PQMD Member World Vision Continues Aid in Haiti and Beyond

By Carrie Holmes

Since the 1950s, World Vision has strived to change the face of poverty.  Empowering people to step out of poverty.  For real. For good. To help secure a better future for each child, they focus on lasting, community-based transformation.  After the immediate response to a disaster, they continue partnering with communities to build on the changes and create a sustainable way of life for their children and generations to come.  The only true way to share the progress with those who are not “the boots on the ground” is by providing and tracking measurements – so others can see the numbers about those who have been impacted and whose lives have been changed forever. However, to World Vision, beneficiaries are not just numbers, but individuals who deserve to reach their full potential.


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For the past 2 months World Vision has worked diligently in Haiti in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew and while this mammoth task has only begun, many have already been affected by the aid provided.  To see the impact report for the efforts made in Haiti, click here.

The 2016 Ecuador earthquake occurred on April 16 at 18:58:37 ECT with a moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe).  At least 673 people were killed and 27,732 people injured. Along with the 2016 Sumatra earthquake, which also had a magnitude of 7.8, it is the strongest earthquake yet to strike in the year 2016. President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency dispatching 13,500 military personnel and police officers to aid in recovery operations.  It was the worst natural disaster to hit Ecuador since the 1949 Ambato earthquake.


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José Luis Ochoa, World Vision’s National Director in Ecuador, and his team stepped up immediately and worked alongside the government ministries in Manabi to aid all the affected families. Their first concern was for the children and making sure their needs were met. After providing emergency kits, temporary shelter, and ‘Child Friendly Spaces’, the long term work began.  Homes needed repairs and the long road to recovery begins. World Vision is there to continue the good work they started.

On April 25, 2015, Nepal experienced unfathomable damage caused by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. 9,000 people died that day, with 22,000 injured and many missing. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced when whole villages were flattened. Continued aftershocks occurred at 15 to 20 minute intervals with a large aftershock 13 hours later. The devastation did not stop there as a major aftershock occurred 17 days later, measuring a magnitude of 7.3. Another 200 people died and 1,500 others reported major injuries. Countless avalanches were experienced and more people were reported missing, presumed lost.


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Phillip Ewert, World Vision Operations Director in Nepal, sent a team at a very early stage to assess the damage in rural areas and to give aid where it was needed most.  Nepal has long ranked at the top of the list of places most vulnerable to earthquakes, according to experts. Before the earthquake, World Vision had identified Nepal as “very vulnerable” to earthquakes, and the aid agency had been implementing earthquake preparedness training for communities and workshops for schools to help reduce the risks of earthquakes.  Today, World Vision continues to help Nepal build back what was lost. To see how many people have been reached, click here.

Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 10,000 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall. In January 2014, bodies were still being found.


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Only six days later, World Vision completed a well-organized and calm distribution of food and hygiene kits in northern Cebu, benefiting 780 families, nearly 4,000 people. Three years on the work continues but significant changes are already evident. To see the impact World Vision had in these efforts, click here.