Christopher Shore

Christopher Shore

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COVID-19 Aftershocks - Economic tsunami hits the poorest

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2020 12:35:12 PM / by Christopher Shore posted in Child Protection, Economic Empowerment, Emergency Relief, WV, COVID-19

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On July 7, 2020, World Vision released a major report called Out of Time. World Vision gathered field-level data from 24 countries. We surveyed 14,000 households in Asia, over 2,400 small business owners across Africa, and more than 360 Venezuelan migrants across Latin America.

World Vision's assessments show that COVID-19 is already affecting parents' and caregivers' ability to meet the needs of their children. Our assessment confirms that projections made by the UN and other global agencies about the impact of the pandemic on the extreme poor are already happening.

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For Micro-finance Lenders, Covid-19 Is An Existential Threat

[fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2020 4:40:00 PM / by Christopher Shore posted in Economic Empowerment, WV, COVID-19

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As many people know, micro-finance is the "canary in the coal mine" for any rapid changes in the economic well-being for people who live at "the bottom of the pyramid". On May 5th, The Economist published an important article on micro-finance. As the article lays out, because the responses to Covid-19 have decimated the poor whom we serve, micro-finance institutions and micro-finance as an activity around the world are under siege.

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A useful way to think about disaster risk in a time of Covid-19

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 17, 2020 7:35:45 AM / by Christopher Shore posted in Economic Empowerment, THRIVE, WV, COVID-19

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Thanks to Covid-19, most of the world is getting an up-front-close and personal course in disaster management.  One of the keys to good disaster management is understanding risk.  World Vision does a lot of work in communities that have to manage risks that come from various sources - hurricanes, earthquakes, famines, floods – or even from a pandemic.

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Links to Articles - How Covid-19 is Affecting Those Living in Extreme Poverty

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 15, 2020 4:37:00 PM / by Christopher Shore posted in Economic Empowerment, WV, COVID-19

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I have tried to organize a set of links for people interested in knowing what is happening in various countries - without having to go search them out. The realities the people living in extreme poverty are often significantly different than we might think.

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With FMNR, farmers learn to get into the shade

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 16, 2018 6:01:44 PM / by Christopher Shore posted in Economic Empowerment, THRIVE, WV, FMNR

July Newsletter Lead

Recent record-high temperatures across the USA have put the spotlight on how to cope with the heat. One of God’s best inventions for this is – a TREE!  Trees and agriculture can and do go together, and we bring them together in the THRIVE program through Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR).

In Niger, the encroaching Sahara Desert is a daily challenge for farmers – the wind, sand, dust, soil degradation, water scarcity, and recurring drought make it hard for farmers to provide well for their families.  Restoring and managing trees is proving to be not only a way of growing more crops, but there is a special tree that has the sweet taste of success.

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A tale of two cobs

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2017 3:34:42 PM / by Christopher Shore posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, THRIVE, WV

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Sometimes a picture tells the whole story. Sometimes a bit of explanation is needed. 

As we in the USA prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we will be reminded of how native Americans showed Pilgrims the agricultural bounty of the land – turkey, squash, beans, and corn (known by many as maize). In all the countries where World Vision is implementing its THRIVE program, smallholder farmers grow this crop we all know and love - corn. For many smallholder farmers around the world, corn is the staple food. It is ground to make a porridge, cakes, or sometimes tortillas. Corn is life.

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