World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God's unconditional love for all people. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
Mar 17, 2014

Hope and progress four months later

Temporary school
Temporary school

In the four months since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, World Vision has seen strong signs of hope and progress as we continue to help families recover and begin to rebuild their lives.

The typhoon — one of the strongest in recorded history — affected more than 14 million people. Children like 8-year-old Harvy saw their homes damaged or destroyed. "The wind was strong," he says. "The roof [was] blown away."

World Vision responded immediately, providing life-sustaining assistance to more than 680,000 people over the first 90 days. Harvy and his family were among those who received relief packs with food items, hygiene kits, and other essentials.

World Vision also established Child-Friendly Spaces to give children like Harvy a safe place to learn, play, and begin working through the stress of the disaster. The art he creates at the Child-Friendly Space helps Harvy express his emotions and gives him the chance to do something he enjoys. "Drawing helps me feel good," he says.

World Vision is encouraged to see children recovering and families beginning to rebuild. But the road ahead is a long one. That's why we're committed to partnering with families in the Philippines for years to come.

"We're now working toward helping families get back on their feet for the longer term," says World Vision's Haiyan response manager, Mike Weickert. That work includes equipping families with income-generating skills, helping them rebuild their homes, and repairing schools and health clinics.

World Vision Shelter Kit, 1 of 13,605 distributed
World Vision Shelter Kit, 1 of 13,605 distributed
Distribution of kitchen sets
Distribution of kitchen sets
Harvy expresses his emotions through art
Harvy expresses his emotions through art

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Dec 30, 2013

Aid done right

The promise of food makes for happy children
The promise of food makes for happy children

The tarpaulins come from Great Britain, the mosquito net from a neighboring island in the Philippines. Aid recipients load them onto covered motorcycle or wooden pushcarts to take them home. They pile on bags of beans, rice, and canned fish, jugs of drinking water, cooking pots, and soap — 165 pounds of goods.

By Dec. 20, World Vision had distributed relief items to provide assistance to nearly 250,000 people.

Leonel Ojales’s home in Old Kawayan, near Tacloban, was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8. Since then his family of five has cooked, eaten, and slept under the roof of their tiny kitchen.

The shelter kit, hygiene kits, food and non-food personal and household items received from World Vision will give his family enough stability for him to pursue work, he says. The tricycle he drove was destroyed in the storm and the local fishing industry isn’t operating. Leonel may have to go away from home to find work to support his family.

“To have impact in communities, we have to give everything we have,” says Adonis Casinillo, a manager for World Vision’s distribution in Tacloban. Don-don keeps up with a constant flow of trucks and goods going in and out of the Tacloban warehouse on their way to communities in Leyte and Samar provinces.  

Orchestrating aid delivery

As a relief provider, World Vision acts like an orchestra conductor, coordinating the actions of many players.

There’s logistics, harmonizing schedules of suppliers, vehicles and transport, warehouse staff, and volunteers who repack materials bought in bulk into kits. And there’s the human side: local governments provide lists of affected families, community leaders and volunteers help staff validate the lists and notify families about the distribution.

“We ask the community to help to verify names on our list of beneficiaries, to make sure no one is left off or duplicated,” says World Vision’s Lisa Branal, member of an advance team that located distribution sites in Ormoc.

Discrepancies often have to be sorted out at the distribution site, so it’s important for relief providers to have strong relations and good communication with local volunteers and community leaders.
 
At the Old Kawalan distribution, one family was listed twice, but in different members’ names. Two other families weren’t on the list, because they had left temporarily. Nelie Consebit, a World Vision monitoring and evaluation specialist ran a help desk during the distribution. She says, “It took a little work with the families and volunteers to straighten it out,” but in the end everyone was satisfied that the aid was provided fairly.
Luz Mendoza, response manager for Leyte and Samar, says sharing information with communities has helped to improve distributions. “In Ormoc (Leyte), people came very early, before goods arrived, so we had an orientation. When we told people what was in the kits, they clapped.”

“There was a lot of chatting after that,” she says, “and some people started walking away. ‘We’re going home to get more sacks,’ they said, ‘so all these things will be easier to carry.’”

'Random' distributions create dependency

Contrast a well-planned aid distribution with a “random” distribution, in which private citizens or civic groups load sacks of rice or other goods into their vehicles and distribute them along the roadsides where families are in need. As time goes by, these spontaneous distributions become expected. 

“People get conditioned to it, so that when a truck stops they expect to get something. They swarm the vehicle to get there first,” says Vince Mirioti, a World Vision logistics and security expert.

He says informal distributions don’t encourage sharing and recovery; instead they make recipients more dependent and competitive for aid. They can be dangerous, too, especially for children who rush into traffic to catch items tossed to them.

 Photo #1 : The promise of food makes for happy children at a World Vision food distribution to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. World Vision completed a well-organized and calm distribution of food and hygiene kits in northern Cebu, benefiting 780 families, nearly 4,000 people in mid-November.

 Photo #2 : With a long walk ahead of them through a mountainous area, the Formilo family carries relief goods they received at a World Vision distribution in Bingawan, Iloilo state, Philippines.

A long walk ahead
A long walk ahead
Merry Christmas & thank you!
Merry Christmas & thank you!
Nov 26, 2013

After Haiyan, a place where kids can be kids

World Vision launched its first Child-Friendly Spaces for Typhoon Haiyan survivors Nov. 20 in Tabugon, northern Cebu. At least 400 children played and took part in activities in tent spaces set up on the grounds of the Somosa Elementary School, which was badly damaged by the storm that hit the central Philippines Nov. 8. Teachers from Somosa Elementary School greeted their students at the Child-Friendly Space. World Vision trained the teachers to help students cope with the typhoon’s aftermath. 
 

“Some children have literally nothing left but the clothes on their back, and they are living in a devastated landscape which was once their home. Everything around them, including their safety network, disappeared when the typhoon hit," said Dr. Yvonne Duque, a health expert for World Vision in the Philippines. “Our immediate priority was to deliver food and water to families, and thousands of people have now received this. Now we need to urgently address children’s emotional needs, as well as ensure they’re protected. This is to provide safe areas to continue to provide some kind of normality amid this chaos.”

Janet Vera Cruz, 33, and Jehan, 3, attend the Child-Friendly Space for women and children held by World Vision. Jehan's birthday was the day of the typhoon. "Not only did World Vision give out food, but they gave us this place (Child-Friendly Space). It's very nice! Lots of kids enjoying it. I'm so thankful. Even though we've been through Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan), we're starting to recover," Janet says. 

 

 

In the coming weeks, World Vision intends to set up about 40 Child-Friendly Spaces in the hardest hit communities throughout central Philippines.

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