During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, personal protective equipment became hard to find. When World Vision’s donation to Youth Challenge of Connecticut included a hard-to-come-by thermometer, the executive director nearly cried for joy.
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.
Best-selling author Debbie Macomber has empowered knitters for years through Knit for Kids and World Vision. Now she is encouraging people to sew masks that will be included in World Vision’s Family Emergency Kits, which are distributed to families in need during the COVID-19 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.
For the past four years, World Vision has been doing internal and external diversity and inclusion work. In 2020, we facilitated a year-long training led by pastors of color who have been prolific voices in anti-racism efforts. The virtual trainings are designed to help pastors around the country dismantle racism.
COVID-19 poses new challenges to World Vision, but our 37,000 staff and communities worldwide are working together to bring hope to children and families. We’re fighting the secondary effects of the disease — the economic, social, and long-term health impacts.
While 2020 was a challenging year between the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustices, and more, World Vision U.S. President Edgar Sandoval Sr. sees hope as the new year approaches.
In the United States and around the world, ordinary kids are taking on the challenge of COVID-19 with small, but extraordinary, actions.