400,000 children at risk

Violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced over 1.4 million people to flee and created a devastating hunger emergency. Many children like Ngala need your help urgently. 
Hunger has stopped this four-year-old from growing as she should and her mother Antoinette is desperate.  
Ngala’s father was brutally murdered by armed militia. Antoinette gathered the children and ran and now she barely manages to provide Ngala and her five siblings with one meal a day. Some days there’s no food at all. 

Mother Antoinette with Ngala

“I came here with a lot of suffering. I don’t have anything to eat.”

– Antoinette, Ngala’s mum

World Vision is working with the World Food Programme to provide life-saving nutritional supplements for children like Ngala. But the numbers waiting for help are overwhelming and supplies often run out before the end of the line is reached. 


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Your tax-time donation can provide 18 times more impact in vital food assistance for hungry children like Ngala.

Over 4 million people reached in 2018

Last year, supporters like you helped 4,038,647 people in 12 countries overcome critical food shortages through our partnership with the UN World Food Programme. 

Misenga and her family were among those assisted after violence erupted in their village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Soon after they fled, Misenga gave birth to twins and they became dangerously malnourished. But with targeted nutritional treatment at a World Vision-supported health centre, the boys’ health has been restored.

“The boys should reach their first birthday at a healthy weight.” – Willy, health centre nurse

“Cash transfer has helped me a lot.”

Felister and her family were hungry on a regular basis because the part of Kenya where they live experiences regular droughts and floods. Through a cash-for-assets project, she has worked alongside her neighbours to improve rainwater capture and distribution on local farmland in exchange for cash payments. 

With water for irrigation, Felister can grow bigger crops to sell and supply her cows with more fodder. She’s begun saving some of her earnings to cover household expenses, including her son’s school fees.

91,823 people received food and/or cash for work

Addressing immediate food shortages and building community assets like roads and dams.

Healthy kitchens keep kids in school

Through the Healthy Kitchen Project, 414 Syrian refugees in Jordan earned a regular income in 2018 preparing nutritious lunches for 31,000 children attending 22 schools across the Azraq and Zaatari refugee camps. 

The meals encourage children to attend school and provide them with the energy they need to focus on learning. At the same time, parents working in the kitchens regain dignity and self-reliance through stable employment. 

360,023 children received school meals

Nutritious food to encourage attendance and give vulnerable children the energy to learn.

“We are never hungry!”

Amira and her mum Fatima are among more than 240,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon who depend on eCards loaded with cash each month to buy food at local stores. 

After fleeing Syria with nothing, Fatima would have no way to feed her six children without this support. “I buy rice, sugar, tea, beans, cheese, salt, and everything I need to feed the children on a daily basis,” she says. “We survive because of it.” 

1.2 million people received cash vouchers

Empowering families in crisis to buy food for themselves when it’s available in the local market.

Help continue a child's story

Children never ask for war

… the explosion of bombs and shooting of guns in the streets of Syria forced Catherine’s family to flee.

They never asked for their home, safety or stability to be ripped away – but the brutal conflict that engulfed their country meant it was completely out of their control. Feeling hungry and afraid, Catherine and her family were left with no choice but to escape.

This is the reality for millions of families like Catherine’s. Her family fled to a refugee settlement in Lebanon where they live in a makeshift tent, sharing rations with 13 other people. They are trapped in a state of uncertainty, feeling desperate as the days grow longer and Catherine’s mother, Aysha, loses hope for her children’s future.

My children were born and raised in a tent. There is no tomorrow for them.

- Aysha, Catherine’s mother

Children like Catherine are being robbed of their childhood as they live each day without access to basics we take for granted – like food, safety and education. Without food, children can never reach their full potential and become trapped in a cycle of poverty causing long-term, generational damage.

Catherine’s future is at a standstill – but you can help continue her story.

Lost in South Sudan

No child chooses a life of loss and devastation. 14-year-old Lucia and her nine-year-old little sister Jackline never expected they would lose their mum and dad or be forced to flee by themselves at such a young age.  

But being from war-torn South Sudan meant they had no other option but to seek safety in neighbouring Uganda. When the sound of gunshots reached their community and Lucia couldn’t find their parents, the girls knew it was time to run.  

They walked for a month to find safety but felt scared after hearing horrific tales of young girls being abducted. But finally, they reached the border of Uganda and were welcomed by World Vision staff who provided the girls with shelter and a warm meal.

You can help provide children like Lucia and Jackline with help in times of crisis.

Help continue a child's story

Generous supporters like you have helped provide millions of hungry children and families around the world with emergency food and long-term assistance which has made a BIG impact in their lives. So, we are renaming the Multiplying Gift Appeal to the Big Impact Appeal – to better represent the life-changing impact our supporters have made.

Frequently asked questions

The Big Impact Appeal and the Multiplying Gift Appeal are the same thing. In 2018, we decided to change the name of this annual appeal to the Big Impact Appeal so that it communicates to supporters what their donation can help to achieve in a stronger, simpler way.

During World Vision's 2018 financial year, we partnered with the UN World Food Programme to provide life-saving food to more than four million people around the world. Entire communities also benefited from projects taking place alongside our food distribution programs that focus on fighting hunger in the long term.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. For over two decades, World Vision has been partnering with the WFP to deliver food assistance.

The WFP provides food and supplies, while we ensure these reach those most in need. We also use our expertise in long-term development to deliver food as part of comprehensive food assistance programming -- including livelihoods training, school feeding programs and food for assets initiatives.
World Vision partners with the UN World Food Programme to distribute food as this partnership enables World Vision to utilise the significant supply and resource networks of the WFP. We come together in a commitment because just delivering food alone is not a sustainable solution to hunger in the countries we operate in. This partnership allows World Vision to have better oversight in areas where we have people on the ground who can ensure the distribution of food security measures is done in accordance with the law and policies governing our joint partnership.

Your donation can help provide 18 times more impact in food assistance

Your generosity helps us increase our impact around the world. Through our partnership with the UN World Food Programme, the value of your donation can now be multiplied 18 times, meaning we can make a bigger difference than ever before! We have expanded our programming footprint and the costs to deliver our programs have reduced.

Make a BIGGER impact today

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Excess funds: Should funds raised for the BIA exceed the amount required to fund World Vision's work in delivering food assistance and other essential supplies provided by the World Food Programme and other United Nations agencies, World Vision will use the excess funds in other work to help communities respond to the long-term effects of food insecurity.

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