Marilee Pierce Dunker, the daughter of World Vision founder Bob Pierce, shares the story of White Jade, World Vision’s first sponsored child. God used this little girl to change one man’s vision and, consequently, the reality of life for millions of people around the world.
Why World Vision is in China
In late 2018, China launched a lunar probe that successfully landed on the far side of the moon, an exciting phase for the country’s space exploration. The country’s trade instability is having an effect on the most vulnerable families and children. Social structures like welfare and manufacturing jobs — which many families rely on for support — are already being impacted. As well, many parents migrate around the country looking for work, and sadly sometimes abandon their children when they leave. Thanks to the support of our donors, we continued to serve vulnerable children in rural and urban areas. These included children who had been left by their families, child migrants, those suffering from extreme poverty and danger, and children living with disabilities. Our programs worked to improve kids’ education, health, and protection and their families’ livelihoods. One major focus of our work is to strengthen community-based child protection systems. As a result, together with partners, we established 118 children centers and advocated in public campaigns for “Ending Domestic Violence Against Children.” Communities and caregivers were empowered to practice positive discipline through family education. By educating teenagers and children on life skills, young people have a better awareness of how to protect themselves and remain resilient in the face of challenges.
We never give up on people
With so much happening around the world, it can be hard to decide where your money can have the greatest impact. With your help through the Where Most Needed fund, we can respond quickly to urgent needs of the world's most vulnerable children and families. And, thanks to grant funds and donated products, your monthly gifts multiply 4 times in impact.
Progress in China
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Community members in China are learning key skills to keep kids in their community safe. Training participants were both equipped with the tools needed to actively protect children, and were also presented with compelling information about the importance of keeping all kids safe.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- In China, World Vision taught parents of the importance of hygiene habits to keep their children safe from preventable disease. They learned how proper hand washing among all family members could be the first line of defense for their children's health.
- Parents in China are learning simple solutions to transform their children's health. In a recent series of trainings, parents learned about home treatments common common childhood illnesses, which are key to preventing serious illness.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- A variety of schools in China received an upgrade with the addition of 3,500 new books, desks, chairs, and and teaching equipment. The improved classroom environments have already been a key to increasing student access to resources to improve their literacy skills.
- Teachers in several communities in China received training in improved teaching skills. As a result, teachers are equipped to engage kids in an exciting and improved learning environment.
Prayer Requests from China
World Vision's staff in China are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Raise awareness among communities and other leaders to end domestic violence against children.
The all-around protection of abandoned and migrant children, that their caregivers will raise them with love and respect.
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