Global News Help for families hit by Haiti hurricane In October, the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in almost a decade caused widespread devastation in Haiti, leaving thousands displaced. It was estimated that more than 2 million people, almost 12% of the population, were affected – including many children. Our SOS Children’s Village in Les Cayes, in the south-west of the country, suffered some structural damage, but no one was hurt. Teams on the ground immediately set about providing 200 affected families in the surrounding community with food and blankets, as well as soap and water purification tablets to prevent cholera and diarrhoea. We will continue working tirelessly to support the most vulnerable children and families in Haiti long after the hurricane has left the headlines.
Hermann Gmeiner Award honours exceptional individuals Since 1991, the Herman Gmeiner Award has honoured former SOS children who have gone on to become role models in their communities. This year, online votes from across the SOS global community chose Daliborka Matanovic from Croatia, and William Silva dos Santos from Brazil, as the winners. Both were commended for their strength and tenacity in the face of adversity. Daliborka, who has advocated for the rights of young people living in alternative care for many years, arrived in Croatia as a refugee following the Bosnian war and grew up with her siblings at the SOS Children’s Village Lekenik. William spent his early years struggling to survive with little food and no one to care for him and his siblings. After finding a new family at the SOS Children’s Village Bonito, he is now a highly qualified nurse and involved in numerous community outreach programmes. PAGE 4