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.
Apr 7, 2015

Snapshot of World Vision's WASH Work in Zambia

Project Update
Project Update

Thanks to your generous support of the Zambia Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Program, we are excited to report that Makungwa Area Development Program (ADP) reached universal coverage in fiscal year 2014. This means that 95 percent of all people within the ADP have access to safe water within a 30-minute or less collection time. This accomplishment is significant in that it signals a shift in the way World Vision is providing clean water. We are now getting the job done by providing universal access in village after village, and ADP after ADP, until everyone in the areas in which we work has access to clean water that lasts.

In FY14, World Vision provided water to everyone in more than 400 villages in Zambia, serving more than twice the number of people reached in FY13. Two additional ADPs—Kapululwe and Twachiyanda—plan to reach universal coverage in FY15. This effort will continue in subsequent years until all Zambia ADPs attain full water supply coverage.

Examples of partnerships this fiscal year included:

• Society For Family Health provided liquid chlorine to treat water at the household level to make it safe to drink. Th is helped reduce diarrhea cases in communities that lack safe water sources.

• International Development Enterprise (IDE) helped introduce the Kit Yamoyo, a kit for first aid treatment of diarrhea at the household level. Community members can buy the kit from local retailers. World Vision worked with IDE to train communities on good hygiene benefi ts and practices (handwashing, dishwashing, food storage, and safe water transport and storage), sanitation benefi ts and technologies, and solid-waste management.

• People’s Action Forum, a member of the district WASH committee, helped World Vision train 16 communities in pump maintenance and repair and in reactivating user-fee contributions among community members.

 

THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF WASH

WASH provision is having a great impact in schools and health clinics. For example, after the rehabilitation and subsequent mechanization of boreholes around the Moyo community rural health center, which serves more than 7,000 people, diarrhea cases dropped 70 percent (from 1,200 cases in 2010 to 356 in 2014). This was a result of improved hygiene due to the availability of clean water.

In 2013, World Vision mechanized a borehole in Chovwe in the Musele ADP, which resulted in the following improvements:

• The health center registered an increase in the number of newborn deliveries, from 27 in FY12 to 156 in FY14—

which may be a result of having safe water available in the maternity ward.

• The number of people accessing healthcare services nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014.

• Household gardens in the area (such as the one at left) increased from two in FY13 to 19 in FY14, and income from vegetable sales increased tenfold from $63 to $683.

• Students missing school due to WASH-related illnesses decreased from 18 percent in 2013 to 7 percent in 2014.

• The water committee now has $1,079 in its fund, a good indication that the system can be maintained.

• After the mechanization, the Kalumbila mine rehabilitated the Chovwe clinic and installed a new sewer system. A new maternal and child health clinic is under construction, and a staff house has been built at the clinic.

Irene and her daughter using the new borehole
Irene and her daughter using the new borehole

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Feb 10, 2015

1-Year On Typhoon Haiyan Recovery & Rebuilding

Twelve months on, more than 1 million people have received humanitarian assistance, including 473,000 children, as part of World Vision’s Typhoon Haiyan disaster response. In the immediate days and weeks after the disaster, World Vision staff delivered emergency assistance to 789,816 people, with items such as food, shelter materials, kitchen and hygiene kits, cash, blankets, mosquito nets, and sleeping mats. In the ensuing months, as work transitioned from the relief to recovery, 321,403 people received help rebuilding homes and livelihoods. 

As the Recovery Phase wound down, the focus shifted to sustainable rehabilitation efforts, which will last at least through December 2015. The Rehabilitation Phase will continue a strong focus on livelihood recovery activities—especially those that will help address needs in shelter, education, water, sanitation, and hygiene. Rehabilitation activities also will provide durable and resilient housing for vulnerable families that required resettlement from zones deemed by the government as too dangerous to occupy. 

World Vision is grateful for your compassionate partnership. Support from donors like you continues to have an enormous impact on thousands of people around the world, alleviating needless suffering and giving hope to children and their families who have been affected by tragedy. 

Thank you for joining us in the effort to demonstrate that survivors of this typhoon were not alone in their time of need!

Program Updates: One Year ON

  • More than 1,005,000 people have been reached to date, in the relief and recovery phases; of this total number, around 473,000 were children
  • More than 85,700 people have benefited from cash-for-work programmes
  • 57,390 people have benefited from temporary shelter kits
  • Almost 2,500 of the most vulnerable have new homes constructed – this is 3% of the total population of WV operational areas
  • 21,250 people have benefited from livelihoods, including livestock distribution, training for alternative livelihoods, business start-up toolkits and community savings groups
  • 47,500 people have benefited from hygiene promotion and community led sanitation initiatives
  • 59,000 people have benefited from health interventions, including: tools and medical supplies at local health facilities in the area of nutritional assessment; replacement equipment for obstetric and maternal care at health facilities, and extensive repair and reconstruction work to health centres and stations.
Rebuilding health center in Ormoc
Rebuilding health center in Ormoc

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Dec 9, 2014

One year after Typhoon Haiyan

One year after Typhoon Haiyan — one of the strongest typhoons on record — hit the Philippines, World Vision has exceeded its targets and reached more than 1 million people with humanitarian assistance, including 473,000 children.

Nearly 2,500 new homes for vulnerable families

As part of World Vision’s response, almost 2,500 new homes have been constructed to rehouse the most vulnerable families.

Rosemarie, 37, held back tears when told that she would be among those to benefit from a brand-new house.

“I couldn’t believe what I heard,” she said.

The single mother of two has struggled to survive by washing laundry after her home and small shop were flattened in the storm.

Grandmother Erlinda was similarly overjoyed to step into a new home. “I am excited because I can provide a good place for my grandchildren,” she said.

Comprehensive response to restore livelihoods

In addition to shelter, World Vision’s relief response has included the supply of food, medical supplies, sanitation, hygiene kits, and assistance to restore livelihoods.

Cash-for-work programs have assisted more than 85,000 people, and more than 21,000 have benefited from ongoing livelihoods programs, which include:

  • Distribution of livestock
  • Skills training
  • Provision of business start-up toolkits
  • The establishment of community savings groups

At least 59,000 people have benefited from repair and reconstruction of health centers, provision of obstetric and maternal care facilities, and the provision of medical supplies.

Continued recovery efforts and preparing for the next disaster

World Vision response director Andrew Rosauer said that despite great progress, there is still much to be done. World Vision’s rehabilitation efforts are expected to continue for another two years, focusing on survivors who still need better shelter and jobs.

“There are still many challenges ahead as we work with the communities to restore livelihoods and increase resilience to prepare for the next disaster,” Rosauer said.

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, killing at least 6,300 people and causing widespread devastation in some of the poorest parts of the country. At times, wind speeds exceeded 190 miles per hour.

More than 4 million people were displaced, and more than 1 million homes were damaged or destroyed.

 

December 8, 2015

World Vision providing aid in storm-tossed Philippines

The day after Typhoon Hagupit stormed through Tacloban City in the central Philippines, World Vision distributed hygiene kits and water to 2,000 families in three evacuation camps.

The storm first made landfall on nearby Samar Island late on December 6.

Jennifer MacCann, World Vision’s operations director for the typhoon response, says she expects the relief team to address urgent needs of families in shelters over the next few days.

“World Vision will focus on helping the most vulnerable families, who will likely stay in the camps for a week or so while they are fixing their houses again,” she says.

Fatima Luza, 54, a single mother, says she lost her house, which was barely rebuilt after last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, along with the small roadside eatery she had started. “But I am still thankful that we were all safe,” she says.

World Vision expects to help 55,000 people affected by the storm, depending on reports to come from assessment teams.

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