Jesus calls us to be shepherds of the people He so deeply loves. Following Him, we seek out the lost, injured, and threatened among our flocks, providing care and protection when it seems that all is lost. By providing rapid assistance to those devastated by natural and man-made disasters, we serve the most vulnerable in their hour of greatest need.

People desperately rely on emergency assistance: food and clean water for basic sustenance, emergency shelter and blankets to keep warm and dry, and emergency health services for those in need of care. In disasters, World Vision works across all humanitarian sectors to save lives, reduce suffering, and ensure families can begin to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. We also help communities to prepare for future disasters, so people and property are safer in the years to come.

God is with those suffering from disaster — the refugee, the earthquake survivor, the family facing famine. He calls us to follow Him in offering hope to every last one. 

Why it matters

In the past decade, the number of people affected by emergencies has almost doubled and is expected to keep rising. In fact in 2015, an estimated 60 million people around the world are displaced by war, conflict, or persecution — the highest number in human history. (UNHCR, June 2015) Globally, more than 86.7 million children younger than 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones. (UNICEF, March 2016) Poverty is increasingly concentrated in contexts of conflict and fragility because states are unwilling or unable to ensure the well-being and future of children and their families. It’s in these areas we find some of the world’s most vulnerable people, especially children. 

Our Approach

World Vision’s approach covers the full range of disaster management, going far beyond the immediate response we see reported in news and on television.

Before an emergency, World Vision works with communities to develop disaster preparedness plans that map out local threats and identify how best to save lives and protect property.

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. They pre-position supplies and develop programming standards, logistic assessments, and logistic plans.

Every dollar spent on disaster preparedness can mean up to $7 in savings after a disaster strikes.* Millions of dollars worth of supplies are ready to be distributed at any given time from seven different warehouses strategically located around the world. These relief supplies are ready for up to 225,000 beneficiaries at any time, ensuring those affected by disasters will have access to rapid, life-saving aid. 

During and after a crisis, we provide emergency food and water, along with basic relief items. We also promote personal hygiene practices to protect from deadly disease outbreaks.

Our child protection programs respond to urgent cases, such as children separated from their families, abuse, exploitation, and other forms of violence. We also respond to health, nutrition, and education needs.

Our goal is to support families not just in the short-run, but also as they go through the arduous process of rebuilding their lives and livelihoods. World Vision works alongside communities to establish permanent housing, sustainable access to clean water, food security, access to a quality education, and re-establish livelihoods. 

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Proven Expertise, Industry Leadership

World Vision is a global leader in emergency relief with decades of experience and an established resource network that is ready to respond to any disaster or humanitarian emergency, anywhere in the world.

World Vision is a deep-rooted and active member of society in each of the nearly 100 countries we work in. More than 95 percent of our 46,000 staff are based in their home region, bringing critical knowledge of and sensitivity to local culture and customs.

Our extensive network of national and local operations is positioned to immediately respond to disasters. Drawing upon our global rapid response team, local and global partners, and the capacity of more than 600 international disaster experts from around the world, World Vision is able to effectively scale our responses to suit the needs of affected communities.

In 2016 alone, World Vision responded to 130 emergencies in 63 countries, assisting 15.4 million people. Because of World Vision’s holistic approach, we are equipped to deliver a variety of critical programs depending on the situation and needs of the community.

And with the vast majority of our national entities led, managed and directed by local staff, World Vision makes a long-term contribution to local development and resilience. 


Impacting women and girls

During humanitarian crises like armed conflicts and natural disasters, gender inequalities are often intensified, and violence has been shown to increase, especially toward women and girls.

Oppression of one means oppression of all. Research shows that societies with greater gender equality experience faster economic growth, better outcomes for children, and more representative government institutions.

To eradicate poverty, we must address the inequitable systems and beliefs that hold people back from achieving their God-given potential. World Vision works to:

  • Empower communities — girls, boys, women, and men — to transform discriminatory practices together
  • Implement an integrated approach, incorporating gender equality into all of our programming
  • Mobilize community and faith leaders to act upon gender injustices in their communities
  • Provide economic support for families to prevent negative coping mechanisms
  • Strengthen community-based child protection mechanisms, including community watch groups and child protection committees
  • Provide safe spaces for women and children

World Vision identifies and addresses harmful social norms in power and decision-making in communities. Building trust, equitable gender relations, conflict prevention and resolution, and valuing all children provide a foundation for resilience. 

Every child should be safe from harm

World Vision’s emergency relief programs give priority to children, especially the most vulnerable, and empower them — together with their families and communities — to become active participants in improving their well-being.

World Vision educates and equips children and their families to prevent abuse, exploitation, and violence. We work with communities to protect learning environments through preparedness planning, conflict mitigation and peacebuilding, and providing safe play and learning areas during the aftermath of a crisis. 

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Child-Friendly Spaces are safe havens that allow children to play, draw, sing, and share their feelings; engage in non-formal education; learn resilience and life skills needed to adapt to their new environment; and return to or maintain a normal routine.



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World Vision's response to the Nepal earthquake was swift and effective. Their on-the-ground experience; their ability to get supplies, food, shelter, and water to those who needed it quickly; and their willingness to work with our employees in the U.S. and internationally made them perfect partners.

Rose Kirk Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon

With all of the conflict in the world resulting in brokenness and hunger, it’s great to have a partner like World Vision who clearly understands that there’s nothing more powerful than loving your neighbour as yourself. [I want to thank World Vision for their great partnership these many years, as we look forward to working together to end hunger all over the world.]

David Beasley Executive Director, UN World Food Programme



2017 Highlights

people struggling to survive in the East Africa Hunger Crisis received life-saving food, water, healthcare, and livelihood support
people in Houston, Texas received emergency aid to help them recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
people from Myanmar who are seeking refuge from persecution in Bangladesh gained access to clean water, nutritious meals, and shelter 

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Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Senior Director, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs