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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.

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.

Read below for information on our current emergency responses and work in fragile states.

Current emergency responses

Coronavirus response

We're scaling up prevention measures in the vulnerable communities we support across the world, 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.

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Cyclone Idai

A tropical depression that had caused serious flooding in Malawi and Zimbabwe progressed into Cyclone Idai that made landfall in Mozambique on March 14, before sweeping back through Malawi and Zimbabwe, killing more than 900 people and leaving 3 million in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Myanmar refugee crisis

After fleeing violence in Myanmar, people living in the world’s largest, most densely populated refugee camp have been battling to survive seasonal monsoon rains. Hazards include flooding, landslides, collapsed or damaged shelters, contaminated water, overflowing latrines and risk of outbreaks like cholera.

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Other current emergency responses

Find out more about our work in the following emergencies:

• Indonesia tsunami

Typhoon Mangkhut - Philippines

Ethiopia displacement crisis

More emergency responses

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Our work in fragile states


The conflict in Syria is now in its tenth year. With no end in sight, it has become one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st Century. The situation in Syria is heart-breaking and it is deteriorating.

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South Sudan

The conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013. Even though a peace agreement was created in 2018, intercommunal violence and clashes persist. Millions of people have been forced to leave their homes looking for safety in other places.

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Afghanistan remains one of the most under-funded, large-scale crises globally due to disasters, conflicts and protracted displacement. In total there are 6.3 million people with critical humanitarian needs – and 3.8 million of them are children.

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How we help

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. Cash-based programming in humanitarian contexts around the world has dramatically increased in recent years. Its prevalence is mainly due to the dignity it gives, as well as being a more efficient and effective use of valuable funds.

Help World Vision to respond quickly to disasters, as soon as they strike. By being prepared we can save more lives of children in the world’s hardest places.

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Past emergency responses

Read about how we've help with previous emergency responses.

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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.

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Our partners

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.

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