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World Vision started with one man trying to help one child in one country with just $5. Today, we help more than 4 million children in nearly 100 countries.
Over the past 60-plus years, we've grown and learned that we cannot stay the same.
We're constantly adjusting to people’s needs, leveraging donations more efficiently, and working toward long-term, sustainable success.
Take a journey with us to learn how World Vision has grown and changed over the years.
Founding of World Vision in 1950, beginning of sponsorship program
Sponsorship, pastor conferences, and disaster assistance
Sponsorship program grows to care for more than 13,200 children in orphanages in five countries
Korean Orphan Choir world tour raises awareness and sponsorships; relief work begins; sponsorship expands to 18 countries
Sponsorship of thousands of orphans; humanitarian assistance continues to grow globally
Sponsorship program shifts child care emphasis from orphans in orphanages to children in poverty
Sponsorship program model shifts from exclusive benefits only for sponsored children to community development — for the benefit of all children
Withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam and instability forces programs to close in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, impacting 23,000 sponsored children
Completion of transition to community development approach for sponsorship, with goal of helping communities achieve self-reliance; "Operation Seasweep" rescues Vietnamese refugees stranded on boats
A growing number of international support offices expands the organization’s global reach and capacity
Large-scale famine in Ethiopia brings unprecedented public support
Work expands beyond rural areas into urban areas; distribution begins of gifts-in-kind donations of product from companies
Responding to the fall of communism and the rise of AIDS
Responding to wars, genocide, coups, and more
Kosovo war relief response, advocacy, and fundraising through 30 Hour Famine program
Taking on the AIDS crisis and the decade’s worst famine
Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina bring record devastation, response, donations, and support
Learning to respond regionally to disasters
Haiti earthquake and Japan earthquake/tsunami relief and rebuilding efforts