Disaster Relief

More than 90 percent of disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries. World Vision already works in these hard places, responding with life-saving speed when disaster strikes. Your support helps bring immediate disaster relief and supplies, and long-term recovery so people can rebuild their lives.

Voices of Ukraine war: Praying through the crisis

Refugees from the crisis in Ukraine share moments of their lives, often fraught with anxiety and fear. Join us in praying through their stories as families continue to cope every day and look for hope during this conflict.

Syrian refugee crisis: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

Now in its 11th year, the Syrian refugee crisis is the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time, with more than 13.5 million Syrians forcibly displaced. That’s more than half of the country’s population.

Hunger crisis forces Afghan parents to sell children for food

At least 22.8 million people face a hunger crisis in Afghanistan, where parents are faced with the impossible choice of selling a child for food or seeing their families starve. Learn what World Vision is doing to help families affected by the Afghan hunger crisis.

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disasters and humanitarian emergencies in 72 countries responded to by World Vision globally, including the COVID-19 global health pandemic.

Funded by World Vision donors around the world in fiscal year 2020.

29 countries
where we work with the World Food Program to support 12 million people.

Funded by World Vision donors around the world in fiscal year 2020.

78.2 million
affected by emergencies around the world who received assistance.

Funded by World Vision donors around the world in fiscal year 2020.

Our Disaster Response Approach

How quickly does World Vision respond to a disaster, and what is your immediate response?



When disaster strikes, World Vision adopts a “first-in, last-out” approach: We first respond with life-saving emergency aid, and then we stay for the long term to help families recover and rebuild.
  • Within the first couple of hours after a disaster, World Vision staff members closest to the disaster respond with reports on the level of severity and need.
  • Within 24 to 72 hours of the disaster, our global rapid response team is on the ground, making assessments and beginning to provide emergency relief.
  • Within 72 hours of the disaster, our pre-positioned relief supplies are loaded up, transported, and distributed from local and international warehouses.
  • For the first week, we continuously distribute emergency aid and relief to residents affected by the disaster.

Over the following month, we work to help families stabilize by providing assistance with temporary shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection activities, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

How do you help residents recover from the trauma of disaster over the long term?



We are quick to respond to disasters, but we also focus on helping to rebuild the lives of disaster-affected families and communities over the long term. Large-scale disasters often leave hundreds of thousands of people homeless and vulnerable.

While emergency relief is necessary and saves lives, it is not enough. We help disaster survivors by assisting their transition from relief mode to recovery and rebuilding mode. This recovery and rebuilding phase involves a transition to permanent housing, clean water, sustainable sources of food, access to education, and re-established livelihoods.

When disaster strikes, which World Vision employees respond?



World Vision’s Global Rapid Response Team brings together international disaster experts from around the world, who are deployed within hours of a major emergency to support local teams and communities. The global rapid response team includes relief managers, program officers, and specialists in health and nutrition, human resources, finance, logistics, security, food aid, child protection, information technology, and communications — all working as a team to provide effective emergency relief.

In a large-scale response, World Vision collaborates with the United Nations and other local aid agencies. This collaboration helps avoid duplication, maximize efficiencies, ensure all needs are met, and eliminate gaps in humanitarian response.

How do you prepare to make sure you’re ready when an emergency occurs?



Having a disaster response fund ready to use, pre-positioning supplies like non-food items, and having staff prepared and trained to respond to emergencies is increasingly important to how we respond to disasters.

The global pre-positioning resource network is our designated team that makes sure we’re prepared to respond rapidly to any disaster anywhere in the world. The team pre-positions the supplies and develops preparedness plans, programming standards, logistic assessments, and logistic plans.

The supplies are ready to go in seven different warehouses that are strategically located all around the world. These relief supplies are ready for up to 225,000 beneficiaries at any time, ensuring that those affected by disasters will have emergency supplies distributed to them quickly and efficiently.

Disaster Response Resources

Venezuela 2 year report (pdf)
World Vision’s Venezuela response two years on has expanded to seven countries and reached more than 560,000 people with assistance in WASH, child protection, health, food security, livelihoods and education.

Syria 10 year report (pdf)
This report uses an evidence-base to show the incredible loss of human capital in Syria as a result of a continuous cycle of grave violations against children, heavy economic costs, and shattered opportunities for future generations.

More than 90 percent of disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries. World Vision already works in these hard places, responding with life-saving speed when disaster strikes. Your support helps bring immediate disaster relief and supplies, and long-term recovery so people can rebuild their lives.

Ukraine crisis: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

As the war in Ukraine continues, vulnerable children and families are suffering. Learn more about the Ukraine refugee crisis and what World Vision is doing to help affected children and families.

Racing against the spread of hunger in East Africa

By air, land, and sea, World Vision is racing to deliver emergency food supplies across East Africa for families in need.

Responding to COVID-19 in one of the most remote places in the world

The Solidarity, a hospital ship operated by World Vision, has sailed to isolated communities to deliver food boxes, essential first-aid supplies, and provide medical care to 1,000 families in Brazil hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

69
disasters and humanitarian emergencies in 72 countries responded to by World Vision globally, including the COVID-19 global health pandemic.

Funded by World Vision donors around the world in fiscal year 2020.

29 countries
where we work with the World Food Program to support 12 million people.

Funded by World Vision donors around the world in fiscal year 2020.

78.2 million
affected by emergencies around the world who received assistance.

Funded by World Vision donors around the world in fiscal year 2020.

Our Disaster Response Approach

How quickly does World Vision respond to a disaster, and what is your immediate response?



When disaster strikes, World Vision adopts a “first-in, last-out” approach: We first respond with life-saving emergency aid, and then we stay for the long term to help families recover and rebuild.
  • Within the first couple of hours after a disaster, World Vision staff members closest to the disaster respond with reports on the level of severity and need.
  • Within 24 to 72 hours of the disaster, our global rapid response team is on the ground, making assessments and beginning to provide emergency relief.
  • Within 72 hours of the disaster, our pre-positioned relief supplies are loaded up, transported, and distributed from local and international warehouses.
  • For the first week, we continuously distribute emergency aid and relief to residents affected by the disaster.

Over the following month, we work to help families stabilize by providing assistance with temporary shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection activities, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

How do you help residents recover from the trauma of disaster over the long term?



We are quick to respond to disasters, but we also focus on helping to rebuild the lives of disaster-affected families and communities over the long term. Large-scale disasters often leave hundreds of thousands of people homeless and vulnerable.

While emergency relief is necessary and saves lives, it is not enough. We help disaster survivors by assisting their transition from relief mode to recovery and rebuilding mode. This recovery and rebuilding phase involves a transition to permanent housing, clean water, sustainable sources of food, access to education, and re-established livelihoods.

When disaster strikes, which World Vision employees respond?



World Vision’s Global Rapid Response Team brings together international disaster experts from around the world, who are deployed within hours of a major emergency to support local teams and communities. The global rapid response team includes relief managers, program officers, and specialists in health and nutrition, human resources, finance, logistics, security, food aid, child protection, information technology, and communications — all working as a team to provide effective emergency relief.

In a large-scale response, World Vision collaborates with the United Nations and other local aid agencies. This collaboration helps avoid duplication, maximize efficiencies, ensure all needs are met, and eliminate gaps in humanitarian response.

How do you prepare to make sure you’re ready when an emergency occurs?



Having a disaster response fund ready to use, pre-positioning supplies like non-food items, and having staff prepared and trained to respond to emergencies is increasingly important to how we respond to disasters.

The global pre-positioning resource network is our designated team that makes sure we’re prepared to respond rapidly to any disaster anywhere in the world. The team pre-positions the supplies and develops preparedness plans, programming standards, logistic assessments, and logistic plans.

The supplies are ready to go in seven different warehouses that are strategically located all around the world. These relief supplies are ready for up to 225,000 beneficiaries at any time, ensuring that those affected by disasters will have emergency supplies distributed to them quickly and efficiently.

Disaster Response Resources

Venezuela 2 year report (pdf)
World Vision’s Venezuela response two years on has expanded to seven countries and reached more than 560,000 people with assistance in WASH, child protection, health, food security, livelihoods and education.

Syria 10 year report (pdf)
This report uses an evidence-base to show the incredible loss of human capital in Syria as a result of a continuous cycle of grave violations against children, heavy economic costs, and shattered opportunities for future generations.

Ways to Give to Disaster Relief

Give to Refugee Children’s Crisis Fund: $25+

Your monthly gift will provide life-saving essentials like access to healthcare, clean water and nutritious food along with emergency supplies and safe places for children to play and learn.

Monthly giving is the most effective way to help children and families who need it most. Plus, it lowers costs, which means more of your gift helps kids!

Give to the Disaster Relief Fund: $50+

When disaster strikes, World Vision is there. We respond immediately with life-saving help and supplies, and then stay long term to support families as they recover and rebuild. By giving to the Disaster Relief Fund, you’ll help provide essentials like clean water, emergency food, temporary shelter, health services, and more.

Ways to Give to Disaster Relief

Give to Refugee Children’s Crisis Fund: $25+

Your monthly gift will provide life-saving essentials like access to healthcare, clean water and nutritious food along with emergency supplies and safe places for children to play and learn.

Monthly giving is the most effective way to help children and families who need it most. Plus, it lowers costs, which means more of your gift helps kids!

Give to the Disaster Relief Fund: $50+

When disaster strikes, World Vision is there. We respond immediately with life-saving help and supplies, and then stay long term to support families as they recover and rebuild. By giving to the Disaster Relief Fund, you’ll help provide essentials like clean water, emergency food, temporary shelter, health services, and more.

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