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Children in crisis

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Tragically, many of the world’s 2 billion children are robbed of their innocence and their potential through unthinkable hardships.

Through the eyes of a child

Some 200 youth from 27 impoverished municipalities in Peru set out to photographed their own communities in order to start a dialogue with government officials about children’s needs, problems and expectations, and how they can succeed amid the limitations imposed by their environments.

Forms of exploitation and hardship include:

Sexual exploitation—Children trapped in the commercial sex trade suffer deep emotional wounds, physical harm and diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Child labor—The well-being and future of an estimated 70 million child laborers are threatened by work-related hazards like dangerous tools and toxic fumes.
World Vision places a special focus on the well-being of abandoned, abused, and exploited children.
World Vision places a special focus on the well-being of abandoned, abused, and exploited children—all of whom are precious in God’s sight.

Conflict—Thousands of children are abducted by rebel armies to be sex slaves or frontline soldiers. Others are left disabled, homeless, orphaned or even dead as a result of armed conflict.
The stigma of disability—Between 120 and 150 million children worldwide suffer from disabilities. The majority live in developing countries and in cultures where they may be shunned, hidden from view, abused because of their disability or abandoned on the streets.
Life on the streets—Children who live or work on the streets have no one to protect them and are vulnerable to exploitation and the dangers of drugs, rape, violence, HIV/AIDS and relentless poverty.

Fast facts
An estimated 2 million children are currently enslaved in the commercial sex trade. Source: UNICEF State of the World's Children 2005
An estimated 150 million children live on the world’s streets. Source: UNESCO Education for all Week

World Vision’s response

World Vision offers tangible help and hope to children who have nowhere else to turn—children who are all alone, on the edge of survival. These children desperately need protection, resources, and encouragement to build a better future.


    Shelter and care—We provide abandoned and neglected children with safe shelter and one-on-one care.

    Counseling and emotional support—Our trained counselors and staff, familiar with the complex issues and respective cultures, offer healing and restoration for traumatized children.

    Resources for change—Through education, life-skills training, and job training, we equip children to build a new and hopeful future.

    Reunification—Wherever possible, we work to reunite children with their families and communities.

    AwarenessThrough channels ranging from mass media to local teachers, we raise awareness of the dangers children face and the need to better protect them.

    Law enforcementIn countries such as Cambodia and Costa Rica, World Vision helps train law enforcement officials in appropriate treatment of victims and assists in identifying offenders, including child sex tourists.

    AdvocacyWe advocate for increased government accountability and compliance with international agreements that aim to protect children. See our Congressional testimonies.

    Freedom from prostitutionWe help protect children from exploitation and provide safe shelter and resources for a new future to children rescued from the sex trade.

    Safe havenWorld Vision cares for children who live or work on the streets through shelters that meet basic needs, offer job training and provide loving care.

    Safety in warIn places like northern Uganda, we offerrehabilitation centers for boys and girls who escape forced participation in armed conflict.

Who Is World Vision?

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

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