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 430,953 children in 230 communities is pretty good!) To learn more about the impact Canadians have made in developing communities, browse our 2017 Annual Impact Report.
  • Together, we work alongside communities for up to 15 years. Thats commitment! Continue reading to learn more about Community Graduations.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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Our programs are designed to do the utmost for children, and if that’s not happening, we want to improve them.  We’re meticulous and thorough, not just in the design of our programs and strategies, but also in the regular review of our approaches.

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

We consult community members, government and private sector partners that are at work in the child’s community to seek their input and ideas on how we are doing. We celebrate our achievements, and immediately look for ways to learn from our challenges.  And we do this with the community, because we are all working as partners for change.  The evaluation reports also help to show us where our focus should be for the next five years.

In 2017, we conducted 11 evaluations. Here are some of the exciting changes we found:
Snapshots of Success:
  • In Genesis, Peru:
    • 45% of children were able to read and understand the material in 2017, increasing from 33% in 2014/20151.
    • 78% of children aged 9 to 11 reported they were able to express their opinions in school or civic spaces in 2017, increasing from 54% in 2014/2015.2
    • 86% of children under five received effective treatment for diarrhoea when it was needed in 2017, increasing from 2.8% in 2014/2015.3
  • In Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of Congo:
    • 68.4% of children were using a mosquito net to keep themselves, especiallly those under 5 years old, protected against malaria, dengue, zika and other mosquito-borne diseases in 2017, increasing from 40.6% in 2014.4
    • 69% of children graduated from primary school in 2017, increasing from 22% in 2014.5
    • 83% of children were capable of doing simple math in 2017, increasing from 60.4% in 2014.6
  • In Simiri, Niger:
    • 11% of children were too thin for their age, as a result of intense short-term malnutrition in 2017, decreasing from 22% in 2013.
    • 88% of children with pneumonia were treated at a health facility and better cared for, increasing from 59% in 2013.
1 Confidence interval of 34% - 56% in 2017, compared to 24% - 43% in 2014/2015
2 Confidence interval of 69% - 87% in 2017, compared to 44% - 64% in 2014/2015
3 Confidence interval of 63% - 108% in 2017, compared to 0-6% in 2014/2015
4 Confidence interval of 69% - 87% in 2017, compared to 44% - 64% in 2014/2015
5 Confidence interval of 61.1% - 79.4% in 2017, compared to 16.3% - 27.7% in 2014


  • In Cambodia we have adapted our programming in urban slums to work through multiple small mobile Urban Hubs rather than a single program office.  These allow us to be extremely agile and shift our focus areas along with vulnerable urban populations who are often highly mobile due to issues around land tenure and evictions.  However, the underlying issue of displacement persists. We have learned that facilitating constructive dialogue between communities and the local government  can be effective in addressing land tenure issues and aim to expand and strengthen this approach in our urban programs.

  • In El Milagro in Peru we have seen positive change in families and schools promoting life skills and entrepreneurship for youth. However, we have seen that this can be strengthened through also providing microcredit to these youth so that they can start to learn the business skills necessary to succeed in life.

  • In Ngenda community in Rwanda, World Vision helped farmers to improve their production but they were selling them at a lower price due to the surplus in their area. Only 60km away in the capital city the prices were much better. We need to help these famers improve their supply chain so that they are able to get the maximum value for their produce.

  • The Miramar community in Peru is working to tackle some of the challenges they now have evidence for since the latest evaluation done in 2017:

    • 88% of youth in 2017 had a birth certificate, decreasing from 92% in the past years. It highlighted the need to build up the role the family plays in prioritizing the registration of their children. In this area, many families migrate from other smaller villages and the Libertad Highlands area so there is a constant need to readdress the issue of birth registration; also, the findings highlighted how some actions from multiple partners in the community have mainly addressed young children; leaving in the background older children and teenagers, which we need to tackle going forward.

    • The proportion of adolescents that reported they are participating in decision-making processes in their local government remained unchanged at 20%. The World Vision team has been working to build up the capacities of child and youth parliaments, which have members participating in different spaces: round tables, regional parliaments, and national assemblies. However, more work is needed to make an impact at the national and sub-national levels, so that boys’ and girls’ voices are not only listened to, but taken into account when coming to decision making.

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 2017, we had 10 communities graduate from 6 different countries. Here are some of the exciting changes we saw in these communities:

Snapshots of Success:

  • In Samlot community in Cambodia
    • 74% of children completed basic education in a structured learning environment in 2016, increasing from 39% in 2012.
    • 21.7% of children under 5 years old were too short for their age as a result of long-term malnourishment in 2017, decreasing from 23.7% in 2012.
  • In Miravalles community in Costa Rica
    • 53.5% of children could read with comprehension by grade 6 in 2017, increasing from 28.2% in 2014.
  • In Dolj community in Romania
    • 57.0% of adolescents identified themselves as thriving in the ladder of life in 2017 increasing from 11.7% in 2014; they report significantly fewer health problems, fewer sick days, less worry, stress, sadness, anger, and more happiness, enjoyment, interest, and respect.
  • In Valcea community in Romania
    • 49.0% of adolescents reported they participate in the decision-making process of local government in 2017 significantly increasing from 37.0% in 2015, making communities more responsive to the needs and rights of children and youth.1
  • In Ngenda community in Rwanda
    • The proportion of households belonging to savings and credit cooperatives increased from 32.6% in 2013 to 67.7% in 2016.
    • The percentage of women who gave birth to their youngest child at a health facility increased from 77.7% in 2013 to 94.6% in 2016.
    • Both boys and girls are doing better at school. The percentage of girls passing the national exam increased from 34.6% in 2013 to 89.7% in 2016; for boys the percentage increased from 60% in 2013 to 91.6% in 2016.
  • In Gashora community in Rwanda
    • The proportion of households with sufficient diet diversity of at least 4 food groups increased from 9% in 2013 to 54.7% in 2016.
  • In Nyamata community in Rwanda
    • The proportion of students dropping out of primary school decreased from 22.5% in 2013 to 4.8% in 2016.
    • The proportion of households belonging to savings and credit cooperatives increased from 31.6% in 2013 to 75.3% in 2016.

1 Statistically significant whereby Type-I error is less than 5%