Everyone needs help in times of crisis.

Together, we will provide hope, urgent relief, and care for 16 million people impacted by disasters and humanitarian crises.

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The need

War, political instability, and natural disasters like storms and COVID-19 upend lives. Yet, whatever the cause, humanitarian crises always hit vulnerable kids the hardest.

The Ukraine crisis is fueling the perfect storm for the already challenging food insecurity issues around the world as Ukraine and Russia provide 30% of the world's grains.

50 million people in 45 countries face starvation. Due to conflict, rising costs, extreme weather, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of people around the globe are threatened by hunger and starvation.

Children account for an estimated 21 million of the 50 million people facing starvation today. That number is equal to the combined populations of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, and Philadelphia.

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Our response

When disaster strikes, we are on the ground, quickly providing immediate support — and we stay to help children, families, and communities rebuild for the future.

BEFORE. Before emergencies happen, we work with communities to develop disaster preparedness plans that map out local threats and identify how to save lives and protect property — increasing families’ readiness and resilience.

DURING. When a crisis hits, our global staff activate pre-established logistical assessments, plans, programming standards, and pre-positioned supplies from warehouses strategically located worldwide to help children and families get the support they need.

AFTER. After the initial response, we work with communities over the long term to establish permanent housing, sustainable clean water, food security, access to quality education and healthcare, and recovery loans to rebuild livelihoods and restore children’s sense of security.

Our impact

We’re distinctively capable of responding quickly, collaboratively, and holistically to virtually any emergency anywhere. Our local staff in nearly 100 countries, our Global Rapid Response Team, and our strategically located pre-positioning warehouses around the globe mean we’re able to respond to disasters within 24 to 72 hours, delivering food, water and sanitation solutions, relief supplies, and shelter.


Responded to 72 disasters and humanitarian emergencies in 2021


Assisted 30.1 million people - including  15.7 million children in 2021


2.6 million people reached in Afghanistan through health, nutrition, food security, livelihoods, education, child protection, and water and sanitation services


More than $30 million in private gifts from U.S. donors mobilized nearly $214.5 million in grants in 2021


231,625 people in northern Syria benefited from World Vision delivering water to the area and setting up pumping stations and water distribution networks

Our partners

We are blessed to partner with hundreds of Christian philanthropists and couldn’t do this work without them. And we’re able to reach more people because of our highly collaborative local and global partnerships within private and public sectors.

David Beasley, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme

“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 neighbor as yourself.”

Pat and Lyne Williams

“God is using World Vision to help families when disaster strikes. We've seen it, and it's powerful. Hurting children are helped. Doors are opened to difficult places. Hope is restored.”

Our team of experts

Mark Smith Mark Smith
Senior Director, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs