Journeying with the Fragile



Latest Activity: Live Chat with a Hong Kong Humanitarian

To present its long-term humanitarian work in fragile contexts, World Vision recently organised an online chat with Ms. Wan Suen So, World Vision Somalia’s Programme Development and Quality Assurance Director, and Mr. Mau Ho Cheong (lead vocalist of RubberBand who once visited World Vision’s projects). The recording has been uploaded and divided into chapters for viewers’ convenience.

What are fragile contexts?

In short, fragile contexts are the most dangerous places in the world. These places generally experience persistent conflict, natural disasters and impacts of climate change, leading to chronic instability and stalled development. Due to the limited resources available to them, the locals are often unable to solve such issues and rebuild their communities on their own. They also have limited access to basic services like healthcare, nutrition, clean water and education, while being exposed to violence, exploitation, abuse, etc. To survive, many have been forced to become displaced in other parts of their country, or even become refugees in foreign land. Therefore, it is very difficult for World Vision to register children and run Child Sponsorship in fragile contexts. Instead, our priority is to have basic infrastructure such as schools and clinics in place, before implementing long-term development through Child Sponsorship.

Where are the fragile contexts?

World Vision is working in many countries defined as fragile, including Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan. We make good use of the donations of World Vision Partners to plan short-, middle-, and long- term project models according to each place’s specific needs, addressing not only their most urgent issues, but also helping them recover from their traumatic experiences and rebuild their communities.

The following countries each face very challenging circumstances and are in need of your support:


Apart from the recent events, Afghanistan is facing a very severe drought and food crisis, with 18.4 million people, or about half of the country’s population, in need of humanitarian assistance, including over 1 million acutely malnourished children. The UN World Food Programme recently warned that aid supplies had to reach tough-to-access locations before winter sets in or huge numbers of people could face death. In light of the latest situation in the country, some of our projects are currently suspended, but our mobile health clinics and food distribution activities have been resumed to respond to the most urgent needs.


Somalia has been affected by decades of conflict, as well as frequent natural disasters severed by climate change, greatly hampering development. Living constantly at risk and in poverty, and facing the current COVID-19 pandemic, many people in Somalia are enduring suffering extreme hardships. About 6 million out of Somalia’s 15-million population are in need of humanitarian assistance. Apart from emergency responses, World Vision also runs projects in food security, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, health and nutrition and peace building to provide long-term assistance for the neediest groups.

South Sudan

In 2013, just two years after its independence, South Sudan was caught in a massive armed conflict which led to a serious humanitarian crisis. While the violence is yet to cease, recurring floods, droughts and other extreme weather events caused by climate change, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, have all further aggravated South Sudan’s economic and food crises. According to latest estimates, over 7.2 million people in South Sudan, or 60% of the population, are facing food insecurity.

Monthly Donation


Provide 4 conflict-affected children with early childhood education per year, equipping them with the necessary knowledge to catch up on their studies when formal schooling is available.


Provide 5 poor families with seeds and gardening tools per year, offering livelihood opportunities and a stable supply of food.


Provide 3 refugee children with psychosocial support and activities, helping them alleviate the effects of conflict while learning social skills and protecting themselves.

Your support offers opportunities to Survive, Recover and Build a Future.

Since last century, World Vision has been responding to the world’s most urgent disasters and humanitarian crises, by delivering timely aids to conflicted and vulnerable areas. The goal of World Vision is to be “first in” and “last out”—seeing families and communities through hardship to restoration.


  • Distribute emergency aid, such as food, clean water and hygiene kits
  • Provide shelter and basic commodities to meet urgent needs

As soon as conflict erupts, the displaced lack basic necessities such as food, clean water and shelter, and live in constant hunger, illness and fear. You can help them survive.


  • Help construct infrastructure such as water systems and latrines as communities rebuild and develop
  • Provide support such as improved seeds and beekeeping training to improve livelihoods and expand income sources

In areas affected by conflict, infrastructure is often destroyed or inadequate. Families are unable to make ends meet, meaning that children live with limited assurance. You can help them recover.

Build a Future

  • Provide a safe living environment for children and families
  • Run Child Friendly Spaces to provide psychological assistance for children, and offer education or skills training for children and youths

During conflicts or crises, children are traumatised by the inevitable separation from, or the loss of, their loved ones, and left to live in despair. You can help them build a future.

World Vision Partners and you can provide various forms of aid in socio-politically unstable regions where Child Sponsorship cannot be implemented. Together we will help children and families see through hardship and develop their resilience to embrace a brighter future.