World Vision is a worldwide community development organisation that provides short-term and long-term assistance to 100 million people worldwide (including 2.4 million children).
We have 22,500 staff members working in 96 countries.
For six decades, World Vision has been engaging people to work towards eliminating poverty and its causes. World Vision is committed to the poor because we are Christian. We work with people of all cultures, faiths and genders to achieve transformation. We do this through relief and development, policy advocacy and change, collaboration, education about poverty, and emphasis on personal growth, social justice and spiritual values.
The action World Vision is committed to includes:
- transformational development, which is the phrase we use to describe a holistic approach to improving the lives of the poor by recognising people's physical, social, spiritual, economic and political needs.
- emergency relief – following the International Code of Conduct for disaster relief organisations
- promotion of justice – we advocate for victims of injustice and poverty
- strategic initiatives - such as programs promoting community leadership
- public awareness
- Christian engagement by example – we oppose proselytism and coercion of any kind.
Our projects emphasise:
- the needs of children
-long-term viability and sustainability
- education (including literacy) and skills training
- gender equality
- HIV and AIDS education and prevention
- affordable technology solutions.
We're committed to best-practice corporate governance processes, to efficiency and effectiveness, to preventing the exploitation of the people we serve, and to engaging the corporate sector as well as the public.
Our work is project-based.
Relief work can be short-term, while rehabilitation and development may last up to ten years. While we might initiate a project or be invited, our work is always dependent on the consent of the communities involved.
For some years, our approach has been to undertake projects involving clusters of communities, empowering people to become self-reliant through a range of activities that may include health improvements, agricultural training, small business workshops and leadership development. In consultation with the community, priorities are identified, a project designed and a budget prepared.
World Vision is only a partner in this process: we provide a safety net, technical support and finance. It is people themselves working towards their own development.
History of World Vision
From the beginning, World Vision's activities have been focused on giving people – especially children – opportunities to alleviate their suffering and to improve their lives. In 1947, American missionary Dr Robert Pierce travelled to China and Korea and encountered people who regularly had to go without food, clothing, shelter or medicine. During the Korean War in the early fifties, he helped set up orphanages to care for children who’d been abandoned or orphaned.
Upon his return to the US, Pierce began raising funds to continue and expand his work in Asia. The strength of the public response was such that, in September 1950, World Vision was founded, with Pierce as its president.
World Vision was established in Australia in 1966. During that decade, World Vision expanded its operations to meet the needs of refugees in Indochina and of people recovering from disasters in Bangladesh and in several African countries.
In the 1970s, World Vision's focus broadened from assisting the individual child to include community development. Since the 1980s, the “welfare” approach has gradually changed to a more collaborative relationship. Poor, marginalised people and communities work with World Vision to improve their lives and take control of their futures. – less