A nursery teacher consoling a girl who is upset, other children are playing in the next room at SOS nursery school Bethlehem, in the Palestinian Territories.
The two SOS Schools in the Palestinian Territories strive to offer children the best possible education regardless of the daily difficulties they encounter. Even getting to school is a problem on some days and in some areas.
I read that SOS Children's Villages has been active in Vietnam since 1967. I looked into more of the history of our work in Vietnam, which is quite interesting, given the wars and political changes that have affected the country over this time:
I've been finding out some factual background on the Congo, and then putting this into the context of the global food crisis and what SOS Children is doing to help this:
This is a nice interview with a lady from the SOS village in Bethlehem who is retiring. She talks about her life and what working with children means to her. I thought you would appreciate it. Here's the interview:
Since 2004, 26 December has been closely linked in people's minds to the word 'tsunami'. It is estimated that in eleven countries 230,000 people, thousands of whom were children, died on this day. This date will also remain especially memorable to SOS Children's Villages. After they had recovered from the initial shock, our colleagues at SOS Children's Villages did everything within their power to help.
A little girl playing at SOS Children's Village Bucharest, Romania.
In December 2007 M.G. Ramesh Kumar, the village director in Hydrabad (Andhra Pradesh) spoke of the seven new children who had just arrived in the village. In particular he talks about three little girls, he says: "the youngest is just two years old. Their mother died and their father abandoned them. It has taken some time for the children to overcome the trauma and to adjust to their new family environment. Their SOS Mother has given them the love and affection they need and the children have started mixing with other children in the village and enjoying their life. The youngest is now at the SOS Nursery School and the two older girls are at the local schools.
Mahewu is a traditional nutritional drink which is being given to these pupils as they frequently only receive one meal a day at home.
Making friends in Thailand.
In Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu, Indonesia, many families were already struggling to survive in tough conditions before they were hit with the tsunami of Decemeber 2004.