We often think of emergency relief being required when a community is directly affected by war or natural disaster. But sometimes these emergencies can have 'knock-on' effects, like a large migration of people, and this can create emergency situations in the countries the people flee to. I found an example of this. We launched an emergency relief programme in Pakistan in October 2001 for a new wave of refugees from neighbouring Afghanistan. The refugees fled due to the military operations carried out by the USA in Afghanistan following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks.
This is a lovely story about a Children's Club. I have a fondness for these kinds of stories as one of my favourite things to do when I was a child was to run clubs and make membership badges and meet regularly. Here is the story of this club:
I found a lovely interview with an SOS mother called Vera from Russia.
I always think of Ethiopia as the first African country I ever heard about in any detail, and I heard about it becasue of the Band Aid concert. I'm keen to understand more about Ethiopia because all those images on the news at the same time affected me so deeply. So, I took a little time to find out some of the history of our work in Ethiopia to think about how closely it matches what I have seen on the news.
Life in the midnight sun
The SOS mothers at the Children's Villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo are calm, but cautious.
She's the youngest and only girl in the house. Three-year-old Alexandra is the apple in the eyes of all her five older SOS brothers and of SOS mother Gabriela. She came to the care of SOS Children's Village Cisnadie in early 2006, making a home out of her new SOS family in no time.
In October 2008 Jette Hansen and her husband had the opportunity to visit their sponsored child, Hayat Ali, in the SOS Children's Village in Bahir Dar in Ethiopia. Here she tells us about their time in Ethiopia:
Each child or young adult has a different way of describing life in an SOS Children's Village. Children from SOS Children's Village Tres Ríos in Costa Rica made a guided tour with two co-workers visiting their village and commented on what they like to do there. Here is what the visitors had to say:
This is the story of Kumba Ndure, who joined SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia in March 2005 . The first family support in the country started four months later. Always on the run to visit one family here, train one community child welfare committee there, help one care-giver set up his or her little business or make sure the children's school fees are paid in time to allow the children attend their class, Kumba has managed to make sure that 340 children get a better life today and hopefully tomorrow too. Here she shares some of her thoughts and memories in an interview: