What is World Vision India?

World Vision India is a Christian grassroots humanitarian organisation that reaches out to the poorest of the poor in India regardless of caste, creed, race or religion. Through development, relief and advocacy, we strive to create lasting change in the lives of children, their families and communities, living in contexts of poverty and injustice. World Vision began as a small organisation when its founder Bob Pierce, a war correspondent began helping children affected by the Korean War in 1947. Today, World Vision works in 95 countries worldwide. World Vision's work in India began in the year 1958 in a small way in Kolkata. Today, as the country's largest grassroots child-focused organisation, more than 2000 staff work in over 6252 communities, touching the lives of a little over 26.1 lakh children, their families and communities, across 191 districts in 25 states and the National Capital Region.

World Vision India is a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act 1975, with its National Office in Chennai and monitoring offices in 9 different states. World Vision India is governed by an independent Board with men and women drawn from different parts of the country and from different disciplines. World Vision International has consultative status with UN/ECOSOC (Category III) and is in official relationship with UN agencies, including UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR and ILO.

What does World Vision do?

World Vision seeks to ensure the sustained well-being of all children living in poverty. Well-being for children is measured in terms of access to basic health care and appropriate education, children feeling protected and cared for and having opportunities to participate. While we measure the impact of our work in terms of the child, the investments are also into families and communities. World Vision's investment into families and communities is to ensure that well-being of children is sustained even after World Vision leaves the area. Our experience over the years has shown that if we limit our programmes and investment to just directly impact the child, the change will not be sustainable. For sustaining the well-being of children, we need to equip the families and communities socio-economically; hence, World Vision's approach to child well-being is community-based and involves multiple programmes. World Vision's investment in children, their families and communities are often in areas such as economic development, education, health and leadership development. We work closely with community-based organisations, government, other NGOs, and civil societies. World Vision recognizes that sustaining the well-being of children also requires policy, structure and systems support. We work closely with the local, state and central government along with other NGOs and academic institutions. World Vision also responds to disasters due to natural calamities in the country, especially to ensure children in these communities are protected and their families are provided adequate disaster risk reduction support to be rehabilitated in the short-term. 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, Assam, Uttarakhand and Orissa.

Where does World Vision work?

World Vision India works in 24 states. Today our staff work in close to 6252 urban and rural communities, touching the lives of a more than 45 lakh people, which includes over 26.1 lakh children below 18 years, through dedicated teams across 203 programmes around the country. We select areas where children are most vulnerable, in consultation with government and other NGOs. In each of the districts, we select the most vulnerable blocks and work in a contiguous set of villages and hamlets/slums serving an average of 40,000 people. This model of development that covers a large area over a long-term basis multi-sectorally is referred to as Area Development Programme. In each of these areas, we begin our work with rigorous assessment phase and broad consultation with various stakeholders. Along with the local community leaders, we develop the long-term strategy and short-term designs for our work in the community. To facilitate sustained well-being of children takes time and it could be anywhere from 12 to 15 years. 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 the projects. World Vision works in 95 nations across the globe. These include: Africa 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 Asia 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 Europe 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 Latin America Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Costa; Rica; Dominican; Republic; Ecuador; El; Salvador; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Peru Middle East UAE; (Dubai); Iran; Iraq; Jerusalem/West; Bank/Gaza; Lebanon; Syria; Jordan North America Canada; United States of America Oceania Australia; New; Zealand; Papua; New; Guinea; Solomon; Islands; Vanuatu

World Vision receives foreign money, why are you asking Indians to contribute?

Sponsorship is more than making a monthly gift to a child. Child Sponsorship is our way of taking care of our own citizens and building our own nation. We believe that this is an opportunity for all Indians to partner with us in this nation-building process. It is our way of letting our vulnerable children know that we care for them. Furthermore, your regular gifts not only bring lasting change to a community, but also give you the joy and satisfaction of having made the difference. This is your a chance to make a meaningful gift that will change the life of a child. Today, we are proud to say World Vision has 26 area development programmes supported exclusively by our sponsors in India, each touching the lives of over 40000 people.

World Vision calls itself a Christian organization, what does this mean? Is World Vision involved in conversions?

No. World Vision is not involved in conversions. While World Vision is motivated by the love of God in Jesus Christ to serve people in need, World Vision will never exploit the vulnerability of the poor for faith reasons. Furthermore, World Vision serves all poor irrespective of caste, creed, colour or gender. World Vision does not engage in offering inducements or pressures to change faith; for us this principle is a policy position.

Do only Christians receive help from World Vision?

No. World Vision serves the poorest of the poor without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, gender or religion.

What is Child Sponsorship?

Child Sponsorship is the commitment you, as a sponsor, make to partner with the child, the child's family, the child's community and World Vision to ensure that the vulnerable child experiences sustained well-being, beyond the time that World Vision is present in their community. It is a relationship not just between you and your sponsored child, but also with your sponsored child's family and community. This relationship is aimed at giving a better life to the child by equipping the whole family and the community as well. Child Sponsorship is a way you can help make India a better and safer nation for our children.

Is Child Sponsorship an effective way to help?

Yes. Child Sponsorship is the best expression of one' power to help build a nation fit for children. When you sponsor one child, you also invest in building a family and community that ensures her/his life as someone caring for their well-being. To create environments where children thrive, development programmes are planned and implemented in partnership with the communities that we serve. The most vulnerable children are chosen to be a part of the Child Sponsorship programme by their community. Your sponsorship then contributes to ensuring that children are better educated, healthier and protected. Your contribution also helps invest in healthcare, agriculture, income generation, access to drinking water and other development programmes, depending on what the community needs most. In our experience around the world, investing in children, their families and their communities has proved to be the best way to impact sustained progress in the life of a child. As a child sponsor, you can see for yourself the lasting change that you are helping create in the child's life and the impact your support has in her/his community.

How does my sponsored child benefit?

World Vision aims to promote lasting well-being of all children in the communities we serve. 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 opportunities to access basic health care, appropriate education, 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.

Why should I help a child who lives with his/her parents?

World Vision recognizes there are many ways of helping children. While a significant number of children in need live in institutions, vast majority of children in poverty in India struggle along with their parents and communities. Our experience over the years suggests that children in need living with their families and communities can experience well-being of life by carefully designed investment into their families and communities. Your sponsorship is way to partner with the child's family to give the child a new day and an opportunity to experience lasting change. 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 keep the family together and the children have one or both parents with whom they can share their love.

The Match

Children participate in a football match organized by the Football Club, Goa

Sponsor Visit

Rebika is delighted to meet her sponsor Mrs. Aparna Sen.

Visiting my Child

Mr. Archisman Chatterjee elated to meet his sponsored child Rajak in Rajasthan.

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