We are a Christian humanitarian, development and relief organisation serving the world’s poorest children and families across five continents irrespective of nationality, race, politics, sex, age or religion.
Founded in 1950, World Vision currently runs over 2,500 projects in about 100 countries, impacting the lives of over 50 million people.
World Vision Malaysia was set up in 1997 as a support office. Our objectives are to heighten awareness of our work in relief, development and advocacy and to raise funds to support transformational development programmes in various communities in which World Vision serves.
The heart of World Vision’s work is to help communities build stronger and healthier relationships. We focus on children because they are the best indicator of the social health of a community. When children are fed, sheltered, schooled, protected, valued and loved, a community thrives.
Where does World Vision operate?
World Vision serves the poor across five continents. We operate over 2,500 projects in about 100 countries brining change to the lives of approximately 50 million people irrespective of their nationality, race, politics, gender, age or religion.
Community development projects are mainly concentrated where the need is greatest: Africa, Central and South America, and Asia.
How does World Vision help those in need?
World Vision responds to two categories of human needs:
In an emergency, the priority is to save and rebuild lives. World Vision relief teams are involved in setting up and managing refugee camps, administering emergency health care, distributing immediate survival needs. In the rehabilitation phase, World Vision helps survivors clear debris, rebuild their lives and return to gainful employment through proper training.
Our primary objective is to break the vicious cycle of poverty by working with local communities and governments to identify, prioritise and implement community-based skills and economic programmes that will pave the way to self-reliance. Typically, these projects focus on primary health care, education, clean water, and practical skills in micro-enterprises and agriculture that will increase food production, family incomes and improve overall well-being.
What does it mean that World Vision is Christian?
As a Christian organisation, our work is inspired by Christian values and operates according to the strict ethical standards required by the Christian Faith. Christian staff members are prompted by the example of Christ's love in serving the people. Non-Christian staff members are treated fairly and have freedom to practise and observe their own respective religions.
World Vision does not proselytize nor work with those who do. We never require those we serve to listen to a religious message or convert to Christianity as a condition of aid. We do not use relief assistance as an inducement for people to convert. World Vision is a signatory to the "International Red Cross Code of Conduct."
World Vision receives donations from diverse people and re-invests these funds in projects which benefit all people in need irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, nationality or religious belief. As a Christian organisation, World Vision believes in accountable and responsible stewardship of all contributions entrusted to it.
Does World Vision Malaysia support the local poor/local projects?
Yes, we support Malaysians in need via like-minded local charitable organisations. Amongst them are:- Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled, Dignity for Children Foundation, Malaysian CARE, Good Shepherd Services, Yayasan Sin Chew, Elshaddai Centre Bhd, Fugee School and PACOS Trust.
As of 2012, World Vision Malaysia has partnered Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd on a local community project in the sub-district Tulid in the district of Keningau, Sabah. The objective of this project is to empower and build the indigenous community in that area in terms of capability and skills so that they can build a sustainable future for the long term.
It is World Vision Malaysia's long-term goal to build its own capabilities and experience in the area of field transformation development so that it could have more direct on-site involvement to give a hand up to communities in need in Malaysia.
How are World Vision projects funded?
World Vision's projects are funded primarily through:
Child Sponsorship Programme - Child sponsors’ monthly contributions are combined to implement community-wide programmes aimed at improving the status of those within the community. The end result is an independent and self-sustaining community that is free from the crutches of long-term aid and hand-outs.
As part of its fund-raising and advocacy focus World Vision organises events like 30-Hour Famine where participants raise funds by fasting for 30 hours and the Gifts of Hope Catalogue that offers an alternative means of gift-giving.
Corporate Partnerships & Donations - World Vision Malaysia also partners with local and multi-national corporations to raise funds for specific projects of interest.
Where do the funds raised by World Vision in Malaysia go?
Funds raised are channelled to Area Development Programmes supported by World Vision Malaysia located in countries such as Cambodia, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Laos, Lesotho, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Locally, World Vision Malaysia supports local charitable organisations such as Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled, Dignity for Children Foundation, Malaysian AIDS Council, Malaysian CARE, Persatuan Shuang Fu Untuk Orang-Orang Kurang Upaya, Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd, United Voice and Yayasan Sin Chew.
World Vision Malaysia also undertakes fund-raising in support of specific emergency relief and rehabilitation efforts. These include Laos (floods), Japan (earthquake, tsunami), Vietnam (floods), Indonesia (tsunami, earthquake), Thailand (floods), Philippines (typhoon), Pakistan (floods), Chile (earthquake), Haiti (earthquake), India (floods), Taiwan (typhoon), China (earthquake; floods; droughts), Myanmar (cyclone), Sudan etc.
How can I be sure that the money gets there?
All World Vision offices are audited and financial statements are available to child sponsors and donors.
Regular on-site inspection and project evaluations are conducted. Annual progress reports are provided for all child sponsors. World Vision programmes and costs are reviewed carefully to ensure effective use of World Vision’s resources and the greatest return to those served.
World Vision has professionally-trained personnel on the ground who strictly implements quality control and financial accountability.
Are my donations to programmes run by World Vision Malaysia tax deductible?
Unfortunately your donations are not tax deductible as our funds are primarily channelled overseas to help children living in the poorest areas of the world. To be eligible for tax exempt status, a high proportion of the funds must benefit Malaysians.
Why does World Vision Malaysia need the word ‘Berhad’? Aren't you registered under the Registrar of Societies?
World Vision Malaysia chose to be incorporated under the Companies Act 1965 as a body incorporated under this Act will operate more efficiently with transparent accounts and governance structure. This also means that we are registered as a company limited by guarantee, hence the use of the word "Berhad".
Some of WVM's obligations as a company limited by guarantee are:
a. Have a Board of Trustees to provide governance
b. All income must be used for the purposes as set out in its Memorandum of Association
c. No dividends may be paid to the members
d. Proper accounts must be maintained and ascertained by qualified auditors
e. Permission from the Minister is needed for the organization to own land or to change its Articles of Association
Audited annual accounts of World Vision Malaysia are submitted to the Companies Commission of Malaysia and made available for inspection. Please click here
for the latest annual report.
Who are the shareholders of World Vision Malaysia?
A company limited by guarantee has no shareholders. Subscribers to the Memorandum of Association of the Company are admitted to membership in accordance with the articles of association. Every member of the Company is bound to further, to the best of his/her ability the objects, interests, and influence of the Company and must observe all regulations and by-laws of the Company. The Board has full discretion as to the admission of any person to membership of the Company.
The Memorandum of Association of the Company, including all the Articles and by-laws, and the composition of the Board has to be submitted to and approved by the Minister at its incorporation.
Who are your Board of Trustees and in what capacity do they serve and are they paid?
Ms Catherine Choong (Chairman), Mr Philip Koh Tong Ngee, Mr Gary Soon Thiam Lam, Dato’ Ir. K. J. Abraham, Ms Dorothy Teoh Chiew Har, Rev Dr Tan Jin Huat, Ms Christine Ong May Ee, Mr Ben Hiew Chee Peng.
All board members serve in their personal and non-executive capacity
and are not
remunerated by any directors’ fees. Please click here
for more information on our Trustees.
What about paid-up and authorized capital of World Vision Malaysia?
There is no question of capital as World Vision Malaysia is not a profit-making organisation. The purpose of World Vision Malaysia is to receive and administer donations according to its objective and purpose as set out in its Memorandum of Association.
Public Accountants – Baker Tilly Monteiro Heng.
Company Secretary – May Corporate Services Sdn. Bhd.