In the midst of all the conflicting headlines you see each day, you’ve probably heard about the East Africa hunger crisis. Here are a few basic facts about drought, famine, malnutrition, and hunger in Africa as well as how you can help World Vision respond.
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake rocked Ecuador’s coast April 16, 2016 — killing almost 700 people and leveling homes, schools, and infrastructure. The deadly Ecuador earthquake made life harder for people suffering from El Niño flooding. Recovery called for an all-out effort to support health, nutrition, education, and rebuilding.
On March 13, 2015, heavy winds and rain from Category 5 Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, a string of South Pacific islands. Homes, schools, crops, and water systems were destroyed, affecting more than half of the population in one of the world’s poorest countries. A massive recovery effort followed.
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons of all time, hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, as a category 5 storm. It laid waste to the country’s central region, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving more than 4 million people homeless and hungry.
More than two-thirds of the world’s 25.4 million refugees come from just five countries. Overall, more than 68.5 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced. Why did they flee, where are they going, and what can be done to address the plight of refugees, especially children?
The 2010 Haiti earthquake was the most destructive natural disaster in the history of this poverty-stricken, disaster-prone country. Of the 3 million people affected, 1.5 million were left homeless. Haitians continue to recover and rebuild, despite recurring hazards, including hurricanes, and cholera.
A catastrophic eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on June 3, 2018, has affected more than 1.7 million people. World Vision is responding to the needs of children and families in its San Pedro Yepocapa service program area after the Guatemala volcano eruption.
The Ethiopia famine from 1983 to 1985, one of the 20th century’s worst famines, led to an outpouring of concern and donations from around the globe as well as new monitoring and alerts to prevent future famines.
The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause microcephaly and other serious birth defects. Though the disease has faded from the news since its most recent outbreak in 2015, Zika remains a risk in dozens of countries and territories in the Americas. Learn facts about Zika, the latest outbreak, and future threats.