What do you think of when you think of the work of World Vision?
A person in an orange shirt throwing bags of rice from a truck? Or a doctor holding an underweight baby? Maybe you think of full bellies and smiling faces.
The reality is far more nuanced – and complex. You only have to look at eight year old Aichata, who's fighting hunger in Mali, to realise that responding to a hunger crisis is about so much more than providing food.
During this time of extreme global upheaval, the complex relationship between COVID-19, a changing climate and escalating conflict, means that children like Aichata are forced to face crisis after crisis with no reprieve. For this reason, World Vision’s response has to be centered around building resilience and helping communities become self-sufficient.
For Aichata, her battle with hunger began four years ago, when she and her sister had to move in with their grandmother because their parents could no longer support them.