8 Reasons to Have Hope in 2018
Hope is infectious, even healing. But in a world that’s often dark, what is there to be hopeful for? Here are 8 reasons to have hope right now in 2018.
1. World Vision has partnered with the U.N. and other
organisations to launch the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
Together, we will support the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood,
and help make societies safe for children. By 2030, we hope to end abuse,
exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence and torture against
2. We are working toward a more open, inclusive, and
fair world for people with disabilities by 2030.
Individuals with disabilities can face a lot of
barriers — in their living environment, in the form of outdated laws and
policies, and in the attitudes and prejudices of people in their community. But
now five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals created by the United
Nations address needs in sectors such as education, economic growth, employment,
governance, and infrastructure. World Vision operates disability-specific
programming as well as disability-inclusive programming around the world.
3. Innovative technology is transforming remote
communities around the world.
Mobile technology and other innovations
allow humanitarian organisations to work better and smarter, improving
efficiency so more resources can help people in poverty and communities in
crisis. World Vision is expanding its efforts to apply new methods and
technologies for development work. Over the past five years, World Vision has
launched 22 pilot projects in more than a dozen countries. These pilot projects
provide a way to take innovative solutions developed at a grassroots level and
test them for potential scale-up into vital programs like Last Mile Mobile Solutions — developed
by World Vision and now being used by a dozen other organisations — which is
revolutionizing how disaster survivors receive food, cash assistance, and
relief supplies in their time of greatest need.
4. Extreme poverty is giving up ground.
In the last 20 years,
the number of children dying around the world from things they shouldn’t — from
hunger and poverty and disease — has dropped from more than 30,000 a day
to just under 16,000.
And the number of people living in extreme poverty, those living on less than HK$15
a day, dropped by more than 1 billion. Now the world’s nations have set
an ambitious goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030, and we are joining them in this important work.
5. The standard for a basic education has changed
from simply attending school to ensuring students can read, write, and do basic
programs prioritize equitable access for all and measurable learning outcomes,
so we can ensure children have the education they deserve — and a solid start
to reach their potential.
6. Restored relationships are possible — even in
the worst of situations.
In April 1994, when
Rwanda erupted into violence, neighbour turned on neighbour, family turned on
family, and love turned to hate. The genocide turned friends, like Andrew and
Callixte, into enemies.
After Callixte was
part of a group that killed Andrew’s wife’s entire family, Andrew turned him in
to the authorities. Callixte was imprisoned. Yet after going through training
in peace and reconciliation, the two men are as close as brothers again.
7. Mothers around the world are tapping into their
Vision's help, mothers around the world are growing, harvesting, and preparing food to
make their children healthy and their communities more prosperous. We’re providing them with the economic tools and
training they need to build a brighter financial future.
8. As one of the largest
Christian humanitarian organisations in the world, World Vision has the
infrastructure, experience, and partnerships needed to bring about lasting change.
Our staff worldwide — 95 percent
of them working in their home regions — apply 67 years of field work to
transforming lives. We work in more than 1,600 programme areas in nearly 100
countries. Our integrated model addresses the many causes of poverty, and our
tailored approach is community-based and community-owned.
Saviour, You have prepared this good work for us to
do. Thank You for the people who share their resources so we can help empower
the poor. Show them what amazing things their gifts are doing in the lives of
children in need around the world. Bless them as they bless the poor.
Published on 20 Jan 2018