Samaritan's Purse


President & CEO
William Franklin Graham III, son of the late Billy Graham
1970, by Bob Pierce
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.
$932 Million (2022)
With headquarters in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan's Purse has affiliate offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Korea; field offices in 15 countries; and ministry partners in more than 100 countries.


  • 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 2022, Samaritan's Purse responded to the conflict in Ukraine by deploying more than 650 disaster response specialists to meet the physical and spiritual needs of suffering families impacted by violence. In all, Samaritan's Purse distributed over 100 million pounds of food, provided 30 million liters of clean water, treated thousands of patients, and performed more than 250 surgeries. As a result, Samaritan's Purse helped millions of people in Ukraine in 2022.
    Additionally, the ministry responded to a cholera outbreak in Syria, deployed a team of infection prevention control experts to Uganda to combat an active Ebola outbreak, and served families in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Fiona through the provision of water and essential items.
    The international Christian relief organization also airlifted more than 760 tons of critical relief supplies on its DC-8 aircraft on 40 missions around the world. Since 2016, the DC-8 has flown more than 7.5 million pounds of cargo on over 175 relief missions.
    U.S. Disaster Relief
    Since 1998, when Samaritan's Purse equipped its first semitractor-trailer Disaster Relief Unit, staff and volunteers have helped more than 65,900 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 for cleaning, repairing, and rebuilding of homes. In 2022, Samaritan's Purse responded to 18 disasters in 14 states, including Hurricane Ian, ice storms, tornadoes, and wildfires.
  • 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 30,000 patients. Most recently, it has helped provide critical and acute care throughout the conflict in Ukraine.
    World Medical Mission
    Each year, World Medical Mission—the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse—sends hundreds of doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals to 50 remote hospitals and clinics in the world's least developed countries, both as short-term volunteers and through its Post-Residency Program. Since 1980, World Medical Mission has placed tens of thousands of volunteers across 82 countries.
    Children's Heart Project
    This project brings children to North America and the Caribbean to receive life-saving surgery not available in their home countries. To date, Samaritan's Purse has arranged surgery for more than 1,481 children with heart defects, in partnership with 70 hospitals.
    Cleft Lip and Palate Program
    In many countries around the world, individuals born with a cleft lip or palate are seen as cursed and immediately ostracized from their community or put at risk for health issues such as malnutrition. Since 2011, Samaritan's Purse medical teams have provided life-changing cleft lip and palate surgeries for more than 1,407 individuals in South Sudan, Liberia, Bolivia, Guatemala, Myanmar, and Nepal.
    Cataract Program
    In 2017, Samaritan's Purse created the Cataract Program to provide life-changing surgery for those experiencing impaired vision around the world. Thus far, more than 4,885 individuals have restored sight through the program in Liberia, Mexico, and South Sudan.
    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 2022, Samaritan's Purse continued to respond to infectious disease outbreaks around the world. Teams around the world are providing critical treatment and conducting public education campaigns focused on infection prevention and control.
Operation Christmas Child
The global 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 209 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 170 countries and territories. In 2022, Samaritan's Purse delivered its milestone 200 millionth shoebox, which was packed on a country wide tour and then hand-delivered to a young girl in Ukraine.
Each year the project mobilizes more than 150,000 volunteers in the United States. Since 2009, more than 35.4 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 1,546 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.
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 2022, Samaritan's Purse provided water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming to vulnerable communities around the world by training 155,000 people on WASH, installing or distributing 18,722 water filtration units and distributing more than 129,252 non-food items, including hygiene kits. These clean water programs provided safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people 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, treatment and prevention of malnutrition, addressing 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