Why World Vision is in India

Lawmakers in India passed some controversial laws in 2018, including one that decriminalizes homosexuality and one that allows women of all ages access to a Hindu temple in the south, the world’s largest pilgrimage site. Women between ages 10 and 50 were formerly banned because they were believed to be impure. Overall, the country’s economy is strong, and India is the third-largest tech start-up hub in the world. Challenges remain in many parts of the country. Despite a strong economy, many people in India face severe hunger. In some regions, terrorist and militant groups are causing tensions and violence. India also has the world’s third largest HIV infection rate. And a severe flood in the state of Kerala left hundreds dead in the summer. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, tens of thousands of vulnerable families are building brighter futures for themselves. Working with the government’s Clean India movement, we helped communities build over 16,000 toilets for better sanitation. Staff screened thousands of children under 5 for malnutrition and treated those who were suffering. Programs worked to strengthen educational support for kids who need extra help, so they can learn more easily. A major focus of our work in India is ending childhood sexual abuse, so we’re reaching thousands of children and adults with awareness campaigns. Along with partners, we’re also boosting child protection systems, training families in good parenting skills, and equipping men to prevent gender and domestic violence. Thousands of people are getting economic support through microloans, and communities are becoming more resilient to disasters.

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World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in India

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.

  • Children's clubs in India are empowering kids to make their communities safer. Children are learning about child protection and strategies to reduce violence and promote children's rights.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • To improve children's health, mothers attended training sessions on a variety of topics such as nutrition, early childhood development, and healthcare. Mothers also received prenatal and postpartum healthcare.
  • Children were empowered to help keep themselves healthy after learning about the importance of immunizations and good hygiene in preventing diseases. Also, more than 16,000 children received buckets and hygiene kits including items such as soap and gloves.

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.

  • Students are learning leadership skills that they can use to improve their communities. They are also receiving support to plan for their futures and develop the skills they need to reach their goals.
  • Schools around India were updated to provide a better learning environment and encourage more kids to stay in school. Students also received resources to help them stay in school, including bikes for commuting and school supplies for their classes.

Prayer Requests from India

World Vision's staff in India are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Peace in the country, especially during elections and in the regions most affected by violence and hate crimes.


  • Our campaign to end sexual abuse of children would reach our goal of 10 million children and 4 million adults with awareness about how to prevent abuse.


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