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World Vision Canada

2012 Annual Report

Emergency Relief
Development
Advocacy
Partnerships

World Vision responds to emergencies around the world caused by natural disasters or civil conflicts. We're on the ground, delivering vital humanitarian assistance to children and their families. We partner with other humanitarian organizations and advise governments on strategies for rebuilding.

Our accomplishments this year



WE PROVIDED LIFE-GIVING AID IN 24 EMERGENCIES WORLDWIDE WITH A FOCUS ON PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM EXPLOITATION AND HARM.


We cared for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, partnering with the World Food Programme tohelp feed nearly 12,000 people. We established 4 child-friendly spaces, safe havens where traumatized children could play, learn and receive counseling.
In Haiti, our school programs prepared some 20,000 children for stronger, safer futures. Feeding programs and gardens provided nourishment, while our new curriculum equipped children to keep themselves safe during earthquakes, hurricanes and cholera outbreaks.

In Syria, Mahmoud was shot in the foot while buying bread. Under heavy bombing, his family fled to Lebanon, where the eleven-year-old drops in on World Vision’s child-friendly space. Here, he talks to counselors about his experiences, keeps up with schoolwork and plays. In emergencies around the world, World Vision provides save havens for children whose lives are torn apart.

World Vision works in partnership with communities to build better lives for children. We help parents ensure that their children have improved access to health care, food, education and clean water. Our programming is innovative, sustainable, and responsive to the needs of the particular community.

Our accomplishments this year



Your sponsorship of 502,743 children in 49 countries improved lives today and opened doors for brighter futures tomorrow in 240 communities worldwide.


GLOBALLY, NUTRITION AND HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN UNDER FIVE HELPED SAVE NEARLY7 MILLION GIRLS AND BOYS IN 2011. OUR 26 HEALTH AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS CONTINUED TO REDUCE DEATHS OF BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN IN 2012.


Even outside the sponsorship program, our Community Savings Groups helped families in 15 COUNTRIES save for school fees and medical care. Healthy, educated children thrive now, can get better jobs as adults and provide more effectively for their own families down the road.

In Tanzania, Manyanda and his family have been battling drought for three years. A World Vision water pipeline has helped their community stay put, even as climate change forces countless families around the world to migrate. Ten-year-old Manyanda is happy to be continuing in school. In countries everywhere, World Vision keeps communities rooted so children can thrive.

We want to ensure that children's rights are recognized, no matter where they live. Economic hardship and unjust social conditions can be like a series of slamming doors. World Vision advocates for children in Canada and around the world, working for laws, policies and programs which open doors.

Our accomplishments this year

WE CAMPAIGNED RELENTLESSLY FOR THE FOUR MILLION CHILDREN AT RISK OF MALNUTRITION IN THE WEST AFRICAN FOOD CRISIS. THIS CONTRIBUTED TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL COMMITMENT OF $57.5 MILLION, SAVING CHILDREN’S LIVES AND HELPING FAMILIES RECOVER IN THE LONG TERM



We spoke up for the estimated 1.2 MILLION CHILDREN worldwide trafficked into dirty, dangerous and degrading jobs, influencing the Canadian government’s new National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.

In Senegal, we partnered with UNICEF to reduce sexual abuse and early marriage, training 17 school acting groups to spread the word through drama. Children learned how to protect themselves, and react when danger strikes.

In Cambodia, Keota was often hurt by falling bricks in the factory where she worked with her parents. She was usually too exhausted to study. Thanks to a World Vision advocacy program, her family now understands the importance of education, and eleven-year-old Keota is leading her class in school. In the halls of power and on the ground, World Vision works to make sure that children’s rights are recognized.

Partnerships help ensure your donation has the greatest possible impact. By joining with Canadians—individually or as part of an organization—we make more of a difference than would ever be possible alone. This is true whether we're influencing policy through a global summit, or changing lives through sponsorship.

Our accomplishments this year



WE BUILT CONNECTIONS BETWEEN CANADIAN GROUPS AND COMMUNITIES OVERSEAS, WITH 2,146 CHURCHES AND293 BUSINESSES  SUPPORTING OUR WORK IN 2012.


We harnessed the star power of 100 CARING Canadian actors, musicians, TV personalities and athletes,  shining a light on the needs of children around the world.
We invited SIX outstanding youth leaders, from across Canada to experience our development work in Rwanda.  They shared their stories with 5,700 people across Canada, convincing many to help children overseas.



WE GAVE VULNERABLE CHILDREN HERE IN CANADA OPPORTUNITIES TO THRIVE, PARTNERING WITH 80 LOCAL, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO FIGHT POVERTY IN OUR CITIES

In El Salvador, Monica fell into deep depression after watching her father die in an accident. Sponsorship eased her family’s need, and provided a kids’ club where seven-year-old Monica could share her grief. Two years later, Monica has made friends and is laughing again. Sponsorship through World Vision is about more than just meeting children’s physical needs – it’s about life in all its fullness for children in our partnering communities.

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