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.
Nov 23, 2016

Mobile Clinics are making an impact on rural families - October

World Vision in partnership with Ford Motor Company and the Ministry of Health, provides mobile health clinics in two large regions in the remote Eastern Cape province. Mobile health clinics provide:

  • Immunizations
  • Treatment for minor ailments (e.g. antibiotics)
  • Maternal & child health interventions, such as pre- and postnatal care, health and nutrition monitoring for children under 5
  • Medication, including for chronic conditions such as Diabetes and HIV/AIDS
  • Elderly care
  • Health and nutrition education
  • Referral of more complex cases

In October, World Vision and the Ministry of Health were able to provide an additional 314 people (112 children, 156 women and 47 men) with access to health services in the Umzimvubu community.

In the Umzimvubu Area Development Program there are 32 scattered villages and people have to walk great distances to attend a standard clinic available to them once every 3 months. One village is 10 miles from the local clinic and so villagers had to walk 20 miles to attend.The terrain is rough and wild, exposing many to assault and inclement weather conditions.

With the new mobile clinics medical staff were able to provide health services in 5 locations in the month of October alone.

We seek to continue improving access to health services for these remote villages in 2017.

World Vision is grateful for your support, thank you!

Waiting in line for an HIV test
Waiting in line for an HIV test
A nurse tracks a child
A nurse tracks a child's growth
Oct 26, 2016

World Vision distributes to those in need

Last week World Vision staff traveled to Saint-Louis in South (Sud) department to distribute hundreds of emergency relief supplies to families impacted by Hurricane Matthew.


South department is one of the hardest hit areas of the country. In addition to the direct damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, there is widespread concern that outbreaks of water- and mosquito-borne diseases, such as cholera and Zika, will be exacerbated by standing floodwaters if cleanup and recovery are not done promptly and effectively. Food security also is a primary concern; as initial assessments show total destruction of much of the country’s croplands.
As part of our initial three month emergency relief plan, World Vision distributed 800 kits which included:

• Tarps
• Blankets and bedding
• Multipurpose Solar Panels
• Mosquito Nets
• Water purification tablets & filters

John Hasse, National Director of World Vision Haiti, says “So far World Vision has already distributed supplies to approximately 15,000 people –including along the Southwest peninsula, La Gonave, and storm-affected areas of Port-au-Prince. This first phase is about meeting people’s immediate needs – getting them water purification tablets and hygiene kits to prevent waterborne disease, providing food, and getting them tarps and blankets to keep them out of the weather. As we continue to meet these immediate needs, we’re also beginning to plan and think about the medium and long term and how we can help.”


World Vision has been present in Haiti for 38 years working through 19 area development programs in a variety of sectors. World Vision Haiti currently has 400 staff members, 200 of whom have been mobilized to respond to Hurricane Matthew.

Sep 19, 2016

Childhood Lost & Found

Centers help Jouri (center) and her friends
Centers help Jouri (center) and her friends

Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are haunted by their losses. But those who attend Child-Friendly Spaces have a chance to heal and reclaim their childhood.

About a dozen children talk excitedly and pick out drawing supplies for their next activity when 11-year-old Jouri’s voice rings out above the hubbub. Her song of a refugee’s solidarity with those left in Syria is as current as the daily news:

Classmates and teachers stop their chatting and surround her. They beat time to the rap-like rhythm and join in loudly on the chorus in Arabic.  

The teachers, called “animators,” at the World Vision Child-Friendly Space (CFS) can only marvel at Jouri’s confidence and composure. When Jouri first joined the CFS, she was fragile: quiet, withdrawn, and often close to tears, says Huda, one of the animators.

“We realized she could read well, and with emotion, and was able to tell stories,” Huda says. Jouri was named the class storyteller, a position she takes seriously. Now she participates in all activities with pleasure, especially storytelling, reciting poetry, and singing.

 Her transformation seems near-miraculous.

 At first glance, a Child-Friendly Space might seem like any kids’ activity center. On the walls there are brightly colored construction paper cutouts of circles, squares, birds, butterflies, and flowers. The air is alive with songs and laughter. But here in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, just 30 miles from Damascus, Syria, the thud of bombs can be heard even closer. The warm and welcoming Child-Friendly Spaces and people who staff them provide an oasis in the bleak lives of thousands of Syrian refugee children.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • One out of every four people living in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee. (Source: U.N.)
  • The number of children not receiving education due to the conflict in Syria totals about 2.8 million—more than if every child under 18 in Pennsylvania was out of school.
  • Almost a third of the 2.3 million Syrian refugee children in the Middle East are not enrolled in any form of education, and within Syria, more than 2.1 million aren’t in school.

During 2015, World Vision assisted more than 12,000 children in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq with child protection and education programs. In Lebanon, those services include not just Child-Friendly Spaces, but also early childhood education for ages 3 to 6, digital hubs for computer learning, early childhood development classes for parents, and outreach for children and families with psychosocial needs.

Animators go to tent camps and neighborhoods where refugees live in unfinished buildings, registering children for an upcoming three-month term at the center. Once the children arrive, the animators start the hard work of helping them identify and understand their feelings.

As the class storyteller, Jouri draws on a deep well of emotion she had previously bottled up.

Sitting in their living room, Jouri begins her family’s story by saying, “When I was a child … ” Her mother and grandmother listen as she recounts fleeing from town to town; the time a blast from a car bomb destroyed the balcony and blew out the doors of a house where they were staying; and how her uncle, who brought them to Lebanon, died after he returned to Syria.

Those horrific experiences would be enough to shake anyone’s confidence. Jouri is haunted by a sense of loss and longing, her mom, Haisha, says. Jouri’s father has been missing in Syria for most of the three years since the family came to Lebanon. When last seen, he was wounded. Jouri doesn’t know whether he’s dead or alive.  

EXERCISING EMOTIONS

If there’s any hope for a healthy future for children who’ve suffered loss and displacement because of the Syrian civil war, learning to identify, express, and manage emotions is critical, says Alison Schafer, a World Vision specialist in mental health and psychosocial support.

“One part of the curriculum in Child-Friendly Spaces helps children to identify heroes in their lives who can inspire them to develop coping and problem-solving skills,” Alison says. “The children are strengthened by warm, supportive relationships with their peers and caring adults.”

Ahmad, an animator with Jouri’s group, is the picture of caring. “How do you feel today?” he asks the children standing with him in a circle. They’ve just played a series of exercise games to warm up and start the day.

Ahmad turns the dial on a handmade “mood wheel” to reveal pictures of different facial expressions. One by one the children call out how they feel and why.

“Happy! I’m happy to be here with my friends,” says one girl. “Sad,” says another, “because we heard bad news from Syria.” As Ahmad turns the wheel, the children name other emotions from the facial expressions pictured.

Ahmad and the other animators give the children opportunities to recognize and express feelings and to understand that feelings come and go. “We don’t ask about the things that trouble them,” says Bassima, the children’s center supervisor. “We are here to support and encourage them.”

Parents as well as teachers can participate in World Vision training on positive discipline, which teaches them to recognize their children’s challenges and help them solve problems. “This approach builds a child’s self esteem and belief that they can take care of themselves,” says Elika Dadestan, World Vision’s interim global education in emergencies specialist.

“If we are sad, [the animators] make us feel better,” says Jouri. “Before the center, I didn’t have courage, but now I do.”

Over 365,000 refugees call Bekaa Valley home
Over 365,000 refugees call Bekaa Valley home
 
   

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