When our work began in 1950, our approach was basic. We provided food and shelter for children in orphanages through child sponsorship. But we’ve learned a lot in 64 years. Now we offer a full solution to poverty and injustice issues — and make it sustainable so it lasts.
We work in the most difficult contexts in the poorest countries, because we believe in the power of transformation.
Our community development approach empowers children and families to break the cycle of poverty and reach their God-given potential.
We love the way Jesus cared for the poor and oppressed, showing us how to listen to children and look out for widows and orphans.
Learn more about how we put our faith in action.
Children live in families, in communities, in countries. We work on every level to achieve our goal of child well-being — from international activism to checking in on children face-to-face.
Child sponsorship is at the foundation of our work. It gives us a long-term:
This variety of funding sources creates synergy and amazing transformation for the children and the communities where we work.
Our local staff members begin working in a community by asking a lot of questions, finding out what problems are seen by members of the community, especially the children.
We then address the root causes of poverty and injustice together, designing integrated, sustainable solutions such as access to clean water, a focus on child protection, and opportunities for economic development.
Measuring progress is an essential part of our accountability to the communities we serve, our partners, and our donors.
Read more about World Vision development programs.
In this community in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador, parents were concerned that their children were struggling in school. Many were either repeating grades or dropping out.
So we trained parents and volunteers to run a community preschool that prepares kids for school. Now, the children start school strong — and stay strong.
In this community in Rutegama, Burundi, children were malnourished. World Vision formed a nutrition club for moms to train them on nutrition, improved gardening techniques, and animal husbandry.
Now, moms know what foods provide balanced nutrition and have the knowledge and resources to grow them. Children are better nourished, and families even earn extra income from the animals!
And in this community in Panchbibi, Bangladesh, moms were struggling to provide for their families. They had no way to earn an income.
So we provided sewing machines and taught the moms how to use them. Then, we provided training on how to start a business. Now, moms can earn enough income to provide for their children and send them to school!