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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Back in school, for the first time
Aside from rebuilding their home, Shiela’s major concern was being able to finish her education after her school was destroyed in the storm surge brought by Haiyan, in barangay (village) Old Kawayan, Tacloban City.The 10-year old young survivor asked her mom immediately after the disaster if she would be able to continue her schooling. “My mom said it will take time for me to go back to school,” remembers Shiela. “I was very worried I might not [be] able to pursue my dream to become a teacher.”
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Asfiani holding her proof of identity, a requirement for participation in the multipurpose assistance programme in Central Sulawesi
Indonesia told us what we already knew – and more
By Kathryn Taetzsch & Puspasari Indra, Global Director & Advisor Cash & Markets Based Programming, World Vision Asfiani was pregnant when the 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Central Sulawesi in Indonesia in late September last year. She and her husband lost their home but not their lives in the disaster that killed 4,340, destroyed 70,000 homes and left tens of thousands of already vulnerable people internally displaced.
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May 21st 2019
Esperance in Burundi.
Cash: the glue that binds humanitarian and development work
By Kathryn Taetzsch Global Director, Cash-Based Programming World Vision International For too long, as practitioners of good aid, development and peacebuilding, many in our profession have seen these areas of work as separate domains and not part of a bigger, holistic agenda serving those in need no matter their circumstances. The time has come to recognise that any distinction between those involved in humanitarian and development and peacebuilding is artificial, especially for those on the receiving end of any intervention. 
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October 15th 2018
No simple road map to working in conflict contexts
Written by Maya Assaf Horstmeier, Associate Director for Conflict SensitivityOver 530 million children today are living in contexts affected by conflicts and disasters. Beside causing loss of lives, physical devastation, and forced displacement, conflict permeates every facet of a child’s life. It robs them of their friends, families, and communities and affects every aspect of their well-being. The long-term psychosocial and health impact of witnessing conflict and enduring either bombardment or relocation can ripple for generations.
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February 8th 2018
The essence of humanity
In the past one and a half years, as a communicator and storyteller for World Vision, I have been deployed to emergencies, including floods, cyclones, and landslides. I have met many affected by natural hazards. But this was my first experience in a protracted crisis, something new and different. When I was intimated about my deployment to the Myanmar-Bangladesh refugee crisis, my mind burst with multiple thoughts. My family was concerned, but respected my decision to go. My office handpicked me for this mission.
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September 25th 2017
One year on: time to take the Grand Bargain from a global promise to a field reality
During the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 the Grand Bargain (GB) was signed with great fanfare.  A promise was made to make humanitarian aid money go further by being more efficient and effective.  The GB promises many practical benefits to implementing organisations of all types, such as improved needs assessment, simplified reporting, more multiyear funding and reduced earmarking.  But one year on many people are asking if this is working and what progress has been made?
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June 14th 2017
World Vision moves towards recovery work in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, 7 JUNE 2017 – Nearly two weeks have passed since the severe Southwest monsoon rains devastated several districts in Sri Lanka. World Vision provided immediate supplies to affected families, and is now moving to the recovery phase to support medium and long-term interventions for the flood-affected families.The widespread flooding and devastating mudslides took more than 200 lives, displaced over 25,000 people and impacted an estimated 700,000 individuals. Most strikingly, among the fatalities, were 44 school children.
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June 7th 2017
Six months on after Solomon Islands' 7.8 magnitude earthquake
Six months ago, Meme experienced the most fearful event in her life. It was when a violent 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck her hometown of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands province of Makira.The early morning earthquake on December 9, 2016, jolted the four-year-old awake and destroyed the contents of her family’s kitchen including plates, cups and cutlery.“It was very frightening. I don’t like earthquakes,” recalls Meme
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June 1st 2017