I visit Gambia every Christmas for a couple of weeks and have done for the past four years. I love meeting the locals and getting to know them as people.
We all live in the same world, but it almost seems difficult to believe when you see the life of an inner city child in London UK in contrast to their counterpart in One Nation – a shanty town in Windhoek, Namibia.
A boy from India following the 2004 Tsunami - Disabled children at the Child Development Centre in Malawi
This month the USA has revised regulations over USAid. The changes will allow firms in developing countries to apply as contractors/suppliers for the aid, except in the areas of food, motor vehicles and US-patented pharmaceuticals. These will still be sourced from American companies, while other services or goods can now be ‘bought locally’.
Martin Brooke, from Cornwall UK, is an NHS associate specialist in paediatrics. He has generously given up his month-long holiday to travel to Malawi and volunteer his time and valuable skills at the SOS Hospital in Blantyre, where 21,000 people are treated every year.
Ann Speak is a Canadian studying in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Recently, she visited the SOS Children’s Village in Gode, Ethiopia, where SOS Children is conducting relief efforts in the current famine which has hit East Africa.
The dedication of our supporters never ceases to amaze me. In 2011 our corporate partners took on some impressive, skilful and just plain crazy challenges to support some extremely worthy causes.
I find myself talking a lot about SOS Children’s Family Strengthening Programmes (FSP’s). A bit of a mouthful, the term actually describes a relatively simple strategy: to prevent family break-up.
In December 2009 I had a call from Beatriz Barclay, a member of The London based Anglo Peruvian Society.
I became interested in the work of SOS Children in Colombia whilst studying Latin American history and politics for my Modern Languages degree.
We met when I was at the Children’s Village making videos for ‘Our Africa.’ I won’t tell you her name, or the SOS Children’s Village where she lives, because identifying her somehow seems like intruding into her life and branding her as ‘in need’.