We live in a world that never stops making progress. However, neither have the advancements in civilisation brought a halt to conflict, nor has economic development alleviated extreme poverty. Today, about 490 million people in the world are both hungry and affected by conflict. The conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Rakhine State, Myanmar have caused refugee children and families to suffer.

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The Plight of Refugees


South Sudan

South Sudan has been afflicted by a civil war since December 2013. So many South Sudanese have fled home in the past few years that there are over one million of them in Uganda alone. Conflict and extreme climate have seen families displaced and lost their livelihoods. While children lack access to food, clean water and sanitation facilities, making them vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases.

As violence broke out back home, eight-month old Chok and his elder brother Jima were forced to flee their village with their family. It took them seven days of walking before reaching a settlement for displaced people, where the feeble Chok was identified as malnourished. He urgently needed nutritious food to survive.

Syria

The civil war in Syria has been going on for almost eight years since its outbreak in March 2011, disrupting the lives of millions of Syrians. Not only has the conflict put their lives at risk, it has also stripped them off their livelihoods and education opportunities. So severe is the crisis that even having enough to eat is not guaranteed. Furthermore, the never-ending conflict has kept refugees under constant fear and threat.

Fatima is a single mother. When the war broke out, she remained in Syria and provided for her six children on her own. Yet as the conflict escalated, they were finally forced to flee after four years. Having walked for six hours to cross the mountains on the border, the family finally made it to Lebanon.

Rakhine State, Myanmar

In August 2017, conflict erupted in Rakhine State, Myanmar. As of now, some 900,000 displaced are still seeking refuge in Bangladesh. The massive influx of refugees has become a great burden for the local communities, and many children have no access to nutritious food. The refugee camps remain in poor conditions, while floods and landslides regularly threaten their safety during the monsoon season.

Mahmuda and her family escaped Myanmar in August 2017 when violence erupted. They saw their village torched and neighbours violently killed. One-month pregnant at the time, Mahmuda walked for three days and nights to reach Bangladesh. She still has vivid memories of the journey.


Corporate

Awards will be given to the top three corporations with either the highest number of participants, the largest amount of total donation, or the highest average amount per head. Corporations that have raised HK$1,000 or more will each receive a certificate of appreciation. Details are as follows:

Date

March to June 2019

Participation

Encourage staff to skip a meal and donate their meal money to support World Vision in providing food, health and nutrition, and livelihood assistance to children and families affected by conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Donation

Resources

  • Skip-A-Meal Poster and Donation Form
  • If you would like our staff to visit your organisation and share more on hunger issues, please contact us.

Enquiries

Mr. Brian Leung, Resource Development (852) 2399 3478



Church

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:42)


When giving to the little ones, we do not only bring comfort to the weak, but also receive God’s blessing. For the 490 million “little ones” who are both hungry and affected by conflict, what will we do to look after them?

We invite all churches in Hong Kong and Macau to join Skip-A-Meal to support the hungry afar. Details are as follows:

Date

During Lent, around Good Friday or any other day chosen by the church.*

Participation

  • Fast a meal together during worship service, small group, Sunday school or prayer meeting, and pray together for the needs of the hungry.
  • Encourage brothers and sisters to choose a day to fast a meal at home or at work, reflect and pray.
  • Conduct a “Skip-a-Meal” prayer meeting; you can invite World Vision staff to come and share.

Registration

Fill in the registration form and return it to World Vision.

Donation

Please send your donation together with the donation form to World Vision.

Resource


Enquiries: For more information, please contact our Church Relations Unit on (852) 2399 8630.
* If your church is going to run “Skip-a-Meal” in April or later, please contact our Church Relations Unit for registration.



Individual

Don’t underestimate your own power! Support children and families affected by conflict by being their voice or skipping a meal at home, in your office or anywhere else on your own and invite others to join the good cause! Details are as follows:

Date

March to June 2019

Method

Skip a meal and donate your saved meal money to support World Vision to provide food, health and nutrition and livelihood assistance to children and families affected by conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Donation

Enquiries

(852) 2394 2394




Donate Now

Funds raised from this year’s Skip-A-Meal will support World Vision to provide food, health and nutrition, and livelihood assistance to children and families affected by conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Rakhine State, Myanmar.

HK$100

can provide 2 people with a month’s supplementary nutrition, including lentils, oil and salt

HK$300

can provide 1 family with cooking utensils to help improve children’s nourishment

HK$1,000

can provide hygiene kits for 4 adolescent girls





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