Journeying with the Fragile






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宣明會實習生

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Wan Suen So not only cares about her home, but is also passionate about global humanitarian work. At World Vision, her experience ranges from public education and advocacy to relief operations in the aftermaths of several major natural disasters, such as the 2008 Sichaun earthquake, and 2015 Nepal earthquake, as well as Typhoons Haiyan and Hagupit stricken in the Philippines. Since 2017, she has been undertaking the mission of serving fragile contexts by becoming the Programme Development and Quality Assurance Director at World Vision Somalia, providing much-needed and practical assistance for children and families there.

What are fragile contexts?

In short, fragile contexts are the most dangerous places in the world. According to Wan Suen So, as a result of persistent conflict and natural disasters, these places experience chronic instability and stalled economic growth. People often have limited access to basic services like healthcare, nutrition, clean water and education, while also being exposed to violence, exploitation, abuse, etc. and trapped in poverty. Instability also means that people are constantly displaced, making it very difficult to register children and run Child Sponsorship. With a lack of basic infrastructure such as schools and clinics in communities, the priority is to have such facilities in place, before running long-term development projects through Child Sponsorship.

In general, fragile contexts possess the following features:

World Vision is working in many countries defined as fragile, including Somalia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. We plan short-, middle-, and long- term project models according to each place's specific needs, addressing not only their immediate needs, but also helping them recover from their traumatic experiences and rebuild their communities.

Somalia, the place that Wan Suen So serves, is a prime example of fragile contexts. It is a country that has been affected by decades of conflict, as well as frequent natural disasters severed by climate change, greatly hampering development. Living constantly at risk and in poverty, and facing the current COVID-19 pandemic, many people in Somalia are suffering extreme hardships. About 6 million out of Somalia's 15-million population are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Somalia and other fragile contexts have to rely on the world's humanitarian efforts to solve the most basic issues. Even amid social instability, World Vision is continuing to help the most vulnerable in a holistic way through a wide range of works.

“I do not think I can change a country or put an end to the civil strife in a short period of time. However, if we can change just one family or even just a single person each day, making their situation a little bit more bearable, they will still have a chance to truly transform their country. This, for me, would already be an achievement,” says Wan Suen So.

With your support to World Vision Partners, we are providing practical and timely assistance to help people in fragile contexts survive, recover and find hope.

Monthly Donation

HK$150

Provide 4 conflict-affected children with early childhood education per year, equipping them with the necessary knowledge to catch up on their studies when formal schooling is available.

HK$300

Provide 5 poor families with seeds and gardening tools per year, offering livelihood opportunities and a stable supply of food.

HK$600

Provide 3 refugee children with psychosocial support and activities, helping them alleviate the effects of conflict while learning social skills and protecting themselves.





Your support offers opportunities of Survival, Recovery and Hope.

Since last century, World Vision has been responding to the world’s most urgent disasters and humanitarian crises, by delivering timely aids to conflicted and vulnerable areas. The goal of World Vision is to be “first in” and “last out”—seeing families and communities through hardship to restoration.

Survival

  • Distribute emergency aid, such as food, clean water and hygiene kits
  • Provide shelter and basic commodities to meet urgent needs

As soon as conflict erupts, the displaced lack basic necessities such as food, clean water and shelter, and live in constant hunger, illness and fear. You can help them regain the capacity to thrive.

Recovery

  • Help construct infrastructure such as water systems and latrines as communities rebuild and develop
  • Provide support such as improved seeds and beekeeping training to improve livelihoods and expand income sources

In areas affected by conflict, infrastructure is often destroyed or inadequate. Families are unable to make ends meet, meaning that children live with limited assurance. You can help them rebuild livelihoods.

Hope

  • Provide a safe living environment for children and families
  • Run Child Friendly Spaces to provide psychological assistance for children, and offer education or skills training for children and youths

During conflicts or crises, children are traumatised by the inevitable separation from, or the loss of, their loved ones, and left to live in despair. You can help them restore hope.

World Vision Partners and you can provide various forms of aid in socio-politically unstable regions where Child Sponsorship cannot be implemented. Together we will help children and families see through hardship and develop their resilience to embrace a brighter future.