Who we are

Who we are

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Who we serve

In South Africa, we work in 21 communities in six provinces, serving more than a million households and children. We serve all South Africans – regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Globally, World Vision works in almost 100 countries.

Why children and their communities

The overall well-being, health, happiness,, and education of all children – especially those growing up in poverty – are at the heart of World Vision South Africa’s activities. The organisation has been making a difference in children’s lives since 1967, when it was established in South Africa as a member of the World Vision International family and was mainly involved in childcare projects through local churches.

We believe that all children should enjoy good health, be educated for life, be cared for, protected, participate in community life, and experience the love of God and their neighbours. Sometimes help is needed to ensure that they are given the opportunity to exercise their basic human rights.

That’s why we are child-focused and community-based, with Christian values that reflect our commitment to the poor, our stewardship, the value we place on people and our partnerships, and our responsiveness to need.

Our vision

We are inspired to see no child without.

Our vision for every child is life in all its fullness; our prayer for every heart is the will to make it so.

Our mission

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

We serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Our values

  • We are Christian
  • We are committed to the poor
  • We value people
  • We are stewards
  • We are partners
  • We are responsive to need

Why we serve

Our faith in Jesus is central to who we are, and we follow His example in working alongside the poor and oppressed. We serve every child in need that we possibly can, of any faith, or none. We partner with community leaders and churches throughout South Africa, equipping them to meet the needs of their communities.