About World Vision India
World Vision India is a Christian humanitarian organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, caste, race, ethnicity or gender. Spread across 174 locations in India, World Vision works through long-term sustainable community development programmes and immediate disaster relief assistance.
Focus on Children: All development work we carry out is focused on building the community around children so that they have the opportunity to reach for a better future.
Grass root Based: World Vision’s relief and development is community based. Our staff live with the communities at the grass roots, living with them, learning from them and working along with them to find solutions to issues of poverty.
Partnering for Change: We partner with the people in their development, work with the Government and civil society to usher in a better and brighter future for India.
World Vision has responded to every major disaster in India in the last few decades including the 2004 tsunami , Kashmir earthquake and the recurring flood situations in various states every year, most recently in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. World Vision India is also member of the Planning Commission working group on women and child development and the NGO steering committee of the National Disaster Management Authority.
Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness;
Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.
World Vision seeks to be in all its work:
• Faithful messengers of God's love
• Trusted partners in lasting change
• Powerful motivators of caring
• Courageous promoters of justice and peace
• Inspiring models of co-operation
In all its field programmes, World Vision will focus on these priority areas towards building a nation fit for children:
• Well-being of every boy and girl
• Sustainable livelihood security
• Access to water
• Peace building and reconciliation
• Prevent and mitigate HIV and AIDS & TB
Our Core Values
We have identified certain values that lie at the centre of World Vision's work. These "Core Values" are the fundamental principles that determine our commitment to each other and to the poor.
1. We are Christian.
From the abundance of God's love, we find our call to ministry.
2. We are committed to the poor.
We are called to relieve their suffering and to promote the transformation of their condition.
3. We value people.
We regard all people as created and loved by God. We give priority to people before money, structure, and systems.
4. We are stewards.
We are faithful to the purpose for which resources are given and manage them in a manner that brings maximum benefit to the poor.
5. We are partners.
We are members of an international World Vision Partnership that transcends legal, structural, and cultural boundaries.
6. We are responsive.
We are responsive to the life-threatening emergencies where our involvement is needed and appropriate.
“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”
- Bob Pierce, World Vision Founder
World Vision was founded in 1950 by the Reverend Dr Bob Pierce in response to the needs of Korean War orphans.
Dr Pierce was an American evangelist and war correspondent, who travelled to China with Youth for Christ in 1947.
On that trip, Bob’s heart was broken when he was confronted by the need of one little girl. He pledged a monthly amount to a local missionary to ensure her care, and thus planted the seeds of World Vision’s future Child Sponsorship model.
To provide long-term, ongoing care for children in need, World Vision developed its first Child Sponsorship programme in Korea in 1953. As children began to flourish through sponsorship in Korea, the programme expanded into other Asian countries, and eventually into Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Through the decades, World Vision has become a leader in the field of its child-focused humanitarian, community development and advocacy work. Approximately 40,000 ful-l and part-time staff members worldwide implement programmes of emergency relief, education, healthcare, economic development and the promotion of justice in almost 100 countries.
World Vision is a living tribute to Pierce’s work.
The Passion of Robert (Bob) Pierce
The founder, Robert Pierce was a war correspondent in the Korean War. The time was 1947 and the place, China. Bob (Robert) Pierce visited many places in China and spoke with various groups of people.
His last stop was at the University of Amoy on Amoy (now Xiamen) Island in the Formosa Strait, where he was speaking to hundreds of college students. Upon hearing him, a tall Dutch lady named Tena asked Dr. Pierce to stay over and speak to the 400 children, attending her school.
Dr. Pierce readily agreed. The next four days were spent talking to the school children. On the morning of the day he was leaving Amoy, Bob stopped by the school to say goodbye to Tena and thank her for the opportunity to speak to the children.
Instead of the gracious early morning reception he had expected, a distraught woman met him at the front door. In her arms was a child. The little girl was sobbing. Her back was a lurid pattern of red lines and purple blotches. She had obviously been beaten and whipped. Her thin dress was soaked with blood. Her eyes were puffy from crying, and she held on to Tena's neck as if her life depended on it.
Tena thrust the traumatized little girl into Bob's arms and said, "I have six other children already sharing my rice bowl!"
Bob held the child awkwardly. White Jade wrapped her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder. Every few moments, she shuddered with sobs. Tears streamed down Tena's red face. Her lip quivered, but her jaw was clenched. The pain in her eyes demanded an answer.
Bob realized that the incredibly vulnerable child in his arms was very precious. And she needed to be cared for.
"All I have is five dollars", he said meekly to Tena. The bold and confident Pierce was humbled by the need of the precious child he held. He gave all he had to Tena and requested her to admit White Jade in her school. He promised that he would mobilize more money for her when he reached his home.
And thus, with five dollars and the will to make a difference to one precious child was born a ministry that has grown over the years and is dedicated to caring for the White Jades of this world. Propelled by the prayer that Pierce wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible,"Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God," - this gift of love launched a movement called World Vision.
From these humble roots, World Vision has grown into an international partnership helping children around the globe. Today, World Vision India is an important member of this partnership, which works in 97 countries and is a leader in Transformational Development for the poor, in emergency relief and food distribution.