World Vision's Role in the Development of the World

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World Vision's Role in the Development of the World World Vision is one of the world’s leading aid and development charities. It was founded in 1947 by the American missionary Bob Pierce after he took a life changing trip to China and Korea in 1947. In its core values it states that it is a Christian organization that acknowledges one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The organization maintains its Christian identity but is sensitive to the diverse contexts in which it works. It is committed to the poor and to working with the poor towards fullness of life. In 2003 its total income was £42,223 of which £ 23,941 was from voluntary sources and £ 7,518 came from government grants. World Vision runs both long term programmes (area development programmes) and emergency programmes. Area development programmes (ADPs) cover large areas which involve several villages and communities. These projects last up to 15 years. The funding for ADPs mainly comes from child sponsorship which enables World Vision to help the whole community. World Vision’s main aim is to help communities to develop their skills and confidence so they are able to manage their own development long after World Vision has finished it work in that particular area. An example of one of World Vision’s ADPs is World Vision’s new sponsorship program in Sacaca in the county of Ibañez, in the province of Potosi in Bolivia. Sacaca is a mountainous area with a cold climate. There are 15,000 inhabitants of Sacaca who are among the most disadvantaged people in Bolivia. The main way of making a living is subsistence farming; they grow potatoes, cereal crops, beans and peas and lower down the mountains pear trees and prickly cacti. They also rear livestock including sheep, goats and llamas. The farms do not make enough and there is desperate need for clean water, sanitation, more awareness of hygiene and more local health care. This project began in October 2002 and is now helping to address the issues above over the next 13 years.

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