World Vision is a Christian (humanitarian) organization, dedicated to the well-being of children, especially the world’s most vulnerable children, their families and communities. We are committed to serve and partner with people in need regardless of religion, ethnicity or gender.
Founded in 1950 by Dr. Bob Pierce World Vision is working in nearly 100 countries across six continents. It mainly focuses on response to humanitarian emergencies, programmes promoting holistic and sustainable transformational development as well as changing policies that hinder the development of children to their fullest potential. Development philosophies, approaches and processes of World Vision have evolved over the years but its focus on child well-being has remained intact.
Vision and Core Values
The vision of the organization states:
Our Vision for every child, life in all its fullness; Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.
World Vision works on six core values:
i) We are Christians
ii) We are committed to the poor
iii) We value people
iv) We are stewards
v) We are partners
vi) We are responsive
Who we are: Christian grassroots global organization committed to the well-being of all children.
Why we do: We are motivated by God’s love for all people, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our unwavering belief that everyone deserves life in all its fullness compels us to respond to poverty, injustice and exclusion to create a better future for children.
What we do: We work to make it possible for all children to grow up within families and communities where they have the essentials they need today, hope and opportunity for tomorrow.
How we do: Our passionate and committed staff work with communities and partners to tackle the root causes of poverty and challenge unjust systems and structures to achieve lasting and sustainable wellbeing for children. We support and protect children affected by disasters. We do this regardless of gender, religion and race.
World Vision Bangladesh
World Vision Bangladesh is a branch of World Vision International and was registered under the 'Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Ordinance, NO. 46,1978 of NGO Affairs Bureau, Prime Minister's Office, the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
World Vision began assisting the people of East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) in 1970 following a cyclone, bringing relief to the people of the coastal region. More than US $200,000 in emergency relief supplies was provided. In addition, roads were rebuilt, wells were dug, and 63 schools, colleges and health clinics were reconstructed.
In 1971, civil war caused refugees to flee to India. World Vision aided with emergency relief measures for refugees. Through the relocation of villagers, road construction, land clearance, excavation of wells and canals and the repair of damaged schools and structures, World Vision helped rebuild the northern part of the country. In 1973, World Vision opened an office in Dhaka. That same year, a child care programme provided direct assistance to children aged 4 to 14. In 1974, 23 new projects were initiated. Relief was provided to flood survivors in Jamalpur, Netrakona, and Mymensingh.
In the 1980s, World Vision conducted relief and rehabilitation work in four remote flood-affected areas. By 1982, the number of sponsored children had increased to 11,641. In 1986, through a flood rehabilitation programme, World Vision provided rice, chira (bitten rice) and housing assistance to flood-affected villages.
During the 1990s, the Bangladesh Flood Rehabilitation benefited 140,000 people. By 1992, 254 projects were active, and the number of sponsored children had increased to 57,745.
Since the 90s, World Vision has served the most vulnerable children across Bangladesh and Myanmar. We consistently consult with the government on how best to respond to humanitarian and development needs to complement the state and community partners’ efforts. World Vision Bangladesh is aware of the situation regarding the migrants from Myanmar. Currently, we do not have an active presence in the official and unofficial camps or host communities. World Vision Bangladesh will continue to monitor the situation and, when the need arises, is committed to working alongside governments, the UN system, other civil societies and community partners to address humanitarian needs of migrants from Myanmar.
By the end of 1998, natural disaster shelters were constructed for 95,000 people in the Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, and Khulna districts. By 2005, in partnership with the Bangladesh Retired Police Officers Welfare Association, World Vision began helping arrested children who had been held in correctional facilities with adults and subjected to torture and abuse. World Vision transferred 773 juveniles from prison to a juvenile detention centre. The project provided awareness to nearly 13,000 representatives of law enforcement and government.
Currently a total of 181,000 children are getting direct assistance under sponsorship programs along with other community children.