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

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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.

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Later this month, international peace talks are scheduled to convene to seek a political solution to the conflict in Syria. The aim of the conference is for the Syrian government and its opposition to sign on to a plan for a transitional government leading to elections.

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    The Apple of my eye

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    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.

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    Looking up at the clear blue sky, it was hard to picture the pouring rain and surging winds on the day that Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines.

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      Aid worker’s blog: Each other’s miracle

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      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.

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      This is the Filipino spirit. I’ve seen this in the families I’ve talked to, and I have heard these lines from the many parents who still manage to smile despite their losses.

      Typhoon Haiyan undeniably brought devastation in its most gruesome face. I can tell you hundreds of these stories. Being part of the communications team, I get the chance to talk to people, listen to mothers cry, empathize with fathers’ fears, and feel for children who are adjusting.

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        Day 16: Share a meal

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        World Vision is sharing joy across the United States by providing Family Food Kits to people who are going hungry because of natural disasters, homelessness, or job loss. Learn more with today’s video.

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        Today’s challenge: Share a meal with a friend (or invite a friend over).

         

        “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” —1 John 4:7 (NIV)

         

        Shipping love to the hungry

        In 2010, the United States had the second-highest rate of childhood poverty among the 25 wealthiest industrialized nations. Across America, families go hungry every day because of natural disasters, unemployment, or homelessness.

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          Memories of Tacloban

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          Chris Weeks, from World Vision United Kingdom, describes his first experience of the devastated city of Tacloban in the Philippines. Now two weeks after the storm hit, relief efforts are well underway and reaching the survivors that need them while the people of Tacloban are finding the strength to begin rebuilding their city.

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          My sole memories of Tacloban are from the last 24 hours. Anyone who’s seen the city, two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan ferociously tore it to the ground, will never forget it.

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            We're cheap, and that's good

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            One of World Vision’s primary responses to disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is the distribution of Family Food Kits and Hygiene Kits to survivors. On our Facebook page this week, we posted photos of the contents of these kits – but purchased here in the USA – and asked our followers to guess how much the items would cost. That price versus the price of each World Vision Kit might surprise you!

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            Each World Vision Family Food Kit is designed to feed a family of four for one week. They contain: 15 kilograms of rice, 10 tins of sardines, 2.5 kilograms of biscuits, 1 kilogram of mung beans, 1 liter of cooking oil, 6 liters of water, and 1 kilogram of brown sugar.

            Here’s what our USA-bought version of that kit looked like:

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              [Video] Rose's Planet Earth

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              Less than two weeks ago, for the people of the central islands of the Philippines, this beautiful planet turned harsh and scary. Now, the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan look ahead toward recovery with hope.

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              Sponsored child Rose Tajano, who is now living with her family in an elementary school, and the Batican family, living in a reassembled structure of bamboo, are among the 45,000 families that World Vision is helping in the Leyte and Samar areas of the Philippines.

              Today's video tells their stories and where their hope lies for their future.

               

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                [Photoblog] Smiles of relief

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                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.

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                [Photoblog] Smiles of relief | World Vision Blog

                Typhoon survivors in Estancia, left with nothing, await the arrival of relief supplies. (Photo: 2013 World Vision)

                 

                 

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                  Voice of survivors: "I was shivering and looking at flying roofs"

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                  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.

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                  His mother, Rowena, sitting outside the hall that now shelters families left homeless from the storm, listens to a World Vision staff member speaking with a village official. After a few minutes, baby Patrick makes a sound. Rowena comes inside and rocks him back to sleep slowly in her arms. When all is quiet again, she puts him back in the middle of the table to keep him from falling.

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                    Recovering childhood in a safe space

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                    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.

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                    Teerasak transforms a blank piece of paper into a colorful canvas. The second-grade student is creating an unusual masterpiece -- drawing an upside-down boat that has three wheels, multi-colored clouds, and a smattering of raindrops. The drawing also shows his house, flipped upside-down, too, standing on its roof.

                    The drawing reflects exactly the situation Teerasak finds himself in.

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