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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    Responding to Sandy's devastation across the Northeast

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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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          PHOTOS: Witness to history

          September 22 marks World Vision’s 62nd anniversary of serving children, families, and communities in need.

          World Vision photographs document the most tragic crises of the past six decades. Today, many of these places have seen healing and recovery, thanks to the work of nongovernmental organizations.

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            Mopping up again

            Eleven years ago today, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Americans came together to support and care for those whose lives had been torn apart by the incredible tragedy.

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              "We didn't see this coming"

              Following Hurricane Isaac's landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast last week, World Vision's Laura Reinhardt headed to the region to report on our emergency relief efforts in the aftermath. Here's a snapshot of what she's seen and who she's met.

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              "We didn’t see this coming."

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                Remembering Hurricane Katrina, responding to Hurricane Isaac

                After wreaking havoc across the Dominican Republic and Haiti, killing at least 21 people and forcing thousands to evacuate, Hurricane Isaac pounded the Gulf Coast with heavy rains and high winds on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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                  Smiles, laughter in the midst of crisis

                  World Vision's Mariana Chokaa reports from Niger, a country left reeling from the drought and hunger crisis that has devastated Africa's Sahel region. At a local clinic, where one might expect to encounter the desperation of malnourished children, she instead observes a downright cheerful atmosphere.

                  What explains this? World Vision's early interventions amid increasingly dire conditions have helped save lives.

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                    Flooding in Philippines causes devastation

                    Eleven days of downpour has caused flooding in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

                    Sixty percent of the city is now under water, and streets have turned into waterways. Close to 1.5 million people are affected by this disaster.

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