How World Vision is responding to COvID-19

    For the first time in our history, World Vision has declared a global emergency response. This means we are responding to COVID-19 in every country we have field operations. This massive 18-month 70+ country response is addressing the immediate needs of the children and communities we serve as well as the secondary impacts that are even more threatening. Thank you for praying, and giving as you are called or able.

    [fa icon="plus-square"] Our Call

    World Vision is called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. God has blessed this ministry with decades of experience, exceptional field staff, dedicated donor partners, and trusted relationships with governments, local authorities and faith leaders all over the world.  World Vision has extensive experience in supporting social and behavioral change in the face of global disease outbreaks, including polio, Zika, H5N1, and the Ebola crisis. We’ve supported the most vulnerable people in some of the world’s darkest times. This type of work is in our DNA. It’s what we do. Our goals are to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, to protect health care workers and equip health facilities, and to provide for the urgent basic needs of the most vulnerable people on the planet to bring life, hope, and a future.  

    And by God’s provision, we are uniquely equipped to make a significant impact in the lives of tens of millions of people as we fight this virus together.

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    CURRENT SITUATION

    The COVID-19 pandemic is putting the future of a generation of children in great jeopardy.  In just four months the virus has spread to every corner of the globe. It has infected millions of people, overwhelmed health and welfare services, eroded economies, decimated family life, and forced children out of school. Hundreds of thousands of people have died and much of the world’s population has been isolated under lockdown. The livelihoods of untold millions—especially the very poor—are in peril.

    OUR GLOBAL RESPONSE 

    World Vision has launched the largest humanitarian response in our history—a global $350 million emergency plan to limit the spread and secondary impacts of COVID-19. Over 18 months we aim to reach 72 million of the most vulnerable children and adults in more than 70 countries, every country in which we have field operations.  The secondary impacts are expected to hit children and communities the hardest and will account for approximately half of our planned response budget.

    We are bringing our very best: our global reach, a long history of working in communities, our courageous employees who live in those very communities, and our focus on the most vulnerable children, as we respond as the hands of Jesus to a hurting world.  And we need your partnership more than ever.

    OUR THREE KEY OBJECTIVES

      1. Scale up preventive measures to limit the spread of the disease by:
        • Disseminating vital information on hygiene and physical distancing
        • Building hand-washing stations and supplying soap
        • Mobilizing our corps of trained faith leaders and community health workers to reach the hardest-hit areas with tools to prevent the spread of the virus

      2. Strengthen health systems and workers by providing:
        • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
        • Supplies and equipment
        • Clean water and handwashing stations

      3. Support children impacted by COVID-19 through food security, livelihoods, education, and child protection by providing:
        • Learning and activity packs
        • Psychosocial support and child protection
        • Emergency food, cash vouchers, livelihoods assistance

    OUR PROGRESS

    Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, we have already reached tens of millions of people with vital information, practical assistance, and basic needs. Millions more children and families are counting on World Vision now more than ever. Please help us continue to equip and protect the most vulnerable from the effects of this pandemic.

    Read the latest Global Response report

    Support the Global Response

    [fa icon="plus-square"] U.S. Response

    D400-1906-040_Medium_resAs the world navigates new and unexpected challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, already-vulnerable families across the United States are facing an unprecedented crisis. Many are losing both income and school lunches that helped their children stay fed. World Vision has partnerships with churches and school districts across the U.S. to identify these families and we’re already responding.

    World Vision is providing Family Emergency Kits – they include a week’s worth of food for a family of five, hygiene and protective items, educational supplies and resources for kids, and more. These kits bring hope and show the love of Jesus to kids and families in the U.S. by providing them with the essentials they need.

    World Vision is working hand in hand with churches and other local organizations to meet urgent needs. Our goal is to provide 650,000 people across the nation with Family Emergency Kits. Our partnership with churches provides a local distribution point for the delivery of the kits.

    We have 14 strategic locations across the U.S. ready to help deliver food and essentials to vulnerable families. From Seattle, to Chicago, Dallas, New York and other cities, we need generous donors who will step alongside families impacted by COVID-19 and provide them with the food and essentials they desperately need.

    In addition to the Family Emergency Kits, World Vision’s programs are protecting children and families by providing critical supplies to medical centers with Personal Protective Equipment including face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

    Opportunities for you to make a difference.

    • Your gift of $75 can provide a Family Emergency Kit to one family, which includes things like:
      • Nutritious fruits and vegetables, protein, pasta, rice and cereal to feed a family of five for one week.
      • School supplies like color crayons, erasers, scissors, glue and more.
      • Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and first-aid antiseptic.
      • Paper products including toilet paper and paper towels.
      • Books, board games, and coloring books.
    • Your gift of $7,500 can equip a church to distribute a week’s worth of food and emergency supplies to 500 people. This is one entire church distribution of 100 Family Emergency Kits.

    Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus to the most vulnerable among us. We’re so grateful for you.

    Read the latest U.S. Response report

    Support the U.S. Response

    [fa icon="plus-square"] Hope Over Fear Virtual Event Series

    Thursday, July 9: Patricia Heaton and Friends

    Watch this special event hosted by actress and World Vision Ambassador Patricia Heaton to highlight World Vision's global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this half-hour program, you'll see guest appearances by some of Patricia's celebrity friends, and also hear from experts about how World Vision is providing clean water and hand-washing facilities to prevent the spread of the virus and address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and girls.

     

    Thursday, June 25: The Hole in Our Gospel

    Join Rich Stearns, President Emeritus of World Vision U.S and award-winning author of The Hole in Our Gospel, as he and wife Reneé share the story behind the book. You’ll hear how its powerful message applies to our current times, and can help fortify our hearts.

     

    Thursday, June 11: World Vision’s COVID-19 Global Response

    Hear about the largest humanitarian undertaking in World Vision’s 70-year history – a massive global emergency plan to limit the spread and impact of COVID-19.

     

     

    Thursday, May 14: Hear about World Vision's COVID-19 domestic response

    A front-line status update on World Vision’s domestic response to COVID-19. See how World Vision is caring for the most vulnerable in the United States.

     

    [fa icon="plus-square"] Pray

    Our work is only possible with generous donors like you. We are so thankful for you and the faithful family of believers who have supported this ministry over the years. Our staff has been greatly encouraged by your prayers and inquiries into our own well-being. We are truly in this crisis together, every one of us: you, World Vision staff, and the children and families we serve around the world. We rest in the knowledge that God is all-powerful and God is with us, and we pray with confidence.

    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. … He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
    Psalm 91:1,4 (NIV)

     

     

    Let’s come together in prayer for:

    • those who are sick and quarantined
    • families who have lost loved ones
    • Government leaders as they make tough decisions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19
    • the safety of front-line health care workers.
    • our neighborhoods to stay strong and loving
    • the continued transformation of children and communities living in poverty
    • God’s perfect love to cast out fear

     

    Text "pray" to 44888 to receive more ways to pray. You'll receive a weekly text with a prayer prompt going forward.

    We would also like to pray for you. If you need prayer, you can call our Prayer Phone Line at 888.858.PRAY(7729) between 6am and 6pm PST.  Alternatively, you can  fill out the form below to send in your prayer request and our staff will join you in prayer.

    [fa icon="plus-square"] Give

    If you are able to provide financial support, here are some examples of how your gift can help:

    • $75 can provide a Family Emergency Kit to feed and provide for a family of five in the U.S. for one week.
    • $450 can provide 6 families in the U.S. with Family Emergency Kits.
    • $1,000 can provide 250 international healthcare workers with a two-week supply of respirator masks
    • $5,000 can provide 200 international families with thermometers, hand sanitizer, tissues, antibacterial soap and educational materials

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