Child-Friendly Spaces provide a safe space for children during emergencies such as conflict, natural disaster, or potentially exploitative situations.
In developing countries, children with disabilities are often unable to attend school, play outside, communicate, be included in the community, or get access to specialized resources and care. They can become isolated, lonely, and may have little hope for the future.
World Vision seeks to address these barriers by ensuring children have equal access to healthcare and educational opportunities, helping children have a voice in community affairs, and training their parents and community leaders to help eliminate stigma toward children with disabilities.
As the world turns its attention to the World Cup, which begins June 14, a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in South Sudan is providing an all-girls soccer program to empower girls to defy gender norms and combat child marriage.
A men’s group in Agra, India, is determined to turn the tide on a human rights violation that is common in their community and around the world: child marriage. Through a World Vision program, they are learning how to create a loving environment for their families and protect girls’ childhoods.
More than half of the world’s children experience some form of violence every year. World Vision protects children and looks out for their well-being by ensuring communities and faith leaders are actively working to identify and support children in need; advocating for children’s rights; and providing for immediate needs, such as emergency shelter and essential care.
World Vision U.S. President Rich Stearns says children need someone to stand up for them so they can have a safe and happy childhood like our own children do. This isn’t the work of Superman or Wonder Woman. We’re the superheroes God wants to repurpose.