Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:00 by Suzanne Wargo
I recently joined one of World Vision’s assessment teams as they went to evacuation centres following the devastation caused by flooding in the Solomon Islands. Walking up to the evacuation centre at Mbokonavera School in central Honiara, the smell of sewage was unmistakable. Around 500 people fled their homes to this evacuation centre following days of heavy rain in early April which caused flash flooding and landslides. Many peoples’ homes were awash with heavy, sticky mud...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 01:52 by World Vision Blogger
By Dr. Mary Dunbar
What does every mother hope for when she thinks about the delivery of her baby?
It’s almost certain she wants to deliver her baby with a person she trusts, who is kind and has the skills to ensure her safety.
She wants to be treated with dignity and respect, and with consideration of her culture and beliefs.
She hopes to be kept informed of her progress in labour and have a choice about what happens to...
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 08:56 by Meg Sattler
“AND THE COURSE OF THE SYRIAN CONFLICT IS CURRENTLY DEMONSTRATING THE UTILITY OF MASS ATROCITIES AND THE RELATIVE INDIFFERENCE OF THE REST OF THE WORLD.” – MICHAEL GERSON, WASHINGTON POST.
I started working on the Syrian conflict response last August. I flew from Melbourne and landed into a crisis that I didn’t think could get any worse. My previous work in Pakistan had exposed me to conflict, but it wasn’t like this. Every family I met in Jordan had a story...
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 10:00 by Crislyn Felisilda
By: Feral Vincent Quitlong, Health and Nutrition Facilitator, World Vision Haiyan Response, Philippines, with Crislyn Felisilda, Communications
Luckily, I was one of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
I used to work as a nurse in one of the private hospitals in Tacloban City and I was on duty when the super-typhoon hit our hospital. Haiyan brought winds that screamed and a wall of ocean water – a storm surge – came gushing inside our hospital. ...
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:47 by Lucy Murunga
“The violence in South Sudan has left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced and homeless.
Many of them are children, forced to flee their country to seek relative refuge in neighbouring countries. Last month I visited Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp with World Vision and saw first hand the emotional trauma still haunting many.
Three teenagers I met at that camp still stick out in my mind. In the...
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 09:30 by Rhonda Hirst
“We are brothers,” Amir, 10, and his brother, Kameron, 9, tell us. At first glance, you would think they were twins. They are handsome young boys with perfect cheekbones, good manners and a spark about them. Only a year apart, their bond is tight; tighter than most, as they mourn a mother and father that disappeared one night from the markets, never to be seen again.
“When the clashes stared in Syria, some people came and took my parents, and I don’t know where...
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 04:50 by Meg Sattler
Today a 15-year-old girl showed me a film of her bombed and ransacked house. She held her phone out in front of me, hands quivering slightly. Room by room, I was taken on a shaky, pixilated tour of what was her family's home. Heaps of clothes, papers and trinkets covered the dusty carpets amid overturned furniture. Here and there, a wall was blown out; sunshine was streaming in where it didn’t before.
"That is my mom and dad’s room," she told me.
Then the camera...
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 18:03 by
Badeley Nimepo is the Design Monitoring and Evaluation (DME) officer for World Vision Solomon Islands Temotu Area Program Office. He was at the office when the earthquake and tsunami struck Temotu Province on 6 February 2013.
The memory is still fresh in my mind as I recall that fateful day the...
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 18:40 by Ratana Lay
I meet Soknang, who is living in a temporary shelter made of different slices of tarp and no doors or windows under a huge tamarind tree and surrounded by bushes and stinky piles of waste such as cloths and can waste. He is living in an abandoned boxing yard in Battambang town.
There are around twenty families in the same situation in the boxing yard. They would be asked to move to other different places.
Two mosquito nets are hanging from the fences above...
Monday, December 9, 2013 - 09:00 by Hasanthi Jayamaha
By Arniel Anasco, with Hasanthi Jayamaha
Monday, November 04: It is the first announcement. PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) announced of a newly-formed cyclone named Haiyan in the Pacific Ocean and it’s gradually intensifying. They say it might grow into a Typhoon.
We are advised to monitor and to be on alert. Everyone is listening to the news reports almost every hour to find out...