Chile: Calamity on Coast
A magnitude-8.8 earthquake, followed by tsunamis and scores of aftershocks, created havoc along Chile’s coastline in February. The disaster completely destroyed towns, tossed boats inland, and sent houses floating out to sea. More than 700 people died, and 2 million were adversely affected. World Vision distributed water, blankets, warm clothing, tents, and mattresses, to 25,000 survivors and established Child-Friendly Spaces to aid children’s emotional recovery.
Kenya: Raging Rains
After a severe, three-year drought, the Turkana region experienced heavy rain and flash floods in January, killing 30 people and leaving more than 20,000 homeless. In Lokori, women and children took refuge in a church while men sought higher ground to save their animals. The floods also destroyed canals in World Vision’s irrigation projects in Morulem and Lokubae. World Vision provided mosquito nets, blankets, and water-purification chemicals for affected families.
Bangladesh: Cyclone Drill
World Vision helped construct 10 schools that will double as community disaster shelters in areas vulnerable to cyclones. When the buildings opened, community members participated in a disaster simulation in which they practiced evacuating from their homes to the shelter, readying themselves for the rush to safety when the next cyclone strikes.
Sudan: Darfurians Displaced
Tribal conflicts continue in Darfur, uprooting families and forcing them to live in displacement camps. More than 700 families in the community of Mosko fled fighting, leaving all their possessions behind. At the Manawashi camp, World Vision ensured that they received medical care, water containers, and space for temporary homes.
Sri Lanka: Returning Home
After the civil war ended in May 2009, World Vision delivered food and water to thousands of families living in displacement camps. In the north, for families returning home, World Vision gained approval from authorities to support resettlement by providing access to water, health, and education.
Africa: Malaria Rates Reduced
According to a World Health Organization report, malaria cases have been reduced by 50 percent in more than one-third of affected countries, including nine in Africa, between 2000 and 2008. These improvements are attributed to increased international focus and funding. However, more efforts are needed to meet the Millennium Development Goal of universal bednet coverage by 2015.
China: Enjoying English
In classrooms rebuilt after the 2008 earthquake in Qingchuan County, World Vision helped children learn English through weekend classes. Using multimedia equipment, World Vision-trained volunteers taught the children to sing, play games, and chat with peers in English. The activity also helped children continue to deal with their emotions about the earthquake.
Teachers in Iasi County prepared for disasters occurring during school hours by taking risk-reduction training through World Vision and local officials. Teachers also pass along information to students’ parents, facilitating a community-wide disaster plan.