Children are at the heart of it
We believe every child should grow up in a fair, just and socially cohesive city that they play a part in planning and designing. We also believe that where children live should have no bearing on their ability to access life-saving services. It is important and possible to ensure children’s health needs are met amid the pressures of urbanisation.
Just cities for all children
We are making progress. We ensure that our urban programming work involves children’s genuine participation. We provide opportunities to children and young people to plan, implement and evaluate their own initiatives. We work to transform urban policy to meet the needs of those it affects the most.
But there’s more to be done. People and poverty are moving to cities at a scale and speed that poses serious risks and challenges to the health, safety and wellbeing of children, especially the most vulnerable. We want to give all children access to adequate food, shelter, drinking water, education and medical care. Our desire is for every child to be protected from street violence, drugs, trafficking and hazardous forms of child labour. We want safe spaces to play for all children.
Our Work in Urban
In 2008, recognizing an organizational need to respond and adapt to the growing trend of urbanization, and its negative impact on the most vulnerable groups, especially children, World Vision launched an action-research and learning approach to investigate the relevance of its current development models and frameworks in urban settings.
We have launched World Vision's 'Citywide Self-Sustaining Model' - an integrated approach to urban programming that aims to maximize the organization's contribution to large scale, sustained impact in the lives of the most vulnerable children in urban areas.