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Hot Docs: Defending Georgia, girls married by 15, the chemical BPA, and more

September 5, 2008

In developing countries, 51 million girls younger than 18 are married. A report from World Vision, an international aid group, estimates that in the next 10 years, that number could double to 100 million. It is a common practice in South Asia, with nearly 50 percent of girls getting married before they turn 18. India's rate is almost 70 percent. Parents often marry off daughters at an early age for money to support their family.

ABC News

Big risks for rising number of child brides-report

September 4, 2008

The number of girls in poor countries who marry before the age of 18 will double to 100 million in the next decade, putting many at risk from AIDS, a report said on Thursday. A global food crisis is making matters worse by pushing more families in the developing world to send young daughters into marriage to deal with poverty, the survey from humanitarian group World Vision found.

Associated Press

Back-to-back storms leave Haiti farms reeling

August 31, 2008

... Even as Gustav assaulted the southern city of Jacmel on Tuesday, protests over food prices were starting anew. By week's end, 8,000 people were still in shelters, some running out of food, while a preliminary U.N. report said Gustav's destruction to Haitian cropland was "very significant." World Vision International planned to distribute food for 400 people on Friday, only to see 1,000 show up. Almost 90 refugees in the town of Petit Goave still waited for food in a school shelter three days after the storm.


SoCal groups send aid to Gulf Coast hit by Gustav

August 29, 2008

As Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast, two local relief agencies announced Friday that they are prepared to deploy truckloads of aid to the area. World Vision, a Monrovia-based Christian relief and development agency, and Operation USA, an international disaster relief agency based in Culver City, are pledging monetary and material aid, if needed.

My Fox LA

SoCal charities, law enforcement prepares to help Gustav victims

August 29, 2008

As Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast, two local relief agencies announced that they are prepared to deploy truckloads of aid to the area, and a local law enforcement task force headed to Houston. World Vision, a Monrovia-based Christian relief and development agency, and Operation USA, an international disaster relief agency based in Culver City, are pledging monetary and material aid, if needed.

International Herald Tribune

Displaced Georgians still face challenges

August 23, 2008

Displaced Georgians streamed back to their homes Saturday, but an aid organization cautioned that tens of thousands would still need food, shelter and other assistance as winter approaches. Of the 160,000 people estimated to have fled the fighting with Russian forces, some 30,000 are from the separatist region of South Ossetia, where Russian troops remain. It is not clear when — if ever — those displaced people will be able to return home, said Ashley Clements of the international aid agency World Vision.

Los Angeles Times

L.A. church exhibit offers a personal look at AIDS orphans in Africa

August 16, 2008

It is a chilling statistic: 12 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have been orphaned by AIDS. But the figure alone cannot begin to convey the toll of a pandemic that continues to punish vast swaths of the continent. For that, consider the stories of four children featured in an interactive exhibit -- "World Vision Experience: AIDS" -- at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.


Group: Russians drop cluster bombs in Georgia

August 15, 2008

An international rights group said Friday it has evidence that Russian aircraft dropped cluster bombs in populated areas of Georgia, killing and injuring dozens of civilians during the territorial conflict that has gripped the region. Human Rights Watch said the bombs -- banned by 100 nations because of their record of maiming civilians, even after conflict has long finished -- were dropped over areas of Georgia, including the strategic town of Gori, killing 11. . . . Another NGO, World Vision, said the humanitarian needs of the estimated 100,000 people who have fled the conflict were increasing.

USA Today

Americans try to alter course of ‘tragic stories’ in Georgia

August 14, 2008

A second U.S. cargo plane carrying relief supplies landed in this war-stricken country Thursday, bringing an American presence to help in what aid workers call a dire humanitarian situation. The few Americans here in the Georgian capital who didn't evacuate as fighting escalated between Russian and Georgian troops over the past week are finding ways to pitch in. "I've helped distribute food and non-food items like blankets and clothes and cooking utensils," says Dwayne Mamo, 31, communication director in Georgia for World Vision, the international Christian relief organization. . . . Thousands of Georgian refugees are waiting for beds, clothing, medicine and more food a week after Russian and anti-Georgian separatist forces drove them from their homes. "It is a massive humanitarian crisis," says David Womble, who directs World Vision's operation here.

CBS News

Russian bomb blitz hits Georgian capital

August 10, 2008

Russia expanded its bombing blitz to the Georgian capital, deployed ships off the coast and, a Georgian official said, sent tanks from the separatist region of South Ossetia into Georgian territory, heading toward a border city before being turned back. . . . But residents of the provincial capital Tskhinvali who survived the bombardment by hiding in basements and later fled the city estimated that hundreds of civilians had died. They said bodies were lying everywhere. "The reports from people is that it's an absolute nightmare. [Two kids] delivering food … made it out of South Ossetia but their parents didn't and they don't know if they are alive or dead because phones are down," David Womble of World Vision told CBS News.

Wall Street Journal

Myanmar faces more food shortages

August 9, 2008

Almost one million people who survived the deadly cyclone that ripped through this country in May remain vulnerable to food shortages until the October rice harvest, aid workers here said. Three months after Cyclone Nargis caused an ocean swell that left 138,000 dead or missing, the waters are yet to fully recede in many villages across the hardest-hit Irrawaddy River delta, the nation's rice bowl. . . . Aid workers also are concerned about a government decision to stop all U.N. helicopter flights into the delta beginning next week as the recovery effort gathers pace. Private aid groups have been relying on those flights to get aid to the swampy area. "It means now we have to truck all the food in," which is slower and costlier, said Judy-Leigh Moore, a senior relief associate with World Vision, a U.S.-based relief organization.

Washington Post

Moving past life as a rebel slave

July 29, 2008

For more than 10 years, Ojok was held captive by the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group waging an insurgency in northern Uganda. ... Ojok was 12 years old when she and her sister Agnes were abducted as they walked to school one day in 1996. . . . Two years ago, the Ugandan military captured Ojok and her daughter and eventually freed them. But her sister Agnes and her baby were killed in a battle in Sudan. Ojok's first stop after returning from the bush was World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that provides counseling and vocational training for former captives.

Christian Science Monitor

Freeing the futures of German youths

July 28, 2008

... as Germany has become more heterogeneous, children born to less-privileged, working parents and non-native residents have started falling through the cracks. Today the Hauptschule is often seen as a dumping ground offering graduates little hope of a job, and the gymnasium as reserved for the elite. Studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have said that in no other country is the academic success of children so dependent on their parents' socioeconomic backgrounds. ... Sponsored by the nonprofit children's association World Vision in Friedrichsdorf, Dr. Hurrelmann's team of researchers interviewed 1,600 children, ages 6 through 11, and their parents, focusing in particular on 12 children representing different social groups. German children's social baggage weighs heavily on them, according to the World Vision study, which came out last fall.

Associated Press

Myanmar farmers back at work, but outlook is bleak

July 27, 2008

Ko Nyi Thaut lost six of his children and all his possessions when Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar three months ago. But the 53-year-old farmer still has his rice fields. The surprise, say aid workers, is how quickly he and others have gone back to work. The broader food outlook, however, is bleak. Like tens of thousands of farmers, Ko Nyi Thaut labors from dawn to dusk preparing his flood-ravaged Irrawaddy delta land for a crop that should have been planted a month ago. . . . "It doesn't look good at all," Ashley Clements of the World Vision aid group said by telephone from Myanmar. Many people will need food aid for "for the next few months and even for a year or so."

Associated Press

UN to end Myanmar aid flights on Aug. 10

July 18, 2008

A United Nations decision to end aid flights to Myanmar next month could hurt relief efforts already struggling to reach millions of survivors with adequate food and water, humanitarian groups said Friday. The U.N. plans to stop aid flights between Thailand's Don Muang airport and Myanmar's commercial capital, Yangon, on Aug. 10 and withdraw the last five U.N. helicopters that have been ferrying relief supplies to the hard-hit Irrawaddy delta. Five other helicopters have already stopped flying. Without the helicopters, relief groups will be forced to depend on boats and trucks to get supplies to the delta. The cargo at Don Muang will be transported by sea. "It is a bit of a blow not to have the helicopters guaranteed," World Vision emergency coordination specialist Ashley Clements said by telephone from Myanmar.

KPLU (NPR Seattle)

Hip Hop music used to tempt teens off mean streets

July 18, 2008

Hip hop is the soundtrack of urban street life. Nightclubs that play the music can be a magnet for trouble. But a Christian social service group is convinced it can co-opt hip hop, and keep at-risk kids on the right path. KPLU's Tom Banse reports from Tacoma.

Washington Post

African issues high on G8 summit agenda

July 9, 2008

The United States and other members of the Group of Eight this week reiterated their commitment to doubling aid to Africa by 2010, seeking to assuage growing concern that they will miss the ambitious targets they set three years ago in Gleneagles, Scotland. . . . Kel Currah of World Vision International, a Christian relief and development organization, applauded the U.S. initiative but said the bigger problem is that the dollar needs for such issues as AIDS and food were much greater than the G-8 is willing to consider.

Religion & Ethics

The 30 Hour Famine,(video included)

July 4, 2008

BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: Although the magnitude of the crisis can be overwhelming. The Christian relief group World Vision has come up with a creative way to help church youth groups understand the problem of world hunger and what they can do about it. It's called "The 30 Hour Famine" and we watched one at Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

San Jose Mercury News

Beijing or not, Sara Hall will feel fulfilled

July 3, 2008

. . . After the marathon trials in November, the Halls joined Christian relief group World Vision International. The group has organized about 1,000 charity runners to raise $1.5 million for African projects.


Why one girl refuses to remember

July 1, 2008

The storm didn't come. The wind didn't tear her home to pieces. The cyclone didn't sweep her mother and father away. In those brief moments, when she tunes out the questions, the 7-year-girl from Myanmar can step back in time -- before May's Cyclone Nargis took everything away. That's the girl aid workers from World Vision International, a Christian humanitarian group, found when they met Nway in her demolished village a month after the cyclone.

Washington Times

Rebels, soldiers peace talks further stalled

June 19, 2008

Peace talks between the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) further stalled this month in the southern Sudanese city of Juba amid reports of new atrocities being committed by the LRA in Sudan and Congo. . . . Other aid workers with World Vision, a Christian humanitarian aid organization whose supporters sponsor 112,000 Ugandan children, the United Nations and numerous other charities also continue to provide Ugandans with basic necessities, like water, sanitation and health care, as well as education and psychological aid. One challenge aid workers face is how to help families rebuild, said Geoffrey Kalebbo Denye, communications officer for World Vision in East Africa.


Official: Aid suspension imperils millions in Zimbabwe

June 14, 2008

Millions of Zimbabweans face starvation as a result of the government's decision to suspend the work of aid organizations last week, an aid director said Saturday. A "humanitarian crisis is unfolding," said Sue Mbaya, advocacy director for World Vision's Africa region. "[The] capacity of communities to cope on their own has really been eroded over the last few years."

Associated Press

Opposition: Police ordered to bring Biti to court

June 13, 2008

A judge has ordered police to bring the No. 2 opposition leader to court Saturday and explain why he should not be immediately released, an opposition lawyer said Friday. Tendai Biti was arrested upon returning to Zimbabwe from neighboring South Africa Thursday. Police have refused to say where he was being held or when they might bring him to court, but have said he faces a treason charge, which can carry the death penalty. . . . Aid group World Vision, which has projects across the country, appealed to the government Friday to allow delivery of basic humanitarian assistance by reversing the suspension. "We hold grave concerns for the 1.6 million orphans and vulnerable children across the country who will now not receive critical assistance from humanitarian agencies operating in the country," Wilfred Mlay, vice president for Africa for World Vision, said in a statement.

NPR, Marketplace

When the sex of the borrower matters

June 8, 2008

Some 5,000 miles from Carmen's store in Ecuador, women in the West African nation of Mali are getting help from another microfinancing program. This one doesn't rely on individual lenders. Instead, it's led by a large organization. But it's much tougher to hand out loans in societies where women have very little power - including over money. Matthew Algeo reports on efforts to change that ancient and some would say unfair tradition.

MATTHEW ALGEO: A bank cashier carefully counts her till in a small Malian village near the Burkina Faso border. It's a scene typical of any bank, but this is not a typical bank. It’s one of 11 so-called microbanks scattered across Mali and operated by the international charity World Vision. The banks make low-interest loans as small as $10. Borrowers can use the money to invest in anything from goats to grain.

USA Today

Focus on Africa, not golf, for LPGA veteran King

June 6, 2008

...Betsy King presented a check for $250,000 this week to World Vision, a relief organization dedicated to helping poverty-stricken children and communities worldwide. More than 60 LPGA players donated money and time to raise the funds, whether it came in the form of a check or the result of golf outings, tournaments, fundraisers and raffles. Others in the golf community, including Rolex, Ping, Golf Digest and the LPGA Tournament Owners Association, were major contributors, too.

Christian Science Monitor

Amid aid delays, locals in Burma (Myanmar) rebuild

June 2, 2008

... A small number of foreign relief experts have been allowed into the delta in the past few days. Steve Goudswaard, an expert in responding quickly to disasters and assessing immediate needs, was the first foreigner from World Vision to venture into the delta, which has been off limits to most foreign aid workers until recently. He says it took him almost a week after United Nations chief Ban Ki Moon's historic visit with Burma's leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, to finally get government permission to go beyond Rangoon, as local officials in the delta interpret the policy in their own ways.

NPR: The Bryant Park Project

Myanmar sends mixed signals on foreign aid

May 30, 2008

Four weeks after a massive cyclone hit Myanmar, relief efforts are still lagging. Even though the country's ruling junta has just said that it would approve dozens of visas for international relief workers, Chris Webster of the international Christian aid organization World Vision says that efforts are "still in early-days response mode."


Logistics hamper Myanmar relief

May 30, 2008

Logistical challenges have kept help from reaching much of Myanmar's cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy delta region, relief agencies reported Friday. . . . Chris Webster, a spokesman for the Christian charity World Vision, said his agency has seen "an opening up" by Myanmar officials as the ruling junta promised U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he visited last weekend.

Seattle Times

NW agencies are getting disaster aid to Myanmar

May 24, 2008

With news reports continuing that Myanmar's government is stopping much cyclone aid from getting through, the question emerges: Are donations actually doing any good? Yes, Pacific Northwest-based agencies say. Supplies and people are getting through — although with limitations. World Vision, based in Federal Way, which has worked in Myanmar for 40 years and has more than 580 people there — most Myanmar citizens — is one of a handful of international agencies that has been granted relatively free access by Myanmar's ruling junta.

NPR: All Things Considered

Junta agrees to let all aid workers into Myanmar

May 23, 2008

Myanmar agrees to allow all foreign aid workers, civilian ships and small boats into the country to help survivors of the cyclone. Chris Webster of the emergency aid organization World Vision tells Michele Norris how this news will affect those most in need of help.


U.N. chief: Myanmar to admit all aid workers

May 23, 2008

Myanmar's ruling junta agreed Friday to "allow all aid workers regardless of nationalities" into the country to help cyclone survivors, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. . . . Steve Goudswaard, Cyclone Nargis response manager for the Christian charity World Vision, called the junta's decision to open the doors to more aid workers "excellent news" if true, but added it was also important that relief staff be given unhindered access to survivors. "There is not a moment to lose in terms of needing to scale up our response," he said. "Large numbers of survivors have not so far received adequate assistance and many of them are in an extremely vulnerable situation. Allowing international staff into the country will also ensure our physically and emotionally exhausted national staff have additional support.

New York Times

U.N. Chief sees myanmar devastation

May 23, 2008

The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, had a firsthand look on Thursday at some of the damage caused by Myanmar’s cyclone, as a limited program of international aid gained momentum....

... relief agencies in Bangkok said that they were finally breaking through a logjam created by Myanmar’s suspicious government and that a small but steady flow of aid had begun.

“We are seeing positive indications that channels of relief into Myanmar are opening up,” said Steve Goudswaard of World Vision, a humanitarian agency.

Christian Science Monitor

Attacks on foreigners spread in S. Africa

May 22, 2008

South Africa's violence against foreigners took a turn for the worse on Wednesday as beleaguered foreign immigrants organized themselves to fight back. . . . "Everybody is baffled why this is happening now," says Carole Njoki, World Vision's advocacy advisor in Johannesburg. "But locals see foreigners taking their jobs, and they see that the allocation of low-income housing is inequitable. With high inflation and high unemployment, people's patience has reached the breaking point."

Associated Press

UN chief seeks to persuade Myanmar to open for aid

May 22, 2008

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sought to persuade Myanmar's ruling generals Thursday to let in a torrent of foreign assistance for cyclone victims rather than the current trickle. . . . But some thought just the visit of Ban, the first secretary-general ever to visit Myanmar in an official capacity, could make a difference. "His presence as a senior U.N. official is significant. It means there is enough concern in the international community to raise this to that level. Open up all the channels to allow international assistance to the country. That should be his message," said Richard Rumsey, a senior staffer of the aid agency World Vision in Thailand.

Associated Press

UN chief seeks to persuade Myanmar to open for aid

May 22, 2008

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sought to persuade Myanmar's ruling generals Thursday to let in a torrent of foreign assistance for cyclone victims rather than the current trickle. . . . But some thought just the visit of Ban, the first secretary-general ever to visit Myanmar in an official capacity, could make a difference. "His presence as a senior U.N. official is significant. It means there is enough concern in the international community to raise this to that level. Open up all the channels to allow international assistance to the country. That should be his message," said Richard Rumsey, a senior staffer of the aid agency World Vision in Thailand.

blog, Anderson Cooper 360

Leaving Myanmar, the tears will come later

May 19, 2008

Editor’s note: World Vision is a Christian-based humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide. Laura Cusumano Blank works for the organization. Here is how she found out she would be traveling to the region to help the victims:

CNN Money

Aid flows to China but less to Myanmar

May 20, 2008

Humanitarian relief charities, confronted with back-to-back natural disasters, are scrambling to raise money from Americans and corporations. . . . Aid group World Vision said Chinese employees in U.S. companies might also be playing a part. "There are a growing number of Chinese employees in U.S. corporations, and companies want to show their employees that they care," said Randy Strash, World Vision's strategy director for emergency response. Strash noted that the influence and income of Chinese-Americans is steadily growing and their support is evident in the current crisis.

New York Times

Looming dangers for orphaned Burmese

May 17, 2008

While the death toll in Myanmar continues to climb, international aid agencies are warning of a new kind of threat to the most vulnerable survivors, children. Child protection workers are trying to offer some refuge for the children by setting up what they call child-friendly spaces where children can mingle and play safely and attempt to overcome their traumas. “They get a bit of informal education and they play with each other and have fun,” said Laura Blank, a spokeswoman for World Vision, which is opening up 37 centers in Yangon, the main city of Myanmar. “Through that process we are bringing a little bit of joy into their lives.”

Associated Press

Myanmar’s junta confines foreigners to Yangon

May 16, 2008

Myanmar's military rulers have thrown a tightening ring of security around Yangon, blocking aid workers, foreign diplomats and journalists from reaching cyclone-battered regions where millions need food and medicine. ...

"A circle has been drawn around Yangon and expats are confined there. While you are getting aid through, it's like getting it through a 3-inch pipe, not a 30-inch pipe," said Tim Costello, president of the aid agency World Vision-Australia, in Yangon.

International Herald Tribune

UN says up to 40 percent of those killed in Myanmar cyclone likely children

May 13, 2008

About a third of those killed in the Myanmar cyclone may have been children and chaotic camps set up by survivors could put others at risk of human trafficking and sexual abuse, the U.N. and other agencies said Tuesday. The United Nations and several NGOs including World Vision and Save the Children have begun setting up scores of youth centers, where they can talk about their concerns in a safe environment along with playing games, singing and learning basics like their numbers and alphabet.

Chicago Tribune

Myanmar bracing for new storm

May 12, 2008

A tropical depression is bearing down on southern Myanmar. And in countless villages like this, where no one has received outside aid, the clock is counting down to another potential disaster. In what was seen as a huge concession by the junta, the United States finally got the go-ahead to send a C-130 cargo plane packed with supplies to Yangon on Monday, with two more air shipments scheduled to land Tuesday. But aid group World Vision, which has a big presence in Myanmar, said relief material delivered so far is a fraction of what is needed.

New York Times

Myanmar junta still blocking much cyclone aid

May 11, 2008

A trickle of aid shipments arrived in Myanmar on Sunday, more than a week after a powerful cyclone smashed the country, but the ruling military junta continued to bar major shipments to more than a million of the storm’s hard-hit survivors. The United Nations World Food Program said that only one visa had been approved out of 16 it had requested and the aid group World Vision said it had requested 20 visas but received two.

Washington Post

U.S. disaster relief efforts hampered

May 8, 2008

Americans are responding to the devastation wrought by the cyclone in Burma last week with an outpouring of support to U.S. charities and disaster relief groups, but geopolitics are complicating their efforts. World Vision, a Christian charity, has issued an appeal for $3 million to fund its work in Burma. The group has been distributing rice and water as well as tents, tarps and medicines. "We've had plenty of people donating online and calling," spokesman Casey Calamusa said. "Obviously, people here care about it, and it's something they want to act on."


U.N. says 1.5 million people affected by Myanmar storm

May 8, 2008

The United Nations estimated 1.5 million people have been "severely affected" by the cyclone that swept through Myanmar, as the United States expressed outrage with the country's junta over delays in allowing in aid. Some (aid) is getting through," World Vision Australia's chief executive officer Tim Costello told reporters in a conference call from Yangon. "But it's a trickle when it needs to be literally a flood."

Los Angeles Times

Aid begins to trickle in to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar

May 8, 2008

Frustration mounted Wednesday as humanitarian groups waited for Myanmar's government to grant visas and allow more relief flights into the country, steps deemed essential to easing the plight of as many as 1 million left homeless by a cyclone last weekend. World Vision, which has 580 full-time staffers in Myanmar, said it has been distributing water, rice and blankets in the area around Yangon but needs supplies that it has stored in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, if it is going to help the worst-hit rural areas.


Rotting corpses pile up as Myanmar’s leaders stall over aid

May 8, 2008

Myanmar's cyclone survivors do not have enough fuel to burn the rotting corpses of the dead as the country's military junta continues to drag its feet over access for aid groups. Relief agencies said decomposing corpses littered ditches and fields in the worst hit Irrawaddy delta area as survivors tried to conserve fuel for the transporting of much needed supplies. One of the hardest-hit areas is Pyinzalu, a small town on the tip of the Irrawaddy delta, which has not fully recovered from the 2004 tsunami, according to World Vision health advisor Dr. Kyi Minn in Yangon.

PBS News Hour

Death toll rises in Myanmar as aid groups face obstacles

May 7, 2008

MARGARET WARNER: But, just to be clear now, when these planes fly in now, so just the four World Food Program planes, I mean, they're only allowed basically to deliver the aid to whoever is there on the ground to distribute it; is that right? You're not allowed to leave people, additional people, there?

AMBASSADOR JOHN HOLMES: That is the -- mostly the position at the moment. We will be having -- getting some people in tomorrow. So, it's not a completely closed book. But, of course, there are, for example, World Food Program staff on the ground already. They already have a substantial program in Myanmar, albeit in different parts of the country. So, there are substantial numbers of U.N. staff already there. There are NGOs on the ground. World Vision are very big, a U.S. NGO, has people on the ground.

ABC News, World News Tonight with Charles Gibson

Countries scramble to help Myanmar

May 6, 2008

Aid groups worldwide wait for Myanmar's repressive government to accept help. Video includes interview with World Vision's Steve Matthews.

Wall Street Journal

Burma’s unnatural disaster

May 7, 2008

... Yet there was nothing natural about the destruction in the aftermath of this storm. This aid won't make much difference, however, if it isn't distributed in a timely and targeted manner. Foreign Minister Nyan Win said Monday that Burma would accept foreign assistance, but by Tuesday the United Nations, World Vision and USAID all had staff ready and waiting for visa approval. The World Food Program, which has warehouses in Burma, was able to start distributing food aid only on Tuesday -– three days after the storm hit.

USA Today

Junta slows cyclone aid to Burma

May 6, 2008

Food, clean water and medical supplies could still be days away for victims of a cyclone that devastated Burma and may have killed more than 10,000 people. The relief and development organization World Vision, whose donors sponsor 42,000 Burmese children, estimates the cyclone has put 2 million people in need of food, shelter or other help, says Rachel Wolff, spokeswoman for disaster response.

USA Today

Burma: Death toll could reach 10,000

May 6, 2008

World Vision, a non-profit relief and development organization, has worked in Burma for decades and has 580 staff members throughout the country, says Rachel Wolff, spokeswoman for disaster response.


Myanmar: 15,000 dead, up to a million homeless

May 6, 2008

Kyi Minn, of the international aid group World Vision, told CNN that the situation was bleak. "It could be worse than [the] tsunami," Minn said, comparing the cyclone's impact on Myanmar to the damage caused following the tsunami that struck the region in late 2004.

Washington Post

How to help: International aid to Burma

May 5, 2008

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide by tackling.poverty and injustice. The organization is distributing Family Survival kits containing crucial supplies such as food, clean water, blankets, temporary shelter, and cooksets.

The Associated Press

Cyclone death toll nears 4,000 in Myanmar state radio says

May 5, 2008

Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, early Saturday with winds of up to 120 mph. The cyclone blew roofs off hospitals and schools and cut electricity in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon. The private aid agency World Vision said Myanmar's government had invited it "to provide assistance in the form of zinc sheets, tents, tarpaulins and medicine."

Voice of America

Touring African villages bring personal stories of AIDS to U.S.

May 5, 2008

As this year began, the United Nations reported that nearly 31 million adults and 2.5 million children were living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Sub-Saharan Africa is by far the hardest-hit region. With just over 10 percent of the world's population, it is home to more than two-thirds of all people living with HIV. More than 1.5 million Africans died of AIDS last year. While the statistics themselves are dramatic, a Christian humanitarian organization is trying to dramatize the issue in a more personal way. World Vision is taking two portable African villages on tour across the United States. As Tom Banse reports, the exhibit designers confront the question of how to get everyday Americans to care about AIDS in Africa.

The Associated Press

Food crisis leaves many Afghans desperate

May 2, 2008

Rising global food prices have hit few places as hard as Afghanistan, where the cost of wheat flour has shot up 75 percent in three months, fueling anger against the U.S.-backed government of President Hamid Karzai. In the volatile south, officials fear it could boost recruitment for the Taliban insurgency. ...

In two of the poorest provinces, Ghor and Badghis, communities are buckling under the double impact of the global food crisis and a drought that wiped out 70 percent of last year's crop, said Mary Kate MacIsaac of the aid group World Vision.

In hungry Haiti, handouts only go so far

April 19, 2008

Hundreds of Haitians stood in long lines Saturday, just as others had walked for hours throughout the week to receive the U.N. and regional food aid pouring into the country after a spate of deadly riots. ...

World Vision, which is distributing $80 million of U.S. aid in Haiti over five years, says it is trying to raise private donations to buy more food and will distribute seeds and tools in the countryside, where the poverty is most extreme.

This is America: Interview with Rich Stearns

April, 2008

Join host Dennis Wholey for a personal conversation with Richard Stearns, President of World Vision (U.S.), a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children.

NFL gear not going to waste

April 10, 2008

Through a partnership between the NFL and World Vision, millions of dollars worth of the incorrectly titled, losing team’s licensed Reebok apparel is shipped out of the country to be distributed to children and families in need. ESPN follows the 2008 Super Bowl merchandise to Nicaragua.

San Francisco Chronicle
Displaced Ugandans face peace problems

April 10, 2008

Sitting under a mango tree in Lamola, an Internally Displaced Persons camp in northern Uganda, a group of women said they wanted to go home. They're among the more than a million people displaced by the long-running conflict between the Ugandan government and the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army. In Lamola, residents said they received aid from groups such as Oxfam, the U.N.'s World Food Program, the Norwegian Refugee Council and World Vision. The women in Lamola supplement charity with meager and unsteady sources of income, such as selling bamboo in the nearby town of Kitgum and brewing sorghum beer.

CBS Sports
Hoops of Hope

April 3, 2008

... Austin founded "Hoops of Hope" and raised $3,000. A year later, the ten-year old from Phoenix, Ariz. enlisted 1,000 kids from his hometown to shoot baskets, this time they raised over $38,000. In the spring of 2006, Austin announced that with the money raised they would attempt to build a high school for orphaned children in the region of Twachiyanda, Zambia, an area where there was not a high school within 60 miles. It is also one of the regions hit hardest in the world by the AIDS pandemic. Hoops of Hope would need to raise $100,000 to meet their goal and see Austin’s dream come true.

"People think kids can't really make a difference and they should wait until they are older. But that is totally wrong, you can do something as a kid," said Austin

Austin has made a difference. In October of 2007, Hoops of Hope, working in conjunction with World Vision, an international relief organization saw the school celebrate its grand opening.

USA Today
Thandie Newton: A fresh attitude with a little vintage flair

March 26, 2008

She applies that same attitude toward her acting. Newton has been in 1998's Beloved, 2000's Mission: Impossible II and 2004's Crash. But, the actress says, "I'm not as fascinated by this job anymore, and I know it has to do with the material. I'm not going to chase it." Take Crash, in which she played Terrence Howard's enraged wife, who gets groped by a racist cop. It's one of the rare parts that engrossed Newton, but, she says, "Crash was two weeks of my life. The roles that fascinate me have been teeny. Some people get to do great work and be really impressive and wonderful — Jane Fonda and Meryl Streep, Isabelle Adjani. And then, there's a lot of (junk). I'm not moaning, because that's how it is, so I've built up life to compensate." She recently traveled to Mali with the World Vision relief organization, calling it "deeply satisfying." Though she may find acting less gratifying, she keeps at it.

Relief agencies: Somalia too dangerous for us to work

March 25, 2008

Nearly 40 relief agencies serving Somalia said Tuesday they can't help millions of Somalis, blaming the existence of too many checkpoints, danger that aid workers face and "a lack of respect for international humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict."

"The crisis engulfing Somalia has deteriorated dramatically, while access to people in need continues to decrease," said a statement signed by organizations including World Vision, Oxfam International and Cooperative Assistance for Relief Everywhere, among others.

Washington Post
Ugandan rebel reaches out to International Court

March 19, 2008

It was an unexpected journey by attorneys for the elusive Joseph Kony, a Ugandan rebel commander with messianic delusions and a ghoulish human rights record. The legal delegation went on an exploratory mission earlier this month to the International Criminal Court, which wants Kony tried on war crimes charges for his role leading the Lord's Resistance Army. ...

Humanitarian groups such as World Vision, which has a large presence in Uganda's refugee camps, have argued that the court should step aside to allow a peace agreement to take hold across the distressed territory where they work.

Associated Press
Extremists target aid groups in Pakistan

March 19, 2008

In a tactic reminiscent of neighboring Afghanistan, Islamic militants are attacking aid groups in the Pakistan's volatile northwest, and local authorities appear incapable — or unwilling — to stop them. The threat has forced several foreign agencies to scale back assistance to survivors of the October 2005 earthquake that killed at least 78,000 people and left 3 million homeless — risking the region's recovery from the worst natural disaster in the country's history. Graham Strong, country director for U.S.-based World Vision, which heads an umbrella group of 20 international aid organizations operating in Pakistan, voiced concern that aid workers here will face the same problem as in Afghanistan.

Chicago Tribune
Group offers classroom, building supplies for schools, other groups

March 6, 2008

An unusual store in Elgin that sells classroom supplies, clothing and other items to charitable groups and schools has begun offering building materials at bargain prices -- everything from doors and windows to kitchen sinks. Participating groups can save more than 75 percent on new merchandise, all of it donated. Qualified public schools -- those where most students receive free lunch -- are eligible for free supplies. An outreach of World Vision, a Christian poverty-relief organization, the Elgin Storehouse provides an alternative for suppliers who might dump unwanted materials into landfills, official said.

The Cincinnati  Enquirer
Refugees from Iraq war must not be forgotten

March 5, 2008

While just how to resolve the Iraq crisis is a cause of divisiveness in the U.S. and the international community, the issue of helping Iraqi refugees demands united action. No path to peace and freedom in Iraq or the Middle East can ignore the suffering of millions of people caught in tragic circumstances. The charity World Vision released a report highlighting "an unseen generation of young refugees" unable to attend school because of overcrowding in host countries or because their families simply do not have the money to afford the education.

The Modesto Bee
Faith-based group brings AIDS exhibit to valley

Feb. 29, 2008

A free exhibit at the First Baptist Church in Lodi tells the story of Babirye and other children who live with the horrors of AIDS in African nations, where 25 million people are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus.

The touring exhibit, "World Vision Experience: AIDS," opened Thursday in the church's gymnasium and runs through Monday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

SENEGAL: A day in the life of the 'talibe'

Feb. 21, 2008

In Senegal up to 100,00 children roam the streets begging for money and scraps of food in order to survive, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF, 2004). Many of these beggars are ‘talibes’ or Koranic students, who follow a religious teacher or ‘marabout’ to whom they are entrusted to learn the Koran. ...

Accompanying slideshow includes photos from Ann Birch, World Vision's communications team leader, based in Dakar, Senegal

Atlanta Journal Constitution Atlanta Journal Constitution
Students go hungry to learn empathy

Feb. 22, 2008

Sugarloaf United Methodist Church who participated in the 30 Hour Famine, a nationwide event held to raise money to fight hunger. Students pledge to go without food for 30 hours — most also perform community service and learn more about world hunger — to raise money. World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization coordinating the event, estimates 852 million people are hungry.

Famine is food for thought

Feb. 17, 2008

Westhampton Beach High School students raised close to $5,000 earlier this month through a 30-Hour Famine to fight world hunger. The event was sponsored by World Vision, a humanitarian organization that coordinated more than 500,000 fasting teens nationwide. "This was a real wake-up call," said senior Rebecca Reeve, president of the school's Classmates United in Restoring the Environment Club. "Living in an upscale resort town, many students here don't realize there are people around the world without enough to eat."

Where New England won the Superbowl

Feb. 15, 2008

There was something not quite authentic about the Super Bowl victory celebration here last week…. The crowd was not rowdy football fans; it was a group of shy local women and children who are unlikely to have seen the game, but came anyway to get a free Super Bowl T-shirt or hat… Due to NFL regulations that prohibit the sale of the losing team's "championship" apparel, the T-shirts and hats were donated to needy Nicaraguans by World Vision, in conjunction with the NFL and Reebok.

ALSO SEE VIDEO: The T-Shirt graveyard,

Religion and Ethics
Bangladesh relief

Feb. 15, 2008

Interview with Vince Edwards, National Director of World Vision, Bangladesh: “World Vision moved over 30,000 families in 33 cyclone shelters prior to the cyclone.” … Non-government organizations, especially faith-based ones, have been key to relief efforts in a country known for ineffective governance. The Christian organization World Vision has been helping people put their homes together temporarily with corrugated iron sheets. It will take years to build sturdier homes.

New York Post
Nicaragua poor get Pat’s T’s

February 7, 2008

The Giants may be America's Super Bowl champs, but there will still be one place in the world where the Patriots' sorry dreams of a perfect season live on: Nicaragua. Thousands and thousands of unsold caps and T-shirts printed with "19-0" and "Patriots Super Bowl Champions" have been donated to a charity that will ship them next week to the impoverished Central American country.

As soon as the gear arrives, poor children across Nicaragua will be transformed into unwitting members of Patriots Nation. "It will be a parallel universe, where the Patriots had a perfect season," said Karen Kartes, a spokeswoman for World Vision, the charity that will be delivering the items.

Los Angeles Times
Civilians flee Chad capital in fighting lull

February 5, 2008

Thousands of frightened Chadians took advantage of a lull in fighting Monday to flee N'Djamena when rebels withdrew from the capital after two days of heavy clashes with government troops. ...

At daylight Monday, a crush of panicked civilians began evacuating, creating traffic jams on all major roads and a bridge spanning the Chari River toward neighboring Cameroon.

"There was a lot of overcrowding on the bridge, and some people abandoned their cars and walked," said Ann Birch, spokeswoman for World Vision in Dakar, Senegal, after speaking to one of the charity's staffers in N'Djamena.

The Boston Globe
Pats lose their shirts for others’ gain

February 5, 2008

Tedy Bruschi, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and the rest of the Pats may have lost Super Bowl XLII, but to people in Zambia, Romania, and Nicaragua the Patriots will soon be known as the world champions. Huh? Well, all those T-shirts and caps printed in advance with the Pats proclaimed the Super Bowl winner aren't tossed out. The NFL and the Christian relief group World Vision send the unused, losing half of the Super Bowl victory apparel to countries where people are in need of clothing.

Ceasefire in Chad fighting as thousands flee capital

February 5, 2008

Fighting has stopped in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena, French and Chadian officials said Tuesday, after a rebel uprising that has forced more than 20,000 people from their homes in the past few days. World Vision spokesman Levourne Tassiri said he had already been to Kousseri, where he said the situation for refugees was desperate. "I saw people who are living without shelter, without food, without blankets," Tassiri said from Maroua, Cameroon, just across the border from Chad. He said many were without drinking water. "To see a human being suffer like this -- you know, it's not good," he said. "I am wondering after a few days, what people will do.

Violence rages on in Chad

February 4, 2007, McClatchy Newspapers

Government forces using helicopters and tanks repelled a rebel assault on the presidential palace in the central African nation of Chad yesterday in a day of bloodshed that witnesses said left many civilians dead and wounded.

The assault marked the second day of fighting in the second attempted coup against President Idriss Deby in as many years. ...

"If the president remains, I fear that the entire capital will be destroyed," said Levourne Passiri, country director for World Vision, a U.S.-based charity. "There is already much economic and human damage. Many people have been killed. Many civilians died yesterday."

Sports Illustrated
Super Bowl XLII may set sales record

February 4, 2008

The New York Giants aren't the only winners in the team's upset victory over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Hats, T-shirts and other gear bearing the Giants logo started flying off the racks ... .

Children far removed from the game benefit as well, thanks to a partnership developed in 1994 between the NFL and the relief organization World Vision. By next week, World Vision will have delivered the pre-printed -- and incorrect -- Patriots champion gear to underprivileged children in Nicaragua.

Tanks battle in Chad capital; foreigners evacuated

February 3, 2008

Chad government troops and rebels clashed in fighting that involved tanks and helicopters in the capital N'Djamena today, as President Idriss Deby fought to retain power and France evacuated more than 700 foreigners. ``Many civilians have been killed,'' said Levourne Passiri, national director in Chad for aid organization World Vision, in an e-mailed statement today. "I fear that the entire capital could be destroyed.''

Philadelphia Daily News
All is not lost for losers

January 22, 2008

Ever wonder what happens to the official championship apparel of the losing team? It doesn't go to waste.

While the Patriots and Giants were almost immediately walking around with their conference champion shirts and hats on Sunday, boxes upon boxes of similar stuff printed for the Chargers and Packers was heading to some of the world's most impoverished nations. World Vision, a humanitarian organization, has partnered with the NFL since 1994 to distribute the obsolete items around the world.

San Diego News 8
Chargers merch to be donated to needy families

KFMB-TV (CBS) ch. 8, San Diego
January 21, 2008

World Vision Karen Kartes talks with News 8 about Chargers merchanise to be donated to World Vision.

Zimbabwe issues new flood warnings

January 16, 2007

Officials in economically ravaged Zimbabwe issued new warnings Wednesday of floods, as fears grew that flooding in neighboring Mozambique would be more extensive than in 2001 when 800 people died. ...

The charity World Vision noted the peak of the rainy season was due in mid-February.

"Disaster prevention work is helping to reduce the likelihood of a high death toll like we saw in 2001," World Vision emergency officer Amos Doornbos said. "But those affected are the very vulnerable whose crops were wiped out last year and who have now lost their livelihood again."

Impact Your World: Crisis in Kenya

January 9, 2008

The CNN special feature "Impact Your World" offers background information and resources for learning about current disasters and emergencies, along with opportunities for readers to effect change through partnership with some of highest-rated charities by Information is provided as an inspiration for readers to explore the best ways for you to impact their world. World Vision was listed as one of the organizations through which readers could help.

PRI Marketplace
Pig Donations Bring Home the Bacon

December 24, 2007

The average annual income in Lesotho is $100 a year, but a $195 donation to World Vision can buy a family an income-generating piglet that can boost that income substantially. Gretchen Wilson reports.

ABC News
Getting a Great Holiday Gift

December 19, 2007

On ABC News Money Matters, Vinita Nair offers some gift-buying tips for those friends who have it all. She talks with World Vision's Devin Hermanson about World Vision's gift catalog.

Good Morning America
Got a Goat? Change a Family's Life

December 16, 2007

A gift catalogue from World Vision, an international humanitarian organization, lets you give extraordinary gifts of hope to poor communities around the world.

The Today Show
Smart Santa: Hot Gifts Within Your Budget

December 9, 2007

No matter how fat or thin your wallet is, chances are you want to be able to give some of the most sought-after gifts of the season. Consider the following presents for all types of budgets: World Vision Share of a Dairy Cow (WORLDVISION.ORG; $50): Help boost a family's protein and calcium intake by giving them their very own dairy cow. Capable of producing 120,000 glasses of milk in its lifetime, a cow is a gold mine of health for parents and children alike. You'll also help a family earn money at the local market by selling extra dairy products. The cow's offspring can be sold for extra income, too -- or shared with other families, extending the impact of your gift!

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Hope for AIDS orphans

November 30, 2007

On the eve of World Aids Day, NBC's John Larson reports on a young Arizona teenager who raised money for Zambian orphans left behind by the African AIDS epidemic. With the help of World Vision, Austin Gutwein built the first high school for a Zambian community hit hard by AIDS.

He’s giving hope to AIDS orphans

November 30, 2007

NBC’s John Larson reports on an American student who is going through hoops to raise money and a school for kids in Africa. With the help of World Vision, Austin Gutwein built the first high school for a Zambian community hit hard by AIDS.

AIDS Study: Knowledge Yields Better Policy

November 30, 2007

About one-third of the people in seven countries, including the United States, know little about the HIV or AIDS epidemic, a United Nations-backed survey said.

The Global AIDS Attitudes Survey, published by World Vision, also reported that about 25 percent of the people surveyed indicated they believed the media "greatly exaggerated" problems associated with epidemic, the United Nations said in a news release. The survey was conducted in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States.

New Survey Reveals Frustration That AIDS Assistance Goals Not Met

November 29, 2007

A new global survey measuring attitudes toward the AIDS epidemic revealed that 52 percent of people are "frustrated" or "angry" with their governments for not honoring a 2005 commitment to help those affected by HIV and AIDS. “For those millions of people the disease HIV is simply not real," said Richard E. Sterns, President of World Vision USA, a U.S.-based Christian aid group that conducted the survey with the polling firm Ipsos. "It's not personal, it is somebody else's problem and somebody's else's disease.”

One in Three in G7 Ignorant About AIDS: Survey

November 29,2007

One in three adults in the world's top industrial democracies say they know little or nothing about AIDS, a disease thought to have killed more than 28 million people in the past 26 years, a poll showed on Thursday. But the survey, carried out by Ipsos for the World Vision charity, found that in the seven countries studied, 44 percent of respondents would be willing to pay more taxes to combat AIDS, including 50 percent in the United States.

One-Third of Adults in Rich Nations Are Ignorant About AIDS, UN-Backed Study Finds

November 29, 2007

In what should serve as a wake-up call ahead of World AIDS Day, a new United Nations-backed survey shows that about one third of the people in seven wealthy nations admit they know little or nothing about the global HIV and AIDS crisis, and 25 per cent believe problems associated with the epidemic are “greatly exaggerated” by the media. The Global AIDS Attitudes Survey, published by the non-governmental organization World Vision, reveals the awareness and attitudes of populations in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – all members of the “Group of Eight” industrialized nations – towards those affected by HIV and AIDS globally.

Bangladesh Reels from Cyclone

November 19, 2007

Gwen Iffel interviews Humayun Kabir, Bangladesh's ambassador to the United States, and Rein Paulson, World Vision's senior director for humanitarian and emergency affairs, to discuss efforts to assist Bangladesh after a powerful cyclone slammed into the South Asian nation, leaving thousands dead.

Aid Agencies Respond to Devastation in Bangladesh

November 17, 2007

Bangladesh is recovering from the biggest cyclone to hit the flood-prone country in years. Relief worker Vince Edwards [of World Vision] speaks with Andrea Seabrook about efforts to recover survivors and repair the damage caused by Cyclone Sidr.

Bangladesh Cyclone Said to Kill 1,100

November 16, 2007

Aid workers struggled Friday to help hundreds of thousands of survivors of a cyclone that blasted Bangladesh with 150 mph winds, killing a reported 1,100 people, savaging coastal towns, and leaving millions without power in the deadliest such storm in more than a decade. ...

Volunteers from international aid agencies, including the U.N. World Food Program, Save the Children and the U.S.-based Christian aid group World Vision, have joined the relief effort.

World Vision is putting together seven-day relief packages for families that will include rice, oil, sugar, salt, candles and blankets, according to Vince Edwards, the agency's Bangladesh director.

Quake Aftershocks Rattle Northern Chile

November 15, 2007

Powerful aftershocks rattled northern Chile on Thursday, startling emergency workers a day after a large earthquake killed two people and injured more than 100 in the mineral-rich region. ...

"People here are pretty afraid. There have been so many aftershocks that start with a big noise, a humming noise, and then the ground starts moving and people start to run away," Paula Saez, an aid worker with World Vision International, said from Tocopilla.

Thousands of Chileans Homeless After Quake, Mayor Says

November 15, 2007

Thousands of Chileans may have to sleep in the streets Wednesday night after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake rattled the north part of the country, killing at least two people, injuring dozens and destroying hundreds of homes. ...

Paula Saez with the aid organization World Vision told CNN she was on a treacherous drive attempting to reach Tocopilla.

"There's no electricity and there's a lot of landslides" covering the road in spots, she said, and the highway was spotted with holes.

For Somali children, Even Soccer Can Be Deadly

November 14, 2007

Abukar Mursal stopped going outside to play after a bullet grazed his back during a soccer game in Mogadishu, the wretched seaside capital where he was born.

Abukar, just 15 years old, simply added sports to his list of banned activities — no joining up with militiamen patrolling the streets. No guns. And finally, no soccer with his friends. ...

"The children from Mogadishu have seen dead people in the streets, wounded people in the streets," said Ibrahim Haji, a counselor for the aid group World Vision Somalia.

Thousands Flee Growing Violence in Mogadishu

November 12, 2007

Violence in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, is forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and creating a growing humanitarian crisis.

News reports from the conflict-ridden capital say that at least 70 people have died in a week of fighting between Ethiopian-backed government forces and Islamist-led militants.

Deadly Tropical Storm Noel Hammers Cuba

October 30, 2007

Tropical Storm Noel moved inland over Cuba on Tuesday after causing at least 11 deaths in the Dominican Republic.

Weather models show Noel could reach Category 1 hurricane status, with top wind speeds between 74 to 95 mph (119 to 153 kph), by Wednesday afternoon, forecasters said. ...

Juliana Pierossi, a spokeswoman for the aid agency World Vision International, said 11 communities in southern Dominican Republic were inundated with rain. Floods have forced hundreds from their homes, drenched fields full of crops and cluttered the roads of the capital, Santo Domingo, with debris and stalled cars, she said.

"World Vision has started to distribute food and water for people who are in shelters, but we're worried about long-term effects," she said.

More Than Dozen Dead as Storm Drenches Hispaniola

October 29, 2007

More than a dozen people died in the Dominican Republic on Monday after Tropical Storm Noel dumped torrential rain on the Caribbean country, sending thigh-high water surging through streets and cutting power to thousands. Juliana Pierossi of international humanitarian agency World Vision said roads were flooded and impassable throughout the Dominican Republic and power cuts were widespread.

State Fire, Aid Workers Head South to Help

October 24, 2007

World Vision, a Christian relief agency with national headquarters in Federal Way, sent a truckload of supplies, including bottled water, face masks and clothing to Southern California.

Inaccurate Shirts Put to Good Use

October 24, 2007

Ever wonder what happens to that Cleveland Indians ALCS Champions and Arizona Diamondbacks NLCS Champions apparel? In the past, that gear from the losing teams was destroyed. Not this year. The shirts and hats for the teams that don't advance will go to children and families who need it. MLB teamed up with World Vision to make it happen, and "the first shipment will go to the African country of Ghana, which is experiencing severe flooding and has left many poor families in need of clothing," according to World Vision.

All Those T-Shirts of Losing Teams? Off to Africa.

October 24, 2007

In years past, once the victors were decided, Major League Baseball (MLB) required the destruction of all the clothing declaring the losers as champions. But this year Mr. Fields and his colleagues at World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian aid group, will save the erroneously labeled clothing from the incinerators and, instead, send them to impoverished Ghanaians affected by recent flooding.

Caregiver Kits Initiative on the Ning Blog

October 15, 2007

Though World Vision provides an informative home page, the Caregiver Kits Initiative network gives both leaders and participants a place to share news, suggestions, reflections, and ideas! It is a truly interactive extension of their Web site.

Attacks on Aid Groups Rising in Darfur

September 27, 2007

Humanitarian groups are facing a new escalation of violence in Darfur, with more than a dozen of their vehicles hijacked in recent days and several employees abducted or critically wounded. Several aid groups are questioning how much longer they can go on amid the spiraling chaos. Most attacks occurred on roads to refugee camps housing some of the 2.5 million people chased from their homes by Darfur's warfare. But gunmen have also struck within Nyala, capital of South Darfur state. A driver from the Christian aid group World Vision was ambushed and his car hijacked in Nyala this week, as was another the week before. Three of the group's local employees were wounded, one critically, in a separate attack on a convoy Sept. 20.

Aid, Cash Pledged for Indonesia Quake Victims

September 13, 2007

Aid agencies have pledged cash and rushed teams to assess damage and help the injured after a major earthquake and a series of powerful aftershocks shook Indonesia's Sumatra island. World Vision Indonesia said relief teams were due to leave on Thursday to assess the impact of the quakes. "We are sending assessment teams to Bengkulu and West Sumatra today," World Vision Indonesia National Director Trihadi Saptoadi said in a statement, adding that the real impact of the quakes remained unclear.

Felix Weakens to Depression; Henreitte Nears Mexico

September 5, 2007

Felix weakened to a depression from a tropical storm near the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, a day after slamming into the Nicaraguan coast as a Category 5 hurricane, the maximum level. Tens of thousands of people in Honduras were evacuated ahead of the storm's passage, Oscar Chicas, emergency relief director for advocacy organization World Vision, said yesterday. Three people died near the Nicaraguan border, he said.

Health Volunteers/ An International Program to Help Zambia Fight HIV/AIDS

September 3, 2007

CNN World Report looks at helping AIDS patients in Zambia. This is the second story of a three part package reporting on the World Vision-led RAPIDS program, highlighting work with volunteer community caregivers and orphans and vulnerable children. Interview with Bruce Wilkinson, RAPIDS chief of party.
View video at time marker 3:45–5:30.

Curtains Removed From AIDS in Africa

September 1, 2007

"Hello, my friend. Take a moment to step out of your world. Take a few deep breaths. Become a child."

Halimba's smooth baritone voice, spoken with an enchanting African accent, flows through a pair of headphones plugged into a postage stamp-sized iPod.

On cue, visitors are told to push aside a curtain and enter an African village decorated with scuffed wooden chairs, metal bunk beds, and dozens of color photographs.

Hurricane Dean Strikes Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

August 21, 2007

Hurricane Dean hit the Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday morning, packing winds of 168 miles an hour. The system weakened to 80 mph as it plowed through the Mexican jungle on its way to the Bay of Campeche. "The rains have stopped, but the winds are still so heavy they can almost knock you down; you really have to fight against them," said Aldo Pontecorvo, director of emergency affairs for humanitarian organization World Vision, in an interview this afternoon from Merida, capital of Mexico's Yucatan state. "Traffic lights are down, and there is extreme flooding."

Hurricane Dean Poised to Hit Jamaica

August 19, 2007

In Gonave, an island with no electricity west of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, thousands of people huddled in the darkness in churches and schools and other inland shelters as the storm brought heavy rain and fierce winds, said Samuel Menager, an employee of the international aid group World Vision that helped people evacuate from the coast.

‘Step Into Africa’ Gives Americans Realistic Look at Continent in Crisis

August 18, 2007

Leaders of World Vision, the nonprofit Christian relief organization, felt something special was needed to get Americans involved in the fight against the African AIDS pandemic.

“We wanted to get them to touch the issue, to have them feel it, touch it, and be able to experience the need in a different way,” said Michael Yoder, the agency’s director of experiential engagement.

Christian Relief Poised for Quake-Hit Peru

August 16, 2007

One of the world's largest Christian relief and development organizations said Thursday it was ready to respond to the 8.0-magnitude quake that struck central Peru Wednesday night. World Vision reported that its staff and sponsored children in Peru are safe and the international agency is prepared to aid the victims of the quake.

Aid Workers Fight Disease as South Asia Floods Recede

August 6, 2007

Aid agencies warned that hundreds more people across northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal may die from starvation and disease, as South Asia's worst floods in living memory began to recede. "There is a fear when the water recedes that diseases will strike, there is that possibility,'' said Franklin Joseph, director of emergency response and disaster mitigation in India for non-governmental organization, World Vision. "Water sources will be contaminated when the villagers go in, we need to provide clean food and homes.''

An Exercise in Transformation

August 1, 2007

Airplanes and on-ramps. Talk to Atul Tandon about fundraising, and you get a lot of metaphors about movement.

Whether it’s drawing a picture of specific programming as on-ramps to the highway of donor engagement, or comparing the development of an overall donor-centric attitude within an organization while also keeping a variety of strategies robust to repairing an airplane while it’s still in the air, the senior vice president of donor engagement at World Vision U.S. is clear about his point: Fundraising is far from a static endeavor and, to keep up, an organization — even one as venerable and stalwart as the 57-year-old World Vision — has to keep moving.

Zambia's 'Lazarus Effect'

August 2, 2007

Diagnosed three years ago, Esnart was discovered by World Vision workers, on her death bed, covered with sores. But because of U.S. -funded medical aid, Esnart is alive today, an example of what some are calling "The Lazarus Effect."

"It's like coming back from the dead because if you saw me then you would have said I wouldn't live," Esnart said.

Interventions for Depression Symptoms Among Adolescent Survivors of War and Displacement in Northern Uganda

August 1, 2007

This article describes an RCT in 2 camps for internally displaced persons in northern Uganda. We investigated whether a therapy-based intervention (interpersonal psychotherapy for groups, [IPT-G]) and an activity-based intervention (creative play, [CP]) were effective for relieving mental health and psychosocial problems resulting from war and displacement among adolescents.

World Vision was a collaborating partner.

Kenyan Farmers’ Fate Caught Up in U.S. Aid Rules

July 31, 2007

As the United States Congress debates an omnibus farm bill, it is considering a small change that advocates say could make a big difference to the world's hungriest people: allowing the U.S. government to buy some food in Africa to feed the famished, rather than shipping it all overseas from America. With the guidance of the Christian charity World Vision, which implemented the project, the families hacked an irrigation system from the barren landscape with machetes, hoes and shovels, clearing 1,000 acres and digging 99 miles of canals along the Kerio River.

Rising Food Prices Curb Aid to Global Poor

July 24, 2007

Rising food prices are threatening the ability of aid organizations to help the world's hungriest people. …World Vision, another Christian charity, is closing a six-year pilot project in Kenya where the group saw family incomes grow from around $235 a year to $800 a year as cultivation techniques improved.

Building Reminders of a Global Crisis

July 24, 2007

For leaders of World Vision, the Christian humanitarian organization with anti-poverty and human rights efforts in nearly 100 countries worldwide, the effects of AIDS and HIV are particularly ravaging for children. More than 90 percent of the world's HIV-infected children live in sub-Saharan Africa, including 15 million who have already lost one or both parents to the virus. The organization hopes to bring stories like Fred and Emmanuel's to life through "World Vision Experience: AIDS," a free, traveling exhibit that debuts this weekend at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor. The two-day stop launches a two-pronged, national tour that will see 80 cities by the end of next year.

Stolen Innocence: Inside the Shady World of Child Sex Tourism

July 17, 2007

The tales of child victims of the sex tourism overseas are heartbreaking and disturbing, and as the international industry booms its legal effects are being felt right here in the United States.

Laura Bush on Africa Trip, AIDS Epidemic

First Lady interview: "On the Record"

June 9, 2007

BUSH: ... I did have a wonderful trip to Africa. And Jenna went with me, our daughter, which made it especially fun for me. And we had four great countries that we got to visit, from the west coast, Senegal, where we started, all the way to the Indian Ocean just above South Africa to Mozambique, and then to Zambia, which is close to Mozambique, and then all the way back to the west coast again to Mali, our last stop before we flew home.

First Lady Talks Up Aid Successes in Africa

June 29, 2007

First lady Laura Bush toured the Zambian capital of Lusaka Thursday as part of a four-nation swing through Africa, visiting a unique U.S.-funded project that taps a network of 12,000 Zambian HIV/AIDS volunteers to distribute mosquito nets designed to fight another major challenge: malaria. But the $2.5 million program is also unique in another way — half of it is being funded by American corporations, including Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and the NBA. The companies are part of an alliance that calls itself the Global Business Coalition, which is working with the U.S. government and a consortium of non-governmental organizations, ranging from World Vision and CARE International to local church groups throughout this largely rural and poor country of 11.5 million people.

A New Day in Afghanistan

June/July 2007

Seated in the front row of a crowded classroom, squeezed between a host of other students dressed in white head scarves and black uniforms, Khalida, 9, shares her Dari language exercise book with a classmate. Her dark brown eyes move between the text and her teacher, as students take turns reading aloud, and the teacher, a woman in her 30s, corrects their errors. Outside a bell clangs. Class is over. Students quickly close their books, deposit them in their backpacks and handbags, and hurry for the door. ...

World Vision’s programming in Afghanistan concentrates on the integrated well-being of families and includes efforts in health, food security, water and sanitation, gender equality, and a particularly strong education component.

South Korean President to Visit

June 29, 2007

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun will make his first trip to Seattle on Saturday, talking with community leaders before departing the next day for an Olympics meeting in Guatemala. Roh, 61, will arrive Saturday morning and meet with Korean Americans later in downtown Seattle to discuss U.S.-Korea relations, trade and a possible visa waiver for Koreans who want to visit the United States. Before that 300-person meeting, first lady Kwon Yang-suk will meet with non-profit and foundation groups in downtown Seattle. Participants will include representatives from the Bellevue Seattle Korean School, Korean Women's Association, World Vision and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, officials said.

Laura Bush Visits Zambia to Highlight U.S. Efforts to Combat Disease

June 28, 2007

U.S. first lady Laura Bush will tour an AIDS treatment center and launch an anti-malaria campaign in Zambia on Thursday as she highlights U.S.-funded efforts to combat disease in the southern African nation. Mrs. Bush began a tightly orchestrated day with a brief courtesy call to Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa and first lady Maureen Mwanawasa. The American first lady has also used her trip to support the role of faith-based organizations in foreign aid efforts, a role that local health practitioners say is important but only part of a larger strategy. She will visit two such efforts in Zambia, where the vast majority of people are churchgoing Christians. Faith-based aid groups like World Vision and Catholic Relief Services are partnering with local Zambian groups to distribute 500,000 insecticide-treated bed nets throughout Zambia in a US$2.5 million (€1.8 million) anti-malaria public-private partnership. Half of the money for the project is coming from a coalition of American corporations.

Domestic Violence Has Roots In Teenage Years: Study

June 28, 2007

Domestic violence has roots in the teenage years but may be prevented if the behavior is detected early in adolescence, researchers said.

They argue that adolescents who steadily engage in violent behavior and those who become increasingly violent in their mid-teens are significantly more likely to engage in domestic violence in their 20s. "Violence leads to violence" Todd Herrenkohl, the lead author of the study from the University of Washington said in an interview. "What this study, hopefully, suggests to people is that by intervening with youth at an early point, when we see the development of violence in the early adolescent period, that may have an enduring effect on their behavior over time", he added. Corryne Deliberto, domestic policy adviser at the relief organization World Vision in Washington, D.C., which is launching a campaign against youth and gang violence, agrees that prevention is the key.

First Lady Visits Africa

June 27, 2007

Laura Bush is in Africa to raise awareness about HIV and malaria. Story features World Vision Caregiver Kits.

Laura Bush Touts Aid successes on Africa Tour

June 27, 2007

When first lady Laura Bush tours the Zambian capital of Lusaka Thursday as part of a four-nation swing through Africa, she'll visit a unique US-funded project that taps a network of 12,000 Zambian HIV/AIDS volunteers to distribute bed nets designed to fight another major challenge: malaria. But the $2.5 million program is also unique in another way – half of it is being funded by American corporations, including the likes of Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and the National Basketball Association. The companies are part of an alliance that calls itself the Global Business Coalition, which is working with the US government and a consortium of non-governmental organizations, ranging from big players like World Vision and Care International to local church groups throughout this largely rural and poor country of 11.5 million people.

US House Takes First Steps on Long-Term Food Aid

June 26, 2007

A U.S. House of Representatives committee approved a bill on Tuesday to boost food aid for the world's poor, adding a $600-million minimum for long-term hunger programs lawmakers say are needed to prevent future famines. That proposal is unpopular with agriculture and shipping groups, and with some charities that sell U.S. food aid on developing country markets to fund development work. Instead, the bill increases the funding ceiling for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, which purchase crops abroad to deal with food emergencies.

The amount, and kind, of food aid that the United States, the world's largest provider of food aid, is just one of the issues lawmakers, interest groups and civil society are fighting out as Congress prepares the new farm bill. "It's an incredibly strong statement on the importance of food aid, both for development and emergencies. It's not just about handing out food aid," said Ellen Levinson, who heads a group of nonprofit organizations like World Vision.

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