Hope shines a light in the darkness. It’s infectious, even healing. But what is there to be hopeful for? Let’s look at the year ahead with 18 reasons to have hope in 2018 — and how to pray them into reality.
Why World Vision is in Iraq
There are more than 3.2 million IDPs in Iraq, which is a fragile state, many of whom fled into Kurdistan after grueling journeys. Some were forced to move several times to avoid being caught up in the violence that has forced them to flee their homes. Christians and other minority groups have been particularly affected by the crisis.
We never give up on people
Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence: Families escaping fighting in Iraq and Syria, caught in the conflict in South Sudan, and trapped in other dangerous situations. More than half of these refugees and displaced people are children. You can help provide critical essentials like food, shelter, and safe places for children to play and learn.
Progress in Iraq
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Much of our response work is focused on displaced people living outside of camps, particularly those who have settled in unused buildings and receive little attention from other organizations. We are preparing for coming winter and will provide kits consisting of blankets, heaters, insulated sleeping mats, and other basic household supplies.
- We provided over 185,000 people (98,000 children) with clean water, sanitation services, and hygience assistance.
- We provide 400,000 refugees and displaced people with food assistance.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- We are partnering with Mar Elia Chaldean church to assist 100 families who sought refuge in the church building.
News from Iraq
This podcast, listen to an interview with Kristen Howerton, a popular blogger who has been operating Rage Against the Minivan since 2006. She recently traveled with World Vision to Iraq and Lebanon and was generous enough to be interviewed, ironically, in the back of a minivan.
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