2013 has been an amazing year (but maybe I’m biased; it was my first year with World Vision!) From responding to natural disasters and refugee crises to bringing clean water to a new person every 30 seconds, we’ve been doing great work around the world this year, and we look forward to continuing this work in 2014.
You can help! Are you considering making one more tax-deductible donation before 2013 is over? Here are five categories that have been important in 2013 — to us, to our donors, and to the children we’re serving. Make your choice today!
Did you know that you can donate the funds to sponsor a child for a full year in one quick transaction? As the new year approaches, it’s a terrific way to make a difference in the life of a child in 2014, while receiving a deduction on your 2013 taxes! Donate the full annual sponsorship amount of $420 before midnight Eastern time (9 p.m. Pacific) this New Year’s Eve and claim it as a tax credit for this year.
Read our news article to learn more.
Last month, Typhoon Haiyan — the strongest recorded storm ever to make landfall — devastated the Philippines, killing almost 6,000 people and displacing more than 3.6 million.
Within the first month, World Vision had reach almost 150,000 survivors, providing food kits, hygiene kits, medicine, shelter, and more, and setting up Child-Friendly Spaces to help children recover safely. We are preparing a long-term plan to help as many as 80,000 households get back on their feet.
One of the best ways to continue supporting our recovery efforts in the Philippines is to sponsor a child. In a time of uncertainty and upheaval, you can provide stability for a child as well as protection, food, clean water, and other life-saving basics.
3. Make a one-time donation to our Syrian Refugee Crisis Fund
According to the United Nations, over a million children have fled with their families from the conflict in Syria. With 6.5 million people displaced and 2.2 million refugees now living in neighboring countries, this refugee crisis remains one of the top giving needs of 2013.
We’re in the dead of winter now, with cold spells and snowstorms moving through the refugee camps and cities where the refugees are living — many in tents, often without warm clothes or blankets, not to mention warm water or hot meals. And diseases are springing up, including Syria’s first polio outbreak since 1999.
4. “Follow your heart” — Sponsor a child in Guatemala
This past September, I had the amazing opportunity to lead a group of eight bloggers into the field to witness World Vision’s child sponsorship at work in Guatemala.
We met mothers who were being trained and empowered to become guides within their community. We learned that malnutrition rates had been dramatically reduced through World Vision agriculture and nutrition training. We visited the youth orchestra program that is giving new hope for the future to today’s generation through music. And most importantly, we got to see the huge, genuine smiles of the bloggers’ sponsored children when they met their sponsors!
Needs around the world change every year — sometimes every day! — and it can be difficult to decide where to give your money to make the most impact. That’s why one of our most popular gifts is our Where Most Needed fund, which we use to support the programs that need it most. Your gift will enable us to respond quickly in areas of greatest need, to help the world’s most vulnerable children and families.