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Houses were destroyed and possessions scattered by sustained winds of 160 mph when Cyclone Pam hit Port Vila. PHOTO: World Vision
Mar 15, 2015

Staff missing, damage unknown as aid agencies rush to respond to Cyclone Pam

One day after Cyclone Pam slammed into the Pacific islands of Vanuatu, the full extent of the damage remains unknown. It is believed that the cyclone may have impacted as much as 50 percent of the country.

Cyclone Pam: Category 5 storm slams Vanuatu
Mar 17, 2015

Cyclone Pam: Responding to needs in Vanuatu

The category 5 storm pounded the islands of Vanuatu with heavy rain and winds last weekend. We are distributing critical relief supplies, including clean drinking water and shelter materials.

Panorama image taken by NASA of lights on earth at night, focusing on the European/Middle East area. Since this photo was taken on November 27, 2000, Syria's lights have dimmed significantly due to war. PHOTO: Courtesy http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Mar 11, 2015

Eighty-three percent of Syria's lights extinguished after four years of crisis

Analyzing satellite images, scientists based at Wuhan University in China, in co-operation with the #withSyria coalition of 130 non-governmental organizations, have shown that the number of lights visible over Syria at night has fallen by 83% since March 2011.

Mohammed is in sixth grade and enjoys football (soccer). His favorite position is goalkeeper. "The thing I miss the most about Syria, he says, is my home. I miss my relatives, neighbors and friends." PHOTO: ©2015 Suzy Sainovski / World Vision
Mar 12, 2015

New poll finds most Americans still unaware of severity of Syria crisis

As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, a new poll finds most Americans still have no idea how many people have been affected by the violence. The reality is that more than 3 million Syrian refugees now make up the largest refugee population in the world.

After four years of war, Americans still unaware of severity of Syria crisis
Mar 12, 2015

After four years of war, Americans still unaware of severity of Syria crisis

More than half of American adults say the crisis in Syria has impacted fewer people than other recent disasters; in reality, Syrians are currently the largest refugee population in the world.

Hoda, 4, at right, and her brother Khalil, 5, are Syrian refugees living in the Bekaa valley in an informal tented settlement. As he stands in the snow in worn slippers, Khalil explains: “I don’t have a father or a mother. My grandma takes care of us.” Khalil spends his days watching over his younger sister, whom he gave his only pair of boots. PHOTO: World Vision / Ralph Baydoun
Mar 12, 2015

Aid agencies give UN Security Council a 'fail grade' on Syria

Aid agencies today released a scathing critique of the UN Security Council powers, detailing how they have failed to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Syria amid intensifying conflict four years after the start of the crisis.

Elizabeth is a 38-year-old woman and a female burial worker living in the Bo District in southern Sierra Leone. She believes in sacrificial work-especially that of restoring the dignity of her fellow women who die to Ebola during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, despite heightened stigmatization of burial workers. PHOTO ©2014 World Vision / Sarah Wilson
Mar 3, 2015

Prioritizing needs of children critical to Ebola eradication and recovery

World Vision is urging global leaders attending the European Union High-Level Conference on Ebola in Brussels this week to offer increased support for children in affected West African countries. More than 8,000 children have been orphaned in Sierra Leone alone.

The University of Pittsburgh football team and World Vision partnered to build Ebola Caregiver Kits for health workers in Sierra Leone. PHOTO: Courtesy, University of Pittsburgh
Feb 26, 2015

University of Pittsburgh, World Vision build emergency kits for Ebola health workers

The University of Pittsburgh football team partnered with World Vision to build Ebola Caregiver Kits for staff in Sierra Leone. One of the students, Patrick Amara, was born in Sierra Leone and said he was happy to participate in the effort to help his country.

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