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The world says thanks

World Vision
11 December 2015 by Tim Costello
The world says thanks

With your support, we have been able to make an incredible difference in communities around the world this year! Photo by Laura Reinhardt, World Vision

This year has been an overwhelming and unsettling year in so many ways – but did you know you have actually made 2015 an incredible year of change?

Thanks to your support, in 2015 World Vision has been able to partner with communities around the world and make a real difference even in some of the most challenging circumstances. Just look at the response to the two devastating earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year.

We all saw the destruction that this powerful natural disaster wrought on the people of Nepal but in the aftermath, your generosity helped World Vision to provide over 200,000 people with life-saving emergency relief supplies. We distributed over 30,000 tarpaulins for shelter, over 21,000 mosquito nets, over 53,000 bedding materials and nearly 7.5 million water purification tablets to keep families safe from drinking contaminated water.

 

We’ve shared the story of Madusha from Sri Lanka, just one of thousands of people touched by the Weeraketiya project. Thanks to child sponsors, World Vision has been helping Madusha’s family and many others in the community develop a stable source of income by growing coconuts and selling their produce. The community has changed and grown so strong that they no longer need our support!

This year, more than 8,000 Australian women joined the Vision Sisters movement. Together they’re supporting their sisters in Uganda by raising funds for the training of community health workers and packing more than 20,000 clean birthing kits. Their efforts will make a huge difference to the health of women and babies in the communities where we work.

We saw 42,000 people sign up for the 40th anniversary of the 40 Hour Famine, each working to raise a total of $4.75 million for hungry people all over the world. Those funds will help to provide life-saving food aid and assist families and communities to develop reliable, long-term sources of food.

You helped people like Ma Hnin to start their own businesses and earn a good income. More than 64,000 of you signed up to support the Campaign for Australian Aid, defending the vision of an Australia that does our part to build a brighter future. You helped children like Htut escape exploitation and build a new life.

These inspiring stories of human resilience and courage wouldn’t have been possible without everything you have done. Today, the world says thank you.

Tim Costello Tim Costello

Tim Costello is the CEO of World Vision Australia, husband to Merridie, proud father of 3, and a long-time social justice campaigner.

 

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