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A Closer Look at Development: World Vision

In the ‘A Closer Look’ series, we highlight organizations which put high value on aid and the development of vulnerable locations and communities around the world. We are honored to have World Vision as our seventh highlighted organization in this chapter of the series.

About World Vision

Started in 1950 as World Vision Inc, this faith-based charity organization initially operated in the United States only, but quickly expanded to other countries in 1966. The organization changed its name to World Vision International in 1977, a name it still holds to this very day. The international headquarter is in London, while the administrative center and International Board is based in Monrovia, California. Priceless and countless humanitarian efforts for helping those in dire need are being supervised from these locations.

World Vision has carried out many compassionate acts around the world, among them, the training of needy families to build small farms, which started during the 1970s. World Vision was dedicated to teaching agricultural skills and creating sustainable and self-reliable agricultural communities for vulnerable families who need it most. By installing water pumps for clean water in communities which never had access to safe drinking water. As a result, infant mortality began to drop significantly. Compassionate volunteers now use the fresh water to teach communities gardening and irrigation and promote agriculture and availability of food.

During the 1990s, the focus of World Vision International became larger and larger. They started focusing on the needs of children who had been orphaned in Uganda, Romania, and Somalia in response to AIDS and neglect. World Vision also joined United Nations peacekeeping efforts to help those affected by civil war.

“For the first time, governments, U.N. agencies, nonprofits and civil society groups are coming together to declare a joint purpose and strategy for eliminating violence against children by 2030,” says Matthew Stephens, World Vision’s senior technical adviser for child protection programs. He is referring to theGlobal Partnership to End Violence Against Children. An initiative of which World Vision sits on the executive committee representing civil society groups around the world.

These facts are emphasizing the need for humanitarian assistance: a child dies every 5 minutes because of violence, about 120 million girls and 73 million boys have been victims of sexual abuse and almost 1 billion children experience physical punishment on a regular basis.

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children initiative seeks to build political will, accelerate action among lawmakers and improve collaboration between governments, leaders, and groups which provide services for children. These include groups like UNICEF, World Bank, World Health Organization, USAID, PEPFAR, CDC, and others.

We are closely related to World Vision and other like-minded faith-based organizations that put great emphasis on helping those who need it most. We are propelled by our corresponding compassionate goal. Be sure to browse through our daily updated News & Community section if you want to read more ‘A Closer Look’ articles.

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