During the COVID-19 pandemic, a West Virginia family received the blessing of a Fresh Food Box from World Vision and Mountain Heart Community Services. The family has struggled since losing income during the pandemic.
At World Vision, we are called to serve the most vulnerable children and their communities around the world, including right here in the United States. And we do it by providing a way for manufacturers and businesses to share excess resources with people struggling with poverty. In 2019, we were able to reach more than 4 million people, including 2.1 million children, through our various U.S. ministries.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, hidden heroes arise to support World Vision’s global response, which focuses on scaling up prevention to slow the spread, strengthening healthcare systems and workers, supporting at-risk children, and collaborating and advocating for vulnerable children.
To protect the most vulnerable children from the secondary effects of COVID-19, World Vision is partnering with community groups, faith-based organizations, United Nations agencies, other aid groups, and all levels of governments. Collaboration and advocacy are not new for us, but where our community access is limited, they’re vital. That’s why they form one of four key objectives in our global coronavirus response.
Everywhere World Vision works, a priority for us is strengthening healthcare systems and workers, with partnerships ranging from one-room health clinics to national ministries of health. It’s also one of the four key objectives of our global coronavirus response.
As COVID-19 began to rage in China, World Vision staff jumped into action. Decades of experience in combating infectious diseases told them that scaling up prevention would be key to protecting children and families in World Vision program areas. That’s why it’s one of the four key objectives in our global coronavirus response.
World Vision’s experience responding to disease outbreaks began in the early 2000s with the HIV and AIDS crisis in Africa. We’ve learned that infectious diseases like these put children at risk, even when they don’t get ill themselves. As COVID-19 has spread, children and families are facing new challenges: scarce food and healthcare resources, barriers to education, and lost income. That’s why supporting children impacted by the secondary effects of the pandemic is one of four key objectives of our coronavirus response.
A West Virginia grandmother calls a World Vision Family Emergency Kit she received a “lifesaver.” It helped her cope with financial uncertainly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Barbara and Allen Sisson started Living Water Ministries in 2015 to serve members of their community in West Virginia. Many residents like Joanna cannot afford enough food to feed their families. Living Water Ministries stands in the gap, providing food, cleaning supplies, diapers, heaters, furniture, and other household necessities. World Vision supplies most of what the ministry provides to families living in poverty.