A man wearing a white t-shirt with a World Vision logo faces a building that has been reduced to rubble.

Emergency Response

Our disaster relief work saves lives – but it does far more than that. We warm, nourish, comfort and protect children who’ve experienced the unthinkable. We continue to walk beside them as their communities rebuild. And we press governments for programs and policies to secure their futures.

emergency responses


people reached

4.8 million



In Ethiopia, families using positive coping methods when faced with disaster increased from

27% to 45%Jarso | 2016-2022

In Mongolia, caregivers affected by disaster who were able to maintain their standard of living increased from

46% to 55%Khan Uul | 2013-2021

7,520emergency kits were distributed to support families in dire need


1,454,557people benefited from cash transfers


487groups have a disaster preparedness strategy in place

Connected Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goal 02 logo: Zero hungerSustainable Development Goal 05 logo: Gender EqualitySustainable Development Goal 13 logo: Climate action


Two young girls smile at each other as they stand in a grass field with a bicycle.

Our Approach

Families in much of the world are finding themselves in increasingly precarious situations, yet more vulnerable to environmental and political shocks. In 2022, the Sustainable Development Goals Report warned that cascading and interconnected crises are now putting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in grave danger. This only deepens our commitment to providing assistance for children and families in crisis.

Humanitarian emergencies result from many kinds of situations—from environmental disasters like drought or earthquakes to political conflicts that drive people from their homes. These crises can build slowly over time or strike suddenly and unexpectedly.

How World Vision assesses and responds to emergencies

Our emergency response efforts prioritize saving lives in the short term, while working with communities to help them rebuild when immediate threats have passed. We keep girls and boys at the centre of our plans, concentrating on their physical and emotional safety and wellbeing—and this focus on children often sets us apart.

World Vision uses four categories as we assess emergencies and plan our responses.

  • CATEGORY III (Crisis Response) are the most severe crises, where societies are unable to respond and recover without large scale external assistance.
  • CATEGORY II (Crisis Response) are significant humanitarian crises that impact large numbers of people in societies that can respond and recover with limited external assistance.
  • CATEGORY I (Crisis Response) are community level or subnational crises with localized impacts, where the community is able to respond and recover, with some assistance.
  • SUSTAINED HUMANITARIAN RESPONSES (Chronic Emergencies and Fragile Contexts) are emergency responses that have been running for 24 months, and are projected to continue for at least another year.


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Unless otherwise stated, data presented on this page reflects the most up-to-date results of World Vision Canada programs reported between October 2021 and September 2022, and any previous fiscal years available. Previously reported data may not match the current presentation as we continuously receive and refine data from our programs. If you have any questions, kindly reach out to us.