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From heartbreak to hope: 65 years of disaster response

Starting in 1950 with the Korean War, World Vision has responded to the most urgent disasters and humanitarian crises around the world, providing immediate aid.

Starting in 1950 with the Korean War, World Vision has responded to the most urgent humanitarian crises, providing immediate aid. But being “first in” is only part of the equation. World Vision’s goal is also to be “last out” — seeing families and communities through hardship to restoration. Here are 12 examples of what that looks like over 65 years of disaster response.

Korean war

Operation Seasweep

Ethiopia famine

Romania’s orphans

Rwanda genocide

Hurricane Mitch

Kosovo conflict

AIDS pandemic

Asia tsunami

Child soldiers: Uganda

Hurricane Katrina

Haiti earthquake

Contributors: Kari Costanza, John Leckie, Nathalie Moberg, Nigel Marsh, and Lauren Reed, World Vision staff

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Jesse Leaupepe, Lake Burien Presbyterian Church member, places World Vision Family Emergency Kits into cars during a distribution of relief supplies at his church in Burien, Washington, USA. The kits contain food, first-aid antiseptic spray, hand sanitizers, and school supplies. World Vision partnered with a local school district to identify families greatest need.
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