The Tsunami reconstruction work of 178 houses at C. Puthupettai in Tamil Nadu, has been completed in less than 2 years. All the houses are now occupied by the people affected by the tsunami. This is one woman's story of how the tsunami changed her life and how SOS Children's Villages helped her:
This is a moving report from Sri Lanka in early 2005. It is a very personal account of visiting the tsunami affected region:
This is one of my absolute favourite pictures in this project so far. It is a little boy sleeping at the SOS Children's Village Bakoteh nursery for babies.
SOS Children's Villages Mali has been running family support since June 2005 in Mopti, set around the SOS Children's Village Socoura. This report follows a young parent, Zakaria, and tells of how SOS helped him and his three children. But before Zakaria's story, here is a little background on the situation in Mali:
This is the story of how the Mongolian SOS Children's Villages came into being; it is quite interesting because it involves a number of characters from around the world, all with a common goal.
It is difficult to get your head around how different life is for women in countries like Bolivia compared to here. The social situation in Bolivia still depicts a marked supremacy of men over women. The living conditions and opportunities for development are much better for men. In such a situation, the empowerment of women is not only a matter of justice, but also a matter of children's well-being and growth opportunities.
I found out about Nqobile Dlamini who had written "My life in the Swaziland SOS Children's Village". He is a very fresh and interesting voice and well worth a read.
For many children throughout the world, learning the three Rs goes without saying. In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, their education also involves developing values and self-confidence, and acquiring various skills such as the ability to think logically and formulate their own opinions. But there are other children and young people who do not get an education at all. SOS Childrens Villages help those who are disadvantaged in various ways and would have no future without an education or vocational training.
The mountains of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal in the coastal region of the Indian Ocean differ greatly from how Europeans imagine Africa. They are lush, green and experience a lot of rain. Right in the middle of this splendour lies the political and administrative centre of the province, Pietermaritzburg.
I've been reading about the city of Chiang Rai and realising how important the land is to the wealth and prospects of a region. I know that seems obvious, but it is important for understanding migration of people. The capital of Northern Thailand is Chiang Rai province. The province, which borders Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, is one of the poorest parts of Thailand.