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Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - 2015 in Sendai, Japan
Mar 20, 2015

Cyclone Pam lends urgency to call for leaders in Sendai to tackle impact of disasters on children

World Vision will take its case, bolstered by the destructive force of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, for prioritizing the needs of children in humanitarian disasters to the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - 2015 in Sendai, Japan.

Children enjoy a nutritious meal at a World Vision program in Rwanda. PHOTO: World Vision / Ilana Rose
Mar 10, 2015

World Vision joins with other aid organizations to urge Congress to fund important work tackling poverty around the world

World Vision joins more than 150 other aid organizations in calling on Congress to support U.S funding to help reduce poverty around the world.

Most families on Vanuatu live in thatched-roof houses that are very vulnerable to severe weather. PHOTO: ©2015 World Vision
Mar 17, 2015

World Vision reaches remote island in Vanuatu, finds 'utter devastation'

As aid agencies begin to gain access to Vanuatu’s outer islands, the full extent of the damage from Cyclone Pam is becoming clearer. World Vision’s emergency team chartered a flight to Tanna Island on Tuesday, which they described as "a scene of utter devastation."

Houses were destroyed and possessions scattered by sustained winds of 160 mph when Cyclone Pam hit Port Vila. PHOTO: World Vision
Mar 15, 2015

Staff missing, damage unknown as aid agencies rush to respond to Cyclone Pam

One day after Cyclone Pam slammed into the Pacific islands of Vanuatu, the full extent of the damage remains unknown. It is believed that the cyclone may have impacted as much as 50 percent of the country.

Cyclone Pam: Category 5 storm slams Vanuatu
Mar 17, 2015

Cyclone Pam: Responding to needs in Vanuatu

The category 5 storm pounded the islands of Vanuatu with heavy rain and winds last weekend. We are distributing critical relief supplies, including clean drinking water and shelter materials.

Panorama image taken by NASA of lights on earth at night, focusing on the European/Middle East area. Since this photo was taken on November 27, 2000, Syria's lights have dimmed significantly due to war. PHOTO: Courtesy http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Mar 11, 2015

Eighty-three percent of Syria's lights extinguished after four years of crisis

Analyzing satellite images, scientists based at Wuhan University in China, in co-operation with the #withSyria coalition of 130 non-governmental organizations, have shown that the number of lights visible over Syria at night has fallen by 83% since March 2011.

Mohammed is in sixth grade and enjoys football (soccer). His favorite position is goalkeeper. "The thing I miss the most about Syria, he says, is my home. I miss my relatives, neighbors and friends." PHOTO: ©2015 Suzy Sainovski / World Vision
Mar 12, 2015

New poll finds most Americans still unaware of severity of Syria crisis

As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, a new poll finds most Americans still have no idea how many people have been affected by the violence. The reality is that more than 3 million Syrian refugees now make up the largest refugee population in the world.

After four years of war, Americans still unaware of severity of Syria crisis
Mar 12, 2015

After four years of war, Americans still unaware of severity of Syria crisis

More than half of American adults say the crisis in Syria has impacted fewer people than other recent disasters; in reality, Syrians are currently the largest refugee population in the world.

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