Disaster Relief

World Humanitarian Day: Reflections from Lebanon

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to recognize and honor the men and women around the world who risk their lives every day to help others.

World Vision writer and photographer Patricia Mouamar grew up in Lebanon during its civil war; now, as a humanitarian aid worker, she understands firsthand the trials faced by the refugees she is working to help.

A month among refugees: Coming home from Lebanon

World Vision Australia's social media manager, Joy Toose, spent a month reporting from Lebanon about the Syrian refugees who have sought shelter there from the violence at home. She wrote several amazing blogs for us from Lebanon, but I was curious to get her thoughts on the experience as a whole now that she's back home. 

I wasn't disappointed. Check this out.

[Photos] Rebuilding Tuscaloosa

As I saw images from Moore, Oklahoma, flash across my screen in May, I was immediately brought back to similar scenes of devastation that took place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2011. I thought about how World Vision was just finishing up its disaster response to that deadly tornado, two years after it touched down.

Syrian refugee crisis: The true value of water

What do you know about water?

Before I went to Lebanon, I knew that it is life-saving and that clean water is key to preventing diseases. But I never realized how much its value extends beyond that. I never understood the dignity and comfort that it can offer people in hard times -- until this past month.

Syrian refugee crisis: Three things you should know

Joy Toose, social media manager for World Vision Australia, spent a month reporting from Lebanon about the Syrian refugees who fled there to escape violence in their home country. Today, she shares three things that she learned about the refugee crisis that you should know, too.

Education: The path to change in Syria

In honor of World Refugee Day today, Joy Toose — social media manager for World Vision Australia — writes from Lebanon about the need for education among refugees and World Vision’s work in Lebanon that is making possible an education for refugee children.

Tornado in Oklahoma: World Vision Responds

Updated! As World Vision responds to the deadly tornado in Oklahoma, we rely on your continued prayers and support. Walk with us as we stay informed of what's happened, what's happening now, and what World Vision is doing in the devastated communities.

Go and do likewise

World Vision videographer Doug Boyles reflects on his experience reporting from Moore, Oklahoma, in the wake of the catastrophic May 20 tornado, including the amazing generosity he witnessed in the midst of incredible tragedy.

Crisis in Syria, part 6: debts, difficulties rise for refugees

As the Syrian conflict deepens, refugees are falling into debt just to survive, many of them unable to find work. Difficulties are rising for locals, too, as shopkeepers can't afford to restock their shelves and some residents lose their jobs to newcomers. Additionally, aid agencies struggle to provide relief, running out of funds.

School supplies still bring hope six months after Sandy

When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York, six months ago, storm waters rushed into the Challenge Preparatory Charter School. Shrimp, fish, and snakes swam in the lower-level kindergarten classrooms, including the one where Rosemarie Eshcevarria taught.

The breadth of devastation: Sichuan earthquakes, 2008 and 2013

On May 12, 2008, I had plane tickets that less than three weeks later were to take me from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, and then on to Chengdu, China, the capital of Sichuan province in the southwestern region of the country. But that day, a massive earthquake struck Sichuan.

And just this past Saturday, another one hit.

Crisis in Syria, part 5: Fear for girls caught up in the Syrian conflict

As the Syrian refugee crisis deepens, World Vision is increasingly concerned about the risk of child marriage among girls as young as 12, as parents fleeing violence in Syria struggle to protect their children amid a deepening humanitarian emergency.

Crisis in Syria, part 4: Education brings hope to refugee children

Today's post -- the fourth in our weekly series about the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis -- is the story of an 8-year-old Syrian girl, Jouri, who loves learning but can't go to school in Lebanon. But now, having been enrolled in a World Vision education program, Jouri has hope.

If you missed them, check out the first, second, and third posts from this series.

Crisis in Syria, part 3: Video and FAQs

The civil war in Syria has entered its third year, and the number of refugees fleeing the country has doubled in the past three months.

Today's post -- the third in our series about the crisis -- offers a list of the most frequently asked questions to offer our readers some background to the growing humanitarian needs.

Crisis in Syria, part 2: Refugees in Jordan

Last week, we launched a weekly series about the two-year conflict in Syria. Check out the first post by Andrea Peer if you missed it. Every Wednesday for the next several weeks, we’ll have a new story or perspective on the crisis.

In today's post by World Vision's Michael Bailey: A father struggles to find work and enough food to feed his family. A mother longs to hear from her 20-year-old son living in the war zone. Children sit and wait, idly passing hours and days, dreaming of going home to be with friends.

Crisis in Syria, part 1: Memories of summer camp

Today, we're kicking off a weekly series about the two-year conflict in Syria and the region's subsequent refugee crisis. Every Wednesday for the next several weeks, we'll have a new story or perspective on this situation, so check back!

Today's post is by Andrea Peer, World Vision communications manager, who remembers a different Syria from a visit 11 years ago -- and wonders about its future.

[Video] Two Years Later: Rebuilding Japan

As today marks the two-year anniversary of the historic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, residents are making progress toward rebuilding their lives and communities. World Vision has helped almost 300,000 people in three of the worst-affected areas – Miyagi, Iwate, and Niigata prefectures.

[PHOTOS] Youth train for emergencies

The drill is on in Nicaragua.

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across the country to jump in and learn life-saving tactics during a January workshop, hosted by World Vision and local and international agencies. Participants get to put skills -- from medical and spiritual care, GPS navigation to security detail -- to the test.

[Photo blog] Tsunami in the Solomon Islands

Click here for updates on the situation and World Vision's response in the Solomon Islands.

Wednesday, February 6, a magnitude-8.0 earthquake followed by several forceful aftershocks generated tsunami waves nearly five feet high that battered Santa Cruz Island in Temotu province of the Solomons.

Rebel atrocities in Mali

While French and Malian troops continue their drive to force rebels out of major centers in northern Mali, World Vision communications manager Maria Mutya Frio spoke to those who have fled conflict zones.