Help Children Survive Climate Change

When El Nino first made headline news all over the world in the middle of last year, articles were accompanied by images of cracked land in parts of Africa and Asia and warnings of food crises everywhere. Almost a year later, many newspapers bear good news of El Nino coming to an end by June 2016. The changing climate is forecasted to temper and ease.

But the real stories remain heartbreaking on the ground. For them, that El Nino is declared over and shelved for its next appearance is no comfort. Their fields remain devastated, their granaries empty, their children hungry and their families teetering at the edge of survival.
 
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El Nino’s Devastation

Children in Ethiopia have been experiencing the worst drought since 1985. In May 2016, approximately 2.1 million children required life-saving therapeutic treatment from acute malnutrition and almost 2 million people had to go without potable water.


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Climate Change Hits Asia Too

Asia is singled out as the continent hardest hit by climate change. Many were following the escalating drought in India, where 1 in every 4 people needed humanitarian aid. In Southeast Asia, countless rural families in Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia are currently struggling with a lack of rainfall, leaving them at risk of severe food shortages.


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Restore Hope, Strengthen Communities

There is hope. Through rehabilitative and developmental support, farmers can salvage their destroyed fields, families can secure new sources of income and children can rehabilitate.
While the changing climate cannot be relied on, stronger communities can begin life again, and begin life stronger for the future.


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Many have lost far too much to climate change.
Together, we can offer them a chance to strengthen themselves again.
Enable parents to put food back on the table and send their children back to school.

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A Child Forced To Shoulder The Burden

 
Ayney is only nine years old. When she saw the rivers around her district dry up in the drought,she knew that she would have to drop out of school to walk for hours just to look for water. It frustrated her. She knew she would fall behind yet again.

Ayney ended up walking hours with other girls with huge jerry cans on their backs. Wrapped simply around her back, the empty jerry can weighed more than a full one. She knew it meant that her family would have to go without water that day.

When Ayney found an open marshland, her heart skipped a beat. She had to dig for dirty, muddy water, but at least there was enough to fill her jerry can.
“There was no more water flowing in the river. We had to dig in the marshland.”
 

Ayney lost her father at a young age, and her mother, Hadera is visually impaired. In order for their family to survive, her two older brothers had to go to a different city to find some work – any work.

They are only 13 and 15 years old, mere children themselves. When Ayney said goodbye, she felt a sense of quiet despair inside her. She worried for her brothers.

A few months later, World Vision arrived in her village with water truckers. Ayney was ecstatic. She knew that the water rations were her ticket back into school.

“Now, it is a lot easier. I save a lot of time and I am able to attend my classes.”

That was not all. They also received 10 egg-laying chickens that will tide them over the lean season as they recover their livelihoods.

Ayney now waits eagerly for her brothers to come home, but some part of her continues to worry and fear. For many of these vulnerable children and families, the drought has not ended, and its effects will continue to ravage their communities until they reach restoration.

Keep children like Ayney in school and free from fear by sponsoring a child or giving towards communities like hers!

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What Climate Change Means For Asia’s Children

 

 
Just this year, various countries in Southeast Asia have been left battered by climate change. For region that relies so heavily on predictable weather for strong crop yields and rice production, climate change means less food on the table for already struggling families, loss of livelihoods for farmers who rely on the land, children having to drop out of school to look for odd jobs and a new wave of insecurity for families everywhere.

One of the most vulnerable countries in Southeast Asia is Indonesia. An estimated 3 million Indonesians live below the poverty line in severely impacted districts. Furthermore, about 1.2 million of them rely on regular rainfall for food production. In the coming months, La Nina is likely to cause widespread flooding and destruction of homes. For already vulnerable and impoverished families, the coming months look bleak if they do not find alternative income sources.

Sponsor a child to provide him or her security as they try their best to rise above their circumstances or support their families in communities like East Indonesia.

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World Vision’s Interventions

 
Now, even while the world declares the end of El Nino this year, food shortages are predicted to peak in September 2016 if humanitarian aid dips. World Vision looks to support stricken families as they begin life again.

With development initiatives which build longer-term resilience, severe food shortages can be avoided. Help us to avert a crisis by: 

  1. Regenerating farmlands and natural resources for the next harvest
  2. Expanding water pipelines to provide irrigation for new crops
  3. Rehabilitating malnourished children through clinics and health programmes
  4. Rehabilitating shallow wells to sustain access to clean drinking water
  5. Train families in alternative livelihood skills to supplement income and reduce dependency on single crop yields

Sponsor a child to provide him or her security as they try their best to rise above their circumstances or support their families in communities like East Indonesia.

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Impact Update

(last updated in Feb 2017)

So far, we have been able to increase the food security of families in Yaya Gulele ADP, Ethiopia and build water pipelines for families in Ende ADP, Indonesia.

Climate Change ADP Impact

To view the full report on our efforts to boost the resilience of communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change, please click here.