2021 Relief Work ReportIn 2021, life continued to be shadowed by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic, in addition to the ramifications of climate change and natural disasters, has severely affected the economy and livelihoods. We are truly grateful for all donors for continuing to journey with World Vision to provide timely and adequate help for people affected. In the 2021 fiscal year (from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021), World Vision Hong Kong raised over HK$24.5 million (including about HK$7.9 million from HKSAR Government’s Disaster Relief Fund), which was pooled with funds from other World Vision offices to respond to emergencies, at times in partnership with other humanitarian organisations, to help needy children, families and communities that are living in difficult times.
COVID-19 Global ResponseThe global COVID-19 pandemic is the most widespread and severe crisis in recent years, which has come with great challenges on health, food supply, livelihoods, etc. Since the beginning of the pandemic, World Vision has been responding with its largest-to-date response to meet the immense needs across more than 70 countries.
- Promoting preventive measures: Promoted preventive hygiene behaviours; distributed hygiene and cleaning supplies; constructed hand-washing stations and other water, sanitation and hygiene facilities
- Supporting health systems: Provided medical supplies such as personal protection equipment, masks and gloves for health facilities and medical personnel; trained community health workers; responded to specific needs in certain countries, such as providing oxygen concentrators, beds and pulse oximeters during India’s second wave
- Supporting affected children: Provided food security assistance, psychosocial support and remote education support for children and families; offered training and tools to support the livelihoods of affected families
No. of Beneficiaries: about 72,012,000 (as of October 2021)
Haiti Earthquake ReliefOn 14 August 2021, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in southwestern Haiti, causing buildings and houses to crumble and killing over 2,200. Frequently suffering the effects of earthquakes and cyclones, Haiti also faces political instability and a weak economy, with over 60% of the population now living below the poverty line. After the earthquake, World Vision immediately began a relief response to distribute food and hygiene kits for the affected, and continues to provide various forms of assistance.
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Distributed hygiene kits and began providing clean water and purifiers to prevent infectious diseases such as cholera and COVID-19
- Shelter: Provided tents to shelter people who lost their homes
- Food: Provided food assistance for families, prioritising those with children
- Child Protection: Set up Child friendly Spaces to provide psychosocial support for affected children
No. of Beneficiaries: about 23,900 (as of September 2021)
Africa Hunger ReliefOver 26 million people across East Africa are caught in a severe hunger crisis. In places such as South Sudan and Somalia, people threatened by conflict are also running low on food. Locust swarms and droughts brought about by climate change have led to crop failures. This, combined with the aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, devastated livelihoods and made it difficult for people to cope with the rising prices. World Vision is carrying out major relief operations across East Africa to help children, families and communities that are facing hunger.
- South Sudan: Provided food assistance and hot meals for school children; distributed cash to families in need; constructed and rehabilitated water facilities and drip irrigation systems in communities
- Somalia: Distributed food and cash assistance to the drought-affected population; provided agricultural training, seeds and tools for farmers; supported locust control operations in communities to minimise the impact of locusts
- Kenya: Distributed food to people in need; trained mothers on early detection and prevention of malnutrition among children; provided agricultural training for farmers to cope with the effects of climate change
No. of Beneficiaries: about 2,018,800 (as of October 2021)