Vision, founded in the United States in 1950,
is an international Christian relief and development
organization whose stated goal is "working
for the well being of all people, especially children."
Working on six continents, World Vision is one
of the largest Christian relief and development
organisations in the world with $1B budget (2005).
World Vision is a Christian relief and development
organization dedicated to helping children and
their communities worldwide reach their full potential
by tackling the causes of poverty. The organization
was started in 1950 by Dr. Bob Pierce, a young
Christian minister, in China and then South Korea.
Dr. Pierce, associated with the Youth for Christ
organization, felt compassion for the children
in his ministry.
Vision began caring for orphans and other children
in need throughout Asia and then eventually in
more than 90 countries, embracing larger issues
of community development and advocacy for the
poor as part of its basic mission to help children
and their families build a sustainable future.
In 2005, World Vision's work by more than 20,000
staff across the globe affected the lives of 100
million people worldwide, including 1.85 million
in the United States. Five million donors, supporters
and volunteers helped the organization to achieve
World Vision's organizational structure operates
as a federation of interdependent national offices,
each overseen by their own boards or advisory
councils. A common mission statement and shared
core values bind the partnership offices and members
together. Each partner abides by common policies
and standards and holds each other a through an
ongoing system of peer review.
partnership offices – located in Geneva,
Bangkok, Nairobi, Cyprus, Los Angeles, and San
José – coordinate strategic operations
of the organization and represent World Vision
in the international arena. Each national office
enjoys an equal voice in the organization's governance,
erasing traditional distinctions between the developed
and developing world.
international board of directors oversees the
World Vision Partnership. The full board meets
twice a year to appoint senior officers, approve
strategic plans and budgets, and determine international
chairperson of the international board is Denis
St. Armour of Canada. The international president
and chief executive officer is Dr. Dean R. Hirsch
About 80% of World Vision's funding comes from
private sources, including individuals, World
Vision clubs in schools such as the Taipei American
School, corporations, and foundations. The remainder
comes from governments and multilateral agencies.
Aside from cash contributions, World Vision accepts
gifts in kind, typically food commodities, medicine,
and clothing donated through corporations and
half of World Vision's programs are funded through
child sponsorship. Individuals, families, churches,
and other groups sponsor specific children or
specific community projects in their own country
or abroad. Sponsors send funds each month to provide
support for the sponsored children or projects.
2005, 87% of funding went to programs, 8% went
to fundraising and 5% went to management &
general. World Vision has announced a goal of
reducing the fundraising + management & general
"overhead" to 10% from 13% currently.
Thanks to gifts in kind and grants, one dollar
invested by individual donors results in $1.50
in program funding.
World Vision aims to contribute to people’s
needs in five major areas; emergency relief, education,
health care, economic development, and promotion
of justice. World Vision activities include transformational
development, emergency relief, strategic initiatives,
public awareness campaigns and promoting Christianity.
development occurs through focusing on improvement
of children's lives. This process first helps
people and their communities recognize the resources
that lie within themselves to make change possible.
With support from World Vision, communities transform
themselves by carrying out their own development
projects in health care, agriculture production,
water projects, education, micro-enterprise development,
advocacy and other community programs.
Vision provides emergency relief to people whose
lives are endangered by disasters or conflict
and who need immediate, skilled assistance. World
Vision attempts to respond to all major emergencies
around the world themselves or in cooperation
with their partner agencies. For example, World
Vision has responded to famine in Ethiopia and
North Korea, hurricanes in Central America, the
tsunami in the Indian Ocean nations, earthquakes
in El Salvador, India, Taiwan and Turkey, and
war refugees in Kosovo, Chechnya, Sierra Leone,
Angola, and East Timor.
Vision also addresses the complex, systematic
factors that perpetuate poverty by promoting justice.
World Vision supports community awareness of the
collective ability to address unjust practices
and begin working for change. World Vision speaks
out on issues such as child labor, debt relief
for poor nations, and the use of children as combatants
in armed conflict. World Vision International
has endorsed the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights and the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child as fundamental expressions
of the freedoms and responsibilities that should
exist in every country. World Vision fosters opportunities
to help reduce conflict levels and to contribute
to the peaceful resolution of hostilities and
reconciliation of disputes.
a Christian organization, World Vision participates
in strategic initiatives with Christian leaders
and lay people of all denominations through conferences,
consultations, training programmes and various
educational opportunities. World Vision is an
ecumenical organization willing to partner with
all Christian churches. Yet, World Vision is respectful
of other faiths.
Vision encourages public awareness about the needs
of others, the causes of poverty, and the nature
of compassionate response. These efforts include
collaboration with media and community participation
in fundraising. In all its communications, World
Vision upholds the dignity of suffering children
and families in presenting explanations of the
causes and consequences of poverty, war, neglect,
Vision believes witnessing for Christ is a fundamental
part of their relief work. The organization believes
that God, in the person of Jesus, offers hope
of renewal, restoration, and reconciliation. World
Vision seeks to express this message through "life,
deed, word, and sign". World Vision's programs
and services are provided without regard to race,
ethnic origin, gender, or religion. All of its
US staff are required to sign a statement affirming
their belief in Jesus Christ and background checks
are often made with a candidate's pastor or priest.
However, employees of subcontractors or World
Vision partners are not required to have any Christian
affiliation. World Vision offices in predominantly
non-Christian countries do hire staff of other
faiths, and in some countries even the majority
of staff hired locally may be non-Christians in
sympathy with World Vision's ethos and objectives.
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