Children in Crisis

You can help protect vulnerable children in dangerous places torn apart by conflict or ravaged by disaster.
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When a crisis strikes, children are the most at risk.

Right now, childhoods are being stolen. Conflict is a daily reality that is robbing children of their childhoods and their future. There are more refugees in the world today than after World War II, and more than half of them are children. These children desperately need your support.

Please give to Children in Crisis today. With over 70 years of experience reaching the most vulnerable, World Vision works in the hardest places in the world to be a child. Responding with life-saving speed when disaster strikes; helping children caught in emergencies, extreme poverty, or facing abuse and exploitation. Your support will help refugees, children living in war zones and those in danger of exploitation like trafficking, child labour and child marriage.

<span style="color:#00acca">1 in 6</span>

1 in 6

children live in a war zone.

<span style="color:#00acca">23 girls</span>

23 girls

are forced to marry every minute.

<span style="color:#00acca">18.4 million</span>

18.4 million

Afghans need humanitarian assistance.


Children living in dangerous places and situations urgently need your support.

Children living in dangerous places and situations urgently need your support.

Giving to Children in Crisis will have FIVE times the impact thanks to our partnerships across the United Nations, making every dollar go further.

When you donate $20, you’ll provide $100 to protect children from danger and help them recover from trauma. Children who have lost their families, their homes, their childhoods and are facing a future of loss and despair. Your gift will mean that when a crisis strikes, they're not alone.



10 years of a violent and deadly war. Syria's children are growing up in the midst of the most significant humanitarian crisis in living memory, as the war rages on in its tenth year.
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34% of girls in Sudan are married before the age of 18 and 12% are married before their 15th birthday. Early marriage violates girls’ rights to health, education and opportunities.
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<h4>South Sudan</h4>

South Sudan

8 years of conflict is causing widespread destruction, death and displacement. Hunger rates are at historic highs, with 7.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
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Vulnerable children are at extremely high risk as conflict increases across Afghanistan, overlaid with drought, flooding and COVID-19, making an impossible situation so much worse.
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How your donation will protect children in dangerous places:

<h5>Life-Saving Essentials</h5>

Life-Saving Essentials

You'll provide life-saving essentials like food, water and shelter when children's lives are under threat.

<h5>Creating Safe Spaces</h5>

Creating Safe Spaces

You'll bring much needed respite for girls and boys on the run, allowing them to learn, relax and play.

<h5>Preventing Exploitation</h5>

Preventing Exploitation

Your support helps to prevent exploitation with protection programs and survivors to heal with counselling.

<h5>Long-Term Solutions</h5>

Long-Term Solutions

You'll deliver long-term solutions, bringing lasting transformational change to communities in need.

You can be there for children like Sara, when their world is torn apart by horror, violence or war.

"Shooting, fighting, people dying. They bombed our houses. It was horrible. It wasn't a life there, it was nothing at all. Fear and horror. I felt fear and horror."
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Sara (14), Syrian refugee in Lebanon

You can protect children from danger and help them recover from trauma.

For children living in dangerous places, life can change in an instant. 14-year old Karlos fled the violent and deadly war in his home of South Sudan with his uncle and sister. Now living as a refugee in Uganda, he doesn't know where his father is, or if he is even alive.

With your support, World Vision is helping refugees and children living in war zones like Karlos. Your monthly gift will provide on-going protection and life-saving essentials like food, water, sanitation and healthcare. I will give children the chance of a brighter future.

Give to Children in Crisis and protect vulnerable children in dangerous places.

A monthly gift of $20, will provide $100 worth of life-saving essentials every month, thanks to our partnerships across the United Nations.



What is 'Children in Crisis'?
Children in Crisis is a way to protect children that live in dangerous places. Through our partnerships, every $1 donated to Children in Crisis will provide $5 worth of life-saving aid. Currently, Children in Crisis funds are supporting vulnerable children affected by the Syrian Crisis. Children in Sudan, South Sudan and Afghanistan.

How does my donation help? 
Your donation can help us provide nutritious food, clean water, sanitation, healthcare, education, shelter and basic household items. With your support, we can establish Child-Friendly Spaces that give a sense of safety and stability to vulnerable children in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Through our partnerships, every $1 donated will provide $5 worth of life-saving aid.

What is the difference between 'Children in Crisis' and 'Child Sponsorship'?
Child Sponsorship supports children living in extreme poverty. We partner with communities and work together to develop sustainable solutions to tackle the root causes of poverty. Children in Crisis supports children living in dangerous places, where political instability, natural disasters and/or conflict threaten their safety. We work to protect and nurture these children and are ready to respond immediately to a crisis.

How do I know if I'm making an impact?
At World Vision, we are dedicated to keeping our generous supporters informed on the difference they are making to the world's most vulnerable children. As a supporter, we will send you regular personal stories and updates on how your support is changing lives.

We ensure all resources entrusted to us are used effectively to bring maximum impact.



As part of an international partnership working in nearly 100 countries, World Vision New Zealand pursues the highest standards of stewardship and accountability.

In 2020, 83.9% of World Vision New Zealand's total operating expenses were used for international program support that benefited children, families and communities in need. Learn more.