In 2023, we are finally moving out of the pandemic. Despite having to adjust to the new normal and facing a paradigm shift, we now have greater hope for the future, and can make travelling plans to explore the world. Nevertheless, we are also feeling the strains of rising prices when we dine out, do grocery shopping or pay our bills. With a grim expectation that the economy is unable to show a steady recovery in the short run, the burden placed on grassroots children and families is particularly significant.
This February, I joined our own nutrition event where we cooked economical and nutritious meals with local grassroots children and parents. While there were hectic moments when we almost burned the food, it was lovely to see the interactions and laughter of the children and their families, and I can tell these ordinary activities may totally bring great satisfaction and joy. All families have their own stories and challenges, yet they have also accumulated a wealth of experience and wisdom. Instead of serving them, perhaps the truth is that we are joyfully sharing with and learning from one another. In this new post-pandemic era, we hope to continue journeying with these children and families.
Besides those in Hong Kong, many families that World Vision serves globally are also experiencing the impact of soaring inflation, which has aggravated child poverty. The ever-rising food prices are also making it harder for parents to provide for their children. In the long run, food insecurity is going to create long-lasting nutrition and health problems among children. Furthermore, rising energy prices are sharply increasing the cost of living, forcing even more children and families to struggle for survival.
In early February, Türkiye experienced its most devastating earthquake in a century, causing massive casualties. For years, World Vision has been providing assistance for children and families displaced by the war in neighbouring Syria. While our colleagues themselves were affected, they were able to immediately provide emergency supplies and other forms of assistance.
The war in Syria will enter its 13th year in mid-March. Many Syrian children who fled to Türkiye still do not know when they can return home. With Türkiye, the country that hosts most Syrian refugees in the world, severely shaken by the earthquake, it is feared that the economic stress that follows will leave Syrian children there in even greater hardships, not to mention the opportunity to pursue their dreams and future. What they need most at the moment is more care and support.
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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.