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Last weekend, a category 5 storm, Cyclone Pam, pounded the islands of Vanuatu with heavy rain and winds. World Vision has started distribution of pre-positioned kits of shelter materials, hygiene supplies, and kitchen/cooking sets.

Typhoon Hagupit -- its name means "lash" in Filipino -- moved west-northwest and targeted the city of Legazpi, just north of where the storm made landfall on Saturday, 6 December. World Vision assessment teams are on the ground in Tacloban, just hours after powerful Typhoon Hagupit slammed the region still reeling from last year’s deadly Typhoon Haiyan.

We're celebrating our Child Sponsors who help make the dreams of many children possible!

We're heartened by the many #whyisponsor stories shared by our child sponsors and compiled in this post are only a handful of all who have shared.