World Vision’s photographers traveled around the world this year to tell stories of children and their families. They captured moments of struggle and moments of joy. Here are their favorite photos of 2019 and the stories behind them.
Why World Vision is in Malawi
The drought spreading through much of Africa has caused severe food shortages in Malawi since 2016. Destructive foresting practices are also worsening the drought conditions—as the soil absorbs water less effectively, farming becomes more difficult. Because Malawi uses hydro-powered electricity, the drought also caused blackouts and power shortages. With no power, small-scale businesses often had to shut down, and dairy farmers in particular were affected, since they couldn’t refrigerate their products. These factors didn’t help the chronic malnourishment and lack of food that stunt a third of Malawian children’s growth. Your support is helping us provide short- and long-term emergency assistance to the families hit hardest by the drought’s effects. Working with partnerships, we brought emergency resources of food and water to those most in need, so families and communities can get back on the path to flourishing. Your support also means our work is transforming education and health for children in vulnerable communities. As we’re improving water and education together, kids are given tools to fulfill their God-given potential.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Malawi
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- More children live in a community that knows their rights. Child rights training helped volunteers and leaders to learn to recognize and report cases of suspected abuse. They also learned about the risks of child marriage and how to prevent it in their communities.
- Young people are more engaged in their communities. Youth joined conversations with other youth and with community leaders about community development, and discussed issues that affect them.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- World Vision worked with mothers and caregivers to improve nutritional status of children. Through multiple activities that included irrigation to produce more food, kitchen gardens to grow healthy vegetables, and trainings for mothers on breastfeeding and how to prepare diverse, nutritious meals, children's health and nutrition has improved in World Vision areas.
- More children are protected from malaria after World Vision helped to distribute insecticide-treated bed nets to children and their families. Bed nets are one of the best ways to prevent malaria in children.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- More children can now read and write. World Vision has helped to educate parents on the importance of education, and how to better support their children. Also, through reading clubs and providing books and materials, children have better access to opportunities to read.
Prayer Requests from Malawi
World Vision's staff in Malawi are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Children's protection from cholera.
Children's protection from hunger, made worse by the drought and recent pest infestations.
News from Malawi
Catastrophic flooding from Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth affected close to 2.2 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Idai and Kenneth were two of the top five worst storms to ever hit Mozambique. Together, they’ve caused an unprecedented amount of damage. World Vision staff are providing shelter, food, and clean water to families in need.
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