On Thursday morning, World Vision completed a well-organized and calm distribution of food and hygiene kits in northern Cebu, benefiting 780 families, nearly 4,000 people.
This series of photos comes directly from our team on the ground in the Philippines, showing the smiles that this first distribution of relief supplies brought to the waiting survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
In the devastating wake of Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda), a small table in a cramped village hall serves as baby Patrick’s new home. Curled in a corner, baby Patrick is in a deep sleep, unaware of what just happened in his hometown.
When Teerasak's home in Thailand flooded, his world was turned upside-down. Now, at a World Vision Child-Friendly Space, he and 40 other children have found a place where they can learn, play, talk about their experiences, and simply be kids again.
After Typhoon Washi hit the Philippines in 2011, many communities began participating in World Vision's child-focused disaster risk reduction training.
Now, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, widely reported to be the strongest tropical cyclone in history, our prayers go out to the people of the Philippines, hoping that advance training and emergency plans will help mitigate the destruction left by this storm.
Aaron Aspi, communicator for World Vision in the Philippines, describes last summer's disaster risk-reduction training.
Today's post -- a letter and a song -- was written by a 10-year-old girl named Haya. She is a refugee from Syria.
Here's what she has to say.
Today begins the last week of #Dreamshare with a post from blogger Rachel Held Evans! Share your dreams at our Share My Dream website, use the hashtag #dreamshare on Twitter and Instagram, and if you're a blogger, add your own posts about Syria and sharing dreams with our link-up!
Rachel writes about the importance of home, and how -- while the Syrian refugees are forced away from theirs -- we can help make this separation more bearable.
When 21-year-old Waed’s contractions spurred her to leave home and see her midwife, she knew she was about to give birth to new life. She didn’t realize that she would also be saving her own. As she was delivering her baby girl, Muna, in a nearby building, a rocket fell on her house. It was destroyed.
This month, we’re focusing on the Syrian refugee crisis and connecting it to our global #Dreamshare campaign -- asking our friends and supporters to visit the campaign site and share their dreams for the future of Syria and its people and refugees.
Jonathan Lo with the social media team talks about the dreams that the refugee children of Syria have for their own futures…and why they need some real-life heroes.
Throughout the month of October, we're turning the spotlight on the Syrian refugee crisis. And we're connecting it to our global #Dreamshare campaign - asking our friends and supporters to visit our microsite and share their dreams for the future of Syria and its people and refugees.
Today, blogger Stephen Brewster shares his dream for the children of Syria: the chance to be creative.
Today, Meg tells the story of Yeman and Shamaa. As Syrian refugees living in Jordan, these best friends and next-door neighbors are getting a second chance at an education through World Vision's remedial program.
Raging floodwaters have cut off roads and destroyed bridges in Colorado, leaving more than 1,000 people in Boulder and 14 other counties stranded or unaccounted for. More than 14,500 people have evacuated and more than 600 remain unaccounted for.
Today, Meg writes a heart-breaking letter to Muna, a Syrian child who shares her same birthday, exploring all the things she doesn't know how to explain to this innocent little girl.
Betsy Baldwin, program management officer for World Vision's humanitarian and emergency affairs team, writes today about a recent trip to Lebanon. Visiting Syrian refugee children who had fled their homes, Betsy witnessed firsthand the effects of the trauma these children had been through. Here, she describes the heartbreaking stories she saw illustrated by these children's hands.
Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to recognize and honor the men and women around the world who risk their lives every day to help others.
World Vision writer and photographer Patricia Mouamar grew up in Lebanon during its civil war; now, as a humanitarian aid worker, she understands firsthand the trials faced by the refugees she is working to help.
World Vision Australia's social media manager, Joy Toose, spent a month reporting from Lebanon about the Syrian refugees who have sought shelter there from the violence at home. She wrote several amazing blogs for us from Lebanon, but I was curious to get her thoughts on the experience as a whole now that she's back home.
I wasn't disappointed. Check this out.
As I saw images from Moore, Oklahoma, flash across my screen in May, I was immediately brought back to similar scenes of devastation that took place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2011. I thought about how World Vision was just finishing up its disaster response to that deadly tornado, two years after it touched down.