In an increasingly complex world, the impact from a deadly mix of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult for World Vision’s work across the globe. Although places like South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria have been strained by years of conflict, we are continuing our work in these places to help displaced children and families maintain access to education and livelihoods. We are also deeply concerned by the psychosocial needs of refugee children who have fled Ukraine, because according to one of World Vision’s most recent reports, the ongoing war has brought constant fear and panic to children, leaving some 1.5 million of them at risk of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, which require timely intervention and support.
Moreover, about 50 million people in the world are on the brink of falling into famine. The United Nations warns that several countries in the Horn of Africa are experiencing one of the worst hunger crises in 70 years, with malnutrition and diseases threatening the lives of children in these countries. World Vision is now focusing its humanitarian efforts on 25 countries with some of the highest needs, in order to help starving children overcome current difficulties.
As we commemorate our 60th anniversary, I spent some time to read through the history of World Vision in Hong Kong. From the relief operations in the aftermath of the typhoon in 1962, to the operation as a fundraising office since 1982, we have been through good times and bad. Nevertheless, we have also experienced showers of grace, and seen numerous vulnerable children and families receive blessings and hope because of our work over the years.
I have mixed feelings when thinking about my time with World Vision in the past year or so. The way God teaches us is often full of surprises. Looking back now, it seems that the tests and trials during tough times and crises have served to let us learn by heart how to overcome fear, see better what lies ahead, fully submit ourselves and let God lead amidst the storm.
While the future is challenging, we are truly grateful for your support and encouragement. On the occasion of our 60th anniversary, we pray in faith that God would continue to provide so that we could serve and care for more people in His name, and bring transformation and hope to more children.
Chief Executive Officer
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.