Providing Emergency Aid and Journeying with Survivors
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.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948. A currency devaluation following a 70% drop in foreign exchange reserves resulted in a heavy shortage of fuel, essential items, medicine, and soaring inflation. Headline inflation is estimated to be at 54.5% while food inflation is 80.1% as of 30 June 2022.
Sri Lanka’s rupee plunged into the world’s worst-performing currency in April. The economic crisis has also thrown the country into political instability and spiraled into massive protests by the public right across the country, condemning the government’s handling of the economic situation in the country.
Already, many children are not having all three meals a day and they are no longer able to have diversified food that can support their nutrition status. The National Nutrition Programme for school children has been suspended in more than 50% of the schools. Many children are also no longer able to go to school as no transport is available due to the fuel crisis or they can no longer afford schooling. The current situation is also expected to increase children’s experience in neglect, abuse, and domestic violence.
World Vision is focused on meeting the priority needs of the most vulnerable such as:
The situation in Ukraine is intensifying by the hour with media and social media testimonies speaking to a growing sense of panic and fear. More than 7.5 million children living in Ukraine are at grave risk from the sudden escalation in the conflict. The use of artillery, mortars, and military force puts children at risk of death, injury, trauma, disruption of access to education and basic services, forced displacement, and separation.
Many people In Ukraine will also be internally displaced, and others will be forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. Children are separated from their fathers as their fathers stay behind in Ukraine to fight for the country. Mothers who have been forced to flee their homes alone with their children without their husbands are afraid at the thought that they will probably have to care for their children alone, without their partners. Children are confused and in despair. Many are fearful and in tears.
World Vision is on the ground supporting refugees in Romania and is actively scaling up our response in accordance with the needs identified. You can help to:
If you and/or your organisation would like to crowdfund for World Vision’s Ukraine Emergency Response, please contact us at email@example.com or 6922 0100.
In December 2021, Typhoon Rai barreled into the southern and central coast of the Philippines. It was one of the strongest storms of 2021, bringing torrential rains, violent winds, landslides, and storm surges, making nine landfalls in seven provinces.
In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, World Vision provided emergency relief. However, in Bohol, where over 143,000 individuals were affected, with close to 10,000 persons displaced and 32,958 losing their homes, agriculture and fishing-related livelihood activities were also significantly impacted. Many of these families were already living below the poverty line with their economic reliance deteriorating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After Typhoon Rai, these children and their families are now more vulnerable than ever.
World Vision is helping these populations affected by Typhoon Rai to build back better. This 1-year project will provide financial services including credit, insurance, and financial literacy to restore and rebuild their livelihoods. Help families boost their income so they can have food to eat as well as quality house supplies before yet another disaster takes more lives.
Extreme hunger. Drought. Conflict. These are the deadly forces that children and families throughout East Africa are facing.
With the looming threat of famine in parts of East Africa, tens of thousands of children could starve to death because of food and water shortages. And now, an aggressive infestation of desert locusts is putting crops at risk – making an already desperate situation worse.
We face a race against time. According to UN reports and World Vision data, 108,000 people in East Africa are now living under the most urgent, catastrophic famine conditions, marked by critical acute malnutrition, starvation, destitution, and death. Another seven million people are just one step away from famine and 26 million more are on the verge of needing emergency food assistance.
World Vision intends to target 7.1 million people, including 3.4 million children, across the affected countries to mitigate the impact of the crisis. You can help save precious lives in Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya by providing emergency food, clean water, access to life-saving medical care, and more to children and families fighting for their lives.
The Philippines is susceptible to disasters like typhoons and flooding. However, the local farming community in North Cotabato holds a viable solution to these climate change issues—abaca. The abaca plant absorbs carbon dioxide and its water-holding capacity prevents soil erosion, landslides, and floods, protecting the local community from disasters. Additionally, abaca fibers can be used to make biodegradable products like textiles, bags, and more—reducing the (plastic) wastes produced by daily mankind activities.
Yet despite the benefits of Abaca farming, it is not without challenges at its grassroots level, specifically in perfecting its scale of production efforts. 44.8% (~606,000 people) of North Cotabato inhabitants live below the poverty line with 30% of the poorest residents relying on the Abaca industry for a credible livelihood source. The lack of production support for small-scale farmers causes planting issues such as abaca plant diseases, poor quality varieties, lack of quality control, and of nature, which bears socio-economic impact.
GROW RESILIENCE AND FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
World Vision aims to fight climate change and disasters by strengthening the Abaca value chain. Interventions included in this 2-year project include:
From January 2022, COVID-19 has spread out its effect all over Vietnam. Quan Son district is not an exception. From January, we witnessed a high number of people losing their jobs in the cities and returning to Quan Son as well as being laid off from local factories. Many of these affected individuals belong to families who were already struggling with poverty.
Quan Son is the second poorest district in Thanh Hoa province, 8.09% of its households were poor and 34.14% of them are near-poor. In comparison, Vietnam has an average of 2.75% poor households and 3.71% near-poor households. As the main income sources of people in Quan Son either come from their family members working in big cities, industrial zones or from their informal job in local factories, which produce products from bamboos, the loss of employment due to COVID-19 is increasing their vulnerability. Moreover, for those who work in trading/commerce, the social distancing restrictions have also caused their business to be closed for some months.
World Vision aims to support the Quan Son community in rebuilding livelihoods or starting new ventures to recover from COVID-19. This 3-year project will provide financial literacy training as well as provide the following loans:
Recovery loan: for those who are severely affected by COVID19
Multi-purpose loan/loan for poor and near-poor households: For those who switch their livelihood to Agriculture due to COVID-19 or lost jobs in the cities and return to Quan Son to start an agriculture activities
Top up loan: for those whose family members lost jobs and returned to the villages and they need to expand their current livelihood activities
ZAMBIA LIVELIHOOD RESILIENCE STRENGTHENING
In 2019, World Vision Singapore responded to the drought emergency in Zambia by providing immediate life-saving food and seeds to 700 households in targeted rural areas of Monze. During that period, the affected population was only marginally able to meet minimum food needs, only by depleting essential livelihood assets and through negative coping strategies such as reducing meal portion sizes, meal frequency and variety, leading to poor dietary diversity and possible nutritional deficiencies.
Since the drought to date, Zambia is still facing acute food insecurity, high chronic malnutrition, energy deficit, and livestock diseases.
World Vision aims to increase the resilience of the local community against persistent drought arising from climate impact. This project will assist smallholder farmers with interventions that will improve their productivity in dairy and small animal (goats and chickens) production, as well as create linkages to markets to enhance income. The project will also integrate smart agriculture technologies among its targeted farmers in order to enhance climate change preparedness and response.
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