YOUR SUPPORT IN ACTION AROUND THE WORLD
Emergency response activities in Angola are under way. As of December 2012: • World Vision is working with UNICEF and the local Ministry of Health to identify and treat severely malnourished children, help ensure that there is a steady supply of therapeutic foods at nutrition centers, and help the provincial authorities open more supplemental feeding centers. • Three of World Vision’s area development programs have mobilized communities to assess and respond to the child malnutrition and water crises. • Agriculture, nutrition, and market assessments have been carried out.
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Planned activities for 2013 include: • Responding to the needs of 270,000 malnourished children and their families and establishing community-based nutrition programs Therapeutic feeding helped 18-month-old Paulina recover from severe malnutrition. “I am very much relieved to see my baby is now happy and playing,” said her mother. “A month ago she was very sick and very thin.” World Vision is working with UNICEF and the government of Angola to help ensure that nutrition centers have adequate supplies of therapeutic foods.
• Providing seeds of improved corn and bean varieties along with technical training for 20,000 families and promoting farming methods that improve resilience to natural disasters such as drought • Distributing vegetable seeds to 40,000 women to help them start gardens for nutritious food and a source of income • Drilling low-cost, hand‑drilled wells
Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo The Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by one humanitarian crisis after another for the past 20 years, most caused by widespread conflict involving multiple armed groups. In April 2012, violence erupted again when hundreds of soldiers deserted the Congolese army and re-formed a rebel group that was previously disbanded under the terms of a peace agreement. Heavy fighting culminated in the rebels seizing Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, in November 2012. The rebels officially retreated from Goma in December 2012, but the situation remains dire.
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The conflict displaced approximately 140,000 people in Goma and the surrounding area, which already had nearly 1.7 million internally displaced persons. These people are living in extremely difficult conditions in camps, where they face hunger and poor sanitation and are vulnerable to rape and other protection incidents. According to UNICEF, 70,000 children have been affected by the recent conflict. Your gift is helping alleviate suffering and meet the basic needs of internally displaced people, returnees, and host families. Relief activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo include: • Distributed food to more than 302,000 people World Vision distributed food to more than 302,000 people displaced by recent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, most of whom live in makeshift shelters such as the ones pictured above at Mugunga camp, located a few miles outside Goma.
• Distributed relief items such as water jugs and mosquito nets to 1,500 families • Equipped six health facilities with medical kits and examination tables • Operated Child-Friendly Spaces in six camps to help more than 13,750 children cope with distress • Helped 260 former child soldiers reintegrate into society, providing education, healthcare, and counseling and helping them start economic activities