World Vision Emergencies

Central African Republic

As hostilities continue in the Central African Republic (CAR) it is estimated that 2.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and that 1.3 million children have been affected by the crisis.

Following a recent spike in violence World Vision is concerned that the country faces even more instability unless the international community increases its support for this forgotten emergency. 

Note: as of September 29, 2015, World Vision has halted relief work until the security situation improves. See press release for details. 

In a country that was already one of the poorest in the world, latest estimates show that conflict has forced 443,000 people to leave their homes and seek safety in camps or with friendly communities, while another 424,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries.

See photos of a Child Friendly Space World Vision has set up in Yaloke, CAR. Here children can play, stay safe and forget about the flighting they've left behind.

World Vision has been working in CAR since March 2014 and in that time has been able to reach more than 150,000 people – mainly children - with life-saving interventions.

World Vision has been working in CAR since March 2014 and in that time has been able to reach more than 150,000 people – mainly children - with life-saving interventions.

Within the first nine months of our response World Vision staff and partners distributed food to 92,700 people, including through a school meal programme, which helps keep children in the classroom and away from dangers like joining armed groups, carrying out child labour and suffering other forms of abuse.

To help ensure the availability of safe drinking water, improved hygiene and, as such, reduce the risk of disease, World Vision has fixed and constructed 65 water points, which are benefitting 32,500 people. We’ve also helped build more than 20 toilets and handwashing stations at health clinics and schools, and trained people on how to maintain them.

Because of the increased risks of conflict towards children, our response has a large focus on child protection.

Because children are the ones most at risk from the effects of conflict, our response has a large focus on child protection. We’ve been creating safe spaces for children to spend time, play and start to come to terms with what they’ve been through. We’ve been helping children register in local schools, plus providing learning materials and training community leaders on child protection and peace building.

We’re also involved in identifying children who have been separated from their families and helping reunite them with relatives.

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