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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 its goals.
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
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 policy.
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 government agencies.
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, and abuse.
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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