Kevin Jenkins, President & Chief Executive Officer, World Vision International, will undertake a five-day working visit to India, in the week beginning January 18, 2010. The trip will mark his first official visit to India since he took over as President and CEO of World Vision in October 2009. As part of his trip, Mr. Jenkins will visit some of World Vision India's programs in Kolkata, Kalrayan hills and Chennai.
Speaking about Mr. Jenkins's impending visit, Dr. Jayakumar Christian, National Director, World Vision India, said, "It is an honor for us to receive Mr. Jenkins and to have him spend time with children and women. India is an important region, when it comes to realizing a number of World Vision International's objectives, Kevin's visit will help us put the challenges faced by India's children on the world agenda.
For six decades World Vision has engaged directly in field-based humanitarian work, helping to address poverty and injustice among the world's poorest countries. Today, working in nearly 100 countries, World Vision is also a respected and trusted partner of governments, foundations, multi-lateral organisations and others striving to eradicate the causes of poverty.
Mr. Jenkins ' says ' our strength is not only in our size but in the depth of our work at the grass-roots level which enables us to know the people, the problems and the potential of the communities we serve, making us truly a global grassroots organization. Whether a rural village in Mozambique or an urban slum in Mumbai, we are there, responding quickly to natural disasters; we are there, helping orphans who have lost their parents; we are there, helping children develop life skills and a lifelong interest in learning. As a result, each year we bring meaningful life transformation to millions of the world's most-marginalised people: community by community, family by family, child by child.
Prior to taking over as President and CEO of World Vision International, Mr. Jenkins served on the Board of World Vision, Canada, for nine years. He has also held key management positions in various reputed firms in the technology research and aviation domains, chief among them as President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Airlines, overseeing a $1 billion financial restructuring that helped the company develop into an airline with 130 aircraft and 16,000 employees. During his association with World Vision Canada, Mr. Jenkins launched significant initiatives in the areas of HIV and AIDS and microfinance.
In his current role as the seventh president of World Vision International, Mr. Jenkins will oversee the organisation's operations in 98 countries and a staff of 40,000 staff. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a law degree from the University of Alberta.
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 over 150 locations in India, World Vision works through long-term sustainable community development programmes and immediate disaster relief assistance.
Focus on Children: All development work World Vision carries 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. World Vision 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: World Vision partners with the people in their development and work with the Government and civil society to usher a better & brighter future for India.
World Vision has responded to every major disaster in India in the last few decades including the recent tsunami, Kashmir earthquake and the recent floods in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Orissa and Assam. 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.