When you sponsor a child, you help lift an entire community.

There could be so many quick fixes– but they wouldn't last. Partnering with communities, we help them become stronger, healthier and more resourceful than before. Parents can provide for their children today, and have reason to dream for the future. Together, we create hope that endures for generations to come.

  • Sponsorship impacts lives for good. (we think 454,435 children in 245 communities is pretty good!) To learn more about the impact Canadians have made in developing communities, browse our 2016 Annual Impact Report.
 
  • Together, we work alongside communities for up to 15 years. Thats commitment! Continue reading to learn more about Community Graduations.
 
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Sponsorship Works!

Partnering with communities, we help them become stronger, healthier, more resourceful than before. Parents can provide for their children today, and have reason to dream for the future. Together, we create hope that endures for generations to come. Here is the three-phase approach we take to accomplish this:

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BUILDING THE FOUNDATION
We partner with community members to understand their needs, goals and resources, and work together to find long-term solutions to the challenges they face.



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EVALUATE AND GROW
We adapt plans as needed so the community continues to meet its goals. As more community members get involved, the community takes greater ownership of its success.



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ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY
Thanks to support from Canadians like you, families in the community enjoy better living conditions and are empowered with the knowledge and skills to create a brighter future for their children.




Now that the community has taken ownership of the programs that helped them achieve success, World Vision can help another community on their journey to self-sufficiency.


Learn About Child Sponsorship

Child Sponsorship Community Evaluations

Our sponsorship programs are designed to do the most for children, which is why it’s very important for us to determine how well they work and fix any inefficiencies. We’re meticulous and thorough, in the design of our programs and strategies and in the regular review of our approaches.

The communities we partner with conduct an in-depth child sponsorship program evaluation every five years. During this evaluation, we collect data to show us whether we’re achieving the change we intended and to see if there are ways we can improve our work.

We consult community members, government and private sector partners that are at work in the sponsored child’s community to get their input and ideas on how we’re doing. Together with the community, we celebrate our achievements and immediately look for ways to learn from our challenges. The child sponsorship evaluation reports also help to show us where our focus should be for the next five years.

In 2016, we conducted 16 evaluations in communities where you can sponsor a child. Here are some of the exciting changes we found:
 
  • In Mwatate in Kenya, 65% of the community are benefiting from latrines and have better access to sanitation, compared to 25% before.
  • In Tunyo in Kenya, 87% of children are attending preschools, compared to 72% before, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • In Ksach Kandal in Cambodia, 59% of children are able to read and understand the material, compared to 42% before.
  • In Chingeltei community in Mongolia, the percentage of children that are too short for their age as a result of malnutrition has decreased from 9% to 2.7%.
  • In Manonga in Tanzania, 95% of children are now enrolled in school, compared to 38% before.
  • In Teltpetlapan in Nicaragua, 81% of youth report that they have enough food to eat every day, compared to 65% before. Also, 94% of youth have birth certificates compared to 81% before, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling.
 

Explore more details on the outcomes of the evaluations that we conducted in 2016:


Asia
Cambodia
Ksach Kandal

Mongolia
Chingeltei

Bangladesh
Haluaghat

Sri Lanka
Padiyathalawa
Thanamalvila

Africa
Chad
Koro Hills

Kenya
Mwatate
Tunyo

Senegal
Thiappy

Tanzania
Isagehe
Kinampanda
Nyasa

Zambia
Kalomo

Latin America
Nicaragua
Teltpetlapan

Where We Can Improve

  • In Ksach Kandal community in Cambodia, exclusive breastfeeding of babies increased from 52% to 67%. However, we found that mothers were still lacking knowledge on how to feed their children nutritious food when they were older. We need to focus more on this training.
 
  • In Mwatate community in Kenya, 68% of the community has access to safe drinking water compared to 38% a few years ago when the program started. It takes time and is expensive to increase access to safe drinking water, so the program has also been encouraging households to boil their water in the interim. The evaluation showed that more of them are doing this, which has caused a higher demand for wood fuel which can easily lead to deforestation. We need to make sure we are introducing wood energy saving technologies, even as we continue to increase the access to safe drinking water for everyone in the community.
 
  • In Chigeltei community in Mongolia, we conducted trainings on disaster prevention and preparedness. We discovered that there were people with disabilities and elderly that were unable to attend the trainings as it was difficult for them to leave their homes. We need to find better ways to reach them in the future.

Community Graduations

Every year, we celebrate World Vision communities that have completed their 10 to 15-year partnership with World Vision, and are ready to thrive without us.

A community is ready to move forward on their own once World Vision has helped them get access to the most important essentials for a quality life. These include: education, health care, clean water and improved nutrition.

Then, World Vision moves on to help another community in need.

Snapshots of Success:

  • Education: In Kalomo in Zambia, 98% OF CHILDREN ARE NOW ENROLLED in school, more than doubling since 2001 when it was at 44%.

  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene: In Thiappy in Senegal, 100% OF FAMILIES now have access to safe drinking water compared to only 26% at the beginning of the program.

  • Health: In Isagehe in Tanzania, 98% OF CHILDREN have received all age-appropriate vaccines to help protect them from diseases compared to 26% before.

  • In Thanmalvila community in Sri Lanka, the percentage of children under 5 years old that are too short for their age as a result of malnourishment, has decreased from 15% to 8%.

  • In Nyasa in Tanzania, 96% of children under 5 years old now sleep under a mosquito net, compared to 81% before, helping protect them from diseases such as malaria, dengue and Zika.

  • In Rangrapara in Bangladesh, the percentage of students who dropped out of school has decreased from 18% to 2.4%.

  • In Pathana in Sri Lanka, 57% of children are able to read and understand the material, compared to 46% before.

  • In Koro Hills in Chad, 81% of children from ages 6 to11 now participate in a club, compared to 41% before.

  • In Padiyathalawa in Sri Lanka, the employment rate in the community is now 71% compared to 4% before.

Explore more information on the impact achieved in these communities:

Asia
Thailand
Jatujak

Bangladesh
Haluaghat

Indonesia
Cilincing
Port Numbay

Sri Lanka
Padiyathalawa
Thanamalvila

Middle East
Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza
East Hebron

Africa
Chad
Koro Hills
Laokassy

Ghana
Tolon-Kumbungo

Senegal
Thiappy

Tanzania
Isagehe
Kinampanda
Nyasa

Zambia
Kalomo