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World Vision staff, Matthew Sakala, helps 5-year-old Adam with a piece of birthday cake at the community wide birthday celebration hosted by World Vision

Our global impact

We help vulnerable children to experience life in all its fullness

Through World Vision's work, every 60 seconds... a family gets water... a hungry child is fed... a family receives the tools to overcome poverty

As a Christian, child-focused, community-empowering global Partnership, World Vision defines impact as, "changes that we contribute to in the well-being of children – especially the most vulnerable – and their communities".

The facts and figures below are based on 2020 data.

Together we've impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty.

Child Protection

We believe a world without violence against children is possible. Every year, more than 1 billion children suffer from some form of violence, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Working with families, faith leaders, schools, and various levels of government – as well as the children themselves – we want to create lasting change for children in every community, city and country.


With access to a quality education, children become lifelong learners, transform their communities, protect themselves from violence, and experience life in all its fullness. We work with communities and local governments to address the barriers to a quality education for all children. Empowering parents and teachers with the tools and training they need gives children the opportunities to thrive.

World Vision is reaching a new person with clean water every 10 seconds and reaches three more schools every day with clean water.

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene gives children and their families a chance to flourish. We believe every child deserves – and has the right – to use safe water and live in a clean environment. When children and families use clean water, live in environment free from waste, and wash their hands with soap, they are more likely to be well educated and grow up with good health and food security.

Economic Development

Around the world, the impact of extreme poverty on children’s development is devastating. World Vision is working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by 2030 so that the most vulnerable children can reach their full potential.

Over the last ten years, 89% of the severely malnourished children we treated made a full recovery.

Health and Nutrition

Good health and nutrition empowers children, families, and communities, spurring them on to live fuller, freer lives. Good health is transformative. We want every child to experience it. We want to see better access, lasting behavioural change, and to connect communities to what works so children and families can survive and thrive.   

Faith and Development

As a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation, we understand the power of faith for the lives of children, adults and communities. Therefore, we collaborate and mobilise people who share common values of compassion, love and mercy and want to change children’s lives. Believing that God works through all people, we collaborate with like-minded people in places where children are the most vulnerable.

Because of our community focused solutions, for every child you help, four more benefit, too.

Disaster Management

When disasters happen, whether natural or manmade, we want children to have access to food, clean water, and shelter. We are committed to protecting the vulnerable from physical injury, disease, disruption of education, separation from families, trafficking and exploitation. Even in some of the world’s most hostile environments, we have hope to recovery.

COVID-19 response

World Vision is responding to the devastating impact of COVID-19 response in more than 100 countries. Our response to COVID-19 has already had a significant impact. We have reached more than 59 million people, including over 26 million children.

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