Newsletter – Issue 3

Spotlight: From Disaster to Resilience



The Science of Rescue: World Vision’s Disaster Response Techniques

From emergency relief to community rebuilding, World Vision strives to incorporate cutting-edge scientific and technological interventions in its disaster response. The following innovative techniques employed by World Vision have proven effective in bringing quick and lasting solutions to communities affected by disaster.

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Last Mile Mobile Solutions
Every minute counts when responding with life-saving aid in a time of disaster. Last Mile Mobile Solutions (LMMS), developed by World Vision, together with technology company ThoughtWorks.

It combines speed and ease of response with reporting and accountability requirements. The hand-held device is designed to work in even the remotest areas. It’s uses include:

  • • Registering and accounting for people affected by crises and disasters
  • • Tracking the distribution of relief items to intended beneficiaries
  • • Automating reports for field workers to help in planning and management
Users of LMMS have reported almost a 50% reduction in registration, distribution and reporting times, as well as a 30% reduction in budgetary costs. So far, it has has been successfully used in places like the Philippines, Haiti, Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
PUR “Purifier of Water” Powder
Every child deserves clean water. In partnership with Procter & Gamble, World Vision has been able to bring relief in terms of clean water to disaster stricken communities through PUR Powder.

This small sachet of powdered ingredients is designed to make contaminated water clean and safe. It is now changing the lives of thousands of families and children who have little access to clean drinking water.

The PUR process works in three steps:

  1. Coagulation: Metals and parasites combine to form small particles
  1. Flocculation: Small particles further combine to form larger particles, which are then strained
  1. Disinfection: Pathogenic microorganisms are removed

The testing of PUR in many countries such as the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Kenya has proven that:

  • • More than 99.9% of contaminants in water can be removed
  • • Vulnerable children’s susceptibility to diarrhoea can be reduced by up to 90%

PUR has been especially helpful in World Vision’s disaster response. More than 5,000 sachets of PUR were distributed to villages in Orang Asli after the Malaysian flash floods of 2014. Similar distribution was also done post-Cyclone Nargis and Typhoon Haiyan.

Distributing PUR sachets and water buckets to affected people in Yenanchaung, Myanmar.

4-year old Joshua has been hospitalised once due to diarrhea. Leocadia, his grandmother was anxious where to get money to pay the bills. “It was a very tough time and I don’t want to go through that again,” she says. Joshua now drinks water treated by PUR and hasn’t had diarrhoea since then.

Child Friendly Spaces
World Vision takes on a holistic approach when it comes to Disaster Response. We recognise that besides meeting the immediate physical needs of children, it is necessary to provide relief and counselling from trauma and psychological suffering.

Because children are so physically and emotionally vulnerable during humanitarian emergencies, World Vision pioneered the concept of Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) as a means to support these vulnerable children. It provides young children with safe environments in which to play, stay protected, and learn about their rights in the midst of crisis.

Currently, a number of CFS are being set up in various parts of the Middle East to support children victimised by the Syrian Crisis and the unrest in Iraq. In addition to providing a safe environment, CFS also:

  • • Provides fun activities and informal learning and leadership opportunities
  • • Provides platforms for children to voice out their feelings
  • • Distributes items such as lunch boxes, water bottles and learning materials
  • • Reunites children who have gotten separated from their families

Research shows that parents whose children had access to CFS saw an increase in their confidence regarding the wellbeing of their children. CFS have also improved families’ awareness of the various community support mechanisms available to them.

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Jouri, an 11-year-old Syrian refugee attends World Vision’s CFS in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Her father went missing in Syria, and she now lives with her mother, grandmother and four siblings. When Jouri first came to the CFS, she was shy and isolated herself from other children. Her teacher at the CFS realised she was an avid reader and had the potential to be an eloquent speaker, and encouraged her by making her the class storyteller. Jouri now readily takes part in all activities. She says, “Now I’m not so shy. I’m better able to answer questions and read aloud in class”.
3D Printing Technology
Most recently, World Vision has been exploring the use of 3D printing in Disaster Response, in collaboration with Field Ready. In some of the remotest parts of Nepal, 3D printers have been saving lives by facilitating medical personnel to fix medical equipment through quickly creating the necessary parts. The printers’ small size and ease of transport have made them especially crucial to providing medical care in a post-earthquake Nepal.

Being a doctor or nurse in a remote area, with failing equipment and next to nothing resources, is extremely difficult. In Nepal, an innovation lab is in the midst of being created, with catalogues and designs for relief agencies to download and print easily.

The aim is that one day, it can be used to make bones for injured people, and for medical personnel to be able to print any necessary medical items.


In the past, damaged water pipes in Nepal would be repaired by community members using makeshift solutions, such as wrapping a plastic bag over the leak. But today, pipe fittings created with 3D printing technology is being used to repair water systems damaged by the earthquake.

Success Story

More than Shelter to Weather Storms

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New House, Better Future

Lady Alota and her family lost their house to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Her young family had to live in houses with weak foundations, unsteady walls and makeshift roofs. These unsafe living conditions were a huge problem, especially in communities that are prone to flooding and landslides.Thankfully, Lady Alota and her family, along with 200 other families, received shelter assistance from World Vision. “I don’t have to worry about our safety and comfort. I am happy and grateful we have a new house,” says Lady. In order to provide housing for low income families, build back better techniques were used in constructing 17.5 square metre houses made of timber or composite material. Latrines were also built for families who didn’t have one, so that children could live healthily in sanitary conditions.

Built with strong foundations, these houses are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions especially during the rainy season.

Lady can now raise her children in a sturdy house that they can now call home. Her community is also more resilient to future disasters thanks to interventions like community drills, enhancement of public infrastructure and more.


Engage with World Vision

SG Donors in Action

In October, a group of trippers from Singapore travelled to Nepal to visit their sponsored children, experience the daily life of children living in disaster-stricken areas and witness the rebuilding work that has been ongoing.

News & Events

Latest News & Events!


    • New Child Sponsors Gathering – 21 January (Register here)
    • Information Session: An Insight Into Myanmar – 21 January (Register here)
    • Child Sponsors Trip to Vietnam – 19-24 March (Register here)
    • Child Sponsors Trip to Myanmar – 26-31 March (Register here)
    • Night of Hope: Embracing Diversity and Faith – March (date TBC)
    • Ride-For-Change (WV Charity Cycle) – April (dates TBC)


Pray With Us

Keep Needy Children in Your Thoughts & Prayers


  • That the pleas of children and families who need urgent will be answered so that they can restore and rebuild their lives
  • For children suffering from emotional trauma to find safe places to heal and experience joy and a sense of stability again
  • For disaster-prone communities to receive more support to disaster-proof their infrastructure and lives, such as by retrofitting buildings, using sturdier construction materials, learning emergency first aid and more