In the wake of a disaster, World Vision is often one of the first organizations to begin relief work by distributing pre-positioned emergency supplies and sending highly-trained staff to assess and respond to the most urgent needs. World Vision has worked in Japan for more than two decades and responded to the massive Kobe earthquake in 1995 that claimed 5,500 lives. We remain committed to helping survivors rebuild their lives and communities long after disaster strikes.
The 9.0 magnitude quake triggered a massive tsunami along the northeastern coast — sweeping away entire villages with walls of water more than 30 feet high. World Vision emergency relief staff are on the ground, assessing urgent needs and distributing relief supplies. Please help us respond quickly to this disaster.
World Vision plans to distribute relief supplies to meet the daily needs of quake and tsunami survivors. We will also focus our efforts on responding to the emotional needs of children, who are the most impacted after such a traumatic event.Read more about World Vision's response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Watch Video