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.
Tens of thousands of children could starve to death as famine, food and water shortages affect 22 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia.More than 3.5 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition.
Children in South Sudan are living with the very real fear of violence, including armed recruitment, sexual violence, maiming, kidnapping and injury. According to UNICEF, more than 15,000 children, mainly boys, have been forced to join the fighting in South Sudan.
The conflict in Syria is now sadly in its sixth year. With no end in sight, it has become one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century. Since the start of the hostilities in 2011, OCHA estimates that over 250,000 Syrians have tragically been killed and more than 1 million have been injured.
Lake Chad is a large lake that that straddles Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger. This region of Africa is is being affected by conflict, displacement, food shortages and disease . Conflict in Northern Nigeria has forced tens of thousands of people to flee from their homes in search of safety.
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.
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:
Read about our impact on children's lives in our 2016 Impact Report »
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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