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The Survival Fund



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. 


Sindhuli Flood Response

This year, the monsoon season, which traditionally lasts from June–September, started on 11 July 2019. Heavy monsoon rains have resulted in floods and landslides in 32 districts across the country. Specifically, a total of 222 landslides was recorded throughout the country from 1 July 2019 to 1 August 2019, with Udaypur and Sindhuli being two of the most affected districts.

The Ministry of Home affairs has confirmed that 117 have died, 38 people are missing, and 80 have been injured. Furthermore, according to a report published by UNICEF on 2nd August 2019, over 413,572 people have been affected, of which 59,565 are children. Along with the large loss of life, significant damage to assets, housing, water and sanitation infrastructure, food stocks, crops and livestock have been reported. 


In coordination with the respective District Disaster Management Committees and Local Disaster Management committees, World Vision has distributed a total of 1,114 non-food item kits in the affected districts as well as provided 132 households with food rations. In Sindhuli, the following items were distributed to date:

  • 10 food packs

  • 10 water and sanitation kits, including buckets, mugs, water filter, and jerry cans

  • 97 hygiene kits, including towels, soaps, toothbrush, toothpastes, and female sanitary items

  • 48 dignity kits, including undergarments, soap, slippers, sanitary napkins, and torch lights

  • 128 student kits, including school bags, pencils, erasers, and sharpeners


Flood waters have receded in most areas, and following repair works major highways are operational.  However, needs remain and the medium-term focus in other sectors is on recovery.

To this end, rebuilding projects and livelihood interventions are in the pipeline, including:

  • Facilitating debris clearing of irrigation canals, culverts and roads through cash for work

  • Repairing and reconstructing irrigation system, access to culverts and roads, market centre, school buildings, and health posts

  • Providing flood-affected farmers with seeds so that they can continue the farming after the clearance of waste of flood is done in the farms or in their kitchen gardens

  • Providing flood-affected families with livestock so provide alternative sources of income and improve their livelihoods

  • Conducting technical trainings for farmers on improved livestock raising and vegetable farming techniques

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W030-0477-001With no food for herself, Jaheda found it difficult to adequately breastfeed her baby. “Day by day she was getting tinier,” says the 30-year-old mother. “People were telling me, ‘Your daughter will not live.’” It was a dark time for Jaheda. “I thought, ‘Oh my God. Am I going to lose my baby?’”

Soon, Jeheda discovered a treatment centre in the camp through the help of a World Vision-trained community facilitator. There, she learnt how to prepare a mixture of Super Cereal and ready-to-use Plumpy’Sup – a combination of high-energy food packed with vitamins and complements breastfeeding – for Minara’s meals.

Today, five months and 10 visits later, Minara is a different child—happy, healthy, and playful. And Jaheda, who once feared her daughter would not survive, now has a new and fervent prayer. She wants to live to see her daughter grow up.

When violence broke out in Rakhine State, Myanmar, in August 2017, hundreds of thousands fled their burning villages and the strife which arose, in desperate search for safety. Many of those who fled identify as Rohingya, and close to 80% were women and children. Today, nearly 1 million Rohingya are still waiting for justice and a say about their future, and are struggling for safety and dignity in Bangladesh as refugees. On 22 August 2019, a second attempt at repatriating Rohingya refugees failed. Many long to return but fear the continuing violence and persecution back home.

"Rohingya children still struggle with painful memories and face an uncertain future," says Rachel Wolff, Response Director for World Vision Bangladesh. "It's our duty to protect these young refugees from any further physical harm, but we must also defend their rights, both in Bangladesh and in Myanmar. This means ensuring that they can return home in a safe, voluntary and dignified manner when conditions are conducive.” To this end, we need to continue to provide the basics which the children depend on for their survival.


The influx of Rohingya refugees into Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh has put an enormous strain on existing services in these areas, affecting the ability of both host and refugee communities to access health and nutrition services. Moreover, there are a high proportion of pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of 5 years among new arrivals, many of whom are anemic. Surveys have revealed that 15% of children aged 6-59 months have acute malnutrition which exceeds WHO emergency thresholds and less than 1 in 6 children are achieving a minimum dietary diversity.

To this end, World Vision is helping to:

  • Provide pregnant and lactating mothers and children with diversified nutritious food support through fresh food vouchers and community kitchens

  • Provide support post-natal and baby kits to new born/infants for their care, growth, and protection

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"We had everything there and here we have very little,” says their Venezuelan mom who fled two months ago due to the hunger, lack of opportunities and insecurity present in Venezuela. She arrived with just two bags at the Talento sector, an illegal settlement in Cúcuta. Thanks to World Vision, they had the opportunity to access food vouchers that offer them the possibility of acquiring a basic basket of food. 

"With the voucher we were able to buy oats for our children, cereals, milk and a few other products. Thank you very much for this help you’re giving us, because this way, our children can have our basic daily meals,” says another grateful mother. 

Latin America’s largest migration from Venezuela to Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Peru is ongoing, with more than 1.25 million people settling in Colombia alone. Venezuela is in crisis. The economy has collapsed, and an uprising of political opposition to President Nicolas Maduro has put the country’s leadership in question. Driven by hyperinflation, violence, and food and medicine shortages stemming from recent years of political turmoil, about 3.4 million Venezuelans — 5,000 per day in 2018 — have left the country seeking food, work, and a future.

Once-eradicated diseases like cholera and malaria have returned, and children increasingly are dying of causes related to hunger and malnutrition. According to a UNHCR February 2019 assessment, for Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Colombia, only 17.2% have access to food; 15.4% have access to health.

Children are among the most vulnerable in this crisis. As food stocks dwindle, they are at greater risk of hunger and death. And they face greater danger of exploitation and harm while in transit with their fleeing families. Girls often face gender-based violence and greater risk of trafficking.

Key challenges include
• Hyperinflation in Venezuela
• Cholera and malaria have returned
• Lack of food and medicine
• Risk of trafficking


World Vision is working to help 300,000 migrants, of which 131,000 are children in Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.
• Brazil: Run Child Friendly Spaces so that migrant children in difficult living conditions have a place to play, learn and receive psychosocial care, and facilitate registration for official documents
• Colombia: Provide healthcare, food, economic empowerment and educational programming, as well as run Child Friendly Spaces
• Ecuador: Distribute hygiene kits and conduct workshops in child protection and economic empowerment
• Peru: Equip families with healthcare, hygiene, food services and pre-paid cash cards so they can cover their basic needs upon arrival

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30-year-old Phaivanh is a single mom with two children. Sharing her experience during the flood, she says, "I received a phone called from my cousin in another village. They told me to move out from the village quickly because the floodwater was coming to my village. Within minutes the water arrived at our village. I didn’t know what to do, I just climbed up to my neighbour house’s roof and stayed there night then I was rescued at 10:30am the next day. I was very scared, but I am lucky that my children survived because of my older sister helped me. Thank you very much for the relief hygiene kit. I am very happy to receive this support."

In late July - early August 2018, tropical storm Son-Tinh devastated Laos and caused massive flooding across Northern, Central and Southern Lao PDR. The situation escalated with the incident at the Xepien-Xenamnoy Hydropower dam construction in Attapeu Province, causing flash-floods affecting the villages downstream. It was the worst flood in a ten years. 268,000 people were estimated to have been affected, 49 people lost their lives, 1,658 houses were destroyed, and 66,000 hectares of land was damaged. In total, 17 provinces were badly affected, with Khammoun province being the most affected province, after Attapeu Province which was featured extensively in the media.


World Vision was one of the first international organisation to start relief distribution of tents, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, blankets, water, and rice. To date, water and food interventions have been provided for the survival and recovery of affected populations. A total of 1,796 people flood-affected villagers were supported, including 771 children.



To ensure the recovery of the affected families and communities, World Vision continues to engage in disaster recovery in Laos. To this end, rebuilding of schools in Savannakhet and Khammoune are in the pipeline.

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Click on these situational reports for the latest disaster updates.

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