During a disaster, we focus on health, education, and protection. Our goals are to protect children, save lives, and reduce suffering. We aim to protect livelihoods, strengthen community resilience and promote peace. The Global Rapid Response Team works alongside local staff for the first 90 days of a disaster. They then set up a long-term team of regional staff to continue the work. There is never a quick fix for a high-level disaster, and long-term recovery plans are essential to get communities back on their feet. In addition to this, we work extremely effectively with the local communities and local governments to ensure that the immediate and longer-term responses to crises are effective.
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From conflict to cyclones, last year World Vision helped more than 14 million people affected by emergencies; more than 9.5 million of them were children.
On March 15th, Syria entered its 10th year of the Syrian Civil War. World Vision and Save the Children have partnered with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative to reveal the devastating scale of destruction and displacement in Syria’s most affected areas. Nearly 1 million people have fled their homes since this past December alone.
As Save the Children and World Vision are two leading child-focussed NGOs working in Syria, we have come together to visually highlight the impact this conflict is having on children. No child should be forced to flee their homes and have to live in these horrific conditions.
Since 2010, more than 11 million Syrians have been forced to leave their homes, many have fled to areas near the Syrian-Turkish border where humanitarian assistance inside and outside camps is already over-stretched. The recent intensification of violence in the northwest of the country has worsened the already dire situation. 60% of the 1 million who have fled since this past December are children.
Syrians fleeing conflict in their country often leave everything behind. One of the most common intended destinations of newly displaced populations throughout northwest Syria is A’zaz, where thousands of men, women and children have travelled in search of safety. Refugees need reliable supplies of clean water, as well as sanitation facilities to meet their immediate needs and basic rights. The overall increase in numbers of internally displaced people has led to overcrowding in camps causing substantial strain on available resources. Many sites have limited access to drinking water and sanitation facilities, and suffer from overcrowding, exposing notably women and children to protection threats.
World Vision’s Support Inside North West Syria with Irish Aid Support:
The Syrian refugee crisis is the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time and children are the first victims of this conflict. We are now in the largest refugee crisis since World War 2. World Vision believes that no child should be forced to flee their homes and live in inadequate conditions. In response to this worsening crisis, World Vision Ireland, through funding from Irish Aid, is helping communities by delivering fresh water, building toilets and collecting garbage for 3,200 people in A’zaz. For the next 4 months, World Vision will work with local communities inside these camps to ensure increased access to water, sanitation and improved environmental health for all internally displaced people.
The importance of thorough handwashing is explained to these communities to stop the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19. 3,200 people in three IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps in A’zaz are expected to benefit from World Vision’s lifesaving WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) assistance. Communities will have increased access to safe water, adequate gender segregated sanitation and reduced exposure to vectors associated with poor environmental sanitation. World Vision has previously worked with Syrian Relief on WASH programmes and protection activities, so we have the appropriate experience and expertise to implement vital, life-saving hygiene interventions. These will include increased access to safe water, increased access to sanitation services (including menstrual hygiene supplies and management), and improved environmental help, for these vulnerable, displaced communities.
Draw a Dream
We asked Syrian children in a World Vision child-friendly space in Lebanon to draw one of their dreams. Childhood should be a magical time filled with happy dreams, but for many Syrian children, dreams can be very scary, while others simply dream of returning to the country they love and miss.
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