Saving children’s lives in emergencies
Without international emergency aid, a humanitarian disaster can quickly become a catastrophe – with children losing their lives. The days and weeks after can be a struggle for survival because of lack of shelter, medical provisions and food shortages. Tragically, it is usually children that are most at risk and in need of urgent support.
In the chaos of an emergency, children often become lost or orphaned, making them vulnerable to trafficking, abuse and recruitment as child soldiers. World Vision sets up child friendly spaces – where children can eat, make friends and overcome the trauma of disaster while keeping safe.
Care and provision
Children and families often struggle to provide for themselves after an emergency. World Vision helps families, long-term, by training them in alternative livelihoods or by helping them rebuild businesses.
Healthcare and food
In an emergency, children suffer from food shortages, lack of shelter and healthcare, making them vulnerable to disease or injury. World Vision provides safe water, food and essential items to protect children after a disaster.
An emergency situation can also disrupt education for children, further affecting their physical and emotional development. World Vision rebuilds schools, giving children back their sense of normality and security.
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Stories of hope
DR Congo conflict
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced more than its share of conflict. With her five children, Jeanine was forced to flee from her home into neighbouring Rwanda. They had nothing but the clothes on their backs. Without blankets and warm clothes, one of her sons developed pneumonia. Sadly, he did not survive. Thankfully, World Vision was able to help Jeanine protect her other children. We are now doing all we can to help the thousands of Congolese families that fled the fighting. Lorries filled with blankets, shoes, warm clothes and hygiene kits have arrived and Jeanine and her children have hope.
West Africa food crisis
Kemkada, along with all of West Africa, is in the grips of a food crisis. Most families rely heavily on market gardening, but lack of rain has destroyed crops. Serge is only three and lives with his ageing grandmother after being abandoned by his mum. Suffering from extreme hunger, Serge was diagnosed as severely malnourished and given therapeutic food at the World Vision health centre. Like Serge, we are helping many children in poverty through this food crisis. We are helping communities to become more resilient to the weather conditions that bring food shortages. With the help of our supporters we have been able to teach better gardening techniques, provide more nutritious types crops and make land more fertile for future use.
Pakistan floodsTen-year-old Aslaam loves school and was very upset when it was almost destroyed during the devastating floods of 2010. After the floods, the community helped to dig out the classrooms so the school could be used as a refuge camp. World Vision was involved in the relief efforts and provided emergency aid to many families at the school. Aslaam said: “The school was muddy and dark with no power, but then people came to paint it and fix it. Now it is beautiful. I love to come here to study and hope that one day I will be a doctor.” With regular donations from supporters, World Vision is able to rebuild schools so that more children like Aslaam can keep working towards their dreams.
In January 2010, a huge and devastating earthquake hit Haiti. An estimated 300,000 lives were lost and over one million people were left homeless. Haiti was in ruins. Ginette was just one of the many children who World Vision supporters enabled us to help. Ginette’s father died in the earthquake. Her mother, Valdort, had struggled to provide for them since then. Ginette suffered from extreme hunger and malnutrition but World Vision’s clinic treated Ginette with antibiotics and a protein-rich diet, created especially for malnourished children. Within weeks she looked like a different child – smiling, happy and healthier.