World Vision International

Surviving in Times of Crisis

In disaster situations children are always the most vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition and disease. They need food, shelter, water and healthcare.

Baby Zenouba, pictured above, was severely malnourished when she was brought to a World Vision supported clinic in Niger. One week later she’d gained 0.3kg in weight, thanks to the therapeutic feeding programme.

Amid violent conflict children often become separated from their parents and find themselves prone to abuse. They need safety and protection. When parents die, children need love and comfort.

These are just some of the ways we help children in crisis situations. But we also work with communities to prepare for predictable crises, such as recurring floods or droughts, and manage better when they occur. Read more about World Vision's disaster preparedness work.

World Vision has one of the most comprehensive emergency relief operations in the world. In 2012 we responded to a new emergency somewhere in the world on average every four days. Thanks to the support of our committed donors we were able to help over 10 million people whose lives were at risk.

Some of these situations were smaller-scale crises that could be dealt with by our local staff members. Others were larger and more complex, demanding a rapid global response. This is when the whole World Vision family pulls together.

Learn more about Our Approaches to Disaster Management.