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 China, our work continues to focus on child protection and advocacy. The country is still seeing the effects of mass migration as millions of people move from rural regions to urban centers for work. Many children are either left behind by their parents or forced to return home because of a hereditary registration system that stands in their way of education in urban areas. Abuse and mistreatment are significant concerns, with incidents in Beijing and Shanghai kindergarten classrooms getting national media coverage this year. Though public opinion—and some laws—seek to improve child safety, policies and practices to overcome these injustices are lacking. But vital new legislation is making changes, including deploying 690,000 Child Welfare Officers to ensure safety and well-being for 300 million disadvantaged children. With your support we’re addressing these issues. Children’s Centers in over 100 communities taught families life skills and activities to highlight the importance of child safety. We also hosted forums where kids could express their views and talk with local decision makers, empowering them to be agents of immediate change in their own lives.
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:
Children who have been left behind to find care, love, and support from society.
Urban migrant children can remain with their families and receive education.
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