In November 2012, I had the opportunity to visit Sri-Lanka and SOS Children’s Village Piliyandala, outside Colombo.
A new advertising campaign from Oxfam is stirring up debate. Oxfam’s adverts, which have appeared in newspapers, on billboards and in the digital media, show stunning landscapes of Africa, such as the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and a beautiful cascading waterfall. The strap-line across the images is “Let’s make Africa famous for its stunning countryside, not hunger.”
At the United Nations climate talks in Doha last week, discussions on a whole range of climate change issues took place. But one issue which caused particular controversy is the idea that wealthy nations should compensate developing countries for damage or losses caused by climate change.
A new charity advertising campaign is provoking debate. With its ‘Hashtag Killer’ campaign, Water Is Life uses the kind of things which Westerners complain and tweet about, such as having a house which needs two wireless routers or being given a meal with pickles when you’ve asked for one without.
Geneva Ellis and Harry Wilkinson, from UK children’s charity St Christopher’s Fellowship, recently visited SOS Children’s Villages in Norway and Germany, hoping to discover and learn from the different responses other countries provide to the challenge of meeting the needs of looked after children.
For the past twelve years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations to provide a framework for progress in over 180 nations, have led the development agenda in many countries.
The SOS Children's Village in Bakoteh, The Gambia, has an inviting, homely atmosphere. Adjacent to the Village, SOS Children have founded several clinics and a school to provide the children with the healthcare and quality education they need to provide them with a better future.
During the summer, a number of business leaders attended a hunger summit in the UK chaired by David Cameron on the last day of the Olympics. Some of these leaders committed their companies to helping reduce the number of malnourished children worldwide by as much as 25 million over the next four years.
I decided to use my role, as a Teaching Assistant at Springfield Primary School in Reading to share my Ugandan culture and help broaden the children’s minds and curiosity about African children. Are they any different?
In 2011, 12 million fewer people worldwide were deemed to require humanitarian aid by the United Nations (UN) than in the year before. Nevertheless, the UN struggled to raise the finance for its humanitarian appeals, receiving just two-fifths of the money requested.