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.

Our programs are designed to do the utmost for children, and if that’s not happening, we want to improve them.  That’s why each individual program is constantly being monitored and, at specific milestones, an evaluation is done to track the progress or the end results. This evaluation process is implemented in consultation with community members, government and private sector partners, and whenever possible, they are conducted by an independent evaluation team.

Here are some of the exciting changes we recently found:
1. In Kikimi, DRC

Target Population: The target population at the beginning of this cycle (2013) was estimated at 48,774 inhabitants, including 13,244 men, 16,724 women, 9,424 Boys and 9,382 girls

Sample for the evaluation:
Male Female Total
no. % no. % no. %
6-17 223 50,91 215 49,09 438 20,32
18-29 294 51,58 276 48,42 570 26,45
30-41 288 53,04 255 46,96 543 25,20
42-53 266 66,83 132 33,17 398 18,47
54-59 105 50,97 101 49,03 206 9,56
Total 1176 54,57 979 45,43 2155 100
  • Distribution of age and sex of sample: anthropometric survey
  • 33.2% of children could read and understand the material in 2017, increasing from 19.1% in 2013
  • 56.8% of children completed basic education in a structured learning environment in 2017, increasing from 37.2% in 2013

Health & Nutrition:
  • 54.7% of mothers reported having at least four antenatal visits while they were pregnant with their youngest child in 2017, increasing from 42.1% in 2013
  • According to the health zone report, there has been noticed an improvement of the health and nutritional status among children under 5 years old, seen in the decrease in the number of cases of acute and severe malnutrition cases sent to health centers for treatment, which went from 194 in 2017 to 166 in 2018 of whom 159 were rehabilitated. The overall stunting rate due to chronic malnutrition decreased from 36.1% in 2013 to 33.4% in 2017.
Emergency Response:
  • 65.3% of families who faced a disaster in the past 12 months were able to employ an effective disaster risk reduction or positive coping strategy in 2017, increasing from 41.1% in 2013
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene:
  • 83.2% of families used an improved source of drinking water in 2017, increasing from 12.6% in 2013
*Results of World Vision Canada's evaluation in Kikimi, DRC reported on December, 2017
2. In Miches, Dominican Republic: Goal: To contribute to the sustained well-being of 8,850 children/adolescents/young people and their families and the fulfillment of their rights within their families and communities.
Sample: Evaluation done for a sample of 1,867 households.
Highlight of the results:
  • 38% of children could read and understand the material in 2018, increasing from 29% in 2015
Child Protection:
  • 93% of adolescents reported having a birth certificate in 2018, increasing from 89.9% in 2015
  • 79% of adolescents felt that their community is a safe place in 2018, increasing from 64.5% in 2015
Health & Nutrition
  • 11.8% of young people had inadequate access to food in 2018, declining from 15.4% in 2015

Grant in a fragile context

FEED – Fortifying Equality and Economic Diversification

Improved Livelihoods in South Sudan

FEED was a three-year (April 2015 to March 2018) project designed to meet basic food security needs and reduce vulnerability amongst empowered communities and households in seven of the former states in South Sudan.  The project is implemented through a Contribution Agreement between DFATD and World Vision Canada (WVC), where WVC is the lead agency representing a formalized consortium of Canadian NGOs that also includes Oxfam Canada, and CARE Canada. 

Project Implementation Period: 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2018 (baseline: 2015, evaluation: 2018)

Target population: FEED targeted 60,000 households intending to benefit 215,144 people (135,645 women and 79,499 men)

Survey design: both qualitative and quantitative methods were used for outcome monitoring survey process to provide quantitative and qualitative information for end of project reporting.

Quantitative Sampling: The baseline survey used a 30 by 30 sampling approach to determine the sample size. Similar methodology was replicated in this survey so that we can compare the result with the baseline values. This entailed sampling 30 clusters and 30 households in each cluster (Boma). Therefore, a total of 900 households were sampled in this survey in 9 selected counties of 7 former states.
States Selected Counties Population Sampled HH size
Central Equatoria (CEQ) Juba 11204 60
Western Equatoria (WEQ) Yambio and Tambura 65200 270
Lakes Wulu 12156 60
Warrap Gogrial west and Tonj South 59175 240
Eastern Equatoria (EEQ) Torit 30000 120
Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBG) Awiel East 9784 30
Western Bahr el Ghazal (WBG) Wau 27625 120
Total   215,144 900

Highlight of the results:
  • Capacity of households to provide basic needs for their family increased dramatically, with the percentage of respondents citing that they are able to provide at least three out of four basic needs (set of clothes, pair of shoes, blanket for sleeping and three meals per day) to all household members without external assistance increasing from 27.6% to 41%.
  • Though still significant percentage of households in project areas are vulnerable, the proportion of vulnerable households as per the vulnerability index score significantly reduced to 11.4% from 32.7% at baseline. However, still female-headed households are more vulnerable compared to male-headed households.
  • Overall the food consumption and availability seem improved from the start of the project.
    • The outcome monitoring survey results showed that households that have year-round access to sufficient food to meet family needs increased by 47.4%, from 21.3% (baseline) to 31,4% of final outcome monitoring survey.
    • During the time when the survey was conducted (February 2018), more than 28% of adult households had consumed three and more meals per day which improves by 141.4% as compared to baseline value (which was only 11.6%).
  • Big behavioural and attitudinal changes happened in target community regarding gender.
    • The survey revealed that 82.4% of sampled female respondents were willing to report incidents of sexual abuse (domestic and child abuse practices).
    • The Gender Based Violence in target communities reduced from 33.1% (baseline) to 27% in the last three years of project operation.
    • The proportion of women in positions of leadership in community structures or groups increased from 55.8% to 67.3%. 
    • The perception of men and women regarding ability of women to take a role in decision making is changing. This perception improved from 54.5% (baseline value) to 79%.

Grant in a development context
External Independent Evaluation, by ICF

In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Rapid Access Enlargement program (RAcE) in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Goal: To improve the coverage of diagnosis, treatment and referral services for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea to reduce overall mortality and the number of severe cases of these diseases in children aged 2 to 59 months.

External Independent Evaluation: WHO commissioned ICF to conduct a final evaluation of the RAcE project in Niger to assist the Organization in determining whether the project goal had been achieved and whether it had also contributed to broadening the global evidence base for integrated case management in the community (iCCM). To demonstrate the contribution to possible changes in treatment coverage, indicators and estimated mortality that could be attributed to the RAcE project, ICF evaluated project data and systematic data from the Ministry of Public Health, estimated the evolution of child mortality in the project areas using the Lifted Lives tool and identified contextual factors that may have influenced child health in the project areas.

Implementation period and target population: From July 2013 to September 2017, World Vision implemented the RAcE project in Niger in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and WHO in four health districts in the country - Boboye, Dogondoutchi, Dosso and Keita - totalling 994,904 inhabitants including 230,833 children under 5 years old.

Key Findings:
  • The evaluation found that the RAcE project had been successful in overcoming major health challenges in Niger by expanding rural communities' access to health care through iCCM services. These services provided by community relays (or community health workers) are highly appreciated. While these relays were not present before the project, the results of the household surveys at the end of the project showed that they gained the trust of the families, who felt almost unanimously that they provided quality health services. This positive perception of community relays has probably contributed to the increase in the demand for care for children under five; at the end of the project, 75% of sick children aged 2 to 59 months were first brought to a community relay for treatment.
  • The systematic monitoring data show a steady increase in the number of treated cases of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, in parallel with the increase in the number of active and functioning community relays.
  • The lifesaving LiST tool model estimated a 12.6% reduction in under-five mortality in the RAcE project area in Niger during the project period. In total, the number of deaths averted (lives saved) was estimated at 1,128 through therapeutic interventions against pneumonia, diarrhea or malaria among children under five during the project period. Based on therapeutic coverage by community relays, an estimated 965 lives saved by iCCM treatment provided by community relays.
  • In partnership with the Ministry of Public Health, World Vision also strengthened capacity at the national and district levels by training health workers. The results of the evaluation show that the RAcE project has largely contributed to improving access to care and treatment for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia in children under 5 in remote areas. As the RAcE project has come to an end, the Ministry of Public Health can build on what has been achieved to implement the strategy developed with WHO support to expand iCCM services to other parts of the country.
Learn more about RAcE:

Results of World Vision Canada's evaluation in Miches, Dominican Republic reported in May 2018

  • In South Sudan, the overwhelming majority of evidence suggests that the design of the FEED project was highly relevant to the needs of the community.  The final outcome survey findings came with strong, triangulated, statistically significant evidence of sizable change under every one of intermediate and immediate outcomes.  Besides great achievement the following are few recommendations to be considered in future similar programmes:
    • All activities under the FEED project proved very effective and should certainly be considered for replication in similar contexts, particularly those demonstrated in Farmers Field School (FFS) and strongly led by women groups to empower women both in economic and social practices.
    • Financial series access to target community is still low due to lack of micro-finance institutions established to provide the service as required. It is recommended that focus should be given to establish village saving groups particularly with FFS
In Kikime, DRC, the evaluation of the intervention brought out good learnings:
  • Awareness of the self-care of community members is an effective weapon to help them meet their needs by creating opportunities to improve their incomes. This makes them much more accountable and gives them great consideration in the community
  • Regular monitoring and evaluation meetings with business implementation partners are very capital moments of sharing or exchange of experiences that promotes the gradual transfer of capacity and responsibilities to potential partners in project management
  • In Larreynaga, Nicaragua, it was seen that a good planning of the evaluation period should also take into account other local activities in the communities:
    • The evaluation process coincided with preparations for the municipal elections where the current authorities were involved as candidates; it was difficult to conduct interviews with local government representatives.
Each year, we celebrate communities that have completed their 10-15-year partnership with World Vision and are ready to thrive without us.  Once we have worked with a community to help them achieve ongoing access to essentials like quality education, health care, clean water and improved nutrition, they can move forward on their own.  World Vision moves on to help another community in need.

In 2018, we had 9 communities graduate from 8 different countries. Here are some of the exciting changes we saw in these communities:

Snapshots of Success:
  • In Arani, Bolivia, 53.9% of children could read and understand the material by grade 6 in 2017 increasing from 31.3% in 2014.
  • In Garden, Chad, school drop-out rate has been reduced from 25% in 2017 to 8% in 2018. It should also be noted that the need to create a viable economic environment for households led to the formation and establishment of 10 savings and credit groups. These actions have helped to improve the proportion of households in which a member belongs to a savings group, which was 49% in 2018, increasing from 8% in 2017
  • In Hluvuko, Mozambique, 11,400 people now have access to 34 new wells and water system, meaning less time is spent fetching water and families are healthier overall. 18 health councils were established and trained—these groups teach others about proper nutrition and accessing medical services. And, finally, over 1,300 people are now involved in savings groups where they save for the future and access small loans.
  • In Kounkane, Senegal, 10 wells, 100 public taps, 4 water towers and over 70 km of pipeline are providing safe water for drinking and household needs. Also, 16,847 children are now enrolled in school, compared to less than 10,000 in 2000. Finally, 186 nutrition groups and a 72% increase in exclusive breastfeeding helped reduce children’s malnutrition by 16%.
  • ​​​In Lupane, Zimbabwe, the activities strengthened child protection systems in all the 4 wards of the ADP. Following the awareness campaigns on ending sexual violence against children, a few cases were reported and managed well from the community level. The immunization outreach services were expanded to the hard to reach areas improving coverages that remained above 95%. For the previous five years the community did not record any childhood disease outbreak. Finally, the community saw pass rates gradually improving from zero pass rates in some schools to the current above 50% pass rates in 80% of the community schools.
  • In Tchemulane, Mozambique, 32 new wells are providing safe water. Now families—especially children—don’t walk as far to fetch water and illnesses like diarrhea have been reduced. Solar electricity was installed in the health centre, making it possible to sterilize equipment and preserve vaccines. And finally, 10 health committees are teaching families about nutrition and healthy behaviours.
  • In Telpetlatpan, Nicaragua, 2.6% of children were underweight, as a result of malnutrition in 2016 significantly decreasing from 6.1% in 2012.
  • In Timor, Indonesia, 94% of children developed and demonstrated the application of essential life skills that contribute to their own development and that of their communities in 2018, compared to 77% in 2016. Also, 44% of parents or caregivers who are able to provide all the children in the household with three important items, through their own means, in the past 12 months, increased from 19% in 2016.
  • In Tubur, Uganda, training for farmers has led to increased food production—80% of children now eat three meals a day. Also, parents learned the importance of education—nearly 70% now encourage reading at home.