Emergency Relief

World Vision Ireland’s humanitarian work has helped 143,643 people in 2015, providing healthcare, protection, psychosocial support and education in areas of areas of conflict or conflict recovery.

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ― Howard Zinn

World Vision has the size, experience and expertise to respond immediately when disasters happen. We employ a global network disaster response experts who assess the impact of each disaster, plan the response and are on the ground within 24 to 72 of hours of a major disaster. We have offices in 100 countries, so are often already based in disaster regions with local staff being able to start work immediately. As we are a trusted and well known NGO, with offices run by local staff, we can work extremely effectively with the local communities and local governments, to ensure that the immediate and longer term response to crises are effective. Our focus during and after a crisis is always on the welfare and protection of children,

World Vision Ireland is a partner with Irish Aid in its Humanitarian Programme Plan. This covers 3 countries and has a very strong focus on health, education and the protection of women and children.

Our goals are to protect children, save lives, reduce suffering, protect livelihoods, strengthen community resilience and promote peace.

Our Emergency Aid work isn’t just temporary. As well as providing on-the-ground assistance to those affected at the time of a disaster, our involvement lasts longer than the headlines. For weeks, months or years after a disaster we help give lasting solutions to communities in need.

During World Vision’s 29 years here in Ireland, it’s been the generosity of ordinary people that’s allowed us to play a major role in aid efforts throughout the world. Just in the past couple of years, World Vision Ireland with the help of our supporters provided funding for new and on-going disasters in 17 countries, including the earthquakes in Nepal, Typhoon Haiyan and the conflict in Syria.

Making a difference after disasters

World Vision has the size, experience and expertise to respond immediately with emergency aid when disaster happens. Our goals are to protect children, save lives, reduce suffering, protect livelihoods, strengthen community resilience and promote peace. We are always ready to provide on-the-ground aid and assistance to those affected.

 A fully co-ordinated disaster response

World Vision has a global network of disaster response experts, who assess the impact of each disaster, plan the response, request funding from offices, like World Vision Ireland, and get to work immediately. The Global Rapid Response Team responds within 24 to 72 of hours of a major disaster. The team includes logistics staff, child protection experts, water, health and sanitation experts, and communications staff.

As part of our Emergency Aid work, World Vision International has disaster supplies on standby, located in Germany, Italy and the USA, so they can be transported quickly to a disaster anywhere in the world. Supplies include medical kits, blankets, tents, water filters and communications equipment.

We have offices in 100 countries, so are often already based in disaster regions with local staff being able to start work as soon as possible. The Global Rapid Response Team works alongside local staff for the first 90 days of a disaster. They then set up a long-term team of regional staff to continue the work. There is never a quick fix for a high-level disaster; long-term recovery plans are essential to get communities back on their feet.

How does World Vision pay for its disaster response?

About 80 per cent of World Vision's funding worldwide comes from private donations (ie: you, the donor). For large-scale disasters, offices like World Vision Ireland will appeal to its supporters and the public for donations. While this money is being raised, World Vision International will make use of emergency reserve funds. World Vision budgets carefully for the disaster response, using the money effectively over several years. Planning for the longer term is crucial, so that once supporters and the public stop sending donations, our recovery and rebuilding work can still continue.

Reducing the impact of future disasters

A vital element of World Vision’s Emergency Aid work is to partner with vulnerable communities to make sure they have programmes to help reduce the impact of future disasters.

World Vision trains and prepares communities to avoid (prevent) or limit (prepare for) the adverse impact of disasters, and to become more resilient. For example, community members (both adults and children) receive life-saving training that will help them survive in the case of floods or an earthquake. Early-warning systems are installed, and specially strengthened houses and buildings are constructed to withstand disasters such as floods or an earthquake.

Disaster management always includes the following goals:

Nepal Earthquake

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, toppling buildings and triggering avalanches in the Himalayas. Some 8 million people are affected by the quake and the aftermath. More than 8,000 lives were lost.

World Vision was on the ground immediately, targeting over 100,000 people with emergency supplies such as shelter, water, non-food items, education, health, and the establishment of child-friendly spaces.  

World Vision has reached more than 200,000 affected people with clean water, cash assistance, food, household, and hygiene supplies, temporary shelter, cash-for-work programmes, and protection for children. We continue to reach those who are most in need, providing life-saving humanitarian support, and helping Nepal build back better. Despite the enormous challenges, aid is getting through the impacted communities.

Six months after the earthquake World Vision has reached 229,021 people.

World Vision will  continue to support communities to build resilience and restore safety to the lives of children and their communities. Our main focus areas will be education, health and livelihoods, and we will also prioritise infrastructure/shelter, water and sanitation and Child Protection. 


World Vision Ireland interventions

After the earthquake struck in Nepal, World Vision Ireland provided emergency funding to support those whose lives had been devastated. By funding two cargo flights from Dubai to Kathmandu we transported 1,000 tarpaulins for temporary shelter and 20,000 mosquito nets for protection against malaria to affected families. This emergency support played a vital role in providing a roof over the heads of thousands of people, not only providing shelter but also protection. It also ensured that children weren’t in danger of contracting malaria during this time of crisis.



The more than 4-year-old war in Syria has caused 4.4 million people to flee the country as refugees. Half of them are children.

Within the country, the violence has displaced many more people. Education, family, and community life are disrupted. The refugee crisis has also spilled into Europe.

Child refugees are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and disease. Living conditions are difficult in a refugee camp or host neighborhood with little infrastructure, or within the country, where fighting continues.

There appears to be no end to the conflict and displacement in sight.

In 2015 World Vision supported 1.1 million people - among them 630,000 children.  Food assistance, emergency supplies, water and sanitation, health, education and child protection interventions reached children and families in need in Syria and refugee host countries.

World Vision Ireland interventions

Over 100,000 refugees from war torn Syria arrived in Serbia between June and September alone. With the onset of winter they were facing extremely dangerously cold conditions. With emergency support from Irish Aid, World Vision Ireland is reaching 1,000 of the most vulnerable refugees  in particular pregnant women and  children (especially those traveling on their own) with essential items such as winter clothes, shoes,  hygiene items and raincoats

The cost of conflict for children 

If the war in Syria continues to 2020, the cost of conflict will be €1.2 trillion. The war has already cost the Syrian economy €250 billion. This is lost money. It will never be recovered, never be spent to provide education, health care, safe environments, livelihoods or a future for children. Find out more about World Vision's latest report on the cost of the Syran conflict here: 

What is the situation in Syria now?

It has now been 5 years since the start of the conflict in Syria, and it is impossible to over-state the devastating impact this crisis has had on this generation of Syrian children. Over 4.5 million children have been affected by the war in Syria - with some 3 million forced to flee their homes. Over one million Syrian children have escaped with family members to neighbouring countries. The number of refugees is still increasing, and assistance is desperately needed.


It is the children who are the main victims of this ongoing humanitarian crisis. Their families are left with almost nothing after fleeing their homes, and they are traumatised, homeless, frightened.  Most are missing out on vital schooling, some forced to work, and all fret for their future and desperately miss the life they once had.

Thank you so much to the people of Ireland who have already given to our Syrian Refugee Crisis appeal. Your support is helping make a difference to children and their families in Jordan, Lebanon and within Syria.

How is World Vision helping refugees and others affected by the crisis?

We have already reached approximately 2.37 million people overall. There is still so much more to be done and to do this, we need your support.

How can you get involved?




World Vision’s history in Sudan dates back to 1983 when it was operational for five years until 1988 when it closed.  World Vision resumed operations in Sudan in June of 2004 in response to the Darfur crisis. Later on, the organisation opened field offices in Khartoum and Blue Nile States.

World Vision Sudan runs relief, recovery and development programmes that benefit more than 1.5 million people directly and indirectly. It provides services in the sectors of food aid, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, childcare, gender development education, as well as agriculture and natural resource management.

World Vision Ireland interventions

In Sudan, a World Vision Ireland funded project is helping to establish strong community protection groups and systems. We are setting up child friendly spaces to support 800 boys and girls affected by the conflict. These child friendly spaces provide children with a much needed escape, from the terrors of war and the trauma caused by it. In the child friendly spaces they can speak with counsellors, play with other children and just remember what it is like to be a child again. 

In Sudan we are also helping to rebuild the education system through building classrooms. Women’s centres established in the community will help women affected by war, giving them a safe space to connect, learn, and form supportive relationships with each other and to start small businesses.

How can you get involved?

South Sudan

Since conflict broke out in December 2013, 1.66 million people have fled their homes because of fighting. Many set up camp under the U.N.’s protection, dependent on aid from relief agencies. Their lives and prospects are limited. Another 640,000 South Sudanese are refugees in neighbouring countries.

Thousands of farming families missed the planting season or lost their livestock and now have no crops or income to hold them over until the next harvest. Hunger, malnutrition, and disease threaten their children’s lives. Schools are occupied by armed forces and displaced families, not students.

Humanitarian agencies responding to the crisis say 6.4 million people need humanitarian assistance and 3.9 million are facing  severe food shortages. At least 250,000 children are severely malnourished.

World Vision has reached almost 650,000 people in its humanitarian response to date. We are working in camps and settlements to prevent disease and sickness, providing displaced people with food rations, clean drinking water and promoting good hygiene practices. Clean water and good sanitation is vital to stopping outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.

We are also providing people affected by the violence with cooking equipment, plastic sheeting, sleeping mats, water containers and other essentials. In addition, World Vision is training staff to help reunite families who have been separated in the violence.

World Vision Ireland interventions

In South Sudan World Vision Ireland is providing improved education, psychosocial support and protection for 7,460 people, mostly children in the Upper Nile region. Our project is supporting very young girls and boys, aged 3-6, who have been severely affected by conflict. Through World Vision, they are participating in educational and psychosocial activities in Early Childhood Development centres. We are also supporting children between the ages of 6 and 17 with basic education, life skills, numeracy and literacy. We are also helping the community to be in a better position to provide protection for its members.


Conflict, government instability, recurring drought, and lack of basic infrastructure have contributed to long-term food shortages in Somalia.

More than 1 million people still need emergency food assistance, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says.

Ongoing armed conflict and political insecurity have hindered efforts to help hungry families become more resilient to food shortages. However, some communities ravaged by the 2012 drought continue to make progress toward having enough to eat during lean times.

Late in 2015, about 90,000 people in Somalia were displaced by flooding attributed to effects of El Nino.

World Vision Somalia has worked with the children of Somalia, their families and communities since 1992 through a variety of emergency and rehabilitative programming to address the emergency needs of communities while addressing some of the underlying causes of vulnerability in those same communities. During the last 20 years, the programme has grown to 13 districts spread over three main operation regions, South central, Puntland and Somaliland. 

World Vision Ireland interventions

In Somalia World Vision Ireland is strengthening community level health and protection for 68,400 men, women and children in Eyl district, Puntland. The project is providing support to two mobile health clinics reaching rural communities with mother and infant services and treating common illnesses. The project is also improving water and sanitation facilities in ten villages.

How can you get involved?

Irish Aid Emergency Response Fund

World Vision Ireland is a partner in Irish Aid’s Emergency Response Fund scheme. This scheme is extremely valuable as it allows us to support unexpected disasters in a swift and effective way. During 2015 we supported people affected by the earthquake in Nepal, the Somalia drought and the Western Balkans refugee response.