Everyone needs help in times of crisis.

When disaster strikes, we respond with life-saving emergency aid, and stay to help families recover and rebuild.

For over 70 years, motivated by our faith and empowered by our donors, World Vision has rushed in to save lives, reduce suffering, and restore hope. By reaching people in crisis, we can demonstrate the life-changing love of Jesus through life-saving actions. Last year, World Vision responded to 78 disasters and humanitarian emergencies in 59 countries.

2030 GOAL

Support 70 million* people affected by emergencies and humanitarian crises internationally.

*Reach will require additional support from other sources such as public grants, gifts-in-kind, field offices, and other funding sources.

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The need

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

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  • The United Nations estimates that nearly 300 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2024 as a result of conflict, extreme weather, natural disasters, and other emergencies.

  • Nearly 35 million people in 39 countries are facing emergency levels of hunger. As a result, child hunger levels are the worst they’ve been in generations.

  • 1 in 73 people in the world are forcibly displaced. This figure has doubled in the last 10 years. The number of refugees is now at a record high of 36.4 million, with over half coming from Afghanistan, Syria, and Ukraine.

  • Today, 1 in 5 children around the world are living in or fleeing a conflict zone. 
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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.
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  • 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

World Vision is the largest implementing partner of the World Food Programme, which won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for "its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war."

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.

With your partnership, see the impact we’re making:

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Responded to 78 disasters and humanitarian emergencies in 2023.

36M people
Assisted nearly 36 million people globally - including 18.6 million children in 2023.
1M people

In 2023, we provided over 1 million people in Syria and Türkiye with access to clean water, showers, and latrines, and/or hygiene and dignity kits for women and girls.

Our impact

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See the people and places whose lives are being transformed in the name of Jesus Christ. Watch videos to learn more about our work.

Our partners

Your gifts are used strategically to mobilize funding streams that increase our impact. Think of seed money or venture capital, which is leveraged to apply for and secure additional funding—usually from government and international organization grants—to maximize the yield for each dollar donated and, more importantly, expand our support for people in need. Without the generosity of donor partners like you, World Vision would not be able to implement these grants.


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Pat Williams

donor partner, California (with his wife, Lyne Brown)

“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.”

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Cindy McCain

Executive Director, World Food Programme

“Today we are asking new friends – especially from the private sector – to step up and join us. The world must not turn its back on the hungry.”