Venezuela's Crisis

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 3, 2019 5:25:03 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in WV, Refugee Crisis, Venezuela

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Edgar poses with Sofia, 5, center, and her mother and baby sister after hearing their story of leaving Venezuela and struggling to find stable housing in Colombia. ©2019 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber

"Growing up there (Venezuela) for most of my childhood, I lived in a country that was united and prosperous and safe. That doesn’t exist anymore.” Edgar Sandoval Sr., president of World Vision U.S..

Venezuela is in crisis. About 4 million Venezuelans — 5,000 per day in 2018 — have left the country seeking food, work, and a better life.

Latin America’s largest migration in recent years is driven by hyperinflation, violence, and food and medicine shortages stemming from recent years of political turmoil. Once-eradicated diseases like cholera and malaria have returned, and children increasingly are dying of causes related to hunger and malnutrition.

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Innovative solutions improve refugees' lives

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2019 3:30:20 PM / by Kathryn Reid posted in Child Protection, South Sudan, Bangladesh, WV, Refugee Crisis, Lebanon, Venezuela

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Like children everywhere, Rohingya children in a Bangladesh refugee camp find joy playing together. Of the nearly 1 million refugees living in the camps, 55% are children. Despite difficult conditions, they can come together daily at World Vision’s Child-Friendly Spaces to have fun and learn. (©2019 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Every day of the year, World Vision works around the world to meet the needs of refugees. On June 20, World Refugee Day, we highlight the plight of the 68.5 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes and the innovative ways we help them cope. Running from violence in Syria, Myanmar, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Venezuela, and other countries, refugees seek a new life of safety. More than half of the world’s refugees are children. 

Since August 2017, about 700,000 people from the Rohingya ethnic group have fled Myanmar and joined 200,000 Rohingya already taking refuge in Bangladesh, according to the U.N. refugee agency. Through its response to the crisis, World Vision is investing in a better life today and a better future for Myanmar’s refugees, especially children.

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World Refugee Day: Bringing hope to the world's hardest places

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2018 5:23:38 PM / by Kathryn Reid posted in Emergency Relief, WV, Refugee Crisis, International Day

Abdul and his two sons are leaving Balukhali Refugee Camp in Bangladesh after spending a long odious night in the tent filled with rainwater.

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.

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Huffington Post: ‘Christmas’ Comes to a Refugee Tent

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2017 5:56:00 PM / by Richard Stearns posted in Syria, Emergency Relief, Impact Stories, WV, Refugee Crisis

christmas_syria.jpgI’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.


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Hope where there is no hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 12:34:32 PM / by Lyné Brown posted in Emergency Relief, WV, Jordan, Refugee Crisis, NLC, World Changers, Personal Narrative

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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.

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