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World Vision Supporter Magazine

April 2010

Hugh Jackman

Social and economic empowerment works

A new world opens for emerging Indigenous artists

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A big name; a bigger heart Former sponsored child: a bright future for Agnes in Uganda [ Page 23 ]

Each of us has much more hidden inside us than we have had a chance to explore. Unless we create an environment that enables us to discover the limits of our potential, we will never know what we have inside of us. Muhammad Yunus Economist and Banker, Dhaka, Bangladesh – “Banker to the Poor”

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economic  empowerment works

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Jackman: A big name; a bigger heart

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A new world opens for  Indigenous artists

Giving a hand up not a hand out Can you SEE solutions?

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Social and economic empowerment works

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Hugh Jackman: A big name; a bigger heart

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In Ethiopia with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness: Tim Costello’s travel diary

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A mother’s love: Jennifer and Hadija in Kenya

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Haiti’s long road to recovery

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A day in the life: Margaret in Uganda

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A new world opens for Indigenous artists

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Sponsor visit: Meeting Yhon in Peru

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Former sponsored child: A bright future for Agnes in Uganda

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New hope for street children in Pakistan

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A reflection for Mother’s Day

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Ethical trade: buying fair to benefit all

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Cover: Australian actor Hugh Jackman travelled to Cambodia and Ethiopia last year to see some of World Vision’s economic development work in action. Read his interview on page 10. Photo courtesy of Ben Watts.


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Giving a hand up not a hand out Can you SEE solutions?


any of the world’s poorest people struggle to lift themselves out of poverty because they have few opportunities to improve their incomes. They work hard but their low productivity holds them back. This may be because they lack education, business or job skills. Perhaps they can’t access credit and other financial services to help start-up or grow their businesses. Sometimes they simply don’t have the information they need to successfully market their produce and obtain fair prices. In response to this, World Vision has proudly developed SEE (Social and Economic Empowerment) Solutions, which funds projects that focus on community economic development activities to sustainably lift individuals and their communities out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

What is ‘Social and Economic Empowerment’?

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In short, empowerment is the process that allows people to gain the knowledge, skill-sets and attitude needed to take greater control of the changing world and the circumstances that affect their lives.


In the development context, empowerment refers to acquiring skills and getting access to the resources that will enhance livelihoods, with a focus on eliminating the need for charity and improving living standards on a sustained basis. Increasing the social and economic strength of individuals and communities increases their confidence in their own capabilities. They are better able to solve their own problems and make their own decisions. They are able to see new possibilities and imagine a better future.

This process can be difficult both to start and maintain, but there are many examples of empowerment projects that have succeeded. World Vision’s ultimate goal is to address the causes of poverty in a sustainable way rather than simply relieving its symptoms.

How SEE Solutions works Dukale is a coffee farmer in Ethiopia. Due to a lack of education opportunities, he was unable to complete primary school and was instead taught coffee farming by his father from a young age. Despite a strong work ethic, he was long unable to earn enough money from his coffee farm to take adequate care of his family. Dukale was then offered the opportunity to join a World Vision coffee cooperative, where he was able to learn more efficient ways to cultivate coffee, as well as organic production and income diversification techniques. He gained access to materials that not only helped him to improve his coffee yield, but have also ensured his farming methods are sustainable and don’t harm the local environment. One advantage of this is the capture of biogas fuel generated from livestock manure, which helps him with cooking and also allows him to power his roadside store. The project has helped people in Dukale’s community with bookkeeping, financial management and market skills, so they can ensure fair returns for their goods. The members of the program are now able to sell coffee at a higher price and it is protected under the Fairtrade label. Dukale says his income has increased threefold since he joined the program. It’s all about offering people a hand up not a hand out. Hugh Jackman met Dukale in Ethiopia when he travelled with World Vision last July.  Read his exclusive interview on pages 10-11.

SEE Solutions funded projects are tailored to each community’s specific requirements. Nevertheless, most community economic development projects will involve some combination of five themes:

Education and skills training Income opportunities are often limited for those living in poverty due to low literacy levels and lack of vocational skills. SEE Solutions projects therefore often involve providing vocational training and continued education. This may also mean improving literacy and numeracy skills or providing access to, and training in, the use of technology. World Vision may also assist in facilitating apprenticeships and mentoring for individuals seeking careers.


Agricultural development

Community mobilisation SEE Solutions projects are designed in collaboration with the community to establish initiatives that have the greatest potential to overcome their economic challenges. The projects may involve organising farmers into cooperatives so they can buy and sell in bulk, supporting women farmers and business owners, developing community structures to support economic activity and working with governments to break down barriers to local economic development. Local ownership is the reason these initiatives will be sustained when World Vision moves on to the next community. Read about the benefits of community cooperatives in Kenya on page 7.

Microfinance Many of the world’s poorest people have no access to formal banking and credit systems. As a result, most rely on informal money lenders who charge high interest rates, making it virtually impossible for them to improve their livelihoods. SEE Solutions project activities may therefore include the provision of small loans to help create and expand businesses. The provision of financial management training and access to savings and insurance products may also feature in these projects to help ensure money earned by poor families is protected and maximised. Read about how small loans have transformed lives in Cambodia on page 6.

Often small producers lack the visibility of business opportunities from new markets or lack the collective power to compete with larger producers in local and regional markets. Many SEE Solutions projects seek to create access to new local and international markets that may have previously been unavailable to small businesses. Projects may also offer special skills training in marketing to help grow small businesses. World Vision promotes fair trade wherever possible, across not just SEE Solutions funded projects but all other projects and advocacy activities. Read about how World Vision have helped open up market opportunities for women in Ecuador on pages 8-9. SEE Solutions projects are often integrated with, or built upon, other World Vision projects that address basic needs such as access to clean water, healthcare and education. The result is a truly holistic, integrated approach to economic development that empowers poor families and communities to solve their own problems and create lasting change. Improved earnings provide the best guarantee for long-term, lasting change. For example, families are able to afford more nutritious food. They can provide school uniforms and shoes themselves. They can pay for medical treatment without having to take out the type of loans they previously could not repay. They are able to save, reducing vulnerability when a business slows, a child gets sick or a crisis hits. Creating a sustainable means of living fundamentally changes people’s lives. To find out more visit or phone 13 32 40. z


World Vision may introduce new crops to provide alternative food and income sources, or provide training in livestock management.

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Often hardworking farmers just need a little more industry knowledge to improve their productivity. Training in new or more efficient farming practices can help to greatly increase crop yields for farmers, or improve their quality.

Alaka received training in tailoring as part of a World Vision economic development project in Bangladesh.


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Social and economic  empowerment works Hardworking Heng gets his break in Cambodia


eng lives in Cambodia with his two young sons. Until recently, he was struggling to earn enough money to feed his family. Finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet, he was stressed, hungry and getting sick more and more frequently. “My health deteriorated. Lack of food worsened my health, and my neighbours paid less attention to me,” he says. Things began to look up for Heng when he received a small loan from World Vision to help boost his home grocery business. The loan also enabled him to buy some pigs, which he raised and bred to start up a small farm. “Now, I have four big pigs and two smaller ones. A pig can be sold six months after being fed. The four big pigs can sell for over US$250,” he explains.


By raising pigs, Heng can increase his household assets.

These two businesses keep Heng very busy but he is an extremely hard worker, even looking for opportunities to fill his spare hours with work. “During free time, I provide motor taxi service,” he says, a venture that helps him to earn a little extra income. “Now my health is better and my living conditions are improving; villagers stop discriminating and treat my family like other normal people,” he says. World Vision has been working in Heng’s community for a number of years, helping people to improve their incomes. Many people there had long been working hard in their various endeavours but finding it difficult to get ahead.

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Heng describes the different business ventures typical of families in his community. “Some people search for resin to sell, some others grow vegetables, and some others grow cane,” he says.


Heng is pleased for the other people in his community who have also been helped by World Vision. “People in my local village can get loans as their capital, making their living conditions better. Some have borrowed to buy fertiliser for their cane and some others to farm their vegetables,” he says. “I have experienced better business with better living standards due to loans. I can send my son to school. Now he is in grade two,” he says with pride. Like any parent would, Heng often used to worry about his sons’ futures. He was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to afford their education. These days he has high hopes for his sons.

“In the future, I want my children to finish their education and be knowledgeable, so I can suggest they seek jobs at NGOs or companies,” he says. Heng also has his own dreams, starting with growing his businesses. “In the future if I have more income, I can expand my business, buying more piglets... I can build a henhouse and start a new business — battery charging.” Heng says the assistance he’s received from World Vision has helped his family in many ways, not just financially. “Besides progress in my business, I can send my son to school, and we have good clothes like other people,” he says. “My family also has good understanding among each other. We no longer have any disputes,” he adds. “I would like to thank donors for providing  capital-loans to me to do business, raising my living standards, like other residents in my locality. They have improved their business and are living a better life. Thank you, donors. I wish you good health and good luck. Thank you.”


ver the past 30 years, poverty has been on the rise in Kenya. World Vision is working with a small community committee in Kenya, where some local entrepreneurs are achieving more than they imagined. One of them is farmer Gabriel. “My name is Gabriel. I have ten grown up children and even more grandchildren. We are the ones who educate our grandchildren. We all depend on this small piece of land. I buy and sell timber in this area. I am also a farmer. The money we get from our business helps put food on the table. It also helps us take these children to school and buy water.

When it rains we get lucky but at times like these we have to buy. In the past we used to go to Maasailand to farm. We would go there in the morning and would be given jobs to till people’s land or sometimes rent a piece of land where we would do subsistence farming. But since the economic development project, we now have visions of a better future.

The Ndamamo Economic Empowerment Group... have taken us to seminars and educated us on different farming methods which have led to great benefits. Before then I would cut down the mulberry trees thinking that they are a nuisance. You know, before this project came to be, our minds were asleep. If you tried to show us the benefits of something back then, no one would listen to you. World Vision... they conduct seminars in this area. We would like them to continue helping us because, you know, one who does not know the way must be shown the way.”

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committee of 15 community members was elected and gave itself the name “Ndamamo Economic Development group.” The group registered as a Community Based Organisation and was given access to the services of a trained Business Facilitator. Ndamamo has 154 members who contribute to the committee’s activities. Over the last 18 months these activities have gained momentum and the entrepreneurial spirit has thrived. Ndamamo is now self-sufficient. z


Economic development in action Building a business: A reflection from Gabriel in Kenya

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Economic development in action Ecuador: Trading out of poverty


These include tropical fruits, honey, jam, dairy products, meat and chocolate.

Many of the region’s small producers cannot increase their incomes because they lack the resources, knowledge and collective power required to establish themselves in local and international markets.

The project is also creating links with local and regional fair trade networks and this is helping the small producers to identify and access new markets.

n Latin America, the gap between the rich and the poor is amongst the widest in the world.

Increasingly, an influx of cheap imports is forcing many agricultural producers in rural areas to stop farming altogether and move to towns and cities to look for alternative work, where all too often they are faced with long-term unemployment and even greater poverty. In Ecuador, World Vision is working with producers in poor communities to try to create a more even playing field and develop ways in which they can secure a reliable source of income now and in the future. Through the Fair Trade and Access to Markets project, people are receiving support to produce and successfully sell their high quality products both locally and in Ecuador’s largest cities.

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So far, the project has facilitated training for 84 small producers living in World Vision program areas, in skills ranging from how to write a business plan to product packaging and how to add value to the goods they produce.


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World Vision program coordinator Belinda Pratten describes what’s taking place as a great achievement for the small producers, many who are women. “The obvious benefits are that people are able to increase their incomes, which means that they are able to enhance the wellbeing of their children and families,” Belinda explains. She adds, however, that the empowerment of women in the communities is also a significant outcome. Marlene, a project participant, leads a group of women making chocolates. They recently had the opportunity to showcase their products at a fair trade market in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. “For us as a group, it was the first time to experience the possibilities the market has to offer for our products, and the chances to improve the income of our families,” says Marlene. “In the same way, I got the chance to verify that there are a lot of similarities between Ecuador and countries such as Bolivia or Peru; and it makes us optimistic about the possibility to trade with peasant partners from these sister nations.” z

Through training and the process of establishing a business, “their self esteem, confidence and hopes for the future grow enormously. Many women, who have never had access to finances before, are given financial independence”.

n What the label says: Women Enterprising for Progress. Micro-Enterprise of Sweets and Pastries. ‘Grandma Trini’

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Hugh Jackman: A big name; a bigger heart


ast year, Hugh Jackman travelled to Cambodia and Ethiopia to see and learn about community economic development. In this exclusive interview, read about what inspired him to get involved and the World Vision work he saw first-hand on these visits.

What inspired you to investigate community economic development? Muhammad Yunus, the creator of micro credit, was the person I first spoke to about this issue. He raised the idea that credit was not a privilege but a right. After hearing that, and having similar conversations with World Vision’s Tim Costello, I realised what SEE Solutions donors and World Vision could achieve by giving a hand up not a hand out. It’s long-term, it’s about giving communities a future, and that’s a powerful thing.

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How did your World Vision trips to Cambodia and Ethiopia enhance your understanding of community economic development?


When you are spending time with people in their communities you see first-hand the dramatic effects that certain programs have on people and their families. Then of course you see the ripple effects that this has for the entire community. I remember very clearly one woman receiving a loan for the first time in her life. Finally she had the chance to get ahead. I spent time with her family and got to know about her life, and then also saw the broader work going on in the community. I could really see how poverty needs to be tackled from many levels: infrastructure, health, climate change… so many aspects contribute to poverty. A comprehensive approach is needed. This is what World Vision is doing with SEE Solutions funded projects.

What I love about World Vision’s work is their aim to empower communities so they can be left to succeed on their own. SEE Solutions is the best manifestation of this ideal that I have encountered.

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What are your views on community  economic development as a solution  to poverty? For long term development, the entire economic environment of the community has to be affected. Support must come from the Government down, of course, but at the grass roots level it needs to have an impact directly on communities. When communities are empowered, the effects can be far-reaching and quite astounding. You say you have seen lives transformed by community economic development. Is there  one person in particular whose story you’d like  to share? The story of Dukale, who I met in Ethiopia, is truly one of the most inspiring stories I’ve come across in all my life. He has five children and grows coffee on a small farm. With help from World Vision he has installed a methane gas converter so the gas from his two goats and cow powers the stove he cooks with and the lights he reads by. Most importantly, it also powers a roadside café he operates to sell coffee to make extra income. He can now look after the day-to-day expenses of his family and save for the future. Dukale has inspired me and my family to look at our lives and consider what we could change in our world to reduce our footprint. As a World Vision ambassador, what do you hope SEE Solutions will achieve in years to come?

In support of World Vision, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness personally fund their ambassador field trips.

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I hope and trust that the projects funded by SEE Solutions will provide the communities with the support they need to help themselves. World Vision facilitates funding disbursements and tracks the progress of the communities so they are supported all the way. Again, it’s a hand up not a hand out. I hope communities become self sufficient. This is a great way for Australians to help, to change the prospects of not just one person but an entire community, and not just now but for the future.


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In Ethiopia with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness: Tim Costello’s travel diary

It was a pleasure to travel with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Le e

Furness to Ethiopia in July last year, to see some of World Vision’s community economic develop ment work. They flew in from New York, where they are based, and we met in mountainous, cool Addis Ababa. The trip with them – even the first stretch, from the airport to town – was an immersion experience into the challenges of poverty in an African country. Despite how many times I have travelled to Africa, the number of beggars, children, standing in life threatening positions in the midst of traffic in Addis was still an eye opener. We travelled along, experiencing some of Ethiopia’s widespread urban poverty. As we bounced along roads with potholes big enough to swallow trucks, we were amazed at the extraordinarily large number of young people out of school, playing by the roadsides. On the first morning, after heading out to see some of the city including the famed St Georges Cathedral, we travelled five hours south to a World Vision project area. Through generous donations, World Vision is working here with farmers to give them low energy solutions to their agriculture and energy needs. This is aimed at lifting their export commodities and increasing the yields of the agriculture products they have to sell. The focus for Hugh and Deb was particularly what sustainable options the poor have. Hugh volunteered to spend a day working in the fields, to experience the life of an Ethiopian farmer first-hand. He worked side by side with Dukale, a coffee farmer, and came to appreciate quickly just how hard such farmers work to provide for their families. We visited a coffee cooperative and saw how giving small businesses a boost was assisting the entire community.

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Hugh and Deb knew that World Vision’s work naturally has to focus on the foundations of economic development – clean water, health and education. However, aid isn’t the same as people being able to trade the sweat of their brow. To raise themselves out of poverty and maintain a life that gives choices and options for their children without handouts.


Near the Ethiopian coffee farms, we all stayed in traditional and very memorable African huts. Monkeys scampered outside our windows and we sampled a local crop, a staple of the Ethiopian diet, prepared as a pancake. Hugh has a good ear for languages and was welcoming people in the local dialect. He was quick to greet people with the local handshake - gripping the forearm and left to right shoulders touching. On a separate trip, to Cambodia the year before, we had visited World Vision’s microfinance loans program, and had all been deeply moved to see women get their first loan to start a sewing business.


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A mother’s love:  Jennifer and Hadija in Kenya


hen Jennifer discovered she was HIV positive she was heartbroken, believing that she would transmit the virus to her unborn baby. World Vision staff supported Jennifer throughout her pregnancy, and she is now part of an HIV and AIDS support group to assist other women in her community. A few years ago, when she was pregnant with her daughter, Jennifer began to feel very ill. She often had to visit the hospital. “I even thought I would not be able to give birth to this child,” she says. Not knowing what was wrong with her but fearing the worst, she started preparing her husband to look after her other child. “I would tell him that my health was failing very fast. I did not see myself living for much longer.” Jennifer’s condition continued to deteriorate. “When the doctors noticed my health was failing more often, they asked me to test for the HIV virus,” she says. She agreed to take the test when she was six months pregnant. Beforehand, World Vision offered Jennifer counselling and education about HIV. “I was given information before being tested; they made sure I understood that I could either come out positive or negative.” “They also informed me that if my results were positive I could successfully prevent my child from getting the HIV virus. I was very worried and sure that I would pass on the virus to my child.” The test confirmed that Jennifer was HIV positive. This was a terrible blow for her, and she had grave fears for the health of her baby. She couldn’t help but think the worst.

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“I lost all hope in life; I knew this was the beginning of death. I knew my child would also be HIV positive and would die of AIDS at a very young age,” she says.


World Vision supported Jennifer and talked her through the options available to her when she was preparing for the birth. “The nurse from World Vision advised me that I could either choose to exclusively breast-feed the child for six months or choose to alternatively feed the child. I was also advised to give birth at the hospital and not at home,” she says.


Jennifer with her daughter Hadija , a healthy two-year-old.

After Jennifer’s daughter Hadija was born, World Vision helped support the pair during feeding. World Vision also provided Jennifer with goats when Hadija was three months old, ensuring that the young family would have a sustainable source of food. Baby Hadija grew quickly. When she was 18 months old, she was ready to be tested for the HIV virus. This was a very difficult time for Jennifer but she tried her hardest to think positively and hope for the best.

“I thank World Vision for this project as it has really encouraged and benefited me, as well as the other families affected by the HIV virus. I want to help others,” Jennifer says.

“I was very worried. After the testing I was told the results could not be released immediately as they had to be taken to Nairobi for screening.” During this waiting period, Jennifer was beside herself. She could barely concentrate, eat or sleep. World Vision staff were there for Jennifer during this difficult time. “World Vision employees used to visit me, to encourage me and to check on how we were doing. If they had not visited us, it would have been a big challenge for me,” she says. When the results came in, Jennifer was at first unable to look at the paper they were printed on, as she was too afraid that they would be positive. She simply looked away, tears in her eyes. “All I wanted was for my daughter to have a normal life. Not a life like mine with the HIV virus inside her body,” she said. Her wish was granted. “The nurse encouraged me to read on. I saw Hadija’s name. She was negative. I had to read again several times to confirm and indeed she was. I was so overjoyed,” she says. Jennifer sadly recalls though that many other children were confirmed to be HIV positive that day. She decided then that she wanted to support other mothers who were living with HIV. “I joined an HIV and AIDS support group. We are also involved in an income generating activity. This way we are able to remain useful in society and help each other out. We discuss our problems and how we can solve them. In some instances we reach out to women who are suffering in silence and assist them,” she explains. “I thank World Vision for assisting me with Hadija. I did not want her to die of AIDS. My prayer is for her to grow up and help the other children, and also help me when I’m old. I confidently look forward to this day.” Hadija is now a healthy, happy two-year-old and loves helping her parents tend the goats they received from World Vision.

Before World Vision started this project the level of awareness on the prevention of mother to child transmission in the area was very low. In addition the levels of stigma were so high that most mothers would not seek support and information. Now, almost all mothers who attend prenatal clinics opt to be tested for the HIV virus. Learn about World Vision Australia’s work in Maternal and Child Health this Mother’s Day at z

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n The 7.0 magnitude earthquake levelled much of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince.

Haiti’s long road to recovery


ot since the Asian tsunami of 2004 has the world witnessed devastation on the scale of the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake, with its epicentre just south of the capital Port-au-Prince, was the worst to hit the impoverished Caribbean nation in 200 years. It claimed the lives of more than 230,000 people, injured over 300,000 and left more than a million people homeless. One in every three Haitians was affected. As they did following the Asian tsunami, Australians have joined others around the world in reaching out to the people of Haiti in this time of extraordinary need. Thanks to this amazing generosity, we were able to start distributing emergency supplies amongst those affected. Three months on, we continue to deliver life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of people in Port-au-Prince and beyond. In the coming weeks, World Vision will also provide displaced people with transitional shelters as the focus shifts from relief to the beginnings of recovery and efforts to help families rebuild their livelihoods.

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World Vision has been working in Haiti for 31 years and at the time of the quake was running 20 long-term development programs across five regions, supporting more than 300,000 people.


Once communities are stabilised, our staff will work alongside the United Nations as well as the Haitian Government and other aid organisations to assess long-term needs in areas such as education, livelihoods and healthcare. Just like the tsunami, the ongoing commitment of the international community will be required to help Haiti recover in the long term.

“As we envision the road ahead, it is abundantly clear that our presence in Haiti will be long, broad and deep,” says Corina Villacorta, World Vision’s regional leader for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Haiti is a vibrant country of resilience, promise, hope and dignity. I believe that its future can and will be one where people’s basic needs are met – where schools, health systems, businesses, homes and government institutions are restored and thriving.”

World Vision’s response so far: • distributing food to more than 1.5 million people • providing over 108,600 people with relief supplies including blankets, tarpaulins, kitchen sets, water containers and mosquito nets • establishing mobile health clinics in camps for displaced people • building toilets and showers and providing hygiene and sanitation education in the camps • providing 11 hospitals and clinics with essential medicines and supplies • establishing Child Friendly Spaces where children can play and learn in a safe and nurturing environment • working with other organisations to identify, register and trace children who have been separated from their families • running cash-for-work livelihood activities in camps

Haiti: Child Friendly Spaces A safe place to play, learn and have fun!


s always, the needs of children have been at the forefront of World Vision’s response to the Haiti Earthquake.

We have established 19 Child Friendly Spaces in displacement camps across Port-au-Prince, with over 3,000 children attending activities daily. These spaces provide children with a safe and supervised place to play, learn and share their experiences. Staff and volunteers working in the spaces have received training in child protection, child rights and the psychosocial affects of disasters on children.

As a relief as well as a development organisation, World Vision is poised to provide assistance to those affected by disasters and emergencies the world over as they arise – whether natural or man-made. Our involvement lasts longer than the headlines as we deliver lasting solutions. To find out more about World Vision’s Emergency and Preparedness fund, visit z

“Children need protection and opportunities to grieve after a disaster of this scale. Play and forming new friendships are a powerful method of stabilising their lives and giving them time to process their emotions,” explains World Vision child protection specialist Sian Platt.

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A day in the life: Margaret in Uganda


argaret is eight years old. She lives with her parents and eight brothers and sisters in Uganda.

She gets up early so she can help her mother with chores. “When you wake Margaret up in the morning, she doesn’t want to wake up,” says her mother Sarah jokingly. Margaret fetches water from the bore hole nearby and washes the dishes. Then she gets ready to walk to school, which is 3km away. School starts at 8am. Margaret has many friends at school. “My best friend is called Penny but she doesn’t live close by. I also play with Silvia. My favourite game is dodge-ball. I play at home and at school. I play with my friends.” Margaret tries her best to win at dodge-ball but she says Penny is unbeatable. Of course, there is more to school than playing. “I don’t like mathematics. English is my favourite subject,” she says, and proudly asks ‘How are you?’ in perfect English, showing off her new skills. World Vision helps Margaret’s community with education support. “Since World Vision came, we can continue school,” Margaret says.

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“Margaret is a bright girl. She is not shy,” says her mother.


When Margaret gets home from school, she eats lunch and attends to the animals. Her family are farmers and have a pig, six chickens, five goats and two cows. They grow maize, cassava (a staple in Uganda) and sweet potato. World Vision has been helping Margaret’s family for five years. “Before World Vision, we had bad luck. We came here after the war. People had no way to get money,” says Sarah. Margaret’s whole family helps out on the farm, especially during the busy times when the crop is planted in March or April and harvested around late July.

When the vegetables are sold, the family use some of the money to buy animals, which are vital assets in poor communities. They were recently also able to buy a bicycle, which has greatly assisted them when fetching water. They have used the bike when they’ve needed to go to the hospital. They dry some of the food and store it in sacks, so they won’t run out and find themselves in trouble in the harder months. “We are planning for our children,” says Sarah. “We send them to school. I hope they will be employed.” She and Margaret’s father didn’t have the same opportunities for education that their children have. They were each only able to stay in school for a few years. Margaret helps with the cleaning and fetches water three times a day. At dinner time, she sits outside under the trees with her family to eat. They eat janta (beans), cassava and sweet potato, boiled on a fire using wood the family has all helped to collect. At Christmas and Easter time, the whole community gets together and shares a special meal. They have special treats like rice, meat, bread, sugar and passionfruit for these special occasions. “I am happy when I get letters from my sponsor,” she says, grinning. Her whole face lights up at the thought. “It’s a blessing that the sponsors choose to sponsor Margaret and they continue the relationship with her,” says Sarah. z

“We are very happy. It is precious that such a person abroad can love our child to that extent. We feel so good for a caring heart,” Sarah says.

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A new world opens for emerging Indigenous artists


hrough the generous support of our Linking Hands donors World Vision began working with emerging Indigenous artists in the community of Wutunugurra, located in the Northern Territory. The project aims to enable these women to increase their incomes through community art enterprises and the sale of artworks. Relatively new to painting, the “Epenarra Artists” are now developing their skills and gaining vital exposure to Australia’s Indigenous art market. Over the last 12 months they have formed a strong group and they now have the opportunity to paint daily. So far, their works have been exhibited successfully at galleries interstate and they are currently preparing for a major exhibition to be held at Mossgreen gallery in Melbourne, opening on Tuesday 13 July, sponsored by the Stonnington City Council and World Vision Australia. Three of the artists have also commenced formal studies in arts administration. Before the project began, the women admitted that they knew little about the many facets of running a successful art centre. But now they are involved in everything, from cutting and stretching canvas to recording sales and producing certificates of authenticity.

World Vision project officer Liz Mullen explained that in order to ensure that the artists can make effective decisions about their activities, it’s important for them to learn first-hand about how the Indigenous art industry really works. This has included gallery visits, and spending time with artists from more established art centres to see what happens to their art when it leaves the community for an exhibition. “This has had a major impact on many of the artists and they are typically a buzz of enthusiasm when they return,” says Liz. So far, 12 of the artists, both young and old, have been able to travel to exhibitions and this year more will be provided with this opportunity. Aside from the obvious economic opportunities that art exhibitions, sales and work readiness training can provide, the project is also helping to strengthen and preserve local Indigenous culture. Liz explained that this is being achieved through community exhibitions, school holiday art days run by elders, bush trips to gather ideas and inspiration, the use of traditional knowledge in contemporary art practice and “the two-way learning that goes on between non-Indigenous visitors and the artists themselves”.

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The group’s desire and commitment was demonstrated recently when members pitched together to make repairs on their workspace (a shelter made of tree boughs, wire mesh and leaves) and to dig up the long grass that had grown around it during the annual wet season.

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“There have been days where I thought I might melt in the heat but the old women have sat there and painted until evening, sometimes even forgetting to stop for lunch.” Following on from the early success of this work with the Epenarra Artists, World Vision plans to expand its work with emerging Indigenous artists to other communities in the Northern Territory.

World Vision partners with Australian Indigenous communities on a range of projects that aim to transform the lives of children and families in areas including early childhood education, socio-economic development and capacity building for Indigenous leaders. World Vision’s Birrung Gallery in Sydney showcases the works of Indigenous artists and supports development in remote communities. By becoming a Linking Hands supporter you can join us in working to eliminate disadvantage and create a brighter future for Indigenous communities. To find out more visit Solutions/LinkingHands z

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“While they don’t complain about the current space, the extreme heat, the dust storms that are a regular occurrence and the rain during the wet season mean that there are days when it is too difficult for them to engage in any sort of activity,” Liz added.


In the future the artists hope to create a more permanent art space that can provide them with more protection from the harsh desert elements.


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Sponsor visit: Meeting Yhon in Peru


am writing to tell you about our wonderful experience visiting our sponsored child Yhon in Peru recently.

We were driven two-and-a-half hours out of Cusco by the World Vision translator to the World Vision local office. Yhon arrived with his mother and two youngest sisters in a World Vision vehicle. We met the family, who spoke Quechuan (the local language), so a second interpreter was involved. We gave the children gifts, mainly school materials, and parcels of food for their family, for which they were very grateful. Despite the language barrier, we were able to communicate through sign language, smiles and hugs. They are a delightful family and I will never forget their smiling faces. After about an hour, when the family had to return to the rest of their children, we were taken to one of the World Vision projects – an hour’s drive up a rugged mountain. We arrived to the welcome of the pre-school children who had just finished their classes for the day. Then we were taken on a tour of the village and shown all the wonderful improvements to the village homes that were made possible with the knowledge and materials from World Vision, including a brand new pre-school which was about to open. We had two proud homeowners show us inside their homes and also their greenhouses and guinea pig hutches, whilst being followed by the older school children who had apparently heard of our arrival. Thank you for the opportunity to make this visit, our thanks go to all the people involved. We felt it was an honour to be included in the village life and hopefully we will one day get the opportunity to return to see Yhon and his family again. World Vision – you are making a difference!

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“It was so nice to see these people being selfsufficient, happy and appreciative of anything they are given.”

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World Vision helped her family with agriculture support, and they were able to raise pigs, which are vital assets in poor communities. World Vision also dug bore holes so that Agnes’ whole community would have better access to clean, safe water. “Water was here but there was not enough. They [World Vision] gave our community water. There are bore holes now,” says Agnes. World Vision also assisted the community with healthcare. Agnes has three brothers and six sisters. Some of her siblings are still studying and two are teachers. They are all very proud of each other.

Throughout her sponsorship, Agnes enjoyed receiving cards and letters from her Australian sponsors. “I received Christmas cards. They made me feel happy and glad. I always like writing to my sponsors,” she says. This helped Agnes to build up her self esteem. “I used to be shy. I can now talk in front of 20 people. I built my confidence through youth groups,” she says. It is this self esteem that allowed her to successfully complete her application and interview for her new job when she saw it advertised. Agnes has come a long way. “I know the good and the bad,” she says, reflecting on what she and her family have been through; and of course, how much she has achieved to be where she is today. z


When Agnes was seven, she was sponsored through World Vision. In Agnes’ community, a major focus of World Vision’s work was education. Agnes was able to stay in school with World Vision’s support.

“I would not have such a good job without my education,” says Agnes, who is ever-ambitious and wants to do more. “I am planning to do a computer course in one month,” she says, smiling. “I have not learnt enough. I can type a letter but I want to learn more.”

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gnes comes from a family of farmers but at 23 she has decided on an alternative career path. She works as an office attendant in a local government office. In her role, she does things like file letters and transport documents to different offices. This may seem like quite a common job for a 23-year-old in Australia, but for a girl in Uganda from a poor, farming family, it’s somewhat unusual and a remarkable achievement.


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Child Rescue: New hope for street children in Pakistan


n a Pakistani neighbourhood notorious for drug smuggling and human trafficking, hundreds of children work long hours as rag or garbage pickers, oil collectors, or worse. But for 350 children attending a World Vision drop-in centre, the focus is shifting to play, education and dreams of a better life. Aamir* is only 15 years old but he has worked the dangerous streets of Pakistan since he left his family and his village at the age of seven.

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Before sunrise, he sorts through a garbage heap, dropping metal scraps into an oversized canvas bag slung over his shoulder. For seven years he lived in a scrap yard, surviving on bread, tea and boiled potatoes. Harassed by drug users, beaten by his employer and sexually assaulted, Aamir knows too well the dangers of the streets.


“There are many bad men in this area. Their minds are dirty. They are abusive,” he says, tossing a piece of scrap in a nearby pile. “People can be very bad. As long as I do this job, I am helpless.” Child labour is illegal in Pakistan, yet children like Aamir make up at least 7% of the workforce. Today, as many as 19 million children in Pakistan are suspected to be working full time, often in unsafe circumstances.

Eighty percent of the children in the area where Aamir lives have been working since they were three, or even younger. They work as garbage pickers, oil collectors, vendors and dishwashers. Some wash buses and help mechanics with repairs. There are many child prostitutes. The area is notorious for drug and human trafficking, and the runaways that arrive here are quickly taken in. But things are looking up for Aamir and many children like him, who are now spending their time in a very different way. They’re learning English, maths or taking part in counselling sessions at a World Vision-supported Drop-in Centre for street children. Established in 2008, the centre assists some 350 children in various ways, from lessons in health and hygiene to recreation activities, as well as empowering them to make informed choices for healthier and safer lives. When the children arrive at the centre, often they are extremely vulnerable. “To survive they have to live by their wits. To speak of their “hopes” or “dreams”, you first have to explain the words,” says Brian Miller, the field coordinator at the centre. Sana, a worker at the centre, helps children express themselves through play therapy. They are given safe and

n In Pakistan’s Pir Wadhai bus terminal, children work through the night as dishwashers in restaurants.

UPDATE: On 10 March 2010, a brutal and senseless attack on a World Vision office in Pakistan claimed the lives of seven of our local staff members. The motive of the attack by a group of armed and masked men is under investigation by local authorities. As a result of this terrible tragedy, all of World Vision’s activities in Pakistan, including our work in the drop-in centre featured here, have been suspended indefinitely. Any resumption of activities will be determined following the outcome of a security review.

Support for parents is also available at the centre. The project has attracted support from the wider community. “When I was a child, we were poor. My father beat me. It was too dangerous a childhood. But I worked in the mornings and I did my studies in the afternoon. I want these boys to complete an education, too,” says Mohammed, a local scrap yard owner, who employs 15 teenage boys and is a member of a World Vision support committee.

“In my future, I would prefer to do something better. I hope to do something on computers, maybe teach computer,” he says smiling. Aamir is also excited about future prospects. He has heard about a mobile phone repair class that is being planned in the drop-in centre, and plans to get involved. “I would earn a more sufficient salary. It’s respectable work, better for me and for my future,” he says.

With the support of Mohammad, more families are willing to permit their sons to attend the centre’s vocational training classes.

Standing in the scrapyard, in what many would call a dump, Aamir winks with a cheeky nod indicating that there is hope for his future.

Other supporters include women like Shaheeda, a respected teacher and community member who enrolled her two nieces, and who is now helping to convince other parents of the centre’s benefits.

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“There is a huge difference in their behaviour since they attended the drop-in centre,” she says, a warm smile spreading across her face. “I’m happy because they have learned to read and write.”

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“Here the children don’t have to be worried, they are free to talk, to share. They are free to be individuals.”

Many of the children still need to work, but they have renewed hope for their futures. One boy, Wahid*, makes two rounds of the area a day looking for scrap to sell – one before class and another after.

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comfortable methods for sharing their troubles – like using a toy telephone to discuss events of the day.


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A reflection for Mother’s Day


e don’t often enough pause to consider the importance of parents. I’ve learnt a lot from my mum throughout my lifetime. I grew up in a household that took education very seriously. Both of my parents were teachers, and mum was very dramatic and injected passion into our learning. There was many a robust debate over Sunday lunch, and despite my friends often commenting on the strangeness of my family, these conversations were very eye-opening for me. Such discussions with my mother have had a profound impact on the person I am today. Motherhood and development go hand-in-hand. The importance of breastfeeding for child and maternal health in poor communities is unchallenged. As children grow, mothers are usually the ones to educate them. But life is often especially hard for mothers in developing countries. Mothers carry the burden of trying to care for their children and families as well as themselves, often facing situations where there is simply not enough to go around. They will almost invariably put their children first in these situations. Any mother in Australia will tell you they would do anything for their children, and this is the same the world over.

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I met a mother many years ago in a Philippines slum who had three young children. They were desperately poor. One of the children was extremely ill and the only medicine to cure him would cost her a large sum of money, which would mean that she wouldn’t be able to feed the other two children for about ten days. She chose not to buy the medicine and as a result, the little boy died. As a parent, I just couldn’t imagine having to make a decision like that. I have never forgotten her.


World Vision considers the unique issues faced by mothers in all of our development programs. In the face of hardship, the strength and resilience of women always brings me great inspiration. With this in mind, it gives me great pride to be able to present SEE Solutions on the pages of this magazine, a new initiative aimed at improving livelihoods for people in poor communities. SEE Solutions funded projects are presenting opportunities around the world for groups of women to take control of their livelihoods, empowering them to grow successful businesses, gain new skills and knowledge and secure their futures. I have met many such women, each inspirational to me in their individual ways. Women in poor communities always need to work extremely hard, just to get by. With help from SEE Solutions, they’re not just getting by – they’re getting somewhere.

I can’t sign off without mentioning Haiti. The earthquake that ravaged the tiny nation in late January was of a scale rarely seen. Emergencies such as this cannot help but profoundly affect the lives of all World Vision staff and supporters, no matter in what corner of the world they reside. Haiti is a tiny country at the opposite end of the globe, whose people have long faced desperate poverty. The tragic January earthquake and aftershocks killed over 230,000 people. Three million were affected, which is one person of every three in Haiti’s population. These are figures akin to those of the 2004 tsunami, and difficult to comprehend. Families were torn apart, hospitals and schools destroyed and the nation left in chaos. World Vision responded to the emergency immediately. With over 300 staff already on the ground, our relief operation was mobilised rapidly. When we launched our appeal, Australians opened their hearts and answered the call quickly and openhandedly. Once again I was blown away by the generosity of everyday Australians. As well as our short term relief efforts, the funds raised will enable World Vision to remain in Haiti for the long-term rebuilding process, which will take many years. Thank you, from the depths of my heart, to everyone who donated. Mother’s day is a perfect opportunity for World Vision staff and supporters to honour the carers and protectors of children everywhere. This is an immeasurably important job; it is, after all, the children who each and every one of you are working for each day, through your World Vision support. Tim Costello, World Vision Australia Chief Executive z

n The Don’t Trade Lives campaign seeks to end labour exploitation in West Africa’s cocoa industry.

Consumers and manufacturers can support economic growth in poorer countries by choosing to buy and produce ethically. Products like coffee, tea and chocolate can be certified under a number of systems. The labels on these products helps consumers ensure they’re buying ethically grown products. It also means that farmers, workers and their families will benefit from a fair price, helping to support sustainable livelihoods in their communities. Fairtrade is one such organisation seeking to help both consumers and producers in this way. The Fairtrade Label means strict environmental, labour and developmental standards have been independently assessed and passed. It’s a guarantee that exploitative labour and practices have not been a part of that product’s manufacture. Other benefits for farmers and producers in poorer countries: • Increases in income and security • Investment in production infrastructure • Access to markets Indirectly, the process contributes to increased confidence and improved skills for farmers, and provides benefits for the local environment. The fair trade market in Australia is small but growing, a trend for ethical purchases that is being reflected around the world. Currently, chocolate, tea, coffee, sports balls, rice, sugar and cotton are all available as certified Fairtrade products in Australia. Retail sales of Fairtrade Certified™ and Labelled products in Australia and New Zealand grew by over 50% in 2009 to just over AU$50million.

Significantly, Green and Black’s recently announced their entire range of chocolate products is due to be Fairtrade certified by 2011, with 90% of its range available under the Fairtrade label from September this year. In response, President of the National Confederation of Dominican Cocoa Producers, Santos Mendoza said: “This is exciting news for us... we will be able to both invest in business and in our community to ensure a brighter future for our families, other farmers and our friends... working with Fairtrade... enables cocoa farmers and organizations like us to have a say in shaping our future by directly talking and working with companies to ensure sustainable livelihoods.” Don’t Trade Lives is continuing its campaign for all chocolate sold in Australia to be free of labour exploitation by sourcing ethically certified ingredients, such as Fairtrade. As consumers YOU are vital to creating change. • Sign our e-card calling on Big Chocolate manufacturers to Follow the Leader and ethically source all of the cocoa they use in their chocolate. For more information on the campaign, visit the Don’t Trade Lives page at • Ask your favourite retailer to stock ethically produced tea, chocolate and coffee. • Get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight, 1-16 May. Check details at z


A key part of World Vision’s work around the world is supporting the sustainable economic growth of communities. Economic growth means incomes can improve and people can better provide for their families.

The Don’t Trade Lives campaign has been supporting change among cocoa producers and chocolate manufacturers for almost two years. Late in 2009, Cadbury announced they would convert their flagship Cadbury Dairy Milk products to be ethically produced in Australia by this Easter. This will triple the amount of Fairtrade cocoa available in Australia, and deliver real change to the lives of tens of thousands of Ghanaian cocoa farmers and their families. Australian chocolate connoisseurs will notice no difference – the taste and price of the chocolate will remain the same.

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Ethical trade: buying fair to benefit all

Since the first Fairtrade products went on sale in both countries six years ago, combined retail sales have surpassed AU$120 million.


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