World Vision Hong Kong takes a look at 2005 and reports on what they were able to accomplish in places that were overlooked as the "worldwide attention."
In the past year, South Asia triggered unprecedented worldwide attention and response, but "behind the cameras, millions were affected by the humanitarian crisis in Sudan, the widespread flooding in China, and the food crisis in Niger," WVHK reported.
In Sudan, an area where people live in camps without enough food or clean water, and the children are at great risk of malnutrition and susceptible to diseases, WVHK raised HK$829,000 to provide monthly food rations to 250,000 people.
Futhermore, they partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide nutritious meals for 27,000 children under the age of five, an attempt to reduce the high malnutrition level in Sudan. They have set up 23 "Child Friendly Spaces," a safe place for recreation activities and for those recovering from trauma.
Other ways that they have fought against the Sudan Crisis was to provide health education, water and sanitation services, and vaccinations for people in five different camps. WVHK has reported that they have vaccinated 125,000 patients and provided services to 70,000 people.
Since June, continuous heavy rains poured down in several provinces across China that caused widespread flooding, affecting at least 90 million people and displacing millions.
WV rushed to some of the hardest-hit areas -- Guangxi, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Yunnan, Ningxia and Gansu -- to distribute kilograms of rice, quilts and books to the victims.
Through the fund of HK$1,846,000, WVHK distributed 295,000 kg of rice, 10,300 books, 150 survival kits, and rebuilt 100 homes in Guangxi, 603,000 kg of rice, 5,300 quilts and rebuilt 90 homes in Sichuan, and provided similar relief work in Shaanxi where they rebuilt a school, Yunnan, Ningxia and Gansu.
In Africa there are 36 countries that face food shortages. Among them, WV has responded to the "terrible plight of hunger" in Niger by delivering emergency food to over 140,000 people. In Maradi and Zinder, WV provided nutritious food and UNIMIX, a mix of maize and minerals, to over 11,700 children and rationed food to 2,500 pregnant women.
Other attempts to relieve the poverty-stricken nation included working with WFP to distribute 2,400 metric tons of cereals, beans and oil to over 143,000 people. WVHK has raised HK$3,940,000 to fight the famine and to prevent malnourished children from further infections.
World Vision is an international Christian relief organization that partners with other Christians to respond to the needs of the poor in order to "bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God." Presently, World Vision serves about 100 million people in different projects across about a 100 countries, spreading awareness of poverty throughout the world.