Disaster Relief

Why we’re going into Iraq

Why we’re going into Iraq | World Vision Blog

A little girl displaced by conflict in Iraq. (Photo: ©2014 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

1.8 million children, mothers, and fathers have been internally displaced because of the conflict in Iraq. World Vision has recently begun relief operations to help them.

"We are going into Iraq," writes Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U. S. "Difficult, challenging, and risky as it might be."

Why? Read more to find out.

Opening our hearts to the little children

Opening our hearts to the little children | World Vision Blog

Reflecting on the humanitarian crisis of vulnerable children along the U. S. border, Rich Stearns – president of World Vision U.S. – writes that, following Jesus, "the best solutions come from a compassionate heart."

Children suffer most in South Sudan

Children suffer most in South Sudan | World Vision Blog

As conflict ravages South Sudan, the nation’s children are bearing the brunt of the crisis: separated from their families, hungry and malnourished, not in school, and at risk of abuse and exploitation.

Michael Arunga, World Vision emergency communications advisor for Africa, looks back at the brief history of South Sudan and reflects on how this new nation came to its current situation.

World Vision brings children together

World Vision brings children together | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee children attend World Vision classes in Jordan. (Photo: 2013: Jon Warren/World Vision)

For World Refugee Day today, we're highlighting our Child-Friendly Spaces, which are helping Syrian refugee children play and smile again after the trauma they've been through.

Read about a small building tucked into a back street in downtown Irbid, Jordan, where World Vision is helping to bridge the gap between Syrian refugee children and vulnerable kids in Jordan.

The red leather shoes

The red leather shoes | World Vision Blog

A little boy uses an old soap container to collect water at a UN base in South Sudan, where people have fled from the fighting, leaving their possessions behind. (©2014 Nadene Robertson/World Vision)

As fighting continues in South Sudan, the debris of people in flight litters the ground: suitcases, a television…a child's red leather shoes.

When families flee, children can become separated, putting them at risk of exploitation and abuse.

Read this startling testimony about what's happening and how World Vision is working to help.

A mother’s love

A mother’s love | World Vision Blog

Zaid and other Syrian children attend a World Vision remedial education class in Jordan. (Photo: 2014 Dale Hanson Bourke)

Last Wednesday, author Dale Hanson Bourke visited World Vision's education programs for Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

Read about Zaid, the boy she met who is working hard to overcome the challenges he faces as a refugee, and the special way she connected with Zaid's mother.

Azraq: A new home for Syrian refugees

Azraq: A new home for Syrian refugees | World Vision Blog

Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, where up to 100,000 Syrian refugees will begin living this week. (Photo: 2014 Robert Neufeld/World Vision)

World Vision has been a key player in developing the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan, which later this week will begin housing up to 100,000 Syrian refugees. Clean water, sanitation facilities, schools, playgrounds, a supermarket and a hospital – a new, temporary home until, God willing, they can return to their real home.

Rwanda 20 years: Why I was afraid

Rwanda 20 years: Why I was afraid  | World Vision Blog

After the 1994 genocide, World Vision's work in Rwanda helped give Zaphran (center) a new life and family. (Photo: 2007 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Seven years ago, staff writer Kari Costanza visited Rwanda for the first time. She was able to replace her fear about the trip because of stories like Zaphran’s.

World Vision’s early work in Rwanda immediately following the genocide focused on peace-building, livelihood training, water and sanitation, agriculture, education, and health issues like malaria and maternal and child health.

Read how these programs helped reconstruct a new orphan’s world … and her sense of family.

The children of Syria speak as year four begins

The children of Syria speak as year four begins | World Vision Blog

Syrian children come together in Jordan to write a message to the world. (Photo: World Vision)

As we mark the three-year anniversary of the Syrian refugee crisis today, the children of Syria speak out together, making an urgent plea to the world to listen. To help. Stand with World Vision in helping to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children.

Read more about this report written by children to the world.

A hope to sustain us

A hope to sustain us | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee children in host communities are living invisible lives. (Photo: 2013 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

“Where there is breath, there is hope,” Meg Sattler writes today from Jordan about the children of Syria and their stories and voices crying out to be heard.

Will you listen?

Two different crises, three years later

Two different crises, three years later | World Vision Blog

Boys play outside at a Child-Friendly Space after the 2011 earthquake in Japan. (Photo: 2011 Kei Itoh/World Vision)

Three years ago today, the strongest earthquake ever to hit Japan and the subsequent tsunami devastated its northeastern coastal communities, killing more than 15,000 people.

Coincidentally, this weekend will mark three years since the start of the Syrian crisis that continues to impact millions of lives in the Middle East and beyond.

These notable anniversaries — both devastating — depict a marked difference between what the humanitarian world refers to as “slow-” versus “sudden-” onset emergencies.

What should I do for Lent?

What should I do for Lent? | World Vision Blog

This 13-year-old girl and her youngest brother are Syrian refugees. They live in a tent in Lebanon. (©2014 Nicholas Ralph/World Vision)

This Lenten season will see the Syrian refugee crisis enter its fourth year.

Today for Ash Wednesday, Nathaniel Hurd, a World Vision policy adviser in Washington, D.C., writes about how the traditional Lenten sacrifices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving can help the people of Syria.

My encounter with a child of Syria

My encounter with a child of Syria | World Vision Blog

15-year-old Ola speaks articulately about issues facing Syrian children. (©2014 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

For three years, too many innocent people in Syria have suffered — above all, the #childrenofSyria. They have seen homes, schools, and hospitals destroyed. They have borne the brunt of indiscriminate violence and witnessed unspeakable abuse. Millions have been forced to flee, while millions more are trapped inside Syria in horrific conditions.

Join World Vision, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, UNICEF, and UNHCR in preventing a lost generation of Syrian children. Sign our petition here.

Today, Meg Sattler, World Vision's communications manager for the Syria crisis response, describes meeting one of these children of Syria — a girl whose laughter would give way to tears without warning.

Bath time brings tears

Bath time brings tears | World Vision Blog

Lauren Fisher with Syrian refugee Ghaziyye and her 4-year-old twin girls. (Photo: ©2013 Ralph Baydoun/World Vision)

Lauren Fisher, World Vision emergency communications officer, writes about meeting Ghaziyye and her twin girls, age 4, who are living as refugees in Lebanon.

What brought this mother to tears wasn't the violence or fear or having lost everything; it was that her girls were always dirty. Read how a simple provision from World Vision has wiped away those tears.

Everything

Everything | World Vision Blog

Hamze, 8, a refugee in Lebanon, answers the question, "What do you miss about home?" (Photo: 2014 Nicholas Ralph/World Vision)

Today, we hear the voices of Syrian refugee children:

An 8-year-old Syrian boy named Hamze, who is living as a refugee in Lebanon, answers the question, "What do you miss about home?"

And a video: children answer the question, "What does peace mean?"

Why should Christians care about Syria?

Why should Christians care about Syria? | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee children in host communities are living invisible lives. Only one of the children shown above is enrolled in school. (Photo: 2013 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

In today’s blog, we ask a variety of Christian thought leaders why we as Christians should care about the conflict in Syria, a crisis that day to day often feels very far from us. Or someone else’s problem.

Hear what seven writers have to say about this question, including bloggers Ron Edmondson and Matthew Paul Turner, and our very own president, Rich Stearns.

South Sudan conflict: Left in danger

South Sudan conflict: The poor are left in danger | World Vision Blog

Margaret and her children at a Catholic church where they’ve taken shelter in Juba. (©2014 Nhial Wei/World Vision)

Medina and Margret are just two among hundreds of thousands in South Sudan who have been driven from their homes by the fighting that escalated last month. Left with little in a disrupted economy, they want to take their families away from the conflict but can’t afford to, leaving them to seek sanctuary wherever they can. Read the story of these two families, and learn what World Vision is doing to help.

Five things you need to know about Syria's refugee crisis

Five things you need to know about Syria's refugee crisis | World Vision Blog

Jordan continues to face one of the harshest winters on record and many refugees do not have winter clothing. World Vision is now distributing over 30,000 winter coats to children aged 2-12 living in Za'atari Refugee Camp. (Photo: 2014 World Vision)

Now in its third winter, the toll of the Syrian refugee crisis continues to rise. Here are five facts you should know about this crisis, and what World Vision is doing to help.

The Apple of my eye

The apple of my eye | World Vision Blog

Sponsored child Apple takes care of her baby sister, Roalyn. Apple's family is one of many affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Their home was damaged by the typhoon. (©2013 Annila Harris/World Vision)

Today marks two months since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. After the storm, World Vision communicator Annila Harris visited survivors and met sponsored child Apple, whose family is benefiting from World Vision relief supplies. The way this little girl cared for her baby sister, Roalyn, taught Annila that even when a disaster takes away almost everything, the most important thing in life is still family.

Aid worker’s blog: Each other’s miracle

Aid worker's blog: Each other's miracle | World Vision Blog

Even after Typhoon Haiyan totally destroyed their house, the family of sponsored child Juliana remains grateful that they are alive. (©2013 Florence Joy Maluyo/World Vision)

Wednesday marks two months since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, causing immense devastation and loss of life. World Vision quickly mobilized more than 200 local staff members to help reach almost 400,000 survivors with relief operations.

Today, Florence, one of our team members on the ground, reflects on the past two months and the amazing love and hope she has felt from around the world as we all became each other’s miracle.