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.
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.
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 71 disasters and humanitarian emergencies in 2021
Assisted 19.2 million people - including 10.8 million children in 2021
Our 71-country COVID-19 response reached 28.3 million people in 2021
$8.5 million in private gifts from U.S. donors to mobilize more than $62.9 million in grants in 2021
Assisted more than 473,000 people in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicragua following hurricanes Eta and Iota.
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.
“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.”
“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.”