2018 Relief Work Report

In 2018, we witnessed firsthand the might of Typhoon Mangkhut, and saw the devastation of earthquakes and tsunamis in Indonesia. This year also marked the centenary of the end of World War I. Unfortunately, as world leaders gathered in Paris to commemorate and forecast the world’s future, there were no major breakthroughs for peace. Conflict is yet to cease in places like Syria, South Sudan and Rakhine State, Myanmar, while millions of refugees wait endlessly to return home.

At the same time, as natural disasters, climate change and conflict intensify, the global malnourished population has continued to rise and reached 821 million in 2017, heading towards the figures from ten years ago. In 2018, four countries in East Africa are still struggling with a serious food crisis, leaving many children and families in dire need of help.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, World Vision Hong Kong raised over HK$27.1 million (including HKSAR Government’s Disaster Relief Fund) in the 2018 fiscal year (from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018), which were pooled with funds from other World Vision offices to respond to emergencies, sometimes in partnership with other humanitarian organisations, to restore hope.

Conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Conflict erupted in Rakhine State, Myanmar in late August 2017. So far, around 900,000, mostly Rohingyas, have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh for refuge. This large influx of refugees has overstrained the local communities. About 400,000 children and youths do not have access to any formal education, and only one in every 14 children receives an acceptable minimum diet. Not only do they have to overcome their traumatic experiences in the past, children also face threats such as poverty, human trafficking, malnutrition and natural disasters.

Key Activities

  • Distributed nutritious food packages to refugees and host communities, provided malnutrition screening and treatment for children under the age of five
  • Constructed latrines and installed handwashing facilities and bathing spaces; rehabilitated wells, distributed hygiene kits, jerry cans and water chlorination tablet packages
  • Distributed non-food items, such as tents, kitchen kits, baby kits, tarpaulins and blankets; initiated cash-for-work activities to improve the infrastructure of refugee camps and restore the dignity of refugees
  • Established Child Friendly Spaces and child protection committees to provide support and protection for children

No. of Beneficiaries: about 213,700

Kenya Floods

Kenya experienced heavy rains in April 2018, the resulting floods displaced over 310,000 and claimed about 150 lives. Farmlands and irrigation facilities were extensively damaged, roads became inaccessible and water systems were also affected, contaminating water sources and exposing children to the threat of illnesses such as cholera.

Key Activities

  • Distributed water filters for households and communities to provide the affected with access to clean water
  • Provided hygiene kits and household utensils, as well as mobile toilets and handwashing facilities, to maintain hygiene among the affected

No. of Beneficiaries: about 41,600

Syria Crisis

Since the war in Syria broke out in 2011, over 6.6 million have been displaced internally and over 5.6 million have fled to other countries. The violence has left indelible marks on Syrian children and families: homes were destroyed, families were devastated and children’s future was disrupted. Since May 2011, World Vision has been responding to the needs in Syria and neighbouring countries, including Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, to provide care and practical help to children and families affected by the crisis.

Key Activities

  • Supported children who have missed out on education to acquire knowledge and skills to return to formal schools; offered sports, recreational activities and learning opportunities to children living in refugee camps
  • Provided cash allowance, food vouchers and food commodities to families in need; provided cooked meals for refugee children; supported young and unemployed people to increase their resilience by providing training on farming
  • Repaired water systems damaged by war, prioritising schools and hospitals; provided drainage, infrastructure and water-trucking in refugee camps; distributed hygiene kits and encourage families to maintain personal hygiene
  • Distributed items like stoves, gas cylinders and vouchers for families to meet their particular needs for winter; repaired damaged houses and fitted solar panels in community buildings
  • Provided equipment, supplies and staff training for hospitals and clinics, prioritising women’s and girls’ health with services such as antenatal care and assisted deliveries; set up women and young child spaces to provide psychological and peer support for mothers

No. of Beneficiaries: over 2,200,000

South Sudan Crisis

It has been over five years since conflict erupted in South Sudan in late 2013. As a result, over 1.96 million people are displaced internally, while over 2.4 million have become refugees in neighbouring countries, including the more than one million who have sought refuge in Uganda. Violence and extreme weather have caused families to displace for multiple times and lose their livelihoods. Lacking food, clean water and hygiene facilities, children are prone to malnutrition and other diseases.

Key Activities

  • Supported early childhood education centres and primary schools to provide refugee children with access to education; established Child Friendly Spaces to provide a safe and play space to the refugee children in Uganda
  • Partnered with World Food Programme to distribute food, cash/food voucher in South Sudan and Uganda
  • Provided seeds, agricultural tools and agricultural training to the affected refugees and host communities in South Sudan and Uganda, enabling them to obtain a stable supply of food
  • Constructed latrines and water supply system to improve the hygiene condition of affected people in South Sudan and Uganda

No. of Beneficiaries: about 1,119,000

Africa Hunger Crisis

In 2018, East African countries like South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia all faced a food crisis after being affected by drought, floods and persistent conflict. About 22 million people, including 12 million children, are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Moreover, the natural disasters and violence have also driven 8.5 million people in these four countries out of their homes. 9 million children under five, pregnant and lactating mothers are in need of nutrition assistance to help maintain children’s health and growth.

Key Activities

  • Partnered with World Food Programme to distribute food aid in Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya
  • Provided livelihood assistance, including seeds and training for farmers
  • Provided treatment for malnourished children, as well as malnutrition screening for children, pregnant and lactating mothers
  • Supported schools in providing meals to safeguard children’s health and encourage them to attend school

No. of Beneficiaries: about 4,400,000 (since March 2017)

Walk with The Hungry - the Poorest of the Poor

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How can They Live in Fragility?

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A ‘Thank You’ to ‘You’ in Hong Kong

[Child Sponsorship] “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to the person who is supporting me from Hong Kong,” Thura Oo says.

Conquering Disability

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Latrine is the Reason

[World Watch] World Vision empowers communities to address the issue of open defecation to promote sanitation and hygiene.