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Coronavirus crisis

Children urgently need your help


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How can you protect yourself with no soap or water? What if social distancing isn't possible?  

What if total lockdown means starvation? What would you do?









Protect them from a future they don't deserve

Everyone deserves to protect themselves, no matter where they live. 

Children living in places of extreme poverty and those living in refugee camps, now face even more suffering and upheaval.  The problems these vulnerable children will face over the coming weeks and months have suddenly got so much greater. Many will see their childhoods snatched away from them by this disease. Help us protect them.

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Photo: Shaira, 12, her sister Liza, 10, and their niece, Crystal Jane, 1, from 
the Philippines. Her family is one of the millions affected by COVID-19. At home they no water tap or electricity. Her parents can now rely on relief packages to survive.

How we're responding

We're scaling up prevention measures in the vulnerable communities we support across the globe, especially in refugee camps and other fragile communities where an outbreak of coronavirus will be devastating.  Simple things like providing soap, running water, and healthcare are a lifeline they need – and now, more than ever.

How we're keeping children safe

With weaker healthcare and communications systems, the impact on children living in some of the world’s toughest places will be devastating.  But with your help, we can try to help keep children and their communities safe.

What we're doing to tackle COVID-19


 How you can help 

At World Vision, our heart is always for the world’s most vulnerable children and the communities where they live.

Their situations are always challenging, but never more challenging than they are today.

Preventative measures have always been an important part of our work, because in places of extreme poverty, better health, water, sanitation and hygiene saves lives. 

That’s why your support has never been more important, and together, we can protect the world’s most vulnerable children.

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Frequently Asked Questions

World Vision is active in nearly 100 countries. When disaster strikes, we are active on the ground, quickly providing immediate support. We are responding in over 70 countries, aiming to reach 72 million people through a $350 million response, with a special focus where people are most vulnerable.

World Vision’s health experts are deeply concerned about Africa, the conflict-affected Middle East and refugee and migrant populations caused by Venezuela’s economic crisis and the expulsion of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.


World Vision is already hard at work distributing protection equipment and supplies in Asia, where the virus outbreak was first recorded, as well as rolling out health advice and psycho-social support to children, their caregivers, and communities.

In China, World Vision plans to reach 1.3 million people. Our staff have been working tirelessly to provide vital medical gear and equipment to fight the spread of Covid-19 and keep communities and health workers safe. We have also already provided 50,000 masks and thousands of bottles of sanitiser to schools, while over 46,000 more bottles of hand sanitiser and more than 280,000 bottles of disinfectant are ready for distribution to vulnerable families.

Meanwhile in Vietnam, our staff have worked closely with local radio stations to disseminate vital knowledge and skills, helping to ensure communities stay safe.

World Vision Mongolia has distributed food and hygiene supplies to more than 3,000 vulnerable households across 15 provinces.

In Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, China, and Philippines, educational materials have been produced and distributed to schools, to complement the government's efforts to prevent the further spread of coronavirus, especially in the most vulnerable communities.

Our response focuses on three key areas:

1. Promoting preventative measures to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19

We’re promoting hand washing and respiratory hygiene amongst communities and households, and both working with community health workers and volunteers and using digital channels to share the messages more widely. We have also been setting up public handwashing stations and distributing soap, sanitiser and masks where appropriate.

2. Supporting health systems and workers

We have been providing personal protective equipment (e.g. masks and gowns) and treatment supplies (e.g. thermometers); training and equipping community health workers to help with home care for the sick, to share stay-healthy messaging, and to help run isolation centres and transport for the sick.

3. Supporting children impacted by COVID-19

Education: Including, supporting authorities to ensure safe school operations (promoting procedures for staff and students that become unwell, information sharing and targeted age-specific health education), supporting children, families and teachers to continue education if schools are closed (e.g. home learning materials/activity packs).

Child Protection: Including, awareness-raising with Child Protection/social workers; preventing separation and stigmatisation of children and caregivers during treatment and isolation; psychological first aid for children and caregivers; monitoring and responding to increases in child labour, begging, abuse, sexual violence, or neglect.

Livelihoods: Including providing cash and vouchers, and distributing food and care packs for people in isolation.

World Vision has presence in almost 100 countries around the world. We work with the most vulnerable children and communities facing the challenges created by poverty and injustice.


Partnerships with faith leaders: Our work is inspired by our Christian faith, and our partnerships with faith and community leaders are critical as we join hands to strengthen preparedness, change behaviour and protect children and other vulnerable people.

Our Channels of Hope programme already equips faith leaders to support their communities when epidemics arise. Our experience with Ebola and Zika viruses has shown that when trusted faith leaders engage with their communities, real breakthroughs can be achieved in slowing the spread of disease.

We’re working alongside 7,000 faith leaders in 80 countries, sharing messages about prevention. And we know that this community approach is effective.


Child Sponsorship:Our Child Sponsorship model empowers communities to support vulnerable children and their families through sustainable approaches to build child-wellbeing.

We employ local staff members and volunteers who usually live within or close to the communities where they work. They are seen as friends, confidents, encouragers and trustworthy partners which is vital during a pandemic response.

Our staff are working with their local communities to amplify prevention and control messages whilst supporting the protection of children. This may involve supporting education whilst schools are closed, preventing separation of children from their caregivers during treatment and isolation, and delivering livelihood activities and cash, food and care packs to people in isolation.

Coronavirus and sponsored children

Currently, we’ve not heard of any sponsored children being directly affected by coronavirus.

If you have any questions about your sponsorship, or about World Vision’s work at this time, please do get in touch with us 01908 84 10 10 or email

Due to government restrictions, from Tuesday 24th March our office is closed apart from essential security and maintenance staff. This means we aren't able to process incoming mail or send letters. If we have your email address, then we'll switch our letter-based communication to email while restrictions are in place. If you need to get in touch with us, please call 01908 84 10 10 or email

As we're working remotely, we might take longer than usual to get back to you, but we'll do our best to respond as soon as we can.

We must not forget them.

While children are not currently considered the most vulnerable to this virus, they’re vulnerable to the secondary effects that it creates; there’s extra strain on health facilities and when caregivers get sick, children are left without proper care and protection.

We are in constant contact with our teams in communities across the world, and we will let sponsors know of any changes that could affect their sponsored child.

In the meantime, our sponsor community is providing vital funds and support to keep these vulnerable children safe.

Donate to support World Vision’s Global Health Emergency Response to help fund life-saving COVID-19 preventions and interventions in the places that need them most. Donate here »

Stay informed: We’ll keep you updated here with the latest developments in our communities. For up to date global health recommendations and information visit the World Health Organisation

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