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.
- Through a collaboration with schools in China, the safety and security of school infrastructure is being improved.
- To ensure children are protected and cared for at home, family education workshops were conducted in China on children's development needs, relationship building with parents and children, and positive communication and discipline methods.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Adults and children in China are learning healthy hand washing practices in order to help protect from diseases.
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.
- In order to ensure that all children have access to quality education, classrooms in China were equipped with needed materials and children with special needs were supported to make sure they are able to stay in school.
- Children's Centers, that were established in partnership with the China Charity Federation, are safe places to help children grow in their communication skills and creativity through writing, speech and drawing.
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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