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World Vision Wants Global Leaders To Provide Support For Ebola Crisis

Mar 28 2015
World Vision Wants Global Leaders To Provide Support For Ebola Crisis

World Vision is calling on world leaders that attended the European Union High-level Conference on Ebola to provide increased levels of support for West African children. New data suggests that in Sierra Leone alone over 8,000 children have been left orphaned. Whilst the crisis has subsided some what over the last few months the impact of the outbreak is still being felt acutely in West Africa.

Children are being badly affected by Ebola

A recent report issued by the government of Sierra Leone suggests that over 16,500 children have been directly impacted by the outbreak of Ebola since the disease was first detected in Guinea back in December 2013. A report from the World Bank goes on to add that nearly fifty per cent of those children have either lost one or both parents.

“Ebola has taken a huge toll on children’s survival and health in Sierra Leone and across the West Africa region. Before the outbreak, Sierra Leone already had the highest maternal mortality ratio and the second highest child mortality rate in the world and the country’s health system was among the weakest in the world, with acute shortages of qualified health care professionals, essential drugs and equipment. This situation has worsened in the past year and the Brussels conference is an opportunity for world leaders to commit further support for this incredibly challenged generation of young people,” says Leslie Scott, Director of World Vision Sierra Leone.

Number of Ebola orphans increasing

The latest statistics offered by Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health show that over 700 kids have been diagnosed with the disease which caused approximately 450 fatalities. All over West Africa, authorities are reporting an increase in the number of orphans that are aged under 5. Officials in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone reckon that as many as 25,900 children are in dire in need of help.

World Vision providing support

World Vision is offering support to temporary community care centres for children who have been orphaned and are being placed with extended families. World Vision has been engaged in development and relief programmes in Sierra Leone for nearly two decades and is working with the government to train teachers with the skills necessary to prepare them for schools to be re-opened later this month.

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World Vision Marks One Year Anniversary Of Typhoon Haiyan

Nov 30 2014

November 8th marked the one year anniversary of the world’s strongest typhoon slamming into the Philippines with devastating force. Over the last 12 months World Vision has been working hard to enable those that survived the terrible storm to start rebuilding their lives for what will hopefully be a brighter future. The organisation has managed to provide assistance to 750,000 people, nearly three quarters of which were unfortunately children.

A sombre occasion

Andrew Rosauer World Vision’s Response Director says whilst he is proud that his team gave one hundred per cent to the response, the one year mark was a sombre occasion that is dedidcated to the emotional loss people suffered from the storm. To that end, Mr. Rosauer and his team chose to commemorate the occasion with a candlelight memorial in Tacloban.

“It is important to remember those who lost their lives this time last year, and to honour the survivors’ courage, tenacity and strength. It is also a time to acknowledge the people who are still finding it difficult to adjust with so many losing loved ones, their homes, and their livelihoods. We have had a focus on ‘building back better’, but there are still many challenges ahead as we work with the communities to restore livelihoods and to prepare for disasters yet to come.”

Long term income is the biggest problem

The biggest problem seems to be one of finding and sustaining long-term income opportunities after so many people either lost their primary income earner, or their usual sources of income in the storm. Another problem is reducing the people’s vulnerability to future emergencies and improving their resilience. World Vision has provided assistance to 2,500 households that are the most vulnerable, including single parent or child headed families as well as the elderly and disabled.

Lots of people have been helped

Aside from providing shelter, the affected families were given help with their livelihoods, education and health. The agency organised cash-for work programs that supported over 85,000 individuals, with more than 21,000 receiving benefits such as livestock distribution, business start up tool kits and skills trainings.

“This year has had so many disasters that required the world’s attention: From the crisis’ in Syria, Gaza, South Sudan, the Ukraine and the Ebola outbreak– it’s fair to say that the typhoon has been sharing the world stage with other pressing issues. But the 8th of November is a time for the typhoon to be remembered. Filipino’s are always smiling and have a remarkably positive outlook. Behind the day-to day commitment of moving on, there are many heavy hearts.” Mr. Rosauer said.

Final phase of the emergency response

World Vision has now moved into the rehabilitation stage which is really the last phase of its response. Mr. Rosauer says he understands the critical part the communities play in both physical workmanship and decision making when it comes to rebuilding, so that they have the skills to deal with any other future shocks and also feel empowered.

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World Vision Joins Forces With HarvestPlus To Combat Hidden Hunger

Feb 7 2014
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Last month during the World Economic Forum in Davos, World Vision signed an agreement with HarvestPlus that committed both organisations to work together as they seek to improve nutrition for hundreds of millions of people that suffer from what is known as hidden hunger.

Hidden hunger is the absence in diets of crucial minerals and vitamins that puts both adults and children at risk of a variety of diseases and afflictions such as stunting, anemia, and even death. It is estimated that approximately one in three people suffer from hidden hunger with women and children at the greatest risk.

The new agreement sees both organisations combining to improve access to nutritious staple foods both for consumption at home and for sale at local markets.

Howarth Bouis Director for HarvestPlus says staple crops that are very nutritious are more readily available. There are over half a million cultivating such crops which provide higher levels of minerals and vitamins.

Mr. Bouis stressed that his organisation has limited reach and will have to work with partners who have experience in scaling up crop production. He added that World Vision has both the depth and reach needed to scale production in rural communities around the world. Both organisations are committed to exploring how best to do this together and gain a wider reach quickly with the most nutritious food.

The biofortication process is used to breed nutritious food crops. These varieties offer both higher yields and have greater resistance to pests and disease with some varieties even adapted to drought.

“World Vision is committed to improving nutrition for the world’s hungriest children, their families and communities. We can only do so much on our own. We believe more can be achieved by linking our comparative strengths with organizations like HarvestPlus, UN agencies like the World Food Programme, and companies like DSM.” said World Vision International President, Kevin Jenkins.

HarvestPlus and World Vision will begin their partnership by focusing on African countries such as Sierra Leone, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Burundi.

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UNICEF Providing Assistance In South Sudan

Jan 25 2014

UNICEF says it is growing more concerned about the safety of South Sudanese women and children as violence continues in the country and children are at high risk.

According to said Iyorlumun Uhaa of UNICEF South Sudan, roughly 194,000 civilians have been forced to flee their homes and most of those people are women and children. Mr. Uhaa says that because the situation is so fluid the real number of people who have fled is probably much higher.

He added that the most vulnerable in any conflict are always the children many of whom lack shelter from the intense heat of the sun and are forced to sleep out in the open during the cold nights.

There are two UN compounds in South Sudan with the compound in Juba sheltering an estimated 25,000 people and despite intense fighting posing difficulties in reaching civilians seeking in Bor, humanitarian aid is reaching the Juba compound

UNICEF and other agencies are delivering sanitation food and water supplies into various towns around the country. The agencies are building toilets as they seek to bring hygiene and reduce the risk of disease. Emergency health care is being provided at the compounds and UNICEF is providing high energy biscuits for children aged between six months to five years that give the children much need nutrients.

UNICEF and its partners are delivering clean water supplies to camps and setting up tents. The agencies are registering families who have fled and helping reunite parents who have become separated from their children.

“UNICEF and the United Nations are committed to protecting civilians in South Sudan, regardless of their ethnic group, but it is really the leaders of this, the world’s youngest nation, who have the responsibility to protect their citizens and particularly their children. We urge all of the country’s leaders to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict and avoid further escalation.” Mr. Uhaa said.

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World Vision Joins “No Lost Generation” Initiative For Syria

Jan 8 2014
Syrian Refugee Families Vulnerable As Winter Storm Hits Lebanon

A number of aid agencies which includes World Vision have combined to lend their voice to a call for governments, NGO’s and the general public to champion Syrian children by backing the “No Lost Generation” initiative.

The agencies are so worried about the crisis facing millions of children in Syria that they have all united behind the call for public support and donations to fund vital protection and education programmes designed to alleviate the problems of mental and emotional distress for Syrian children.

Conny Lennenberg World Vision’s Regional Leader for the Middle East and Eastern Europe says millions of children in Syria are in serious need, no longer in school and living in extreme vulnerability so it is important to try to support them.

Ms. Lennenberg added that all actors around the world should to do more to avoid the loss of a generation of children. The strategy is being called the “No Lost Generation” and will be formally rolled out to the public just ahead of a major conference in Kuwait that is designed to raise money.

You can find out more information about the plight of children in Syria on social media with the hashtag #childernofsyria. Alternatively there is a website where you can find information and learn about how children are being affected by the conflict.

World Vision Brussels and EU Representation Director of Advocacy and Justice for Children, Deirdre deBurca says World Vision is very pleased that the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office has chosen to support the website.

Ms. deBurca says that the EU is the single largest donor to the region and this means they must continue to support these efforts without which the children of Syria may well never end up recovering.

To get a sense of the unfolding crisis, nearly one million Syrian refugees are children with approximately half that number aged under five and there are three million displaced children in Syria itself who face an even more dire situation.

The “No Lost Generation” strategy has roped in a number of aid agencies and nongovernmental organisations that operate throughout the region. The strategy will funnel as much as $1 billion into prragammes that will provide protection from exploitation and deliver safe education. The programmes will also seek to prevent abuse and violence as well as offer psychological care and support.

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Violence Against Women and Girls A Big Problem

Dec 20 2013

World Vision says a one major problem that remains prevalent around the world is violence against women and girls, which is a particular problem either during an emergency or immediately in its aftermath.

“As the aid response to the Philippines disaster intensifies, and horrors continue to emerge from the war in Syria, the prevention of violence against women and children must be at the front of everyone’s minds. We know from experience working in emergencies for more than 60 years, that sadly, in emergencies children are at their most vulnerable. Studies show violence increases and it is often women and girls who suffer the most. And yet, protecting them is the most consistently under-funded aspect of emergency responses, receiving on average less than a third of what is needed.” said David Thomson, head of policy and programmes for child-focused aid agency World Vision.

Whilst governments and UN agencies debate how to prevent violence against women and girls during emergencies World Vision says efforts should focus on prevention and improving what it calls “survivor led accountability”

Mr. Thompson said the agency will know it is doing a good job when victims say so. Violence often worsens in response to lack of shelter, cramped conditions and a general lack of privacy. In many cases victims are simply too afraid to report violence or they do not know how. For this reason raising awareness and focusing on prevention is key.

As the world has been reminded with the impact of the typhoon in the Philippines and the continuing violence in Syria focusing on root causes will help prevent child abuse.

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World Vision Responds to Typhoon Haiyan In Vietnam and Laos

Nov 27 2013

World Vision is making preparations to provide emergency assistance to Vietnam which also bore some of the brunt from Typhoon Haiyan.

After killing over 4000 people and causing mass destruction in the Philippines the Typhoon headed on to Vietnam causing the Vietnamese government to evacuate nearly 100,000 people from Danag and Quang Nai provinces in the centre of the country.

World Vision stands ready to provide emergency assistance with Super Typhoon Haiyan expected to make landfall in Vietnam on Sunday morning.

Both Vietnam and Laos are still recovering from a series of tropical storms which hit both countries in recent months and Haiyan has worsened the situation particularly since both countries are in the middle of the annual rice harvest.

Vietnam and Laos are already reeling from a series of tropical storms in recent months, and Typhoon Haiyan may worsen the situation, especially as both countries are in the midst of their annual rice harvest.

“We are working closely with government counterparts and communities to prepare for the storm, including the reinforcement of homes and to stockpile food and water supplies,” says Mr. Le Van Duong, World Vision Vietnam’s National Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Coordinator

Laos has also borne the brunt of a number of storms during the rainy season which has resulted in landslides and floods across the country.

As recently as September, World Vision had to respond to a mass flood which occurred in the south of the country affecting nearly 66,000 people destroying hundreds of hectares of rice. World Vision sought to provide food and clean drinking water as well as emergency medical kits immediately following the flood and continues to support communities that were affected with livelihood recovery projects.

World Vision works throughout Vietnam and supports 71,500 Vietnamese children through a sponsorship program. The organisation is also heavily involved in Laos where it supports over 40,000 kids.

“In all tropical storms and typhoons, it’s the poor and marginalised who are the worst affected. We will continue to focus on helping children and their families from vulnerable communities get through this storm and strengthen their resilience for future disasters,” says Ian Dawes, World Vision Lao PDR Operations Director.

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World Vision Says Access To Safe Education Key To Ending Child Marriage

Oct 27 2013
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Next month the British Prime Minister David Cameron will attend the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting. Many heads of state attending represent countries where child marriage is common and still a big problem. Based on current data an astonishing 142 million girls will be married over the next decade ending 2020.

“The British government has rightly been outspoken about the growing problem of violence against women in conflict. Being married before your eighteenth birthday, often to someone very much older, is another form of violence.” David Thomson, Head of Policy at World Vision UK, said

Since the world recently celebrated International Day of the Girl it is important we begin ensuring that child marriages become a thing of the past and is at the forefront of the conversation.

Child marriage is a worldwide problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. According to research from World Vision, education is important in delaying the age of marriage for children. World Vision says that in emergency environments which are fragile, parents genuinely believe early marriage is the best way to protect their daughters. The only alternative available is access to safe education.

Many families use child marriage in conflict areas to protect daughters, and children are married when those daughters no longer have safe access to education. In places such as Somaliland and Niger this is usually at the end of primary school between the ages of 10 to 15.

Early marriage is a structural from of violence because it produces low levels of education which means a reduced economic status for the girls who are the subject of this violence.

Many parents feel anxiety about the sexual security of their daughters which means that girls who are no longer in school are likely to be forced into marriages to prevent so called immoral behaviour in cultures where pre marital sex is considered shameful.

“You will be insulted as a girl if you are not in school and you are not married. People will think you have a bad character.” (16 year old girl, Niger)

In Somaliland parents and daughters alike said the threat of sexual violence and rape is heightened by food scarcity and drought. Girls who had to walk to school were at particular risk. Many families have been forced to move away from villages to better grazing grounds in response to drought. This means girls were no longer able to school accompanied by their friends and the risk of sexual violence was much higher.

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Surprise Someone with a Letter from Santa this Christmas with NSPCC

Nov 13 2012
NSPCC Letter From Santa

The NSPCC has a magical way for you to surprise someone this Christmas with a personalised Letter from Santa. Each of these amazing charity gift donations allow you to make each letter totally unique, by adding the chosen recipients name, age, address and gender. You can even add a best friend’s name too!

There’s three different age categories to suit different reading abilities, and there’s even a special letter available for a newborn; a perfect memento to save for a babies first Christmas with their family. Plus if you wanted to send separate letters to more than one child in the same home, you can do that too as long as you order at the same time.

Each letter is beautifully illustrated and will arrive through ‘Rudolph Mail’, the perfect way to add a bit of extra Christmas pizazz on this amazing festive treat. Prices start for just a small £5 donation, with the money you are donating going a long way to not only help stop child cruelty, but also provide 24 hour helplines and support. The NSPCC work tirelessly to help those children who need it the most, and thanks to your kind gift, they will be able to help more people this Christmas.

For some children, Christmas can be the most difficult time of the year. But with your help the NSPCC will be working throughout the festive period to answer as many phone calls as possible from those that are in distress and need someone to talk too. Last year alone, the NSPCC received 50,000 contacts to ChildLine. That’s almost a 20% increase on the year before. Thanks to your support, the NSPCC will be there for many more vulnerable children this Christmas.

As an added bonus, each letter that’s purchased will be put into a prize draw for a once in a lifetime trip to Lapland to see where Santa and his Reindeer are actually from. All orders need to be in by 18th December 2012, with the winner being announced on 7th January 2013. Even more reason to make someone’s Christmas this year by purchasing an amazing Letter from Santa with the NSPCC.

For more information on how the Letter from Santa works, check out our dedicated charity page to find out more about how you can help the NSPCC stop child cruelty and help those that need it the most.

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Amazing Night of Music and Comedy for Street Child

Oct 11 2012
Street Child of Sierra Leone

Roll up roll up folks, for a fabulous evening of comedy and music for a fantastic cause! Some amazing acts are getting together on Saturday 17th November 2012 at the Hammersmith Apollo, to help raise much needed funds for the Street Child of Sierra Leone charity.

The evening is hosted by award winning comedian Marcus Brigstocke, who back in June raised a staggering £230,000 for the charity by taking part in the first ever marathon in Sierra Leone – must have been a scorcher!

Other acts on the night include  –

  • Phill Jupitus
  • Robin Ince
  • Greg Burns
  • KT Tunstall
  • Plus many more…

with all proceeds going to help the Street Child of Sierra Leone charity, who believe that every child deserves the right to live in a safe, secure home and the chance to receive a quality education. Since the civil war, over half of the population of Sierra Leone are children, and they desperately need our help. With 70% of the population living in poverty, now is the chance to help this broken country towards a brighter future.

Simply click on the link below to order tickets for what is sure to be an outstanding evening of comedy and music for a truly great cause. Tickets start from just £20, but pleas do hurry has half the allocation have already sold out.

> > Click here for Tickets

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