Apr 30, 2020

World Vision's Global Water 2019 Report

Our work has been impacted as COVID-19 has forced countries to implement lock downs and restrict movement. World Vision is responding to COVID-19 with a global response providing hand-washing and other safety messaging, supporting health systems and workers with protective equipment, and supporting children impacted by COVID-19 through education, child protection, food security, and livelihoods. For more information check out our GlobalGiving COVID-19 project: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/coronavirus-outbreak-world-visions-response/

We are pleased to share our 2019 results on World Vision’s Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Program. It’s been a year of tremendous impact for the most vulnerable, and we continue to learn and improve our efforts to ensure quality and sustainability. World Vision exceeded our yearly targets by reaching 3.4 million people with sustainable clean water, 2.6 million people with household sanitation, and 4.3 million people with hygiene behavior change promotion efforts. We also reached an additional 900,000 people with clean water during emergency situations.

World Vision is committed to reach everyone, everywhere we work with clean water by 2030, and we are on track to achieve our interim goal of reaching 20 million people with clean water between 2016 and 2020, having reached 16.1 million people in the first four years of our commitment. These commitments and our progress toward achieving them would not be possible without the support of our donors and partners.

During this reporting period, World Vision made a new commitment to reach 800 rural healthcare facilities with WASH services between 2019 and 2021, reaching nearly 7.2 million people who will use those facilities. This work is critical to ensuring a positive birthing experience for mothers and newborns, reducing healthcare-associated infections, and addressing antimicrobial resistance. It’s saving lives. World Vision’s leadership in both implementation and advocacy has played a significant role in bringing more resources to this effort. After just one year, we are ahead of schedule, reaching 399 healthcare facilities with clean water.


3.4 MILLION PEOPLE provided with access to clean drinking water

2.6 MILLION PEOPLE gained access to improved household sanitation

4.3 MILLION PEOPLE reached with hygiene behavior-change programming

  • 469,983 sanitation facilities built
  • 39,775 water points built
  • 490,087 hand-washing facilities built
  • 5,582 WASH committees formed


Impact story - WASH UP! A partnership that’s growing up with its audience

Abigail Bucuvalas, Senior Director, Education Programs, International Social Impact, Sesame Workshop

Five years ago, Sesame Workshop and World Vision launched their partnership with the vision of establishing a school-based educational program about water, sanitation, and hygiene in at least 100 schools in 15 countries by 2020. At the end of 2019, we’re quite close to achieving our goal, with WASH UP!, currently reaching children in schools in Afghanistan, Ghana, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. India just began its pilot in 25 schools, and conversations are underway for implementation in Kenya and Mozambique.

Sesame and World Vision partner together and complement each other in a unique way. We both believe young children are benefiting from the combination of our commitment to meaningful program outcomes, as well as our respective organizational strengths. WASH UP! is expanding geographically, capturing lessons learned and using these lessons to inform the development of new content for each new context.

The program also has been adapted to incorporate related topic areas, such as disability-inclusive WASH and neglected tropical diseases in West Africa, and social-emotional learning in the Syrian response region. The original program and these expansions have reached children ages 5 to 9 years old and their educators, most often through public primary schools.

Over the past two years, with generous support from Dubai Cares, Sesame and World Vision have leveraged the WASH UP! partnership to create Girl Talk, a menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and puberty education program for girls and boys ages 10 to 14 years old in rural Zimbabwe. This program enables WASH UP! graduates to continue their Sesame Muppet-hosted learning experiences as they grow and encounter new challenges, helping to address the enormous impact of the onset of menstruation on adolescent girls’ ability to continue participating fully in school. The program is implemented in World Vision-supported public schools and aims to improve participating children’s knowledge about puberty and menstruation, attitudes about menstruation, and self-reported behaviors related to MHM.

We are thankful to our donors for being part of this journey with us. Together, we are transforming millions of lives.


COVID-19 - poses a dire threat to vulnerable people in developing countries

 The virus is a greater threat to the already vulnerable, and sub-Saharan Africa has a heavy burden of HIV and AIDS, malnutrition, and malaria, as well as diseases like tuberculosis and pneumonia that similarly attack the pulmonary system.

The health care system is already weak and inadequate with a low number of ICU beds. For example, prior to the pandemic, Kenya had 50, Uganda 42, Rwanda 32, and Liberia none.

Refugee camps put people at high risk of the virus because of overcrowded and often unhygienic living conditions and lack of access to medical care. This is a concern for millions of refugees in Africa as well as refugees from Syria and Myanmar.

• Because people are living in extreme poverty, there is no economic resiliency and even short lapses in work because of shutdown or illness will mean people will not have income for essentials like food.

• In areas where World Vision works, only half of healthcare facilities have water and only 16% have even basic hand-washing facilities with soap and water.

• This pandemic will disproportionately impact women; 7 of 10 frontline healthcare workers are women, and there is evidence of increased violence to women during epidemics (WHO).

• The necessary steps to prevent the spread and respond to the pandemic are similar to the U.S., with the most urgent needs being to educate and protect frontline healthcare workers and educate communities on prevention.

What is World Vision doing?

World Vision’s expertise in the prevention of the spread of infectious disease has never been more relevant than during this pandemic. One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus is to ensure that people have a way to wash their hands —and understand why it’s so critical. And of course, it’s difficult to wash your hands effectively without clean water.

World Vision is a leader in educating people on handwashing and reaches one new person with hygiene promotion every 10 seconds. In 2019 alone, we reached 4.3 million people with hand washing education and facilitated the building of nearly half a million hand-washing facilities. In the last four years, we reached a total of 16.5 million people with handwashing education. We have trusted partners including Sesame Street to make these efforts effective.

With our global operations, expertise, massive footprint, and long-term relationships   withcommunities, faith leaders, and partners – we’re already responding to COVID-19 in more than 70 countries.

Our 4 objectives are:

  • Scale up preventive measures to limit the spread of disease
  • Support health systems and workers
  • Support children impacted by COVID-19 through education, child protection, food security, and livelihoods
  • Collaborate and advocate to ensure vulnerable children are protected

For more information check out our GlobalGiving COVID-19 project: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/coronavirus-outbreak-world-visions-response/

WASH UP! education mat game
WASH UP! education mat game
Girls receive menstrual hygiene products
Girls receive menstrual hygiene products
Apr 30, 2020

Africa Response > April 29th

Africa Region > COVID-19 response update

World Vision is concerned about the impact that the COVID-19 health crisis will have on the poorest and most vulnerable, and the risk it poses to already stretched basic social services and pre-existing high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. This is especially the case amongst refugee and internally displaced populations.

We are active on the ground and scaling up our prevention and response work across Africa, including in fragile contexts. The coronavirus response comes on top of climate change effects such as recurrent drought, torrential floods and locust invasions – all destroying crops and livelihoods. Response work includes preventing loss of progress made towards the global Sustainable Development Goals.

World Vision urges the world to focus on the most vulnerable children, especially those living in communities with low access or weak health systems, and those already battling conditions such as tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS. They must not be left behind and funding for COVID-19 resources must not be diverted from their treatment, care and support.


Country update - SOUTH SUDAN

In South Sudan,World Vision has:

  • Reached 23,115 people with preventative behavior messaging.
  • Printed and distributed 2,416 information education and communications materials.
  • Distributed 136 handwashing supplies to the offices and 3,100 handwashing supplies to internally displaced persons’ camps.
  • Established 606 handwashing stations at critical points in internally displaced persons’ camps, food distribution points and market places.
  • Trained and supported 171 community health workers to provide community-based services.
  • Improved water, sanitation and hygiene services in 48 health care facilities using the World Health Organisation (WHO) tool.
  • Distributed 197,189 cash and vouchers, reaching 6,614 households. A total of 35,301 households received food.
  • Reached 3,182 children, women and other survivors through registration and care.
  • Partnered with the Episcopal Church and the Scripture Union of South Sudan on a COVID-19 awareness creation campaign. Operational zones are involving faith leaders in disseminating prevention measures.
  • Printed and distributed 100 pieces of large congregational banners through South Sudan Council of Churches.

For details on our impact in other African countries, please see the attached report.


529 health workers and faith leaders join World Vision’s campaign against COVID-19 in South Sudan

“It seemed a distant reality at first, but now COVID-19’s impact is felt in South Sudan’s communities. After the declaration of cases in the country and news from surrounding countries that we share borders with reached the people, there is a deeper understanding of the pandemic’s threats”, says Enid, World Vision’s Zonal Program Manager in Western Equatoria Zone.

The operational zone managed from the capital town, Yambio, has trained 330 community health workers and 199 faith leaders who helped reached out to around 30,000 people. The team, with the support of health workers, has screened over 10,000 people with the use of infrared thermometers.

“The staff are constantly reminded of the prevention messages so they can share them with family members and neighbors. It must start with us”, adds Enid.

She further explains, “We realized that for the prevention to be more effective, it has to become a way of life for the people. The task force we organized tries harder to visually show people how infection can happen around them in their daily interactions. The team doing this must also fully understand the messages to be able to illustrate to people and answer questions.”

World Vision, being the lead in the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Prevention Program in the zone, has now taken the role of migrating the existing structure intended for EVD and adapt the infection, prevention and control process for the campaign against COVID-19.

All existing World Vision program teams in the area have worked together to display information materials and banners, established handwashing facilities during activities and key areas and imposed social distancing.

Working with nine points of entries (POE) in the state, some of which affiliated with health facilities), one isolation unit and six holding units, World Vision’s EVD response has screened over 1million people before it was discontinued for lack of cases and threat having been contained.

However, at the onset of COVID-19, 19 screening areas were established in health facilities in coordination with South Sudan’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Enid said there are still a lot of challenges ahead as the pandemic impacts communities. She says, “World Vision is very committed to doing the preparedness but it’s challenging to plan how to handle it on a large scale. The best thing is to get more people and groups to work with us for prevention messages to be disseminated all over the zone especially in remote areas. World Vision being on the ground with partners is better positioned to respond.”

She has noticed a lot of changes in people’s behavior and practices, which she considered very positive for the efforts that the teams are doing. “The people have started discussing COVID-19 in a very informed point of view and many are aware of the need for prevention considering the inadequate health facilities to handle an outbreak. Generally, handshake, which is culturally entrenched in communities, has stopped”, Enid explains.

In one of the meetings facilitated by World Vision, one faith leader Pastor Emmanuel of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, describing the pandemic says, “Ebola was a child, COVID-19 is an adult”. This showed how much people have now understood the gravity of the situation. The Western Equatoria State has a land area of 79,342.66 km and is divided into 10 counties with an estimated 1.6 million population.

Apr 29, 2020

Women's Economic Empowerment 2019 Report

Our work has been impacted as COVID-19 has forced countries to implement lock downs and restrict movement. World Vision is responding to COVID-19 with a global response providing hand-washing and other safety messaging, supporting health systems and workers with protective equipment, and supporting children impacted by COVID-19 through education, child protection, food security, and livelihoods. For more information check out our GlobalGiving COVID-19 project: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/coronavirus-outbreak-world-visions-response/



Women in developing countries, especially those living in rural areas, often encounter gender-specific obstacles to economic mobility— such as lack of access to financial services and imbalances in family caregiving—that prevent them and their communities from flourishing.

The Women’s Empowerment Fund (WEF) aims to build the resilience of women and their families, improve gender equality, and support the development of livelihoods by providing vulnerable women increased access to high-quality financial services and education.

The first phase of this two-phase project focused on growing loan capital for women entrepreneurs to invest in small businesses and farms. Phase 2 launched in FY19 with the goal of strengthening services to women by linking them to savings groups, offering insurance products specifically for women, and expanding women’s financial training.

Recent research measuring the holistic impact of microloans through VisionFund Armenia found that a single loan frequently creates a raft of additional benefits for women and their children in the form of better nutrition, health, housing, access to education—even family cohesion and spiritual well-being. In a March survey conducted by VisionFund Myanmar, 99% of respondents likewise reported that receiving a loan provided at least one benefit to their children, while 73% reported three or more benefits.

In FY19, the WEF provided loan capital and expanded service areas in Armenia, Honduras, Malawi, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.

Thank you for your commitment to empowering women.

Accomplishments during this reporting period at some of the MFIs in the fund included:

• In Armenia, an analysis of the WEF portfolio revealed that clients’ involvement in supply chain networks created indirect benefits for 651 women and 398 children, in addition to the 156 women and 468 children directly impacted by WEF loans.

• In Honduras, a loan offer was designed specifically for women, with a special focus on single mothers living in rural communities. Loans range from $25 to $650, and clients receive financial education as part of the funding package. In FY19, $122,079 in loans was disbursed to 108 women, all of whom have dependent children.

• In Malawi, new Savings Group Linkage Loans provided 19 savings groups and 331 clients—75% women—capital for improving their livelihoods.

• At the end of FY19, 86% of VisionFund Myanmar’s 190,000 clients were women. WEF loans also helped create 8,891 jobs in Myanmar between April and September 2019.

• In Sri Lanka, a leadership program was created for 33 current WEF clients and other enterprising women.


IMPACT STORY – Producer groups raise poultry and hope

Chickens are now a familiar sight in Mbuyuni village in Tanzania. But it wasn’t always that way. The introduction of poultry farming has transformed the community, providing income and food.

Mbuyuni village is largely composed of the Maasai people, who traditionally do not eat chickens or eggs. It was difficult to convince them chickens could be a source of income.

That was before savings groups were started in the village. They were supported by RECODA—a World Vision partner that helps savings and producer groups to engage in poultry, banana, and sweet potato value chains—to start raising Sasso chickens. The breed grows quickly and has good egg-laying capabilities.

The savings groups took on the additional role of poultry producer groups, starting with 300 day-old chicks in August 2017. They raised them for one month and then sold them.

Between then and 2019, the groups raised and sold 12 batches of 300 chicks to Mbuyuni community members. Members buy a chick for 54 cents and sell it for $2.24, for gross revenue of $510 per batch.

The groups invest part of their revenue in their savings groups for borrowing purposes and to earn interest.

Aside from working as a group, members individually raise chickens at home for income and food purposes.

“Almost every household owns at least 10 to 20 Sasso chickens,” said Angela, secretary of the Shengai poultry producer group, composed entirely of women. She is on her fifth batch of either one-day- or one-month-old chicks that are purchased from a private poultry company.

Group members support others in the community on improved poultry breeding with minimal support needed from extension officers or project facilitators.

“Chicken is our ‘bank’ these days, from where we draw money for our household needs as well as food,” said Shengai member Anna. “Our children are well nourished and healthy due to the chicken business.”

Farmer Mary feeds her chickens in her new coop
Farmer Mary feeds her chickens in her new coop

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