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.

Read about our progress on these targets


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.

More information on World Vision’s child sponsorship research:

World Vision Child Sponsorship
How World Vision sponsorship programmes contribute to improvements in child well-being

Sponsor Transformation
How do donors engage with child sponsorship?

Faith-based Development
World Vision’s Christian identity and the way it informs programming