Press releases

  • Nepal reels from new earthquakes

    World Vision Australian chief executive Tim Costello said he was devastated that Nepal had been hit by powerful 7.4 and 6.3 magnitude earthquakes just two weeks after more than 8000 people were killed on April 25.

    “I’m devastated to hear of new earthquakes striking Nepal as the country struggles to get back onto its feet after the April 25 disaster,” ...

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  • Aid cuts risk lives, regional stability, and abandon Africa

    The Federal Government has put both lives and stability in our immediate region at risk with its decision to go ahead with a $1 billion cut to the 2015 Australian aid budget, World Vision CEO, Tim Costello says.

    Speaking in response to the announcement of 40 per cent cuts to Australian aid across the Asia program, including Indonesia, Mr Costello said ...

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  • Nepal gripped by another earthquake – World Vision concerned for children and communities already struggling in quake aftermath

    World Vision is working to locate staff and assess potential impacts to already displaced children and communities following a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake which struck just hours ago near Namche Bazar. With a shallow depth of 19km it shook already vulnerable structures causing widespread panic as people in Kathmandu and nearby districts evacuated to open spaces. Reports of new deaths ...

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  • World Vision suspends work in South Sudan

    JUBA - An escalation in conflict has resulted in the relocation of staff and suspension of World Vision programs in Unity State, South Sudan.

    This affects the distribution of non-food items and nutrition programs - both life-saving interventions which have currently ceased. The safety of staff is fundamental to World Vision and with the increased insecurity, this cannot be guaranteed. ...

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  • World Vision rallies Australians and businesses for Nepal Earthquake

    Some of Australia’s leading businesses have rallied to World Vision’s call to support its urgent relief efforts in Nepal following the devastation of the recent earthquake.

    The public are invited to join business leaders, the Australian Nepalese community and World Vision supporters at a special event at Sydney’s Custom House on Thursday morning to raise funds for food, water and ...

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  • Australian aid agencies welcome $4m Federal grant for Nepal

    Australia’s international aid agencies have welcomed the Federal Government’s swift commitment of $4 million in emergency relief funds for their operations in Nepal following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake which hit on 25 April.

     The $4 million will support six Australian aid agencies who have entered into the Humanitarian Partnership Agreement with DFAT and have well-established operations in Nepal and can ...

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  • Dire humanitarian crisis engulfs epicentre survivors in Nepal

    A dire humanitarian emergency is threatening to engulf the worst affected communities at the epicentre of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal, World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello warned today.

    The head of Australia’s largest humanitarian aid agency, Mr Costello managed to make it overland to Gorkha, which lies 16 km from the epicentre of Saturday’s quake, overnight.

    “The scenes that ...

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  • World Vision fears sharp rise in Nepal death toll

    Fears of an escalating death toll in Nepal are growing as access to some of the worst affected areas nearest the epicentre of Saturday’s earthquake remain inaccessible to relief workers, World Vision said today.


    “There has been massive destruction of roads and trails that provide the only access to the remote areas near the epicentre making relief work nearly ...

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  • Australian Government must do more for Syria: World Vision says on eve of Kuwait conference

    ‘Aid agencies can’t fix Syria alone’, says World Vision 
    Increase in refugees outpacing the increase in funding by four to one

    Children facing their fifth year of war need to be the focus of a major conference for Syria this week, humanitarian agency World Vision said today. 

    Ahead of today’s donor conference in Kuwait (March 31), the humanitarian ...

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  • Aid to help Vanuatu today and tomorrow

    Humanitarian agency World Vision welcomes the Australian Government’s allocation of funds to support emergency response and recovery efforts in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed today that World Vision will receive $1.2 million in funding to respond to the needs of those impacted by the disaster.

    “This swift commitment of funding allows us ...

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