Why World Vision is in India

The COVID-19 pandemic hit India particularly hard, with multiple severe waves of increasing cases that took many lives and livelihoods. Though all regions suffered, rural areas in particular were unprepared. Families who lost jobs struggled with food insecurity and unexpected slides into poverty, and many children couldn’t access classes remotely when schools closed due to containment measures. Violations of children’s rights like child labor and child marriage increased, as kids were orphaned and families couldn’t make ends meet during the challenges. On top of the pandemic, natural disasters like a cyclone worsened conditions for many more people. Thanks to strong partnerships throughout India, World Vision reached nearly 5 million people with protective equipment, hygiene supplies, food packets, educational materials, and more. Healthcare centers and hospitals, especially rural ones, received essential supplies, and kids were reached with COVID-19 messaging to make sure they had accurate information about the virus and vaccination. The most vulnerable families are getting resources like livelihood support, and at-risk kids are getting access to mental health support as they face uncertainties and changes.

We never give up on people

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.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Thousands of families were supported with cash, vouchers and food assistance to help meet their basic needs amidst the pandemic-related lockdowns.
  • Teenagers were empowered to take charge of their health. Teens attended health programs where they learned strategies to care for their health.
  • Expectant mothers attended pre-natal courses that equipped them for a healthy pregnancy. Once babies were born, new mothers received care from a healthcare worker to ensure both mom and baby were healthy.

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.

  • As school shifted to remote, kids were given educational items to support their learning from home.
  • Hundreds of preschools were updated, giving more kids access to early education.

Prayer Requests from India

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

  • For children who have been out of school for over a year, especially those who don’t have any way to access online or remote learning.


  • For children who are at risk of being pushed into — or who already face — abusive situations like child marriage or child labor as a result of the pandemic.


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