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Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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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.

Relief aid arrives for Arkansas tornado survivors
May 2, 2014

Relief aid arrives for Arkansas tornado survivors

In the wake of tornadoes that devastated areas of the Midwest, South, and East, World Vision has begun distributing relief supplies in rural Arkansas communities hard-hit by the deadly storms.

Azraq camp in Jordan, a few days ahead of it opening for Syrian refugees. Thousands are expected to fill the camp as the crisis enters its fourth year with no end in sight. PHOTO: Robert Neufeld/World Vision
Apr 24, 2014

New refugee camp opens in Jordan as Syrian humanitarian crisis continues to grow

Azraq, a new refugee camp, will open near Amman, Jordan at the end of April. It has the capacity to host up to 130,000 people, which would make it one of the world's largest. World Vision calls the opening sad but significant.

Apr 24, 2014

Annual disaster shelter design competition focuses on needs of Syrian refugees

This weekend, John Brown University will host its annual shelter design competition to build a transitional shelter for refugees. This year the prototypes must meet the needs of Syrian refugees living in camps along the Syrian borders of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

A World Vision volunteer and his family in the UN compound in Malakal, South Sudan, after narrowly escaping gun attacks. PHOTO: Michael Arunga / World Vision
Apr 16, 2014

World Vision fears no safe place for children as fighting breaks out in new areas of South Sudan

Renewed fighting has broken out in several cities in South Sudan, including the border town of Renk where many internally displace people relocated due to the stability in the area, reports World Vision.

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