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World Vision's staff respond to natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies in dozens of countries each year. Staff can provide eyewitness interviews, expert analysis and compelling insight into these tragic events.

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Richard Stearns in Christianity Today: Love the refugee with the compassion Christ has shown you
Nov 17, 2015

Richard Stearns in Christianity Today: Love the refugee with the compassion Christ has shown you

World Vision President Richard Stearns reflects on the plight of refugees, in light of the recent attacks in Paris. Read a short excerpt here, or read the entire post at Christianity Today.

Video: Pray for the world
Nov 17, 2015

Video: Pray for the world

Our hearts break for children and families affected by indiscriminate violence across the world each and every day. Pain is real, but so is hope and so is love. Join us in praying for the world.

How are communities in the Philippines faring two years after Typhoon Haiyan?
Nov 6, 2015

How are communities in the Philippines faring two years after Typhoon Haiyan?

World Vision's response director in the Philippines, Dineen Tupa, says, “Two years on, data tells us that people in the rural areas are bouncing back, but the urban poor have not rebounded quite as well.”

Video: Refugees face rain, cold en route to Europe
Nov 4, 2015

Video: Refugees face rain, cold en route to Europe

Refugees experience new hardships as a cold, rainy autumn sets in.

Sponsored child christmas gift
Nov 10, 2015

Share big dreams: Give a Special Gift to your sponsored child this Christmas

Make your sponsored child’s dreams come true with a Special Gift that will benefit him or her and the entire family.

This November, the Harlem Globetotters partner with World Vision for the #GOATee for a Good Cause Campaign.
Nov 1, 2015

The Harlem Globetrotters join World Vision’s #GOATee for a Good Cause campaign

This November, the Harlem Globetotters partner with World Vision for the #GOATee for a Good Cause Campaign. 

World Vision provides materials for families in remote villages to rebuild following the Nepal earthquake. In some areas, supplies could only be transported in by helicopter. PHOTO: World Vision.
Oct 29, 2015

World Vision Nepal Earthquake Response: 6 months on

World Vision transitioning from immediate relief to long-term recovery work following Nepal Earthquake.

South Asia shaken by massive earthquake
Oct 27, 2015

South Asia shaken by massive earthquake

Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of India have been rocked by a magnitude-7.5 earthquake.

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How we respond to global disasters (PDF)

The impact of major disasters has increased 13-fold in the last 50 years. Global weather trends and increasing political upheavals indicate that the needs will continue to grow. Immediate emergency response, disaster mitigation and a commitment to long-term rebuilding are critical. World Vision is on the ground in some 100 countries — and responded to some 87 emergencies last year.

Ready to respond: Preparing for global disasters (PDF)

In 2012, World Vision responded to some 87 disasters, assisting an estimated 10 million survivors, refugees and internally displaced people. With a 13-fold increase in the number of major disasters over the last 50 years, we continue to provide immediate emergency response and disaster mitigation, and are committed to long-term rebuilding. A significant element in World Vision’s disaster response is emergency preparedness, which includes community training as well as pre-positioned staff, goods and funds.

8 ways to talk to kids about disasters (PDF)

Given the 24-hour news cycle, children are some of the first to see or hear about tragedy and disaster around the corner or around the world. But as kids are increasingly exposed to disturbing news footage, Twitter updates and Facebook posts, they’re going to go to their parents, teachers and pastors with questions. Here are some suggestions on how to talk with children about disasters and their impact.

Disaster Response Myth #1: In a disaster response, relief efforts are uncoordinated, chaotic and haphazard (PDF)

Myths of Aid -- Disaster Response Myth #1: "In a disaster response, relief efforts are uncoordinated, chaotic and haphazard." The truth is, over recent decades, relief agencies and local governments have become more intentional about coordination. Still, gaps remain, and are intensified by the severity of the disaster; number, size, and experience level of responding agencies; and functionality of local infrastructure and services.

Disaster Response Myth #2: Aid agencies are not accountable or transparent (PDF)

Myths of Aid -- Disaster Response Myth #2: "Aid agencies are not accountable or transparent." The truth is, professional humanitarian agencies take accountability seriously. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Humanitarian Code of Conduct, aid agencies are accountable to “both those we seek to assist and those from whom we accept resources.” World Vision is currently compliant with every relevant donor accountability standard.

Disaster Response Myth #3: Good intentions are enough to provide valuable help during a disaster (PDF)

Myths of Aid -- Disaster Response Myth #3: "Good intentions are enough to provide valuable help during a disaster." The truth is, in a disaster, the best people to help on the ground are those with appropriate skills and training for disaster response, those who understand the language and the context of the particular disaster, and those who have the professional training and experience to work in a disaster setting

Disaster Response Myth #4: Aid agencies should spend donations as quickly as possible to address immediate needs (PDF)

Myths of Aid -- Disaster Response Myth #4: "Aid agencies should spend donations as quickly as possible to address immediate needs." The truth is, when images of destruction and despair in the wake of a disaster are splashed across the world’s screens, the natural reaction is to want to help as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Certainly recovery and rescue efforts must be accomplished as quickly as possible. However, aid will also be needed in the months and even years ahead; experienced aid agencies know they must plan to meet both present and future needs of a community recovering from a disaster.

Disaster Response Myth #5: The more money raised, the faster the response will happen (PDF)

Myths of Aid -- Disaster Response Myth #5: "The more money raised, the faster the response will happen." The truth is, money is not the only resource needed when it comes to a disaster response. Unfortunately, natural disasters and humanitarian crises are by their very nature complex situations which take more than money to fix. No matter how generous donors are, myriad factors can delay work in the field, from access, to local political instability, to poverty, to lack of coordination between new and inexperienced organizations.

An introduction to World Vision's Global Rapid Response Team (PDF)

The Global Rapid Response Team is a group of highly skilled professional relief practitioners from within the World Vision Partnership who can be mobilized in teams at short notice to initiate disaster responses anywhere in the world. They are dedicated to helping World Vision's national offices to respond with rapid deployment of critical expertise and supplies.

How World Vision responds to earthquakes (PDF)

World Vision’s disaster management work seeks to protect lives, restore dignity and renew hope, especially in the world’s toughest places where children need us most. With proper care and help children are resilient. Without it they risk suffering emotional and psychological consequences brought about by losing loved ones and having lives turned upside down. Getting physical aid to children quickly is key, but so is restoring a sense of safety, order and normalcy.