Last Update: May 2017
Hunger crisis driven by complicated factors, including drought and conflict, has left over 20 million people across East Africa in urgent need of humanitaian food assistance. More than 3.5 million children are suffering from malnutrition. In late February, famine was declared in two provinces of Unity state in northern South Sudan. Somalia is also on the brink of famine, and certain parts of Kenya and Ethiopia are approaching emergency levels of food insecurity. At the same time, those escaping conflict and hunger crises are increasing dramatically across the region; exacerbating the need to assist in multiple areas and contexts.
Last update: December 2016
It is almost six years, we still see no end of the raging conflict and bloodshed in Syria. In December 2016, Aleppo, a strategically important city in the north, has experienced heartless violence as families and children are being massacred. Cold and hungry, children in increasingly crowded evacuation sites face danger from attacks. World Vision is responding to the humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo Governorate: providing clean water and sanitation services, supporting health clinics and hospitals with equipment, and operating women and children centres. Winter items are distributed to vulnerable children and families to protect them from the cold.
According to UN, Syria produces the largest number of refugees in the world, 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance.
A Prayer for Syrian Refugees
Lord, we don’t understand what is going on in the Middle East
We come to you and plead with you to be merciful
To guide us, to help us
Not to despair
To help us see what we can do
even if it is something small
in order to meet this tremendous challenge
that is in front of us
We pray for everyone who is involved to alleviate suffering
among the refugees
Lord, we want to believe that things are not out of your control
You have your own loving purposes
And we pray that somehow you may draw some good out of all this evil
We pray for the sake of your kingdom
and in Jesus name
by Dr. Chawkat Moucarry
Interfaith Specialist, World Vision USA and a Syrian born Christian
Learn more about the Syrian Refugee Response
Last Update: October 2016
In early October, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, putting the already poor country in deep distress. Over 1,000 people have been killed and approximately 2 million people are affected.
Last Update: July 2016
The continuous downpour on the mainland has affected multiple provinces in southern China, including Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Guangxi, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan, and Sichuan. More than 200 people are reported killed or missing, while at least 32 million people have been affected by the prolonged rainstorms and severe floods. Tens of thousands of houses were destroyed or damaged, and nearly 2.65 million hectares of farmlands turned into flooded fields. Water levels in about 200 rivers have exceeded warning level which will likely overflow.
Last Update: April 2016
On 16 April evening, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the central coast of Ecuador that left hundreds killed and thousands injured. Buildings and roads have been destroyed and there have been hundreds of aftershocks. The government has declared a national state of emergency.
Issue Date: November 2015
According to UNAIDS, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV in 2014, and about 2 million were new cases.
Learn more about children affected by HIV epidemic
Issue Date: May 2017
The World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches, along with church-related networks and organisations and partners, are promoting the 21 May 2017 to be observed as a “Global Day of Prayer to End Famine” in faith congregations worldwide. Christians across the globe are urged to pray and respond to those caught in the hunger crisis.
About 20 million people are facing starvation today in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. 1.4 million children in these four countries are severely malnourished and their lives are threaten. Millions more in countries like Kenya and Ethiopia are struggling with drought and acute food shortages. The UN says this could be the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945.
Learn more about the Africa Hunger Relief.
Issue Date: October 2013
It is estimated that nearly 32 million girls worldwide are still unable to attend school and complete their education due to financial, institutional and cultural barriers.
Learn more about Child Marriage
Issue Date: August 2013
The number of unemployed youth continues to soar globally. An additional 3.5 million young people have gone jobless since 2007. Many countries are facing serious challenges in tackling this global youth unemployment crisis. The chance of a youngster going unemployed is nearly triple to that of an adult.
Last update: September 2017