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The Survival Fund



Creating Survivors and Protecting Children At Risk

Disasters occur in many forms. Be it famines, floods, or refugee crises, The Survival Fund enables World Vision to respond quickly to unforeseen catastrophes and journey with children and communities to recovery. 



Mary Martin, 30, a mother of four children comes from Gangura town which is 26km from the Nabiapai town in the DRC border. Having recently delivered 3-weeks old Betty Martin, both mother and baby went through the screening and were found free of the Ebola virus. To minimize the spread of Ebola, Mary was also provided with brochures with illustrations about the signs and symptoms of the Ebola virus so she can share with people in her community.

“I appreciate the information about the Ebola. I did not know before how infectious it is and what are the signs and symptoms”, says Mary. Mary is now committed to share it with family and neighbours. She elaborates, “I will encourage them to practice good hygiene, wash hands all the time, avoid eating bush meat, touching or washing dead bodies and eating fruits and vegetables that were already bitten by animals.”


Ebola is a violent, terrifying disease which kills about 50 percent of infected people. In 2018, Ebola resurfaced in conflict-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and within a few months, neighbouring Uganda announced its first Ebola-related deaths. This is the second largest Ebola outbreak in history and millions of children and families face a looming threat from the disease that is, so far, not matched by international resources to prevent its spread. We cannot afford to wait until Ebola is threatening our own borders before acting.


In South Sudan, World Vision is preparing communities from the next Ebola outbreak by:


  1. Training faith leaders in Ebola preparedness and response, especially risk communication

  2. Providing solar lighting to health facilities and isolation units for uninterrupted provision of healthcare services

  3. Constructing latrines and improving medical waste management in health facilities and isolation units to minimize the spread of Ebola

  4. Improving water supply in isolation units and health facilities to prevent disease outbreak



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According to the World Risk Index, the Philippines ranks as the 3rd most disaster prone country in the world. In the past 30 years, there has been an average of 19 to 20 tropical cyclones on annual basis, causing more than 30,000 fatalities.


In Loon, Bohol, communities have been exposed to increasing disasters, such as landslides, tidal waves, typhoons, flash flood, fire incidents, and drought with more than once a year. From 2010, Loon was among the 17 municipalities greatly affected in Bohol with 6 earthquakes. Climate changes have also caused yearly occurrences of sea level rise, prolonged drought, El Nino, storm surge, and monsoon rains.



World Vision prepares communities in Loon, Philippines before the next disaster strikes by:

  1. Equipping community members and children on disaster risk reduction

  2. Stocking up first aid supplies for families 

  3. Training farmers on climate-resistant cropping techniques and support seed banking

  4. Conducting hazard mapping in Loon

  5. Training children in disaster preparedness, child-friendly basic life support, first aid, and environmental protection initiatives 

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Ethiopia is extremely vulnerable to disasters, and in particular, climate-induced disasters. By the end of 2015, Ethiopia was suffering its worst drought in fifty years due to the global El Nino. In the next 30 years, temperatures are expected to rise by 2 degrees, which will devastate unprepared farming communities.


In Hidhabu Abote, people have lost much to climate change-related destruction. In the last five years, 42% of the area have been hit by drought, 21% by frost, 47% by fires, 41% by landslides, 39% by crop diseases and 3% by floods.



World Vision aims to help prevent families from losing everything to climate change and its effects by:

  • Equipping farmers with climate-resilient technologies and techniques

  • Providing sustainable inputs like climate-resistant seeds

  • Facilitating and forming emergency and contingency plans

  • Strengthening early warning systems in the community

  • Empowering children to be resilient to disasters through education in schools

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Parts of East Africa and the Horn of Africa have been most threatened by El Nino and climate change. Desertification, flooding, and prolonged dry spells leave countless of impoverished people even more vulnerable.


In Kenya, people have had to withstand consecutive droughts and floods over the last few years. With El Nino, bad droughts are often followed almost immediately by flash flooding. Families then struggle with no harvests, no food, and the risks of having their water contaminated, and homes washed away.



In Turkana, Kenya, World Vision is bracing families against the next El Nino wave by:

  1. Restoring water systems and securing water supplies

  2. Supporting families before the next disaster with garden kits as well as seeds and seedlings for quicker harvests 

  3. Training mothers and caregivers on avoiding child malnutrition even with lower food supplies

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Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

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