I like traveling to different parts of the world for pleasure. But last week as I was visiting my friend’s residence.
I almost shed tears for what my friend and I learnt.
A young street boy had stayed for a whole day without taking anything and was almost starving. As we were seated the boy came close to us. He told us that he was homeless and an orphan too. From the look, the boy needed help. We bought the boy some food and later raised his case with the World Vision International which helps needy people in our communities. Started in 1950s, World Vision International was originally known as World Vision Inc. It only worked in the United States but later in 1966 it spread its wings to other countries.
The president of the World Vision, Walter Stanley Mooney ham, founded the World Vision International in the year 1977. He served as the president until he resigned in 1982 due to criticism. The headquarters of the World Vision International are located in Monrovia, California. E D Dayton established the Mission Advanced Research and Communication Centre (MARC) in 1967 as a division of the World Vision International. This helped in world evangelization whereby a lot of information was then collected and published. This information was about “Unreached people’’ and “Mission handbook’’. From all these, World Vision decided to promote self reliance by ensuring that people from different communities acquire different agricultural skills i.e. they were trained on how to make small farms so as to greatly help these communities.
Good health has also been promoted by this organization whereby clean water storages have been installed and water pumped to different communities’ localities. Many people from this organization have still volunteered to teach these communities on how they can still use the same fresh water for productive purposes so as to earn their living i.e. by teaching them farming methods and irrigation.
In different countries e.g. Uganda, many children are dying in great numbers due to HIV/AIDS. In Roman many children are being neglected by their parents, and in Somalia many are dying due to civil wars. This led to World Vision International to decide to help these children by adhering to the following solutions:
- Giving extensive education to different communities so as to be able to protect themselves from contradicting the disease.
- Helping those affected by civil wars by joining United Nations for peace keeping preventing massive deaths.
- The World Vision International also decided to restrict the land mines which had left many communities landless hence sustaining many families.
World Vision having over 981 million dollars has emerged to be the 11th largest charity as from December 2014 according to Forbes magazine. Nancy Dornan through her charity, Network TwentyOne Inc. has greatly contributed to the funding of the World Vision International. Her charity has been the World Vision largest corporate sponsor. The charity’s philanthropic arm, Network of Caring, in partnership with World Vision International helps in children sponsorship.
World Vision is partnership is now an interdependent office with three different levels of control. These are:
- National offices-these offices hosts the branch of the main organization and they are strongly headed by the World Vision International
- Intermediate stage national offices-these offices have different board of directors for management purposes under the World Vision International.
- Independently national registered offices-following the covenant of the partnership, these offices make internal decisions in co-ordination with the World Vision International.
All members of the World Vision International must sign a covenant of partnership. Then, they must adhere to the policies and decisions made by the international board. They must also not make their own decisions and programs without consulting the World Vision International and the host country except in founding projects. These founding projects are then to be submitted through the World Vision International for budget. International board accepts the budget then examination of the national offices is done by the partnership representatives.
All national offices and their boards are headed by the president of the World Vision International. The partnership offices which are situated in different areas are usually involved in co-ordination, decision-making and representing the World Vision in the international arena. Decisions from each office must be considered. The international board of directors meets two times every year to prepare plans and budget. The current chairperson of charity is Denis St. Armour of Canada while Kelvin J Jenkins is the president.
World vision International emerges from a very solid Christian background. They include people from all parts of the world saying that a Christian can be from any culture. They therefore respect other people’s culture being committed to transformational work only attending services daily and weekly.
Activities and Philosophy
In co-ordination with other organizations e.g. UNSECO, UN agencies like UNCEF, WHO, UNCHR and ILO many activities have been funded all over the world. Its main aim is to help people make their own developments by enabling them utilize the few resources within them carefully e.g. in health care, water projects and education. It also works in eliminating poverty by ensuring that people realize their abilities and use them properly to work for change. The World Vision International also encourages people to live peacefully by solving conflicts within themselves and understanding their rights. It also encourages people to join their efforts with media so as to acquire enough education on the causes of poverty and create awareness about other people’s needs. People are also encouraged to send crews and videographers to some of the hostile areas for more information. This will greatly help in terminating poverty, civil wars, negligence and abuse e.g. in 2015 the World Vision International has fully participated in ending many calamities.
Many needy children, families and communities are greatly benefitting the World Vision International e.g. by getting clean water, better education, proper sanitation, improved health care, nutrition and other developments. World Vision International has changed children’s lives a big deal. As a member of any community what impacts have ever had from World Vision International?