World Vision International: A Vision by One, A Vision for All

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Introduction. Working on six continents around the globe, World Vision International is one of the largest Christian humanitarian, and relief and development organizations that work for the well being of the poor and vulnerable people, particularly for children.


The organisation traces its origins back in 1950 when it was instituted to care for orphans in Asia. Today, World Vision itself has expanded to meet the broader concerns on community development and advocacy to the poor in its duty to help children and their families shape sustainable futures. Its projects can be classified into two major areas, particularly, (1) long-term sustainable community development concentrating on addressing problems identified by the community itself, like clean water, education, health care, agricultural improvements and public hygiene, and (2) short-term emergency relief, such as providing food, shelter and medical care to victims of natural or man-made disasters. Most of these relief projects are planned to switch smoothly into development activities.
History. Deeply moved by the poverty and hunger he witnessed in Asia, an American evangelist by the name of Rev. Bob Pierce founded World Vision in 1950. In 1953, Pierce established a programme of child sponsorship to help out children orphaned by the Korean War. Pierce plead to North Americans to finance the costs of caring for these children through pledging a certain amount each month. Operations were then directed from a head office near Los Angeles. Over the next two decades, World Vision expanded its work throughout Asia, and into Latin America and Africa. ...
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