World Vision History

Dr. Bob Pierce started World Vision in the 1950s for children that had been orphaned by the Korean War and in 1953 started their first sponsorship program for long term care of the children in Korea. They were soon sponsoring children in other countries in Asia and eventually expanded into Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

World Vision got a boost in the 1960s with global relief efforts by delivering clothing, food and medicines to those that suffered from disaster. They also started to ask for clothing and others items needed by the poor or in areas following disasters.

In the 1970s they continued to expand the number of people they helped and changed their strategy by starting to work with entire communities to try and help families and children to become free of poverty. They started to also incorporate agricultural and vocational training into their sponsorship efforts for families. Micro- business first started with parents learning to earn money by farming and other businesses.

These types of efforts that affected sustainable change evolved into what is today the community development program for World Vision. Helping communities to become self-reliant is the goal. When the 1980s came famine struck the country of Ethiopia and because of a huge media coverage, their needs became known around the world. World Vision was instrumental in donating millions of dollars' worth of medical assistance and food and saved thousands of people from dying.

The "Hope Initiative" was launched by World Vision in 2000 to call for help with HIV and AIDS. Before the end of 2006, the program has sponsored over 400,000 children and orphans in communities that were hardest hit by AIDS. Today World Vision continues to be one of the World's leaders in helping the poor by trying to help with the civil wars that have decimated Africa, by deterring the sex tourists from preying on children and pleading for the end of child soldiers in parts of Uganda.

 


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