Help provide life-saving assistance to communities affected by emergencies, including natural disasters and conflict.

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When it happens, we’re there. In the world’s toughest places, where children need us most. And you'll be right there with us. Working to protect lives, restore dignity, and renew hope.  

Disasters can strike anywhere. But in developing countries, the impact can be particularly devastating because there are fewer resources and less robust infrastructure with which to cope. Between 2002 and 2011, approximately six million children were killed by natural disasters.

Children are also increasingly affected by fragility and conflict. Between 2005 and 2014, the number of refugees almost doubled and the number of asylum-seekers more than doubled. Over the last decade, more than two million children have died as a result of armed conflict.

Our extensive global infrastructure means we can respond quickly, almost anywhere in the world. Our work focuses on children, especially those left vulnerable because they've lost parents or been left homeless.

We are on the ground early and an ongoing partner as communities recover and rebuild. Whenever possible, we integrate emergency relief with our long-term development and advocacy work for maximum positive impact. 

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Be there in their time of greatest need

The responses you’ll support will vary depending on the type of emergency. In rapid-onset crises, like earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones, our priority is saving lives. You’ll help us set up initial responses or support long-term work in devastated areas.  

In slow-onset crises, like famines, you’ll help with long-term, planned responses. This includes improving community resilience through a greater variety of food, water and income sources. And in protracted crises, such as conflicts, you’ll help us advocate for peace and help meet essential needs.

These are some of the activities your support will make possible.


Food assistance

Providing life-saving food to the most vulnerable children and their families, as well as supplementary foods to children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.


Providing shelter kits and essential household items (when specialised partners in this area are missing). This reduces illness and the spread of disease, and helps those who’ve lost everything survive and recover.

Child protection

Identifying and protecting the most vulnerable children, and supporting communities to establish Child Friendly Spaces where children can safely learn and play. 


Reducing risks by ensuring mothers and children are well-nourished, protected from infection and diseases and able to access essential health services. 


Restoring access to clean water and adequate sanitation, and promoting hygiene practices to protect children from deadly diseases. 

Risk reduction

Working with families and local, national and international partners to ensure communities know the risks they face and how to properly prepare and respond.


Maintaining stores of relief items in countries we work in and in strategically-located warehouses. This means we’re ready as soon as disaster strikes. 


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1.2 million

Syrian refugees

in Lebanon have been helped through our Syria crisis response.


families in Nepal

were assisted with shelter and household items in the first 12 months through our earthquake response.

1.6 million

people in West Africa

were reached with supplies and programming through our Ebola response.

Figures are based on global programming across the World Vision International Partnership.

Support our work in emergencies
Help provide life-saving assistance to communities affected by natural disasters and conflict. 
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Our emergency work is one part of our approach to community development. Choose how you want to make change. 

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