Every 60 seconds, a family is given access to clean water and a hungry child is fed through the work of World Vision.
World Vision is a leading global relief and development organization that has been empowering people out of poverty for 70 years. We go where the need is greatest to bring both immediate relief and long-term, transformational development to communities affected by poverty and injustice.
World Vision’s focus is on helping the most vulnerable children, even in the most dangerous places, to overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We are driven by our desire to ensure that every boy and girl has what is needed to become all Jesus created them to be. We do this by equipping them, their communities, and local partners with the necessary tools to address the root causes of poverty, injustice, and violence against children. Now, almost in our 70th year, World Vision has vast experience working with communities, donors, partners, and governments to create opportunities for better futures for vulnerable children, even in the toughest places. As a leading global partner, our efforts enrich the lives of all involved as we labor alongside supporters, stakeholders, families, and communities. We empower communities and guide them to set goals and equip them so that progress made is sustainable and continued long after we have left. Together, we have impacted the lives of more than 200 million vulnerable children.
We are increasing our impact by…
a. Providing essential building blocks: In 2019, 3.4 million people received access to an improved water source at a community level. In addition, we installed more than 1,000 drinking water sources at schools, and 2.6 million people gained access to household sanitation.
b. Supporting the health of new mothers and their babies: Last year, we treated more than 136,000 acutely malnourished children, and 90% of them made a full recovery. Through local healthcare staff and volunteers, we also treated 48,500 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, improving their health and that of their babies
c. It takes a world to build safer communities for children: In 2019, more than 350,000 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe. We also trained 141,000 parents on how to discipline their boys and girls without physical violence so they can grow up safe from abuse.
d. Transforming countries through education: Last year, more than 75,000 books were distributed to elementary schoolchildren to help them develop good reading habits and learn about their own language and culture. We collaborated with more than 7,500 educators to teach them new ways to help children learn
e. Sowing seeds of sustainable communities: In 2019, more than 200,000 women and men in 19 countries became active members of local saving groups, helping them to become more financially stable. In countries where farming is a key activity for development, 78% of farmers who participated in our training sessions implemented the improved agricultural methods they learned, enabling them to produce more crops and increase the family income.
f. Strengthening families with a sustainable family income: Our microfinance subsidiary, VisionFund, offers financial solutions that enable families and communities to develop a reliable source of income and livelihood to bring families and children out of the poverty cycle. In 2019, VisionFund supported 1.1 million borrowers, created 1.4 million sustained jobs, and distributed loans worth $694 million. This means that every 60 seconds a family receives the tools to overcome poverty.
World Vision is undertaking the largest humanitarian response in its 70-year history to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on vulnerable children and their families. We are responding in over 70 countries aiming to reach 72 million people through a US$350 million response with a special focus on where people are the most vulnerable. We have already reached 10.8 million people, of whom 5.5 million are children, in an initial 28 focus countries. Our response is designed to reach the most vulnerable children, refugees, displaced people and the urban poor. Our approach involves leveraging our global scale and local networks, as well as being agile, flexible and responsive to changing needs.