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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

Typhoon Haima

Over 200,000 people have been affected by Typhoon Haima. World Vision’s immediate response in the first month is to provide hygiene kits and non-food items such as blankets, mosquito nets and plastic mats and kitchen items to 3,000 typhoon-affected families living in hard-hit municipalities in Cagayan province.

As part of the recovery and rehabilitation phase, we will explore opportunities to provide permanent shelter/repair assistance and cash-for-work activities to help communities in Northern Luzon rebuild their lives.

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Hurricane Matthew

An estimated 1.4 million people are affected by the Hurricane Matthew. World Vision Haiti’s National Director John Hasse says though World Vision’s Haitian staff has experienced many storms, “They are still shocked at how the landscape has been flattened, as well as the amount of buildings, trees, and crops that are destroyed. Our teams are just shocked at the depth of the destruction.”

World Vision Haiti is targeting to assist 250,000 people immediately with hygiene kits, cooking sets, baby kits, water purification tablets, blankets, jerry cans, tarps, flashlights, long lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets and roofing kits. Other interventions and needs include life saving supplies, clean water, food security as well as child protection programmes.

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India drought

Over 25% of India's population – 330 million people – have been affected by severe drought, resulting in failed crops, farmer suicides and mass migrations. The lack of nutritious food and clean water increases the risk of child malnutrition and fatalities.

World Vision hopes to raise USD100,000 (RM400,285) to provide relief for Arpana ADP, which is supported by Malaysian sponsors. Immediate needs will be provided for through food kits and drinking water. Other interventions include livelihood support, veterinary help, Child Friendly Spaces, and long-term programmes that will help communities to mitigate and manage droughts in the future.

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Southern Africa El Nino Emergency Response

This crisis is affecting up to 29 million people across Southern Africa.

World Vision is hoping to raise USD70 million for short and long term interventions across nine countries: Angola, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Help will be provided through food aid, distribution of drought-tolerant seeds, healthcare to support young children and, pregnant and lactating women, water distribution and livelihood opportunities.

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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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Iraq Crisis

The U.N. has declared the crisis in Iraq to be at the highest level of humanitarian emergency. The violence in Iraq has affected 1.8million people. Christians, Yazidis, Sunnis, Shiites and other minorities have fled their homes searching for safety. The cold, wet winter weather is approaching, posing a challenge for families living in tents and unfinished buildings.

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Past Relief Efforts

South India Floods
Cyclone Komen – Myanmar and India
Monsoon Floods, Malaysia
Typhoon Hagupit
Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa
South Sudan Crisis