Haiti: Rebuilding what has been broken

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook Haiti and shaped a generation. While its duration was brief, the devastation it caused continues to affect the people of this small country -- the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Three years later, Haiti is still in repair, but not without hope.

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The Haiti quake was nothing short of catastrophic: 1 in 3 people were affected. Nearly a quarter of a million lives were claimed in the disaster. Another 300,000 people were injured, and 1.5 million were left homeless.

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    A burden that children should never have to bear

    An 8-year-old Syrian refugee child named Layla* shares, “I saw my cousin dying in front of me, so I always see this scene in front of my eyes.”

    As children all over North America happily rummage through the cheerful remains of Christmas Day’s joys -- festive gift wrap strewn about, the latest version of Halo blaring from 40-inch television screens -- the existence of Syrian children presently seeking refuge in Lebanon is one far less carefree.

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      Happy Thanksgiving from Rich Stearns

      Dear Friends,

      My hope for you this week is that you’ll experience the blessing of sitting at the Thanksgiving table with friends and family. I plan to enjoy Thanksgiving with my wife Reneé, several of my kids, and our grandson. One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to go around the table and each share something that we are thankful for.

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        Aid worker's diary: A cry for Goma

        Congolese walk to a refugee camp in Gisenye, Rwanda. (2012 Reuters/James Akena, courtesy the Thomson Reuters Foundation – AlertNet).

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          Superstorm Sandy: A Thanksgiving for gratitude and remembrance

          IMAGE: Carmen Rodriguez and her daughter, Zulma Torruella, 17, acquired relief supplies, including a Family Food Kit, at the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, World Vision's local partner. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

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            Sandy survivor: "At night, we are so cold"

            As parts of the East Coast continue recovery efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a nor'easter threatens to add to the misery of hard-hit areas.

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              Storm recovery especially hard on children

              World Vision's Laura Reinhardt, on assignment in the Northeast to cover the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, recounts the heartrending story of 5-year-old Junior Gonzalez and his family, whose home in Brooklyn was devastated by the storm.

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                  UPDATE: Hurricane Sandy's landfall and devastation

                  Hurricane Sandy hit land Monday night and continued its trail of destruction along the U.S. East Coast. Swells of up to 13 feet and 80-mph winds have battered the New Jersey Coast and New York City.

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                    Why did I pray?

                    World Vision's Kari Costanza traveled to Rwanda, where she met Solange, whose life was turned upside-down in a short period of time.

                    Fighting caused Solange and her family flee their home in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After arriving in Kiegeme refugee camp, Solange lost her 3-year-old daughter, Rebecca.

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