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Haiti Earthquake: 5 years later [VIDEO + INFOGRAPHIC]

posted by January 9th, 2015

When the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, approximately 220,000 people lost their lives, and millions lost their homes. With more than 800 local staff, 30 years of experience in Haiti, and disaster-relief supplies already in place, World Vision was able to provide help quickly. Over the last five years, the focus has shifted to reconstruction and long-term development.

This video and infographic share how World Vision has helped families find permanent housing, enabled more children to go to school, improved access to healthcare, and expanded economic growth.

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5 Years after the Haiti Earthquake: School feeding program helps children stay in class

posted by January 9th, 2015

When the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, approximately 220,000 people lost their lives, and millions lost their homes. With more than 800 local staff, 30 years of experience in Haiti, and disaster-relief supplies already in place, World Vision was able to provide help quickly.

Over the last five years, the focus has shifted to reconstruction and long-term development. One of these efforts has been feeding more than 250,000 students through school feeding programmes. Here is a story of how these programmes are helping children stay in school.

The summer sunshine reflecting on his thin face, Doudensky is an energetic seven year old. Sitting in front of the two-sided mud shack where he lives, the boy speaks thoughtfully.

“I can’t wait for school resume so I can eat everyday.” (more…)

Five Years after the Haiti Earthquake: The first glimpse of hope

posted by January 9th, 2015

On 12th January 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that lasted around 35 seconds destroyed Adeline’s home and everything she owned. Three days later her husband died, leaving her alone to care for her three young children.

Even before the earthquake hit, Adeline’s family struggled to get by. With a heart condition that required treatment, Adeline sold cooking oils to supplement her husband’s wage, so they would have enough to send their children to school, buy food and pay the rent.

For the next four years the family lived with 69 other families, on a plot of land bordering a ravine at the bottom of the mountain. They salvaged all they could from their previous house, and with NGO help, set themselves up in a tent-come-shack, which became home. (more…)

One Goal: Nutrition for every child through football

posted by January 8th, 2015

The Asian Football Conference’s Asian Cup starts today (9 January) and runs through 31 January in Australia. It is Asia’s largest and most premier football tournament – with 800 million people expected to watch 16 football teams from across the region.

One Goal, a new campaign partnership, will be mobilizing a global movement of advocates throughout the tournament. With football as the catalyst, One Goal seeks to bring awareness to the issue of child malnutrition in Asia. (more…)

Be a G(irls)20 Youth Summit delegate

posted by January 7th, 2015

The G(irls) 20 Summit brings together youth delegates from the G20 nations to advocate global leaders. One of 2013’s representatives is our own Luka Döring, a youth leader involved in World Vision Germany. You can read about her experience advocating for girls in Moscow during the G20 Summit here and learn how you can apply for this year’s summit in Turkey below:

I want you to imagine something today. So close your eyes and we can get started.

Imagine you, your life, and the world you are living in. You got that? Okay, now imagine a black car stopping in front of your house, two men in black suits, black sunglasses and a black cable coming out of their ears walking towards you and one of them whispering with a deep, mysterious voice: “Mr/Ms (insert your name), today we are giving you a unique opportunity, tell us one thing you would like to change about your life and our world at the moment and we are going to make it happen! Think big, anything is possible!” (more…)