There is no one size fits all approach to climate action. We work with children and their communities to develop locally led solutions that will last.
  • An example is Chauk community, which lies in the ‘dry zone’ of Myanmar and is prone to fires and flooding. Disaster Preparedness Plans have been established in 19 communities to improve their preparedness and resilience, including through an early warning system and the establishment of freshwater tanks.
  • World Vision is working with farmers in Timor-Leste to restore previously unusable land, to increase resilience to climate-induced shocks. Communities used to employ a ‘slash and burn’ practice to maintain soil fertility, meaning they would indiscriminately burn wood from the forest. As a consequence, soil quality has been degraded and forest cover reduced. With the support of World Vision, farmer groups are now learning how to regenerate trees and shrubs from the ‘underground forest’ of living tree stumps and roots, breathing life back into original land cover.
  • Community members from Magugu, Tanzania, have learned to keep dairy cows as part of the integrated development partnership with World Vision. Just as exciting as the milk they produce is their manure. The methane gas from the manure can be captured and used in biogas systems that turn methane into fuel for cooking and lighting, instead of gas, kerosene or wood. The remaining waste from the biogas system is used as organic fertiliser.
  • In Ethiopia, a trial run by World Vision saw 2,500 fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly stoves distributed to a community. Local women were chosen to participate in the project and trained in how to make the stoves and run their own businesses. The evaluation showed the stoves reduced the amount of carbon monoxide released during cooking by up to 53%, and that the amount of firewood needed was reduced by up to 49%. Community members said they also noticed a dramatic reduction in the time spent collecting firewood and their children missed less school.
In 2023, over 28 million people in Afghanistan are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The number of people experiencing severe food insecurity has swollen, with six million people on the brink of famine. Afghanistan’s children are among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, and their situation is worsening. They need support now.

The suffering of Afghan children and families is due to circumstances beyond their control. Afghanistan has been ravaged by over four decades of conflict and a climate change crisis that has caused both severe drought and extreme flooding in recent years. The country’s economic collapse in 2021, following the sudden fall of the Government, has exasperated need and led to widespread hunger and food insecurity.
Yes! With your help, we’ve been working in Afghanistan for more than 20 years. Together, we’ve been making a difference in the lives of children and families in one of the world’s most challenging contexts. And we won’t stop now.

With you and our team of local staff , we will get help to those who need it most. Donations from generous New Zealanders have helped fund food aid programmes, health and nutrition services, water, hygiene, and sanitation activities, and education initiatives in underserved communities in Afghanistan. In 2022, New Zealand giving helped our team in Afghanistan to reach almost 1.4 million people!

Right now, your kindness is reaching hungry children and desperate families who urgently need support.

Like you, we remain firmly committed to the children and families of Afghanistan. Together, we hope to reach more than 2.1 million Afghan children over the next three years, meeting their needs today while working towards a better and brighter tomorrow.
In December 2022, Afghanistan’s defacto authorities banned Afghan women from working for NGOs. Around one third of World Vision’s team in Afghanistan are women. They are nurses, doctors, teachers, nutrition experts, team leaders, community health workers and more. They have access to people and contexts that their male colleagues can’t reach. They’re critical to safeguarding the communities we serve. They are essential to our work. As with a number of other humanitarian agencies, we made the tough decision to suspend all our activities in Afghanistan as we cannot deliver a suitable aid programme that reaches the most vulnerable without our female staff.

We’re already seeing positive signs. A number of exceptions to the ban have now been made, which means we’ve been able to restart the life-saving health, nutrition, and food assistance programmes you make possible. On 8 January 2023, we received assurances from authorities that the ban doesn’t apply to our health and nutrition staff or support workers. And it’s safe for women to resume these activities. Then in February 2023 we were able to resume our education and food assistance activities!

We hope that the ban will be lifted in its entirety and that we will be able to resume all our programmes. Our aim is to lift the suspension when female staff are allowed to work across all humanitarian sectors.