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Emergency Relief

When disaster strikes, World Vision adopts a “first in, last out” approach where we first respond with life-saving emergency aid and then stay for the long term to help families recover and rebuild.

How does World Vision respond?

World Vision responds to two main types of emergency:

  • Rapid-onset, fast hitting natural disasters, which include earthquakes, cyclones, floods and tsunamis
  • Slow-onset disasters, which include droughts, famine and suffering caused by conflict and war

Our relief works seek primarily to prevent loss of life and reduce suffering as much as possible for affected children, as well as their families and communities. World Vision is also committed to strengthening the local community to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

Give to General Humanitarian Emergencies


Current Relief Efforts

On Friday, 28 September 2018, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake – followed by a tsunami – hit the Donggala, Palu and Mamuju areas in Central Sulawesi Province.

Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami

On Friday, 28 September 2018, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake – followed by a tsunami – hit several areas of Central Sulawesi Province. Roads and bridges have been severely affected while electricity and communication networks have been disrupted, making rescue and aid difficult. Over 2,000 people have died, with thousands injured and over 82,000 people internally displaced (as of 9 October). World Vision’s trusted local partner Wahana Visi Indonesia is on the ground, providing food and non-food items as well as Water & Sanitation, Child Protection, Health & Nutrition and Livelihood interventions. Help them to give hope to those in dire need.

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Myanmar-Bangladesh refugees need necessities to survive. With your help, we can do much more.

Myanmar-Bangladesh Refugee Crisis

430,000 people – including 225,652 children – have fled after violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on 25 August and have crossed over the borders into Bangladesh. This is an urgent humanitarian crisis, with many refugees going without food, clean water, healthcare and other basic necessities. World Vision plans to distribute emergency food and relief supplies in Bangladesh to assist refugees during this difficult situation.

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South Sudan refugees need necessities to survive. With your help, we can do much more.

South Sudan Refugee Crisis

As civil war continues to rip through South Sudan, nearly 900,000 people have been driven from their homes and are now refugees in Uganda. Up to 86% of these arriving refugees are women and children. They are in dire need of food and shelter, while children are at risk of abuse. World Vision is currently responding with food, water and other forms of relief, but much more needs to be done. We hope to raise USD 10 million to scale up the response to this rapidly growing crisis.

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We never cease to provide necessities such as medicine and sanitation to Syria refugees.

Syria Refugee Crisis

As the crisis in Syria enters its fifth year, the deteriorating trend of death, destruction and suffering shows little sign of abating. Outside of Syria, the number of refugees is projected to rise to 4.2 million by the end of 2015. World Vision has started providing relief items to Syrian refugees who have entered Europe. At the same time, World Vision continues to respond to the water and sanitation, food, health, child protection and educational needs of Syrians in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.

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Past Relief Efforts

Kerala Floods
Lombok Earthquakes
South Asia floods - India
India Drought
Typhoon Haima
Hurricane Matthew
Southern Africa El Nino Emergency Response
Iraq Crisis
South India Floods
Cyclone Komen – Myanmar and India
Monsoon Floods, Malaysia
Typhoon Hagupit
Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa