World Vision Ireland’s humanitarian work has helped 143,643 people in 2015, providing healthcare, protection, psychosocial support and education in areas of conflict or conflict recovery.
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.
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:
- To reduce or avoid losses of lives and property (early warning, preparedness, mitigation)
- To ensure prompt assistance to survivors
- To achieve rapid and effective recovery
- To manage long-term programmes to help communities fully recover