s Villages has been preparing young people to lead independent lives when they leave their SOS families. The organisation has spent much time and resources on building expertise in guiding young people through the process of leaving care and preparing for challenges to come.
An explosion at a graduation ceremony being held at a hotel in Mogadishu/Somalia has injured many people including two doctors who work at the SOS Hospital in the city.
Dr Abdullahi Hussein, the senior medical officer at the SOS Hospital and his colleague Dr Tahlil Abdi were attending a graduation ceremony for medical students of Banadir University. They were among the invited guests at the ceremony, who also included government ministers and other dignitaries.
After Manila experienced the worst flooding in 42 years due to a typhoon, SOS Children's Villages is helping affected families with relief goods.
Manila experienced the worst flooding in 42 years due to Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana) on 26 September which brought a rainfall level equal to an entire one-month average. The typhoon sent many residents in Rizal province, Marikina, Pasig, Quezon City and other nearby flooded areas in Luzon to the roofs of their homes, as water swamped an estimated 80% of 'Metro' Manila.
Despite the constant political unrest and threat of violence in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, SOS Children's Villages' facilities there, including a hospital and a school, are fully functional. Musa Ibrahim Dugow, the principal of the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary and Secondary School, gives insight into the situation of students in a country plagued by war and poverty (June 2009).
After a violent incident on the compound of the temporarily rented premises in October 2008, our school was temporarily closed. It reopened 7 March.
After the political turmoil in the capital Antananarivo, which had led to violent outbreaks, SOS Children's Villages has ensured medical supplies for the victims.
After the the dramatic events of 7 February, that led to the deaths of around fifty people and left a hundred more severely wounded, SOS Children's Villages Madagascar had met with the directors of the two hospitals the victims were being treated at to determine the most urgent needs, as SOS Children's Villages France had agreed to cover the cost of medical supplies.
On 20 February, these were delivered to the …
Though the situation in the area of Malakal has stabilised, many still fear that fighting might once more break out at any moment, since the warring parties are still in the area and the reasons that led to the fighting on 25 February remain unresolved.
The SOS Children's Village Malakal provided shelter for 150 families during the fighting, including 500 adults, mostly women, and 700 children.
Even though the children's villages of Madagaskar were not directly affected by the political turmoil in that country, SOS Children's Villages will ensure medical supplies are available to all victims.
After the dramatic events on 7 February that led to the death of more than 50 people and left several hundred severely wounded, representatives of SOS Children's Villages Madagascar have met the heads of the two main hospitals treating the wounded in an effort to determine the most urgent needs.
Following the cholera outbreak amongst co-workers of the SOS Maizelands Farm in the Shamva district, some family members and neighbouring farmers, SOS Children's Villages Zimbabwe is investigating the extent of further help.
Mr Aaron Mukwirimba, SOS Vocational Training Centre co-ordinator, reported that by end of 14 January, eleven cases of cholera had been treated at the treatment centre set up at the SOS Technical and Vocational Training Centre in Shamva near Bindura [please read our news from 14 January].
The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe now also afflicts some staff members of the Maizelands Farm in the Shamva district which is part of an SOS Vocational Training Centre. However, all those affected could be treated successfully and appropriate precautions are taken to prevent further infections.
Last weekend some first cases of cholera were reported to have occurred amongst staff members of the SOS Maizelands Farm and their relatives. A total of 22 affected people, amongst whom five children, were taken to the cholera therapy centre in Bindura at some 25 kilometres from Shamva.