When disaster strikes, World Vision adopts a “first-in, last-out” approach: We first respond with life-saving emergency aid, and then we stay for the long term to help families recover and rebuild. Within the first couple of hours after a disaster, World Vision staff members closest to the disaster respond with reports on the level of severity and need. 
  • Within 24 to 72 hours of the disaster, our global rapid response team is on the ground, making assessments and beginning to provide emergency relief. 
  • Within 72 hours of the disaster, our pre-positioned relief supplies are loaded up, transported, and distributed from local and international warehouses. 
We then work to continuously distribute emergency aid and relief to residents affected by the disaster. 
Over the following months, we work to help families stabilise by providing assistance with shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection activities, healthcare, and economic opportunities. 
Once communities are back on their feet, we work with them to help ensure that they are better prepared should another disaster strike.
World Vision takes pride in the fact that we have been working in the world’s most dangerous places for over 30 years. When we move in to aid and rebuild a community, we’re there for the long haul. 
The World Vision 40 Hour Famine is New Zealand’s largest youth fundraising event. Every year since 1975, hundreds of thousands of young Kiwis have taken a stand through a 40 Hour Challenge to raise money and bring hope to thousands of children living in poverty in more than 40 countries. Traditionally, the 40 Hour Challenge meant going without food for 40 hours. However, over the years, people have become creative, finding fun new challenges such as giving up their phone, YouTube or Netflix for 40 hours. Or how about living out of a backpack, doing 40 good deeds, or taking a 40-hour vow of silence – whatever your idea is, just go for it! 
So far, more than 3 million New Zealanders have participated and over $80 million has been raised – helping to transform thousands of lives both here in New Zealand, and around the world. We’d love for you to join us. 

When you sign up for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine you commit to doing a challenge or go without something for a length of time (often 40 hours) and ask people to sponsor you. Traditionally, the 40 Hour Challenge meant going without food for 40 hours but there are so many options. Choose from 20 to 40 Hour Challenges, your imagination is the only limit – whatever idea you have to raise money this year, go for it. From giving up food or your phone, to living out of a backpack, or running a bake sale, no idea is a bad idea. 

If you are part of a team/school/church taking part in the 40 Hour Famine: 

Collect a Sponsorship Book from your Famine Organiser or, if you are not in a team, you can order your Sponsorship Book here. Once you’ve set your 40 Hour Challenge and your fundraising goal, we recommend activating a personal online fundraising page – it’s the easiest way to raise awareness and collect donations. You can also set yourself a goal online and in the Sponsorship Book to let everyone know how much you are hoping to raise. 

If you are taking part in the 40 Hour Famine as an individual: 

Activate a personal online fundraising profile to collect donations online – it’s the easiest way to raise awareness and collect donations. If you would rather collect the donations in cash face to face, order a Sponsorship Book here. You can also set yourself a goal online and in the Sponsorship Book to let everyone know how much you are hoping to raise. 

For everyone: 

Then start fundraising. Let your family and friends know that you are doing the 40 Hour Famine challenge and ask them to sponsor you. The funds you raise go towards supporting World Vision’s work to help the world’s most vulnerable children. 

Now, do the 40 Hour Challenge. This year, the 40 Hour Famine will be taking place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2019 but if those dates don’t suit you, pick ones that do. As long as all your donation money is banked by the 5th July 2019, it’s really up to you. 

And finally, collect your sponsorship money (if your sponsors haven’t donated to you online) and give the money to your Famine Organiser by 5th July 2019. Then give yourself a pat on the back and know that you’ve done an amazing job to help support the children of South Sudan.