A Courageous Commitment to Vulnerable Children
At World Vision, we stand at the beginning of a new journey. The face of poverty is changing. We rejoice in millions of children moving out of absolute poverty and towards lives free of need, full of promise; and seeing the real possibility of bringing extreme poverty to an end by 2030. This will happen only if this progress reaches the children still struggling in difficult places around the world.
Our strategy is a promise to vulnerable children. At World Vision, we will relentlessly pursue our vision of life in all its fullness for every child. We will do this until girls and boys:
• Enjoy good health and are protected from disease
• Are educated for life and enabled to fulfil their potential
• Are cared for, protected and participating in their community
If trends continue, by 2030 there will be an increase in the world’s poorest children – suffering extreme poverty, high mortality and malnutrition in fragile contexts and other hard-to-reach areas. As an organisation dedicated to reaching the most vulnerable children in the world, we must respond to the needs found in these difficult areas.
As we move further into our new strategy and examine our work, we will continue existing initiatives, re-scope programmes or stop projects that are no longer essential. To combat new difficulties and challenges, we will also launch new efforts.
Corporately and individually, we are committed to new areas of growth and development. We will do this as we work together to build brighter futures for the world's vulnerable children.
Our Strategy in Action
As part of its commitment to ending extreme hunger, World Vision conducts food assistance projects in 39 countries that have helped 9.5 million people, including 5.5 million children and 5.1 million women and girls. Empowering women is one of the most important steps in ensuring children are nourished and households are resilient.
We achieved these figures through an innovative cash transfer scheme. Evidence shows that cash transfers can substantially improve the lives of extremely poor families as it gives them the flexibility to buy what they need most. At World Vision, we use the latest digital technology to ensure fair distribution of cash, even in the most fragile contexts.
With more than 5 million children and young people already impacted by the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq, entire generations will be affected. Nearly 12 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance. With the pressing need to get children and young people back to school and to protect them from the many risks they face daily, there is an urgency to find innovative solutions are urgently needed.
The ‘No Lost Generation’ partnership is working on these solutions through an ambitious multi-agency approach that puts the needs of this vulnerable group at the top of the agenda. The approach, embedded in national response plans, sets out practical ways for partner organisations to work together to expand access to education and psychosocial support. This ensures that children can interact safely with teachers and other children and assimilate without fear into their new communities. The initiative also supports child protection and youth engagement while promoting efforts to build social cohesion and peace.
At World Vision, we are taking a leading role in the initiative and are a co-leader with UNICEF of the regional working group. The two agencies work together to ensure coordination and consistency and to share good practices among all partners involved.
“We are proud to be a leading member of this coalition and can see the difference this coordination of programming is making to the lives of these children. Getting children back to school so they can continue their education in a safe and supportive environment is crucial to helping them recover from the devastation of war whilst ensuring they have hope for a brighter future,” says Mark Chapple who heads the No Lost Generation initiative for World Vision.
At World Vision, we can have a broader impact when we promote effective collaboration and advocacy.