Working With Children in India

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

India is currently experiencing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily infection rates have soared to over 370,000 as of May 2021 and daily deaths have surpassed 3,000. Already vulnerable children are being hit hardest as they lose parents and caregivers. A new strain of the virus is also infecting more children.

An emergency response is now underway and is being led by World Vision India. World Vision is participating in this response to help provide India with critical supplies such as oxygen concentrators, beds, tents and much more. World Vision’s regular work with children and their communities has NOT been suspended, and sponsored children continue to be monitored. However, this monitoring and engagement is being done through online platforms as face-to-face engagement has been temporarily put on hold. Staff have also advised that the processing of sponsor correspondence and Special Gifts may be delayed.

Beyond the current emergency, World Vision India’s priorities continue to be focused on child health, formal and informal education, and the economic empowerment of families.

For more information on the situation in India or to check on the status of your sponsored child, please call us at 1.866.595.5550.

DONATE NOW: If you would like to support World Vision’s efforts to respond to this crisis, please donate to the India COVID-19 Emergency Response here.

Your Impact in India

Together, we're making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

  • 166 first responders were trained in child protection
  • 4,370 families have received training in parenting skills
  • 745 people involved in local groups and organizations have received training in community-led advocacy
  • 165 neighbourhoods have made action plans to improve children's lives
  • 32,676 girls and boys took part in faith-based activities

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in India funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 51,514 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 28,164 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 492,894 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 566,806 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 915,095 community members were given cash or vouchers as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in India, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 15,211 people were reached with awareness campaigns on the harms of certain traditional practices
  • 35 health clinics are now open and meet public health standards in India
  • 27,658 teenagers took part in health programmes
  • 10,868 teenage girls received weekly iron and folic acid supplements
  • 487 girls and boys who we identified as malnourished are now a healthier weight

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in India funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 1,315 children graduated to the next grade level
  • 8,460 children are participating in children's clubs
  • 13,161 kids and teenagers completed our life skills workshops
  • 148 preschools are now running in the community
  • 36,127 children attended Life School for Transformational Development

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in India funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 14 youth who went through job training have found employment
  • 1,760 families were given emergency support from us after a crisis, like food, tents, or water purification tablets
  • 101 self-help groups are functioning in the community
  • 503,557 USD was provided to community members through cash and vouchers
  • 32,746 people received financial support

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in India funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 9,650 families have access to clean water
  • 1,718 families have somewhere to wash their hands, clean dishes, and safely throw away rubbish
  • 37,263 people went to our health and hygiene training 
  • 35,816 mums learned about safe water and good hygiene

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in India funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
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