World Humanitarian Day, celebrated every year on Aug. 19, is a global celebration of people helping people. Elsie Gomes, a longtime World Vision Bangladesh staff member, deployed earlier this year to Cox’s Bazar in southeast Bangladesh to help with the Myanmar refugee crisis response. Here is her perspective on her time working with refugees in the camps.
Around the world, 65.6 million people — 1 of every 113 people on the planet — have been forcibly displaced, either in their own country or across borders as refugees. That’s almost as many people as the combined populations of California and Texas, the most populous states in the U.S.
On World Refugee Day, June 20, World Vision recognizes the responsibility we have as Christians to care for people in need. As a child-focused organization, World Vision is strongly committed to serving refugees, more than half of whom worldwide are children. Humanitarian crises always deliver the heaviest blows to the poorest — especially children — in the most underdeveloped, unstable parts of the world. Our faith calls us to reach out to God’s children in need, to protect lives, restore dignity, and renew hope.
Michelle Brouhard is a member of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is her story.
A few years ago, Michelle Brouhard, who lives in New York City, worked through a Bible study on Nehemiah. As she did, she prayed for a heart that would be broken by that which breaks the heart of God. That vulnerable and dangerous prayer was, for Michelle, the beginning of an exciting adventure with God.
I’m a sucker for a touching Christmas story. Here’s one that’s as good as anything you’ll see on the Hallmark Channel. Set in the wretched conditions of a refugee settlement, it’s a story about love, joy, peace – and a man named Christmas.
Puerto Rico is devastated and struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria pummeled the territory Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm. Most of the island is still without power as food and water supplies get low, generators run out of fuel, flights in and out are extremely limited, hospitals are damaged, temporary housing is in shortage, and people struggle to access their bank accounts.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in south-central Texas late Friday night. It threatened millions of residents with 130-mph winds, heavy rains, and a massive storm surge that swamped coastal areas. Here’s what you need to know so far.
This is a videotaped message from World Vision President Rich Stearns, who had just returned from a trip to northern Kenya, where families are on the brink of disaster.
Lyné Brown is a member of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is the story of her trip to see World Vision's work in Jordan.
“I am talking on behalf of Syrian children, calling on you—the people of the other world. Have you ever thought of Syria? Have you ever thought of the children of Syria? My country, Syria?
We fear you are forgetting us….”
This is part of a letter written by a 10-year-old girl named Haya. She read it to Rich Stearns when he made a trip to Jordan in 2013 to meet with Syrian refugees for the first time. This letter haunts me.
The East Africa food crisis is monstrous: affecting 25 million people and showing up in ways our writer and photographer team have never before seen. World Vision writer — Kari Costanza — gives us a first-hand snapshot of five ways that hunger is changing the lives of people in Turkana, Kenya.
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