In 2017, World Vision Australia’s 40 Hour Famine shines the light on a humanitarian issue much closer to home – the global refugee crisis. The majority of Australian teens would be very aware of the politics surrounding this issue but are they aware that worldwide approximately 35 million children...
I believe that the real strength of the program lies in the cohesiveness of the community. Now that they know about a balanced diet, they can work together to combat health issues without World Vision being there.
Learning that on average a refugee spends 17 years in exile was particularly shocking; especially considering that most students attending the conference haven’t yet had their 17th birthday.
After discussion with a community group about this practice, a beautiful young mother proudly showed me where she takes herself to sleep with the goats - without a hint of resentment or shame. For her, it’s normal.
Protecting children begins with ensuring that their immediate needs are met. That’s why since March 2014, World Vision Uganda has been responding to the South Sudan refugee crisis by providing food, water, sanitation and hygiene services, livelihoods empowerment, education and child protection services.
Human activities, including overgrazing by livestock and over-cutting of trees for firewood, had reduced the vegetation cover on the steep hillsides. Even small amounts of rain caused soil erosion and flooding downstream, and a deep gully had formed which split the community in half.