The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history, was caused by a massive undersea earthquake. Nearly 230,000 people died, and millions more lost everything. World Vision raised more than $350 million and mounted the largest disaster response in its history, providing relief and rehabilitation in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, and Myanmar over 10 years.
More than 400 people are reported dead after a tsunami struck western Java and southern Sumatra islands on Dec. 22. World Vision is providing emergency assistance.
Marilee Pierce Dunker, the daughter of World Vision founder Bob Pierce, shares the story of White Jade, World Vision’s first sponsored child. God used this little girl to change one man’s vision and, consequently, the reality of life for millions of people around the world.
Since Aug. 25, 2017, more than 700,000 people from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh because of extreme violence in northern Rakhine state. Most identify as Rohingya, a Muslim minority ethnic group. Impoverished and living in camps, they depend on aid for survival.
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons of all time, hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, as a category 5 storm. It laid waste to the country’s central region, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving more than 4 million people homeless and hungry.