World Vision aims to transform 10 million lives over five years

World Vision’s Campaign For Every Child seeks to fill the funding gap as federal budget cuts and economic woes bring less money to urgently-needed programs for clean water, health services, and child protection.

By Lauren Fisher, World Vision U.S.
Published April 16, 2013 at 12:00am PDT

At a time when foreign aid continues to be threatened by government cuts and sequestration, World Vision is taking a bold step to make life better for the world’s next generation.

‘A rescue mission for the children we help’

Through World Vision’s Campaign For Every Child, we aim to raise $500 million by the end of 2015 to impact 10 million people in poverty around the world.

The For Every Child campaign will raise resources to:

“This is the most far-reaching endeavor in World Vision’s history,” says Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S. “Our goals are ambitious, and the impact we hope to make would transform the lives of a generation of children.

“This is not a fundraising campaign but a rescue mission for the children we help,” says Stearns.

A critical time to continue life-saving work

Like many organizations working with the poor, World Vision is concerned about how government cuts will impact the most vulnerable around the world who, as a consequence, will not receive the help they desperately need.

Under a sequestration cut of 5 percent, non-profit organizations estimate that:

  • 1.1 million fewer mosquito nets will be distributed, resulting in approximately 3,000 more malaria deaths.
  • 303,000 fewer people will have access to clean water and improved sanitation.
  • 2 million fewer people will have either reduced access to food aid or be cut off altogether.

“This initiative couldn’t have come at a more important time to make sure we don’t lose some of the major progress we’ve made in fighting childhood preventable disease,” explains Robert Zachritz, World Vision’s senior director for advocacy and government relations.

Progress made, but still more to accomplish

The World Health Organization estimates the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age fell from 12 million in 1990 to 6.9 million in 2011.

However, nearly 19,000 children still die each day from preventable causes. There is still much work to be done.

“We’ve taken a hard look at the needs that exist today,” says Stearns. “They are great, but we refuse to believe that poverty is too big, too expensive, or too difficult to overcome — because for the millions of children living in poverty, the stakes couldn’t be higher.”

Three ways you can help

Please pray for World Vision’s Campaign For Every Child. Pray that Christians will come together to make fullness of life possible for a generation of children.

Make a one-time gift to support World Vision’s Campaign For Every Child. You can choose an area of focus toward which to apply your donation: child protection, Christian witness, health, clean water, economic development, or where most needed.

Become a For Every Child campaign two-year pledge member with a monthly gift of $30. Your generous monthly donation will make a lasting impact for children around the world, helping us to provide them with access to clean water, hygiene, and sanitation; critical healthcare; economic opportunities for their families; protection from exploitation and abuse; and spiritual nurture.