Press releases

  • Children still bearing the brunt of continuing bloodshed

    Children are being killed at an average rate of ten a day as the bloody conflict between Israel and Gaza continues, while countless others are being injured or witnessing the horrors of the fighting, World Vision Australia’s chief executive Tim Costello said today.


    Mr Costello called for an urgent ceasefire as the international charity was once again having to ...

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  • World Vision urges ceasefire as strike kills child in aid project

    Violence in Israel and Gaza has claimed the life of at least one child from World Vision’s programs in the region, the humanitarian organisation said today, as it renewed calls for a ceasefire between both parties.


    The death toll has continued to grow amid ongoing attacks from both sides. Rockets fired from Gaza have now resulted in the ...

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  • Typhoon Rammasun sparks mass evacuations in Philippines

    Tens of thousands have fled to safety as Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Philippines' Bicol region, World Vision said today.


    More than 30,000 families are now sheltering in evacuation centres as thousands more flee to safety on the eve of the storm according to World Vision Philippine’s Emergency Communicator Aaron Aspi.


    “World Vision has begun distribution of emergency ...

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  • Australia behind Syrian aid resolution at Security Council

    Millions of Syrians could finally receive life-saving aid after a ground-breaking unanimous vote in the UN Security Council, World Vision said today.


    The humanitarian agency welcomes the resolution allowing cross-border convoys of emergency aid to Syria from neighbouring countries and across conflict lines. All 15 members of the Security Council voted in support of the resolution to allow aid ...

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  • Violence in Gaza and Israel must end for the sake of children: World Vision

    World Vision condemns the escalating violence towards Israelis and Palestinians which has resulted in deaths and injuries of children on both sides of the conflict.


    The violence has increased significantly over the last few days with rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel and intense air strikes from the Israeli army on targets in Gaza.


    World ...

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  • Independence celebration marred by grave crisis in South Sudan: Costello

    More than a quarter of a million children in South Sudan are now at risk of malnutrition as the country marks the third anniversary of independence, World Vision Australia’s chief executive said today.


    Major agencies such as World Vision are struggling to secure the funds to deliver critical emergency relief as the conflict in South Sudan shows no signs ...

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  • World Refugee Day highlights the shocking outlook for Syria’s children

    On World Refugee Day, World Vision Australia is urging Australians to remember the fact that more than half of the 2.8 million Syrian refugees fleeing conflict are children. The United Nations estimates that this number will reach a staggering 3 million refugees in just a few months.


    Syrian refugee children suffer physical and psychological impact, with many losing their ...

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  • Positive signs in new roadmap for Australian aid

    World Vision Australia today welcomed the release of the new road map for Australia’s aid program.

    World Vision Chief Executive, Tim Costello said he was pleased to see a continued focus on poverty reduction, human development, health, education and the empowerment of women.


    “These are important enablers of economic growth,” he said.


    The Government has also put more ...

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  • Busting myths about child labourers: 168m too many to ignore

    Widespread ignorance about the scale and dimensions of child labour exploitation is holding back efforts to combat the practice, international aid and development organisation World Vision said today.

    One in ten of the world’s children over five years of age are currently labouring to the detriment of their health and development, according to World Vision Australia’s advocacy manager Ruth Dearnley. ...

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  • Limited understanding of child sexual abuse in the South-East Asia puts children at risk

    Children in South-East Asia are at greater risk of being sexually abused because of their communities’ limited understanding of what constitutes child abuse, a new report by World Vision revealed today.

    Sex, Abuse and Childhood, the 70 page report released in Bangkok today, found that most children and adults interviewed in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam only thought ...

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