Fact Sheet: Samaritan’s Purse

President & CEO

William "Franklin" Graham III (fact sheet), son of the late Billy Graham (fact sheet)


Founded

1970, by Bob Pierce


Purpose

Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty and persecution in more than 100 countries, with the purpose of sharing God's love through His son, Jesus Christ.


Budget

$673 million (2019)


Offices

Headquartered in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan's Purse has affiliate offices in Canada, the U.K., Australia and Germany; field offices in 17 countries; and ministry partners in more than 100 countries.


PROJECTS

Crisis and Disaster Response

  • International Relief
    Samaritan's Purse specializes in meeting critical needs for victims of war, disaster and famine in the world's most troubled regions, often working through local churches and ministry partners. Recent efforts include responding to refugees fleeing war-ravaged Mosul, Iraq, by providing food, shelter and other supplies, and operating an emergency field hospital to treat patients injured by gunfire, mines and other explosives. Samaritan's Purse also distributed emergency shelter materials, generators and critical supplies to victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on five Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, as well as established a medical clinic in Bangladesh to aid thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees affected by a diphtheria outbreak.

  • U.S. Disaster Relief (fact sheet)
    Since 1998, when Samaritan's Purse equipped its first tractor-trailer Disaster Relief Unit, staff and volunteers have helped more than 43,000 families impacted by U.S. natural disasters—hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods and ice storms—by quickly providing emergency supplies and cleaning, repairing and rebuilding homes. In 2018, Samaritan's Purse responded to 18 disasters in 12 states, including tornadoes in Iowa, flooding in Texas and Hawaii, wildfires in California and hurricanes in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the organization deployed its entire fleet of Disaster Relief Units—establishing operations in six of the most impacted areas and providing emergency relief to more than 3,400 affected families. Following the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, Samaritan's Purse mobilized more than 1,400 volunteers helping some 640 families start to recover.  


Feeding Programs

Samaritan's Purse has specialized programs to treat severely malnourished children and runs large-scale distributions to feed victims of disaster, famine and war.


Health and Medical

  • Emergency Field Hospital (fact sheet)
    Ready to deploy at a moment's notice, the emergency field hospital provides medical relief in disaster-stricken areas where the medical infrastructure is either damaged, overwhelmed or nonexistent. Each unit is customizable depending on the needs of the response and can include an emergency room, two operating theatres, a critical care unit and more than 50 inpatient beds. This resource has enabled Samaritan's Purse medical staff to provide relief to earthquake survivors in Ecuador and life-saving care to more than 4,000 victims of war in Mosul, Iraq.

  • World Medical Mission (fact sheet)
    Each year the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse sends hundreds of doctors, dentists and other medical professionals to 66 remote hospitals and clinics in the world’s least-developed countries, both as short-term volunteers and through its Post-Residency Program. World Medical Mission also supports remote mission hospitals by providing millions of dollars’ worth of critically needed medical equipment and supplies. 

  • Children's Heart Project (fact sheet)
    This project brings children to North America to receive life-saving surgery not available in their home countries. To date, Samaritan's Purse has arranged surgery for some 1,312 children with heart defects, in partnership with 75 hospitals. 

  • Diseases
    Samaritan's Purse fights malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, diphtheria and other epidemic diseases through medical care, health services, hygiene projects, preventative education and compassionate care. At the height of the 2014 Ebola crisis in Liberia, the organization operated the only Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and educated millions on how to protect themselves from the disease. Samaritan's Purse continues to support Ebola survivors in Liberia through cataract surgery, livelihood programs and leadership training. In response to the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, Samaritan's Purse built an 18-bed Ebola treatment center in the Democratic Republic of Congo in January 2019. Currently teams are providing critical treatment and conducting public education campaigns focused on awareness and prevention.


Operation Christmas Child
(fact sheet, Newsroom)

The global Christmas project Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories. Each year the project mobilizes more than 150,000 volunteers in the United States. Since 2010, more than 14 million children who received a shoebox gift have participated in the follow-up program, The Greatest Journey. This 12-lesson discipleship program teaches children about God’s amazing love and guides them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ.


Operation Heal Our Patriots
(Fact Sheet)

This program is designed to strengthen the marriages of members of the U.S. Military who have been wounded or injured since 9/11. The primary component of Operation Heal Our Patriots takes place at Samaritan Lodge Alaska, a wilderness retreat offering outdoor activities and biblically based marriage enrichment classes.


Animals, Agriculture AND Livelihoods

Samaritan's Purse enables families in third-world countries to meet their daily food and nutritional needs by providing seeds, tools and livestock. Samaritan’s Purse also trains beneficiaries and communities to transition from subsistence living to sustainability.


Construction Projects

Samaritan's Purse constructs houses, schools, hospitals and churches for families and communities affected by disaster, poverty and war around the world. In Iraq, Samaritan's Purse has already helped 900 Christian families repair houses that were shelled, burned or looted by ISIS, and construction teams continue to work in the Nineveh Plains to help more families return home.


Water, Sanitation AND Hygiene

In 2018, Samaritan's Purse provided water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming to communities in 16 countries— coupling health and hygiene education with the construction of 8,500 latrines, 1,400 clean water points and some 3,300 water filtration units. These clean water programs provided safe drinking water for approximately 363,000 people worldwide in impoverished communities, refugee camps and schools.


Women's Programs

Samaritan's Purse works to reach vulnerable women by meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs through programs focused on maternal and child health, eliminating gender-based violence, job skills training, education, and human trafficking prevention.

Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization working in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit SamaritansPurse.org.

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