Our vision is to bring real and lasting change in the lives of children and their communities.

We want all children to:

  • Enjoy good health, be educated for life
  • Be cared for, and protected from harm
  • Have a chance to participate in all aspects of community life
  • Experience the love of God and their neighbours

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 Canada is deeply committed to the global targets and every year we highlight the progress and impact that our projects achieve. You can see the progress of each community and country through our community and country pages here

Below we highlight some of the overall results of the activities we worked on from October 2016 to September 2017:


  • 199,094 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health 

  • 151,157 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy

  • 105,987 adults and youth learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to protect themselves against HIV and other STIs 

  • 26,873 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 

  • 381 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families 

  • 135,833 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika 

  • 46.18 million doses of medication were shipped to stock medical clinics, helping children stay healthy and fight diseases.


  • 7,018 youth were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships or vocational training 

  • 70,516 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families 

  • 6,634 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses 

  •  36,179 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources 

  • 4,088 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children


  •  41,556 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms 

  • 170,336 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps 

  • 11,569 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children 


  • 552,132 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy 

  •  1,949 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families 


  •  1,161 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions  

  • 2,963 children survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover 

  • 1,474 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children 

  •  2,594 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families 

  •  1,795 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment 


  •  26,090 people impacted by disaster or displacement received counselling to help them cope with trauma and stress 

  • 29,263 children affected by disaster or displacement were protected and cared for at child friendly spaces

World Vision is also 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: we recently conducted 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