WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL
World Vision International is a Christian humanitarian organization that partners with communities to fight poverty and injustice through a holistic approach. Founder Robert Pierce’s mission began with giving the $5 he had in his pocket to an abandoned and impoverished young girl in 1947. Pierce went home with the intention to send more. World Vision’s work originated in East Asia and has expanded into one of the largest non-governmental organizations (NGO) in the nation, working in over 100 countries around the world.
World Vision International organizes both short-term and long-term projects. World Vision actively provides emergency aid, such as food, shelter, medicine, and water, to survivors of disasters. World Vision also helps develop communities to serve them on a more long-term basis through a transformational development model. World Vision emphasizes the active participation of the communities they assist to "own" their educational development, agricultural improvements, economic growth and more. This enables the communities to become self-sustaining. World Vision also seeks to educate others about poverty in order to end the poverty cycle.
Child sponsorship is a significant portion of World Vision’s mission. World Vision recognizes that children are the most vulnerable and wants to solve the root causes of their suffering. Therefore, they formed child sponsorship as a means to aid impoverished communities. Funding from child sponsorship goes to healthcare and education services for children throughout World Vision’s partner communities, where they typically partner for about 15 years.
CENTERED ON CHRIST
World Vision is a Christian organization that makes Jesus a central part of its identity. World Vision serves as a testimony of Jesus by going to forgotten places to love others. In describing its mission, World Vision says, “We believe that everyone is created in God’s image, and has a right to a safe, healthy, hopeful, fulfilling, and meaningful life.”