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Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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Women and children queueing for water at UN base in Malakal where 20,000 people fled during violence outbreak. PHOTO: Nadene Robertson/World Vision
May 19, 2014

Critical gains at risk; children’s lives at stake in South Sudan, new report says

As the conflict in South Sudan rages on, several years of critical gains are at stake for the world’s newest country, and children’s lives hang in the balance, a new report warns today. 

One year after Oklahoma tornadoes, church-turned-warehouse helps families rebuild
May 13, 2014

One year after Oklahoma tornadoes, church-turned-warehouse helping families rebuild

One year after tornadoes killed 24 people and leveled thousands of homes in central Oklahoma, World Vision partnerships with local churches are helping to restore communities left devastated.

Crisis in Central African Republic: Children seek escape from militia, sex abuse
May 12, 2014

Crisis in Central African Republic: Children seek escape from militia, sex abuse

Between 3,500 and 6,000 children have been recruited into armed groups in the Central African Republic, the U.N. says.

Video: Typhoon Haiyan recovery, six months on
May 8, 2014

Video: Typhoon Haiyan recovery, six months on

Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm ever known to have made landfall, struck the central Philippines with massive force on November 8, 2013. Once-devastated communities have embarked on a long path to recovery. World Vision is there for the long haul, bringing goods and expertise to assist children in developing personal resilience and families in building strong homes and livelihoods.

Norma and her children live inside a neighbor’s house that is drenched every time it rains. Their home was destroyed during Typhoon Haiyan. Since the storm, the children and their mother have been squatting in a neighbour’s house that is covered by a worn-out tarpaulin. Now Norma’s family will be receiving shelter material from World Vision to help them recover. PHOTO: Mark Nonkes / World Vision
May 7, 2014

6 months after Typhoon Haiyan: Building-back-better with communities

Looking from relief to recovery: Typhoon Haiyan, six months later.

Video: South Sudanese children witness violence that no child should have to see
May 1, 2014

Video: South Sudanese children witness violence that no child should have to see

As violence has escalated in South Sudan, more and more children are witnesses or victims of attacks. In the United Nations base in Malakal, where World Vision is providing relief services, children recount their losses and their worries for the future.

World Vision provides relief goods to families affected by tornadoes in 2013. The organization is rushing supplies to storm-affected Arkansas. PHOTO: Lindsey Minerva / World Vision
Apr 29, 2014

World Vision rushing supplies to families, communities affected by deadly tornadoes

World Vision will send relief supplies to Arkansas communities hard-hit by this week’s tornadoes, which have killed an estimated 35 people and have destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.

In Malakal, South Sudan, towns have been destroyed and many families have been forced to flee from the violence into United Nations shelters. PHOTO: Nadene Robertson / World Vision
Apr 29, 2014

NGOs condemn attacks on civilians in South Sudan and emphasize a need for urgent humanitarian assistance

Non‐governmental organizations express deep concern at the serious escalation in violence in South Sudan, which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians and is exacerbating an already profound humanitarian crisis.

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