Dear Reader,

The United Nations’ COP28 is now underway throughout early December. As the climate crisis aggravates, we too are feeling the powerful effects of climate change. As we recall scenes of the recent Typhoon Saola and the epic black rainstorm, we can more easily relate to the plight of poor people living in fragile contexts, who are much more vulnerable in the face of the impacts of extreme weather events, sometimes losing their homes, livelihoods and even their own lives.

To address the issues of climate change and hunger, we included a low-carbon theme in our 30-Hour Famine event at Noah’s Ark this year. It is not only a slogan, but also the guiding principle in our planning for the event. We tried to reduce waste, reusing whatever was reusable, and cutting down on whatever was unnecessary. As participants experienced hunger, they were also able to learn about the importance of low-carbon living and decarbonisation towards sustainable development, as well as the vital role that such initiatives play in slowing down the destruction of the environment and increasing food supply. Everything is inter-connected: the small steps that each of us take can create a considerable power, which can help children who are fragile and starving in very direct ways. In this year’s 30-Hour Famine, I was so glad to meet youngsters who were joining for the first time, as well as old pals who have been supporting the event for over 30 years. The spirit is indeed reaching further afield.

Besides thinking of starving children, we are also very concerned by the latest news coming from the Middle East. The conflict in Gaza has caused massive casualties and children are suffering. While the war that broke out in Ukraine in the beginning of last year continues, the series of earthquakes in Afghanistan is putting people in even greater misery, intensifying regional instability and hampering the long-term growth of fragile children. World Vision is journeying with affected children and families in Afghanistan, Ukraine and various neighbouring countries, helping them meet their immediate needs.

December is a time for review and thanksgiving. The post-pandemic return to normal is not simply going back to what it used to be. Instead, we need to re-evaluate this world, take new strides and deal with new challenges. Thankfully, despite the numerous challenges, this year has been filled with grace. I wholeheartedly thank everyone who cares about and supports World Vision’s work, your partnership is an important force that makes the transformation of children’s lives possible.

We wish you a splendid 2024 filled with peace and joy.

Yours truly,
Amy Fung
Chief Executive Officer

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:4

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