Samaritan's Purse

Facts

President & CEO
William “Franklin” Graham III, son of the late Billy Graham
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
$707 million (2020)
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 & 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. In 2020, Samaritan’s Purse actively responded to the global coronavirus pandemic in 30 countries including the deployment of Emergency Field Hospitals—specialized as respiratory care units—to Italy, New York City and the Bahamas. The international Christian relief organization also airlifted more than 220 tons of critical relief supplies on its DC-8 aircraft on 12 missions around the world.
    U.S. Disaster Relief
    Since 1998, when Samaritan’s Purse equipped its first tractor-trailer Disaster Relief unit, staff and volunteers have helped more than 53,000 families impacted by U.S. natural disasters. Now, eight Disaster Relief Units are strategically positioned across the country for rapid deployment in the wake of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and floods through the cleaning, repairing, and rebuilding of homes. In 2020, Samaritan’s Purse responded to 25 disasters in 12 states, including back-to-back Hurricanes Laura and Delta in Louisiana, wildfires in California and Oregon, and tornadoes across Middle Tennessee.
  • Health & Medical

    Emergency Field Hospital
    Ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, the Emergency Field Hospital provides medical relief in disaster-stricken areas where 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 theaters, a critical care unit and more than 50 inpatient beds. This resource has enabled Samaritan’s Purse medical staff to provide life-saving care to more than 30,600 patients. Recently it has helped provide surge capacity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, life-saving medical care in Honduras after devastating hurricanes, and critical care in response to violent fighting in Mosul, Iraq.
    World Medical Mission
    Each year the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse sends hundreds of doctors, dentists and other medical professionals to 54 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
    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 more than 1,400 children with heart defects, in partnership with 60 hospitals.
    Infectious Diseases
    Samaritan’s Purse fights the coronavirus, Ebola, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, diphtheria and other epidemic diseases through medical care, health services, hygiene projects, preventive education and compassionate care. In 2020, Samaritan’s Purse was on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic—deploying Emergency Field Hospitals to Italy, New York City and the Bahamas as they became virus hotspots. Currently, teams are providing critical treatment and conducting public education campaigns focused on Infection Prevention and Control around the world.
Operation Christmas Child
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 188 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 170 countries and territories. Each year the project mobilizes more than 150,000 volunteers in the United States. Since 2009, more than 26.5 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
This program is designed to strengthen the marriages of U.S. military veterans 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. Since 2012, more than 1,220 couples have participated in the program.
Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods
Samaritan’s Purse enables families in developing 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 rebuilt or repaired more than 1,200 family homes that were shelled, burned or looted by ISIS, and construction teams continue to work in the Nineveh Plains to help more families return home.
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.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
In 2020, Samaritan’s Purse provided water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming to communities in 18 countries—coupling health and hygiene education with the construction of more than 3,200 latrines, nearly 500 clean water points and some 8,200 water filtration units. These clean water programs provided safe drinking water for more than 247,000 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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