EMERGENCY RESPONSE SIGNATURE INITIATIVE

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SIGNATURE INITIATIVE

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.

People reached so far:
2016
2020
2023
9 MILLION
Give to the Emergency Response Fund

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.

In 2020, 168 million people needed humanitarian assistance — this was the highest figure in decades. And this number is expected to grow significantly.

The number of people affected by hunger was already on the rise after decades of decline — from a total of roughly 629 million in 2014 to 690 million in 2019. Now, it’s been compounded by the global COVID-19 crisis.

The pandemic is estimated to have increased the number of people facing food crisis in 79 countries, from 149 million in 2019 to 272 million by the end of 2020.

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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.

68

Responded to 68 disasters and humanitarian emergencies in 48 countries in 2020

27.1M

Assisted 27.1 million people — two-thirds of them children — in 2020

51.1M

Our 71-country COVID-19 response reached 51.1 million additional people in 2020

Multiply

Your gift attracts funds from other sources — multiplying your impact.

$225M

In 2020, $26.7 million in private gifts mobilized more than $225 million in grants

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