When disaster strikes—specifically in already vulnerable regions—World Relief responds by providing immediate aid and working with the local communities to develop and provide programs that will allow these regions to address the crisis head-on so that they begin to thrive once again.
Kenya Food Crisis — Turkana County
Africa is currently facing the worst food crisis since 1945.
In Kenya’s county of Turkana–one of the hottest, driest regions in the world–well over 100,000 people are hungry and at risk of starvation.
What started as a water shortage in Turkana has escalated into a massive drought and resulting food crisis. Recently the Kenyan government declared a national emergency in response to two years of missed rain in Turkana. The effects of the drought are widespread:
- Malnutrition has skyrocketed from 14% to 30%, as families are unable to bring food to the table
- Wells and other water sources have been depleted, as the water table in the region has fallen over 50%
- 60% of livestock have died due to dehydration and starvation
World Relief is the only non-profit organization with a permanent, long-term presence in Turkana North. Join us in providing immediate food assistance and nutrition outreach to the people of Turkana. Together, we can save lives and make a long-lasting difference in the region.
Syria / Iraq Refugee Crisis (2015-Present)
Civil war in Syria and the rise of militant groups like ISIS in both Syrian and Iraq have led to the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Since fighting began, nearly half of Syria’s population is thought to have been displaced or killed. Four million Syrians have now taken refuge in neighboring countries like Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon, struggling to build new lives for themselves in regions far from home.
Through partnerships with local organizations and churches, World Relief is providing non-temporary shelters, hygiene items, and trauma therapy to displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugee families, as well as sponsoring child-friendly spaces for mothers and children.
Give now to support the work of World Relief as we serve refugees fleeing violence and persecution.
Haiti - Hurricane Matthew Relief
Background & Current Response:
On October 3, 2016, a Category 4 hurricane struck Haiti, a nation with weak infrastructure, inadequate alert systems and environmental degradation. Haitian officials have now reported at least 1000 deaths, a number which could continue to rise. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also reported that 350,000 residents were in need of immediate aid.
Because of our longstanding relationship with churches throughout Haiti, World Relief has a built-in system to deliver that aid, one that empowers local leaders in Haiti lead their own relief efforts.
Learn more about World Relief’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and give today.
Thanks to those of you who–through your generosity–have changed the lives of the people affected by the following recent disasters.
UPDATE: Ecuador Earthquake (2016-Present)
On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck coastal Ecuador. Within weeks, the death toll surpassed 659 people and over 27,000 people injured. According to UN reports, approximately 26,640 people are now living in provisional shelters and it is estimated that 720,000 people are in need of assistance. Homes and sources of livelihoods have been severely damaged or destroyed. The earthquake has ruined basic infrastructure, including piping for drinking water, sewerage, and electricity. In addition, The National Risk Management Secretariat have indicated that 250,000 children are estimated to have increased vulnerability as a result of the earthquake. The assessment conducted by our local partner in Manta found that 40% of the children living in the community shelter have been orphaned, increasing their risk of abuse.
World Relief, with Integral Alliance members, is supporting local partners to respond to the needs of communities affected by the earthquake. Our local partners are utilizing links provided by local churches, who have a long term presence in some of the most affected locations to provide provide food, water and hygiene assistance, as well as psychosocial support for children. In addition, the project will provide awareness raising and support training for children to avoid the heightened risk of sexual abuse.
(Above photo: AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
UPDATE: Floods in Myanmar (2015-Present)
Heavy monsoons and rising floods across Northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar have forced millions of people from their homes. Hundreds more have lost their lives throughout the region.
World Relief is currently focusing its emergency response efforts in Myanmar, working alongside partner organizations to provide life-saving food supplies for families displaced by the floods. World Relief is committed to providing immediate support to those most impacted by the floods, while strengthening their communities from the risk of future disasters.
World Relief, with Integral Alliance partners and other local partners, have provided materials for 28 hand-pump tube wells to be constructed in five of the most in-need villages in the Pwint Phyu area, as well 250 water filters to 173 families across four villages.
During the initial response, World Relief supported efforts to distribute rice and oil rations to 700 households in Gwe and Set Tan villages.
Once initial needs were met in coordination with other agencies, World Relief and local partners shifted focus to the second phase programming to agricultural recovery. In partnership with East West Seeds and implementing partners, 400 farmer families in 12 villages received 5 different types of vegetable, and technical training on the appropriate planting of these short-grow seeds.