World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children and families to overcome extreme poverty and injustice. We work to promote human transformation, seek justice for the oppressed and demonstrate the love of God for all people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
World Vision has impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty through its various development, humanitarian and emergency relief programmes. With 34,300 staff members working in nearly 100 countries, it is one of the largest relief organisations in the world.
World Vision was founded in 1950 by Rev. Dr Bob Pierce, an American pastor and war correspondent in response to the needs of Korean War orphans. He had travelled to China in 1947 and was deeply impacted by the needs of one little girl. Before he left, he took US$5.00 from his pocket and handed it to the headmistress of a Chinese missionary school, further pledging a monthly amount to support that little girl’s growth and education. This planted the seeds of World Vision’s child sponsorship model.
As a humanitarian organisation, World Vision developed its first Child Sponsorship Programme in Korea in 1953. As the children under the programme flourished, the programme expanded into other parts of Asia and eventually into Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Today, World Vision is an international partnership with offices around the world. It is a child-focused organisation known for its effective transformation models and emphasis on stewardship through accountability and transparency. World Vision is a living tribute to Dr Bob’s work.
World Vision Malaysia (WVM) was set up in 1997 as a Support Office within the partnership of World Vision International, with the primary focus of growing the Child Sponsorship Programme amongst Malaysians and its neighbours. Over the years, WVM has expanded to cover community transformational development programmes, specific advocacy initiatives and emergency responses.
As a Support Office, the main role of WVM is fundraising. Through a variety of awareness and fundraising campaigns and partnerships with individuals and corporations, WVM reaches out to the poor, working with them to build a sustainable future through work in water, sanitation & hygiene, health & nutrition, education, livelihood and child protection.
Today, WVM supports community development and humanitarian programmes in 14 countries. We also have local community development programmes in Mukim Tulid and Mukim Tatalaan, Sabah which seeks to bring the local communities out of poverty and into self-sustainability.
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In 2021, 85.9% of donations collected were used for programmes that benefit children, families and communities in need.