World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. It was founded in 1950 by Rev. Pierce. The first child sponsorship programme began three years later in response to the needs of hundreds of thousands of orphans at the end of the Korean War.
Over the next several decades the work expanded throughout Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In the 1970s, we embraced a broader community development model and established an emergency relief division. We also attempted to address the causes of poverty by focusing on community needs such as water, sanitation, education, health, leadership training and income generation.
We began the 21st century by strengthening our advocacy efforts, particularly on issues related to child survival. We became more active in working with governments, businesses and other organisations in addressing issues such as child labour, children in armed conflict and the sexual exploitation of women and children.
Today World Vision, together with microfinance subsidiary VisionFund International, is one of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations. Over 40,000 staff members (including part time and temporary staff and employees of microfinance institutions) implement programmes of community development, emergency relief and promotion of justice in nearly 100 countries.
World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.