Current emergency responses

Wars and natural disasters are terrifying and traumatic experiences for children.

We’re always one of the first organisations to respond to humanitarian emergencies bringing essential life-saving support but also, and just as importantly, ensuring children feel safe and protected.

SYRIA CRISIS UPDATE

In the face of the world’s worst refugee crisis in May 2011 we launched a massive response, in partnership with other agencies, to reach as many displaced Syrian children possible.

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El Nino Crisis update

We've been working in countries affected by El Niño for many years. We focus on improving children's wellbeing by working with communities to build resilience and long-lasting change that will stand the test of time.

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Ecuador Earthquake update

We are coordinating closely with the Ecuadorian Government to support their response and, thanks to our incredible supporters like you, have already been able to help more than 46,000 people affected by the quake. We've delivered hygiene, shelter, cooking and water kits to over 9,228 affected families.

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Haiti hurricane update

Haiti hurricane update

Nepal Earthquake update

Nepal Earthquake update

South Sudan Crisis update

South Sudan Crisis update

Central African Republic Crisis Update

Central African Republic Crisis Update

Ebola crisis update

Ebola crisis update

Other Emergencies update

Other Emergencies update

Keeping children safe

Every year, millions of children are hit by emergencies. Conflicts, war and natural disasters leave countless children, their families and communities facing hunger, insecurity and violence.

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Without the necessary life skills and access to resources, children are particularly vulnerable in emergencies, especially when they are separated from their parents and other family members who have been injured, imprisoned or killed.

Without anyone to care for and protect them, children can fall prey to disease, malnutrition, trafficking and other threats to their survival and wellbeing. Their lives can be full of fear.

Please read the latest briefing: State of the world's emergencies produced by Bond's Humanitarian and Conflict Policy groups, World Vision is member of both groups, which gives an overview of the the current state of the world's emergencies.

Last year, we helped over 1.16 million children affected by disasters. With your help we can do even more in the year ahead:

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How we help

Whether an emergency is caused by natural or man-made disasters, climate change, drought, famine or war, our dedicated on-the-ground teams work to prevent loss of life and reduce suffering as much as possible for affected children, as well as their families and communities.

Our life- saving humanitarian action revolves around three Rs: response, recovery and resilience. In emergency situations, we help meet the following needs:

  • Physical needs by providing food, water and healthcare
  • Psychosocial needs with child-focused programming and creating child-friendly spaces
  • Economic needs by rebuilding street markets or offering training in new livelihood skills and supporting/strengthening current livelihoods
  • Protection of human rights for children and other vulnerable groups
  • Spiritual needs, especially if children are used to belonging to a religious community.

In all of our emergency responses, we collaborate with the United Nations and other international and local aid agencies as well as with national and local government. This helps to avoid duplication, maximise efficiencies and ensure that all areas of need are properly met and there are no gaps in the overall humanitarian response – every child matters.

World Vision is committed to strengthening the local community’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. We seek to transform suffering into wellbeing while protecting rights, dignity and livelihoods – with a focus on children.

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Stories and Blogs

Identity Crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

Tuesday 17, Jan, 2017

With no home, family or jobs refugees in the Sayam Refugee and Displaced People’s Camp in the Lake Chad Basin struggle with thei…

A view from the other side : refugees in the West

Sunday 15, Jan, 2017

As the Pope dedicates today to remembering the many children and families fleeing conflict and seeking safety around the world, …

Starting over in Stepanavan, with help from child sponsors

Friday 13, Jan, 2017

In April 2016, eight-year-old Nelly’s family fled their village when heavy fighting broke out between Azerbaijani and Armenian f…

Accountability

World Vision is committed to being fully accountable to the children and communities we serve, as well as to our donors, supporters and peers in the aid work sector. Find out more »

Past emergency responses

Gaza Crisis

Gaza Crisis

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

Zika Virus Crisis

Zika Virus Crisis

Vanuatu Cyclone Pam update

Vanuatu Cyclone Pam update