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World Vision Joins Forces With HarvestPlus To Combat Hidden Hunger

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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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World Vision Joins “No Lost Generation” Initiative For Syria

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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 www.championthechildrenofsyria.org 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

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Dec 20 2013
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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

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Nov 27 2013
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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

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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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World Vision When I Grow Up Campaign

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Nov 2 2011

World Vision UK is asking for your help and support in their latest charity campaign, ‘When I Grow Up’. The ethos of the scheme is based around the Peter Pan story, who lived in ‘Never Never’ Land’ where nobody ever grows old. This story can be translated to the plight of millions of children in developing countries across the world, but in their case, it’s anything but a fairytale.

Due to hunger, malnutrition, and a lack of basic medicine, millions of children will ‘Never Never’ grow old either. Many will never even see their 5th birthday due to diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria, all of which are easy to treat with the right care. Support World Vision’s ground breaking work on the front line of the world’s poorest countries, and help millions of children reach their full potential both physically and mentally.

> > Click here for When I Grow Up Campaign

Help World Vision by sponsoring a child

The World Vision Sponsor a Child programme is a great way to give a needy child a real chance of escaping poverty. As part of a long-term program, your continued support enables World Vision to use your donations to build sustainable communities in partnership with the people who live there.

You can provide a child with a better future for just 60p a day – giving them a real chance of escaping poverty. You get to see and feel the difference your support makes directly, through the eyes of your sponsored child and their regular letters and photographs.

> > Click here to sponsor a child with World Vision UK

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Support World Vision ‘When I Grow Up’ Campaign

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Aug 30 2011
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World Vision UK is asking for your help and support their latest campaign, ‘When I Grow Up’. With up 3.5 million children dying from under nutrition every year, children across the globe deserve a chance sow something more in their lives.

Children in developed countries have the chance to dream about a real future when they grow up, whether it is to be a doctor, a footballer, or even an astronaut! Yet many children in poverty stricken countries never get the chance to live their dreams. In South Sudan, a 15 year old girl has a higher chance of dying in child birth than completing school, so the chances of reaching their full potential is bleak.

Simply click on the link below to add your name to ask the British government how they plan to reduce malnutrition and give all children across the globe a better chance in life. Let them have a chance to dream of what they can be when they grow up…

> > Click here to sign World Vision petition

Help World Vision by sponsoring a child

The World Vision Sponsor a Child programme is a great way to give a needy child a real chance of escaping poverty. As part of a long-term program, your continued support enables World Vision to use your donations to build sustainable communities in partnership with the people who live there.

You can provide a child with a better future for just 60p a day – giving them a real chance of escaping poverty. You get to see and feel the difference your support makes directly, through the eyes of your sponsored child and their regular letters and photographs.

> > Click here to sponsor a child with World Vision UK

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Work Vision South Sudan Appeal

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Jul 15 2011

Last Saturday, 9th July 2011, Sudan, became two nations. One of Africa’s biggest countries now split into two, South Sudan desperately needs help in it’s quest to make a fresh start. With internal instability and serious poverty, the return of thousands of south Sudanese from the North is causing a great deal of stress on the new economy.

South Sudan is now one of the world’s poorest countries, and its people are badly in need of the basics that we take for granted -

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Clean Water
  • Food

With less than half of South Sudan’s children attending school, the future looks bleak for the new countries long term stability and survival. Plus with a possible food crisis looming, the people of South Sudan are badly in need of our support.

World Vision UK’s Director of Policy and Programmes, David Thomson, said -

From more than 20 years of working with and talking with children in this country, we know that their hopes and fears reflect the needs of the nation.

You can help World Vision UK ensure that there is continual support for this new country by clicking on the link below and adding your name to the email to Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, and help the South Sudanese people into their brave new world.

> > Click here to sign letter to Minister for Africa

Help World Vision by sponsoring a child

The World Vision Sponsor a Child programme is a great way to give a needy child a real chance of escaping poverty. As part of a long-term program, your continued support enables World Vision to use your donations to build sustainable communities in partnership with the people who live there.

You can provide a child with a better future for just 60p a day – giving them a real chance of escaping poverty. You get to see and feel the difference your support makes directly, through the eyes of your sponsored child and their regular letters and photographs.

> > Click here to sponsor a child with World Vision UK

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World Vision Opens New School in Rwanda

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Jul 5 2011

World Vision charity officials are pleased to announce the opening of a brand new, purpose built primary school in the Gatsibo District of Rwanda. The school, which cost 60 million Rwandan Francs (£600,000), will accommodate 981 pupils and provide a better platform for children to learn the basics that can be so difficult in a country this poor.

World Vision Country Director, George Githae, said -

Our mission is to strive for children’s’ welfare by helping them go to school, which is the reason why we are here today to hand over the school to you. We knew that there was no school in this area and later realised that children needed to be saved from walking long distances to school.

This new school showed the children’s charity commitment to ensuring that all youngsters have equal access to education as well as the basic human rights of clean water and medicine. With the school in place, it is now up to the children to take care of their school and utilise the benefits to realise their full academic potential.

World Vision has been working in Rwanda since 1976, providing sustainable solutions for families who live in poverty. A great way to help World Vision is to sponsor a child, with nearly 50,000 young people across the globe signed up to this programme already. Your donations can help give hope to a child where there is none.

Help World Vision by sponsoring a child

The World Vision Sponsor a Child programme is a great way to give a needy child a real chance of escaping poverty. As part of a long-term program, your continued support enables World Vision to use your donations to build sustainable communities in partnership with the people who live there.

You can provide a child with a better future for just 60p a day – giving them a real chance of escaping poverty. You get to see and feel the difference your support makes directly, through the eyes of your sponsored child and their regular letters and photographs.

> > Click here to sponsor a child with World Vision UK

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World Vision Response to U.S Tornado Devastation

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alister
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Jun 7 2011

World Vision charity officials are still on the front line dealing with the chaos caused by tornadoes across mid west America, with 519 people killed already this year. This figure already equals the 1953 record number of fatalities in a year, and with a month still left to go in ‘tornado season’, further tragedy looms on the horizon.

Whilst most Americans were enjoying their bank holiday weekend in honour of Memorial Day, World Vision’s response teams were tirelessly working across five states in response to the mass destruction the tornadoes were leaving in their wake. They have now had to relocate their second Mobile Distribution Centre to Joplin, Missouri, who have already confirmed 139 deaths with further fatalities expected.

The 53ft trailer contain a massive amount of disaster relief packs which include personal hygiene kits and cleaning supplies. The initial trailer was deployed to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where last month alone it served more than 4,000 tornado survivors.

World Vision’s domestic emergency response director, Phyllis Freeman, said -

We’ve been working around the clock in Tuscaloosa all month and the common request we get from survivors is to remind people not to forget what’s happened to them. We’ve had back-to-back tornadoes devastate families and children all across this country but we refuse to let any survivor fall through the cracks.

World Vision is appealing for $5 million to help fund its recovery and rebuilding response across five states. With President Obama due to visit many of the tornado stricken towns, hopeful this will remind not just Americans, but the whole world that those affected will require sustained global support in order to rebuild their lives from the devastation that surrounds them.

Help World Vision by sponsoring a child

The World Vision Sponsor a Child programme is a great way to give a needy child a real chance of escaping poverty. As part of a long-term program, your continued support enables World Vision to use your donations to build sustainable communities in partnership with the people who live there.

You can provide a child with a better future for just 60p a day – giving them a real chance of escaping poverty. You get to see and feel the difference your support makes directly, through the eyes of your sponsored child and their regular letters and photographs.

> > Click here to sponsor a child with World Vision UK

>> Read More