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Disasters and Emergency Response

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.

Media Contacts:

Laura Blank

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Lauren Fisher

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Subject Matter Experts:

Jeff Wright

Chris Palusky

Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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World Vision sends help after deadly Washington landslide
Apr 7, 2014

World Vision sends help after deadly Washington landslide

After a devastating landslide on March 22, World Vision is partnering with a local church in Oso, Washington, to provide relief to the community.

Videos: Rwanda, 20 years after genocide
Apr 3, 2014

Videos: Rwanda, 20 years after genocide

Following the genocide in Rwanda, where World Vision began relief and development work in 1994, hostility slowly yielded to faith and forgiveness, restoring communities and relationships. Learn more about the events leading up to the atrocities of April 1994, hear firsthand accounts from World Vision staff, and listen to stories of healing.

World Vision responds to 8.2-magnitude quake in Chile
Apr 2, 2014

World Vision responds to 8.2-magnitude quake in Chile

On April 1, an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile. World Vision teams are working with the government and partners to assess damage and are ready to respond once assessment teams have a clearer picture of the extent of damage.

FAQs: 20 years after the Rwandan genocide
Apr 2, 2014

FAQs: 20 years after the Rwandan genocide

In April 1994, an explosion of ethnic violence in a small East African country resulted in the killing of 800,000 people in 100 days. How could this country, Rwanda, ever overcome such hatred and horror? Read our FAQs for more background on one of the worst genocides in history and the recovery of this shattered nation.

Typhoon Haiyan and the benefit of sponsorship for children affected by disasters
Mar 26, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan and the benefit of sponsorship for children affected by disasters

After Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Philippines in November, World Vision staff members moved quickly to find each child and family enrolled in sponsorship to identify their needs and concerns.

Picture drawn by a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. PHOTO: Patricia Mouamar / World Vision
Mar 15, 2014

Three years of Syria conflict have devastated lives of millions of children

Five of the world’s leading aid organizations say that the three-year-old conflict in Syria has devastated the lives of millions of children and young people — and a generation is at risk of being lost forever.

Poll: Americans think Hurricane Katrina worse than Syria crisis
Mar 10, 2014

Poll: Americans think Hurricane Katrina worse than Syria crisis

A recent poll found that most Americans are not aware of the enormity of the crisis in Syria, a conflict that has so far impacted an estimated 9.3 million people. That’s nearly as many as affected by Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and the Indian Ocean tsunami combined.

A Syrian refugee family begins their registration process into Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.
Mar 11, 2014

Poll: Americans think Hurricane Katrina worse crisis than Syria

Almost three years into the conflict in Syria, many Americans do not know the full scale of the crisis, according to a new poll conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of World Vision.

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