At World Vision, we are called to serve the most vulnerable children and their communities around the world, including right here in the United States. And we do it by providing a way for manufacturers and businesses to share excess resources with people struggling with poverty. In 2018, we were able to reach more than 4 million people, including 2.2 million children, through our various U.S. ministries.
Barbara and Allen Sisson started Living Water Ministries in 2015 to serve members of their community in West Virginia. Many residents like Joanna cannot afford enough food to feed their families. Living Water Ministries stands in the gap, providing food, cleaning supplies, diapers, heaters, furniture, and other household necessities. World Vision supplies most of what the ministry provides to families living in poverty.
About 4 million people in the U.S. benefited from that work and the generosity of thousands of donors, companies, churches, and other partner organizations in 2018. That includes more than 2.2 million children who benefited from school supplies, family food kits, hygiene supplies, after-school programs, and emergency relief supplies.
Kim still grieves her husband’s death, but has found purpose in loss, thanks to strong faith, a loving church community, and some generous donors. World Vision and her church provided her with a sectional sofa, two living room chairs, various food supplies, and a dining room table with matching chairs.
At any given time, Academy Programs houses, feeds, counsels, coaches, and educates about 70 of the toughest, least motivated middle- and high-school students from around the state. Of the 185 students who came through the program in 2018, the average grade-point average was a 1.38 when they entered the school. When they transitioned out, they carried a collective GPA of 3.0, says Principal Matt Kittle. Most incoming students — 84% of them — tested below their grade level in reading, as did 83% of students in math. While here, almost 4 out of 5 students increase their math and reading scores one grade level or more. World Vision helps provide resources for the staff so they can better help kids succeed.
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