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Why World Vision is in the United States

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One in five children in the U.S. lives in poverty. Years of research show that impoverished children and youth are more likely to underachieve in school and experience health and behavioral problems. Unmet basic needs cause a sense of hopelessness and the achievement gap for low income children is evident as they lag behind their peers in areas of social, physical, language, cognitive, and other academic skills.

Since 1981, World Vision U.S. Programs has worked to create environments in which all children are healthy, educated, cared for, protected, thriving and participating in their communities. Our mission has led us to work in some of our nation’s most vulnerable populations where poverty is high and opportunities are limited including urban, rural, migrant/immigrant, and Native American communities. World Vision U.S. Programs focuses on transforming communities in poverty toward fullness of life through the distribution of donated product (GIK), emergency and disaster relief (HEA), and educational efforts (KidREACH).

We work in six strategic areas across the U.S. where we multiply our impact by working with major corporate donors, thousands of volunteers and over 2,300 non-profit partner organizations – churches, community organizations and other faith-based organizations. Across our programs, World Vision U.S. Programs has annually served nearly 4.1 million children and adults and distributed 57,000 pallets of supplies valued at over $100 million.

We never give up on people

Together, we can restore hope for vulnerable children and struggling families in some of the United States’ most distressed and under-served communities. With your help through the Poverty in America fund, we can help U.S. families get access to essential clothing and personal hygiene items, food and clean water, school supplies, building supplies to improve housing, and relief when disaster strikes.


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Progress in the United States

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.

  • When disaster strikes in the U.S., World Vision helps to respond by partnering with local organizations to provide immediate relief through essential supplies and/or cash transfer programming to children and families affected.
  • World Vision's holistic disaster response is often long-term to include the three phases of Relief, Recovery and Rebuild.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Families, schools, and partner organizations are supplied with new donated product to meet the basic needs of vulnerable communities through three centers: Essential Supplies Center, Teacher Resource Center, and Building Materials Center.
  • Children and families in the U.S. are provided with Family Food Kits that include nutritious meals such as oatmeal, potato soup, pasta, and a bean and rice casserole.

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 2018, 75% of incoming freshman that participated in the 2017 summer math program, passed Math 1. 98% of KidREACH parents felt their child was safe and that the services provided by KidREACH helped their students to succeed in the classroom.
  • During the 2018-2019 school year, 43% of students participating in the KidREACH program increased their English/Language Arts scores on a state assessment by at least one grade level.
  • The KidREACH program (Relating, Educating, And Communicating Hope) in the United States works with the most vulnerable children, providing academic support and enrichment for them and their families dealing with the effects of trauma that is often experienced in under-resourced communities. Working alongside local school systems and trusted community partners, KidREACH provides a safe and nurturing environment in which students can receive eceive tutoring and homework help including a variety of STEM-focused topics, as well as receive a meal and have healthy interactions with caring adults.

Prayer Requests from the United States

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

  • For our partners, donors, and volunteers who support World Vision and engage with issues around the most vulnerable communities in the U.S.


  • For the most vulnerable families and children that World Vision U.S. Programs is called to serve so that they may have hope and fullness of life.


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