Since 1950, we have contributed to the well-being of millions of children by adapting to meet the needs that we have encountered. Now poverty is changing and being pushed into some of the hardest   to reach places; the most fragile and unstable. We must change how we respond to these needs if we are to change the world for children.

World Vision is embarking on a bold new 15-year strategy called Our Promise 2030: Building Brighter Futures for Vulnerable Children. We believe that every child is created in God’s image and deserves life in all its fullness. We are shifting how and where we work to transform reality for vulnerable children and help them to be all that God intended.

To help us monitor our work and make sure we’re having the greatest impact, we work towards four global targets:

  1. The children themselves report an increased level of well-being;
  2. ​An increase in children protected from infection and disease;
  3. An increase in children who are well nourished.
  4. An increase in children who can read. 


 You can read about our progress on the Global Targets in our most recent Child Well-Being summary report


Below, we highlight some achievements and discoveries from our global monitoring and evaluation efforts

  • Every 60 seconds … a family gets water … a hungry child is fed … a family receives the tools to overcome poverty. 
  • World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds and reaches three more schools every day with clean water. 
  • Together we’ve impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty. 
  • Over the last five years, 89% of the severely malnourished children we treated made a full recovery.
  • Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, 4 more children benefit, too.
World Vision is constantly striving to improve the way we work.  We regularly assess our approaches to make sure we are being as effective as we can.  Take child sponsorship, for instance: in 2013 we initiated a four-year global research on our child sponsorship approach, looking at the program’s impact, for both communities overseas and child sponsors back home.

Here’s some of what we discovered:
  • Notable improvements were found in the lives of children. For example, in Sri Lanka: Pottuvil community had 86% secondary school completion, an increase from 59% in 2011. Weeraketiya community had 94% access to clean water, an increase from 35% in the broader district in 1998.

  • World Vision’s impact on child well-being hinges on three main things: the community based nature of our work; the active participation of community members in all aspects of planning; and our strong partnerships with local groups and organizations

  • 91% of sponsors we surveyed say that sponsorship is a rewarding experience, and two-thirds say they feel connected to their child

  • World Vision’s Christian identity helps us defuse religious tensions and inspire community members to develop healthy behaviours.  We do this, in part, through our strong partnerships with leaders from all faith groups.

  • Good communication is continually needed around World Vision’s sponsorship model and how it benefits the whole community and not just the individual child.  For example, several communities struggled with the expectation that sponsorships funds would come directly to them, rather than helping their children by improving that child’s whole community.


 For more information on World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Research:

    World Vision Child Sponsorship
Sponsor Transformation
Faith Based Development