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“In your young heart lies the power to change the world”

posted by February 5th, 2015

by Josiah Kek, World Vision Singapore Youth Ambassador

“In your young heart lies the power to change the world.” These were the words of Mr Suresh Bartlett, National Director of World Vision Sri Lanka, at Vision Youth: Making Our Mark organised by World Vision Singapore on 17 January 2015.

The inaugural Youth Summit took place at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Over 200 youths were drawn in by the opportunity to meet and learn from five humanitarian leaders, from Suresh Bartlett, National Director of World Vision Sri Lanka, to Tan Lai Yong, a Singaporean doctor who spent many years in China helping the poor. It was an eye-opening and engaging experience. (more…)

World Youth Café – Nepal #wvyouth

posted by January 28th, 2015

Today in Nepal, youth are travelling from all over their country to participate in our first World Youth Café! They’ll discuss the challenges facing their world, their vision for a better future, and ways young people can take action to influence change.

We will be sharing their ideas throughout the day on Twitter – and hope to hear from you as well!

Just follow along at #wvyouth and respond with your thoughts and ideas! (more…)

Haiti Earthquake: 5 years later [VIDEO + INFOGRAPHIC]

posted by January 9th, 2015

When the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, approximately 220,000 people lost their lives, and millions lost their homes. With more than 800 local staff, 30 years of experience in Haiti, and disaster-relief supplies already in place, World Vision was able to provide help quickly. Over the last five years, the focus has shifted to reconstruction and long-term development.

This video and infographic share how World Vision has helped families find permanent housing, enabled more children to go to school, improved access to healthcare, and expanded economic growth.

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5 Years after the Haiti Earthquake: School feeding program helps children stay in class

posted by January 9th, 2015

When the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, approximately 220,000 people lost their lives, and millions lost their homes. With more than 800 local staff, 30 years of experience in Haiti, and disaster-relief supplies already in place, World Vision was able to provide help quickly.

Over the last five years, the focus has shifted to reconstruction and long-term development. One of these efforts has been feeding more than 250,000 students through school feeding programmes. Here is a story of how these programmes are helping children stay in school.

The summer sunshine reflecting on his thin face, Doudensky is an energetic seven year old. Sitting in front of the two-sided mud shack where he lives, the boy speaks thoughtfully.

“I can’t wait for school resume so I can eat everyday.” (more…)

Five Years after the Haiti Earthquake: The first glimpse of hope

posted by January 9th, 2015

On 12th January 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that lasted around 35 seconds destroyed Adeline’s home and everything she owned. Three days later her husband died, leaving her alone to care for her three young children.

Even before the earthquake hit, Adeline’s family struggled to get by. With a heart condition that required treatment, Adeline sold cooking oils to supplement her husband’s wage, so they would have enough to send their children to school, buy food and pay the rent.

For the next four years the family lived with 69 other families, on a plot of land bordering a ravine at the bottom of the mountain. They salvaged all they could from their previous house, and with NGO help, set themselves up in a tent-come-shack, which became home. (more…)