To go with this photograph of a mother I have been finding out about some less fortunate families who were helped by the SOS Social Centre Arusha.
I find this photograph poignant as in the detail you can see the buttons on his cardigan are different, which means someone, maybe even he, has sewn and repaired his clothes when there is no money for new ones.
There are not many visitors coming up to Marina's house in the hills near the town of Gabrovo. The few people walking the narrow steep road are either shepherds or hunters. So, when Marina saw two young women climbing upward, she thought these two chose the wrong footwear for hiking.
When I read this story about a young girl called Rebka it sounded almost impossible that a child would loose so much at such an early age. I cannot imagine how she would feel, all I can tell from the story is that she is amazingly resilient. It makes me very proud to work for an organisation that can help people like Rebka. Here is her story:
With the chance to look at what we have achieved so far, a simple mid-term review shows this:
The training of the future mothers for Latvia's second SOS Children's Village in Valmiera - held in the first village in Islice - shows that exchange of knowledge is not a one-way street.
What are Belarussian children like? What do they like and dislike? What do they prefer to eat, drink and play? What is "IN" and what is "OUT"?
In the small dusty yard of a shabby looking dwelling, Firuza is quickly spreading freshly washed laundry. It's almost five in the afternoon and Firuza will soon have to rush to pick up blankets from a nearby neighbour. Her working day will last until midnight.
I know it's only November, but already the Christmas lights are in place in town. This is a story about how Christmas is celebrated in Latvia, as told by an SOS mother.
To go with this peaceful photograph of children sleeping, I have been looking into the "SOS Communal Houses" in Bolivia. This is what I found out: