HELP CHILDREN SURVIVE
Raw Hope is an initiative from World Vision, which has been set up to save and protect children in the world’s most dangerous places.
We work where children face the greatest dangers, enabling us to help children with the most immediate and urgent needs. Raw Hope brings hope to vulnerable children caught up in some of the most violent conflict on earth, where they are at risk from physical abuse and harm, exploitation and other immediate threats.
By donating to Raw Hope, you will help give children a better chance of surviving the life-threatening dangers they face, such as rape and child abuse, on a daily basis. Your support will offer them hope for long-term protection from the perils of the situations they’re growing up in. Choose hope today; Raw Hope.
WHERE WE PROTECT VULNERABLE CHILDREN
HOW WE HELP
Raw Hope is about protecting children in the most treacherous places on earth. These areas are described by foreign policy as ‘fragile contexts’. This is where a government cannot or will not act on its responsibility to protect the human rights of its population. These areas also experience unacceptably high maternal and child mortality rates.
Children living in fragile contexts can suffer unbearable experiences. These include harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation and early marriage. Widespread child exploitation, such as rape and child trafficking, are also common. Many are forced to work as child soldiers, or are used as child prostitutes against their will.
They are also affected by disease and malnutrition, caused by poor hygiene, limited access to water and nutritious food.
Together, through Raw Hope, we can protect vulnerable children by offering them lifesaving support and care; and work towards bringing rehabilitation and stability through peace-building in the volatile areas they live in.
In the aftermath of conflict and disaster, World Vision is there, helping to rebuild children’s lives. As a supporter of Raw Hope you receive regular communications with on-the-ground footage and stories from the countries we’re working in – so you can see how your money is helping to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children.
Child soldiers and malnourished children
Read how Raw Hope genuinely helps change the lives of child soldiers and malnourished children living in the world’s most dangerous places
There are thousands of child soldiers around the world. Young children are coerced or enticed into joining up, or are simply abducted. They risk their lives every day either on the front line, as spies or as human mine detectors. For these young soldiers, the first casualty of war is their childhood.
Jumaane was recruited during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) second war. ‘Children are corrupted and change their thinking,’ he says. The horror Jumaane has witnessed is still with him: ‘I feel it. It follows me,’ he says.
He is now Second Chairperson in a Child Parliament composed of former child soldiers.
Through your support of Raw Hope, Child Parliaments are safeguarding children from violence and empowering them to defend their human rights so they can enjoy a true childhood.
In the northern provinces of DRC, Anasa lives in a small home with her five children. Up to four times every day, the children walk for 15 minutes down a slippery hill to fetch water for everyone in the household.
Anasa’s family lives on one meal a day and has not eaten meat for three months. She writes to relatives, begging them for money to buy beans. “It’s very bad,” she says. “Every day I struggle to find even a little bit of food to feed the children.”
Weakened by hunger during this food shortage, Anasa’s malnourished children are more susceptible to illness and fall prey easily to infections and diseases like malaria.
Your donations support Raw Hope projects that work to help provide clean water, food and healthcare for families like Anasa’s.
What exactly do you mean by the ‘world’s most dangerous places’?
These are areas that foreign policy refers to as ‘fragile contexts’ – where a government cannot, or will not, act on its responsibility to protect the rights of its population. Issues affecting these areas include malnutrition and disease, high maternal and child mortality. Harmful traditional practices – such as early marriage and female genital mutilation – exist here too, as does exploitation, trafficking, child prostitution and the recruitment of child soldiers.
Where is my money going?
Raw Hope works in the most fragile areas of the world, where other funds are unable to reach, in order to provide protection for children and a chance of survival for the young people who live there. These children face significant and immediate danger every single day, with their lives continually at risk from physical abuse and harm, exploitation and general immediate threat from their environment.
Raw Hope funds allow World Vision to respond to urgent need, providing aid and security for children in the most volatile areas. This includes everything from minimising the risk of rape and murder of children travelling to water supplies to helping to give children a voice through Child Parliaments.
Why can’t I sponsor a child in these areas?
Raw Hope works in the world’s most dangerous places where it is extremely difficult and inefficient to set up programmes such as child sponsorship. Before Raw Hope, World Vision had to rely on unreliable sources of funding which prevented the provision of substantial support to those areas most in need.
If you ask a child in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) what they are afraid of, they will tell you the real and devastating nightmares they face every day. Hundreds of thousands of children are living under the threat of attack by a multitude of armed groups, but rarely are their experiences or views heard.
No one to turn to - life for children in eastern DRC is our latest report from the region. Download it now to find out what the children of the DRC really want.