World Vision is a Christian relief and development agency helping children and their communities towards a wholesome future filled with hope, dignity, justice and peace. Reaching out to the poorest of the poor in India without respect to caste, creed, race or religion, World Vision works through partnerships to bring about lasting change and build our nation.
Internationally, World Vision emerged out of a faithful expression of God's love by Robert Pierce, a war correspondent during the Korean War in 1947.
World Vision's work in India began in the year 1962, in a small way in Calcutta. Today, our staff work in close to 5300 urban and rural communities, touching the lives of over 4.5 million people in India. World Vision is a registered society under the Tamilnadu Societies Act 1975, with its National Office in Chennai.
World Vision is an independent entity within our country with a distinctly national identity. An active Indian Board of Directors govern World Vision.
World Vision India is a member of the international partnership of World Vision, which works in around 100 countries. World Vision has consultative status with UNESCO as well as official relations with key UN agencies including UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR and ILO.
Children are the focus of World Vision's work. We work together with the communities, families and children in their journey towards development.
We do this by working with the communities to help them reach the basic standards of physical, intellectual, socio-economic and moral well-being. World Vision facilitates the formation and growth of community-based organisations (CBOs), which are able to identify the problems faced by the community, especially children, and work with them to find solutions. This is our strategy for sustainable development.
World Vision also responds to disasters due to natural calamities in the country. World Vision has responded to every major disaster, starting from the cyclone in Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, in 1977, tsunami in 2004, to the recent floods in Bihar,Uttar Pradesh and most recently Assam in 2011. World Vision stays in the disaster-struck area until the community is back on its feet.
World Vision's work in India is spread over 24 states across the country. Today our staff work in close to 5300 urban and rural communities, touching the lives of a more than 4.5 million people, which includes 256,000 children directly benefiting through Child Sponsorship. 2 million children below 18 yrs are benefited through 203 other programmes of World Vision around the country through the dedicated work of our staff in India.
We work along with the communities, families and children in their journey towards reaching self-sufficiency. Our unique way of doing this is through integrated development programmes that bring about lasting change in the communities. World Vision works in the communities through 145 Area Development Programmes (ADPs) and 58 special projects. Each ADP touches the lives of over 20,000 to 1,00,000 people.
World Vision India's nine project offices are based in Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal, Ranchi, Guwahati, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai and they coordinate the work in these projects.
World Vision International works in around 100 countries across the globe. In 2003, World Vision was active in the following countries:
Algeria; Angola; Burundi; Chad; Democratic; Republic; of; Congo; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mozambique; Niger; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra; Leone; Somalia; South; Africa; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; East; Timor; India; Indonesia; Japan; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; North; Korea; Philippines; Singapore; South; Korea; Sri; Lanka; Taiwan; Thailand; Vietnam; Central; Asia; Afghanistan; Pakistan; Uzbekistan
Albania; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bosnia; Herzegovina; Denmark; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Ireland; Kosovo; Macedonia; Serbia-Montenegro; Netherlands; Romania; Russia; (Chechnya/Ingushetia); Spain; Switzerland; United Kingdom
Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Costa; Rica; Dominican; Republic; Ecuador; El; Salvador; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Peru
UAE; (Dubai); Iran; Iraq; Jerusalem/West; Bank/Gaza; Lebanon; Syria; Jordan
Canada; United States of America
Australia; New; Zealand; Papua; New; Guinea; Solomon; Islands; Vanuatu
Child Sponsorship is the commitment you, as a sponsor, make to change the life of a poor and needy child and his or her community through regular contributions. It is a relationship between you, your sponsored child, your sponsored child's family and community. This relationship is aimed at giving a better life not only to the child but to the whole family and the entire community as well. Thus, you will have the satisfaction of not only the relationship with the child and his or her family, but also of having invested in building a new India, through our children.
Yes. The best way to change the life of a child is to change the world in which he or she lives. By sponsoring a child, you will help to bring about a lasting change in the child's community and enable the child to grow up in a much happier and healthier environment.
Your sponsorship helps fund areas such as healthcare, agriculture, and education; "whatever the community needs most". We do this in partnership with the local people. The most vulnerable children are selected by the community to be a part of the Child Sponsorship programme.
When you become a child sponsor, you can see for yourself the progress of your sponsored child and also that of the community.
World Vision is committed to the highest levels of stewardship of all its resources. Through systematic monitoring and evaluation of all its programmes, World Vision seeks ongoing improvement of the quality of its programmes. In addition, World Vision has systematic financial audits (internal and external) each year of all its programmes. Deloitte Haskins & Sells are our current external auditors.
In addition to these annual reviews and audits, World Vision maintains a high level of accountability to its key stakeholders starting from the communities that we work in, the government and our sponsors and donors. Total transparency in transactions with the government and our supporters is the norm.
Further, any sponsor is free to visit the child or children that he or she sponsors to see the impact sponsorship is making in the lives of these children.
Our annual report contains the audited financial statement and is available on request. Reports are sent to the Home ministry / Income tax office.
Many sponsors have visited World Vision projects to see for themselves that the money they donate gets there and is used wisely. Our sponsors receive a community newsletter each year, which reports on how sponsors' money is helping change people's lives.
World Vision aims to promote lasting change in the life of the sponsored child and our aim is to benefit and encourage every person in the child's community to become a strong and productive member, thus moving the whole community towards self-reliance. Your support will provide a child with supplementary nutrition, education and health care, and also help the family as well as the community that your sponsored child lives in. This gives a chance for children to experience a normal, healthy and happy childhood.
World Vision is about building sustainable communities for children so that they have a better and different future. World Vision assists children living with parents because such assistance enables them to remain as a family unit. In many families, either the father or mother is dead or disabled or one of the parents has abandoned the family. In other instances, the parents are very poor and the income is too little for survival.
Therefore, World Vision helps to keep the family together and the children have one or both parents with whom they can share their love.
Child Sponsorship is generally a long-term commitment, up to 10 years or more. You can sponsor the same child for as long as the project continues or as long as the child remains in the sponsorship programme (often well into their teens).
Once the sponsorship project meets its objectives, it is time to celebrate the many achievements - healthier children and better living conditions, educational programmes that work and a community with greater confidence for a more positive future.
On occasion, there may be a change in the circumstances of either your sponsored child or you, which may reduce the period of sponsorship.
Not really. Normally school-going children are sponsored. However, you are free to request for a younger child. If there are specific requests from the sponsors, we try our best to comply with their wishes.
When you become a Sponsor, we will send you a reference number, which is called the Partner ID. This is useful for processing transactions quickly. In the same way, when a child becomes a part of the Child Sponsorship programme, he or she is assigned a reference number, which is called the Child ID. We will send you these when you become a sponsor.
It is necessary that you mention your Partner ID and Child ID in all correspondence. It helps us to sort and process correspondences quickly, especially when you send your contribution.
When you become a sponsor, you will receive a pack containing a photo along with the personal details of the child and his or her family and also information about the community where he/she lives.
A year later, you will receive your sponsored child's annual progress report. The community newsletter and a greeting card will also be sent to you during the year. The child will also write back to you if you write to him or her.
As a norm, World Vision works with the communities forming a group of community members that make collective decisions for the community. The most vulnerable children in the project area are selected by the community group to take part in the Child Sponsorship programme.
Families are also asked if they want their child to be part of the sponsorship programme, with the understanding that all the children and families in the community will share the benefits across the community.
Yes. World Vision assigns only one sponsor per sponsored child.
Yes. You can sponsor as many children as you wish to. There are many children waiting for sponsorship.
World Vision does not run orphanages. However, if there are orphaned or handicapped children within a community, you can sponsor them if you wish to.
Anonymous sponsorship is not possible. If you choose to sponsor a child by furnishing your details, we can ensure that updates happen only via email.
If the child/family migrates we will inform you and the sponsorship will be discontinued. As there are many other children in need we will assign another child to you and your sponsorship gifts will be adjusted against the new child.
"Paid upto" indicates the month & year upto which payments were allocated to the child, "Payment History" indicates the dates when the transactions were made. In case, payments were not given for a particular month, it will be automatically adjusted from the next payment.
The sponsorship gift amount is payable monthly (Rs.800), quarterly (Rs.2400), biannually (Rs.4800) or annually (Rs.9600); whichever is most convenient to you. You can send it by money order, demand draft, cheque or credit card (even through the Internet).
You can send post-dated cheques or authorize monthly deductions from your credit card until further written notice from you. Please do not send Postal Orders and also avoid sending cash through mail. Always make your cheques / DDs favouring "World Vision India"
To make it more convenient for you, you can make your payments through our new payment gateway online.
You can be assured that all transactions on our site are safe. Online security is a primary concern and that is why the World Vision India site is certified as a VeriSign secure site.
Receipts for all contributions are issued only by the department for Donor Relations at the National Office in Chennai. To avoid unnecessary delays, please send your contributions directly to the Donor Relations department at the Chennai office for quick receipting.
If you wish to change your payment method to credit card or update your credit card details, please contact our Donor Relations department at the National office in Chennai.
You can call us at 044-24807070 or fax us at 044-24807242 or you can write to Donor Relations, World Vision of India, 16 V.O.C. Main Road, Kodambakkam, Chennai - 600 024. You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details, you can always get in touch with us through our Toll Free Number 1800-425-4550 (during business hours between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm)
Yes, this would help us to process transactions quickly and avoid unnecessary delays. For any change in the credit card details, you will have to fill a new authorization form.
All donations to World Vision are tax exempted under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. Our receipt carries this message and the receipt will suffice for claiming tax exemption. The tax rebate is 50% of your contribution to World Vision.
If you have changed your postal address, contact phone number, email address or your name, please contact our Donor Relations department at the National office in Chennai.
16, V.O.C. Main Road, Kodambakkam, Chennai - 600 024
You can also e-mail us at email@example.com
Phone: 91-44-2480 7070 or Fax: 91-44-2480 7242
We understand that financial and personal situations change. If you need to cancel, just let us know and we will find another sponsor for your child. Your child will not be neglected. World Vision will ensure that the funding commitment to the project is maintained. The benefits as planned for the children in the community will be carried out.
You can certainly write to your sponsored child. In fact, we encourage our sponsors to write to their children so as to get to know them and their family better. Your sponsored child can also write to you. Many sponsors and sponsored children find this a rewarding experience. If the child is very young or does not know how to write, someone will probably help him/her to write or the project staff will write on their behalf.
Any communication to your child should be addressed to Donor Relations, World Vision India, at the Chennai Office.
Our address is:
16, V.O.C. Main Road,Kodambakkam,Chennai-600 024.
For quick reference and easy processing, it is also important that you write your full name, Partner ID, the child's name and ID Number either on the envelope or in the correspondence.
Your Partner ID is always found on the right portion of your receipt, after your name, e.g., 1000318 or 994536. You can find your Sponsored Child's ID number in the Picture Folder. e.g., DODAPPA, Lakshmi - ID. No: 167760-0025
We do not encourage sponsors to write directly to their sponsored children as the address of sponsors may fall into wrong hands and be misused.
World Vision India's Child Protection and Social Media policies do not allow direct correspondence between the sponsor and the sponsored child and family. Please delete and do not accept friend requests or unsolicited email from your sponsored child or the child's family members.
World Vision India cannot protect you or your sponsored child if we are not involved in the correspondence between you and the child. Two examples of why we do not allow direct correspondence despite its seeming benefits are: A family member or someone who knows the child could go online, create an account and pretend to be the child and make demands for money etc. The other reason is so that we can ensure that the content sent to the child is appropriate and culturally sensitive.
World Vision India discourages direct, unfacilitated, undocumented communication through social media platforms without World Vision's permission between: a sponsor/donor and registered/ non-registered child(ren).
Social media includes but is not limited to: social networking sites, online discussion forums, email, podcast/videocasts, microblogging, regular blogging, RSS, wiki, instant messaging, shared/distributed photographs, videos, audio clips, podcasts, virtual gaming and communities, social media use of mobile phones, etc.
As a child-focused organisation, World Vision recognises that social media has brought new types and levels of risks to children. While World Vision cannot control the use of technology and social media, we promote empowerment of children and parents to understand how to safely utilize social media while avoiding risks.
If a registered child, family member/legal guardian or donor/sponsor has breached standards ensure to immediately report such incidences by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is sufficient if you mention your Partner ID and child ID on the reverse side of the Cheque or DD.
When we receive Cheques or DDs without names or addresses, they are put into an Anonymous Account. We correct the receipt to the sponsor's name only when the sponsor asks for the receipt. Therefore, please write your full name and address on the envelope or in your letter.
Extra gift money for the child's education, medical needs or project needs is always welcome.
However, extra money for a particular child or family is not encouraged as it can cause jealousy among other members of a community. If it is meant for the needs of a project, the benefit extends to the whole community and this is acceptable.
If the gift amount is too small, the administrative cost for sending the money is very high, therefore we suggest that your gift money be a minimum of Rs. 500/-. You can include this amount along with your regular monthly sponsorship gift.
People lead such fast paced lives these days and have very little time to spare. Bearing this in mind our materials are designed to attract the attention of the recipient. Also, much of our printing costs are subsidised by our printers, who charge the lowest that is possible for themâ€"sometimes even at the cost of losing out on their profits.
We try to average about eight mailers a year. This includes the appeals that are sent during a calamity.
In fact, if you could share these appeals with your friends and relatives, it would cut our costs even further.
Yes. You are most welcome to visit the child you sponsor and meet the whole family.
A visit means you can also see how much world vision has been able to accomplish with your sponsorship support. A visit also makes your sponsorship more meaningful for you as well as your sponsored child.
Ideally, it would be good if you wait for a period of six months and establish a rapport with the child you sponsor before planning a visit. Please send a written request to our email id at email@example.com at least 10 days in advance. We will be glad to organize a visit on any weekday avoiding weekends and National Holidays.
We request all our child sponsors to go through our Child Protection Policy before visiting the child.
No. World Vision does not organize adoption. All our children live with their families in the community and the goal of sponsorship is to build up their community around them rather than relocating the children.
Sponsorship is more than making a monthly gift to a child. It is investing in a different future for our nation through these children. We believe that this is an opportunity for all Indians to partner with us in this nation-building process.
Further, your regular gifts not only bring lasting change to a community, but also give you the joy and satisfaction of having made the difference. We want to give Indians a chance to make a meaningful gift that will change the life of a child. Today World Vision has 26 ADPs* supported exclusively by Indians.
*ADPs (Area Development Programmes)- Each ADP touches over 20,000 to 1,00,000 lives which includes children
No. World Vision is not involved in conversions. World Vision works to serve the poor because of our faith. By policy and practice, we extend help to all deserving people regardless of caste, creed, sex, religion or community. We know that as important as it is for us to maintain our own identity as Christians, it is also necessary to recognize and respect the cultural identities of the people and communities with whom we work. World Vision does not engage in offering inducements or pressures to change faith. Our policy forbids this.
No. World Vision serves the poorest of the poor without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or religion.