India

Why World Vision is in India


Torrential rain caused severe flooding across India in 2015, killing hundreds and forcing more than a million people to seek refuge in relief camps. We responded by distributing food, hygiene materials, clean water, clothing, and other essentials, as well as setting up Child-Friendly Spaces where kids learned about hygiene and participated in fun activities to help them cope with the crisis. Around a third of India’s people suffer in extreme poverty, putting children at great risk of exploitation. Many drop out of school to work, marry early, or become ensnared by traffickers. We helped communities set up Child Protection Units—teams of concerned citizens, trained in child rights and protection, who advocate for vulnerable kids and help them stay in school. They also work to prevent trafficking, coordinate with local authorities to help find missing children, and assist children who have been abused. With our help, parents and caregivers are starting businesses and joining savings groups so they can increase their incomes and better provide for their children’s health and education needs.

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.

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.

  • With our help, parents and caregivers were able to start businesses and join savings groups so they can increase their income and better provide for their children.
  • Through our children's clubs, boys and girls had opportunities to interact with other children, develop skills such as leadership, and get involved with the development work happening in their communities.
  • We offered life-skills programs for children to teach them about health and nutrition, hygiene, safety, conflict resolution, and child rights. They also set goals for the future and were inspired to become moral people who work hard for themselves, their families, and communities.

  • We worked with fathers to address early marriage, child abuse, and gender-based violence in families.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • We worked with schools, governments, and nongovernmental organizations to provide communities with latrines and access to safe water. This work especially benefits women and girls, who often drop out of school due to lack of privacy and unsafe conditions.
  • Healthcare workers, teachers, and community health volunteers were trained to educate children and families on health issues including breastfeeding, prenatal care, anemia, and hygiene and sanitation.
  • We offered nutrition programs for families whose children were malnourished. Families learned how to prepare healthy, low-cost foods; received food supplements; and were educated on other topics related to nutrition.

  • We built the capacity of local wheelchair providers to undertake proper fitting and updates for clients to ensure that all people with mobility limitations are able to enjoy full participation in their communities.
  • We are working to eliminate polio through vaccination and behavior change with the help of thousands of community volunteers. Polio transmission in India has been interrupted for the first time!
  • We're improving maternal, infant, and child health through use of our community-led advocacy approach to ensure communities receive the health services to which they are entitled, including birth spacing services. Contraception use rates increase to 12 percent higher than control communities, indicating that families understand the health benefits of spacing pregnancies.

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.

  • We started tutoring centers and trained community members to assist children who are struggling in school. These centers helped students pass their exams and graduate to the next grade.
  • We worked to empower local groups such as Parent Teacher Associations and school management committees to oversee schools and teachers, coordinate programs within schools, and work with parents to ensure that children are in school and have the resources they need to succeed.
  • We worked with local partners to provide young people with vocational training, equipping them with skills to earn a living.

  • We worked with Benetech to deliver accessible, grade-level reading books to children who are blind or have low vision, adding Marathi human narration capabilities that can be read on low-cost audio devices in conjunction with Bharati braille. We also work with Sesame Workshop to promote mother tongue literacy skills, reaching 50,000 children.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Following Christ’s example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love.
  • We are mobilizing Indian churches to demonstrate their love for the vulnerable through ministries such as caring for people with HIV or with physical disabilities, tutoring children in impoverished neighborhoods, and creating food banks for the hungry.

Prayer Requests from India

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

  • Families who are rebuilding their lives after flooding destroyed their crops and homes.

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  • Freedom and education for children who must work to pay their families’ debts.

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News from India

My dad, my hero: Dads fight child marriage

Meet brave dads who used to support their community's tradition of early marriage, but now are fighting for girls to stay in school instead. Rani* is a 15-year-old girl living in an Indian slum. Her father, Lalit*, had been convinced that traditional early marriage...

Humanitarian world news: Rich-poor food disparity increases

Humanitarian world news brings you a weekly selection of events and trends impacting people and the humanitarian community worldwide. This week’s top news includes a new study that highlights the widening rich-poor food disparity, the UN’s new leader, child workers freed in India, and the mistaken bombing of refugee camp in Nigeria.