For the past 11 weeks, we’ve brought you an in-depth look into World Vision’s work around the world and why it’s effective. I had been working for World Vision for less than three months at the time we began this series, so developing all of this this content has been an amazing learning opportunity -- and a steep learning curve!
I knew that child sponsorship is what World Vision is all about, but I’ve come to really understand that we help the kids we sponsor best by building up their communities around them. That requires a holistic approach -- and it's complicated.
We focus on nine categories of work: clean water, health, food, economic development, education, child protection, disaster response, U.S. programs, and Christian witness. Community development and our focus on children go hand in hand to create lasting change in those communities. Poverty is a cycle, and we work to break it. But it's also complex, so our solution is, too. It just takes a while to learn!
We devoted each of these past nine weeks to one of those categories. We began each week with an infographic that gave an overview of our approach. Then, during the week, we featured a variety of stories, photos, and videos to give a deeper perspective. Finally, we concluded with a Q&A with a World Vision expert on the subject.
Through the opportunity to conduct these Q&A interviews, I have learned more about World Vision’s work than in any training session I’ve attended in the six months I’ve worked here. Getting to email with or sit down with these experts has been amazing, and every one of them had so much more to say about the great work their teams are doing than I could fit!
One interview in particular -- child protection -- came back with so many great things to say that I had to break it up into two posts, which was cool because the work we do through that sector, in my opinion, is among our most important work. World Vision’s motto is “we believe in children,” and we aim for all children to have “life in all its fullness.” To me, children who are being exploited, abused, or trafficked are the furthest from these goals.
In a way, all of the work we do aims to provide protection and security for children. We strengthen their communities; train their parents to better provide for them; and work to provide them with access to clean water, nutritious food, and quality education. All of these things protect children. But there’s something about children who experience the hazards of forced labor and sex trafficking every day that I find even more chilling on a visceral level than the dangers of preventable diseases.
I am thrilled and proud that World Vision addresses diseases that are caused by such preventable causes as dirty water, malnutrition, or even sleeping without a bed net. But if that was all we were doing, I think we would be missing the point, which is why our work in child protection feels even more important to me -- and why I just couldn’t cut that great Q&A in half!
I hope that the knowledge and passion of our experts have come through these infographics, perspectives, and interviews. And if you’re as inspired as I am by what we’ve learned over these 11 weeks, I hope you’ll dig deeper into World Vision and further engage with us.
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