World Vision - Ethiopia

World Vision is an international Christian relief
and development organisation working to
promote the well-being of all people -
especially children. World Vision seeks to
serve people who are poor worldwide,
regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin.
World Vision is an international Christian relief
and development organisation working to
promote the well-being of all people -
especially children. World Vision seeks to
serve people who are poor worldwide,
regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin.

Established in 1950 to care for orphans in
Asia, World Vision has grown to embrace the
larger issues of community development and
advocacy for the poor in its mission to help
children and their families build sustainable
futures.

Working on six continents, World Vision
is one of the largest Christian relief and
development organisations in the world.

The heart of World Vision's work is in helping
communities build stronger and healthier
relationships. The absence of such
relationships impoverishes communities.

World Vision focuses on children because they
are the best indicator of a community's social
health. When children are fed, sheltered,
schooled, protected, valued, and loved a
community thrives. World Vision's mission is
pursued through integrated, holistic
commitment to:

Transformational development that is
sustainable and community-based, focused
especially on the needs of children.

Emergency Relief that assists people afflicted
by conflict or disaster.

Promotion of Justice that seeks to change
unjust structures affecting the poor among
whom we work.

Strategic Initiatives that serve the church in
the fulfillment of its mission.

Public Awareness that leads to informed
understanding, giving, involvement and
prayer.

Witness to Jesus Christ, by life, deed,
word and sign.

Core Values

The World Vision Partnership shares a
common understanding bound together by
six core values. These core values are
the fundamental and guiding priciples that
determine World Vision's actions. The core
values are our aim, a challenge that we seek
to live and work to.

We are Christian.
We are committed to the poor.
We value people.
We are stewards.
We are partners.
We are responsive.

We are Christian
We acknowledge one God: Father,
Son and
Holy Spirit. In Jesus the love, mercy
and grace of God are made known to
us
and all peopple.

We seek to follow Jesus - in his
idenitification with the poor, the
powerless, the afflicted, the
oppressed, and the marginalised; in
his
special concern for children; in his
respect for the dignity bestowed
equally on women and men; in his
challenge to unjust attitudes and
systems; in his call to share
resources
with each other; in his love for all
people without discrimination or
conditions; in his offer of new life
through faith in him.

We hear his call to servanthood, and
to
humility.

We maintain our Christian identity
while being sensitive to the diverse
contexts in which we express that
identity.

We are committed to the poor
We are called to serve the neediest
people of the earth; to relieve their
suffering and to promote the
transfomation of their wellbeing.

We stand in solidarity in a common
search for justice. We seek to
understand the situation of the poor
and work alongside them.

We seek to facilitate an engagement
between the poor and the affluent
that
opens both to transformation

We respect the poor as activie
participants, not passive recipients,
in this relationship. They are people
from whom others may learn and
receive,
as well as give. The need for
transformation is common to all.
Together we share a quest for
justice,
peace, reconciliation, and healing in
a
broken world.

We value people. We regard all
people
as created and loved by God. We
give
priority to people before money,
structures, systems and other
institutional machinery. We act in
ways
that respect the dignity, uniqueness
and intrinsic worth of every person -
the poor, the donors, our staff and
their families, boards, and
volunteers.

We celebrate the richness of
diversity
in human personality, culture and
contribution.

We are stewards
The resources at our disposal are
not
our own. They are a trust from God
through donors on behalf of the
poor.
We speak and act honestly. We are
open
and factual in our dealings with
donors, project communities,
governments and the public at large.

We demand of ourselves high
standards
of professional competence and
financial accountability.

We are stewards of God's creation.
We
care for the earth and act in ways
that
will restore and protect the
environment. We ensure that our
development activities are
ecologically
sound.

We are partners
We are partners with the poor and
with
donors in a shared ministry.

We are members of an international
World Vision partnership that
transcends legal, structural, and
cultural boundaries.

We pursue relationships with all
churches and desire mutual
participation in ministry.

We maintain a cooperative stance
and a
spirit of openness towards other
humanitarian organisations.

We are responsive
We are responsive to life-
threatening
emergencies wehre our involvement
is
needed and appropriate. We are
willing
to take intelligent risks and act
quickly.

We do this from a foundation of
experience and sensitivity to what
the
situation requires. We also recognise
that even in the midst of crisis the
destitute have a contribution to
make.

We are responsive in a different
sense
where deep seated and often
complex
economic and social deprivation calls
for sustainable, long-term
development.

The World Vision Partnership
World Vision functions as a
partnership
of interdependent national entities,
which have their own boards or
advisory
councils to oversee their operations.
A
common mission statement and
shared
core values bind the Parntership. By
signing the Covenant of Partnership,
each partner agrees to abide by
common
policies and standards. Partners hold
each other accountable through an
ongoing system of peer review.

The Partnership Offices, located in
Geneva, Bangkok, Nairobi, Vienna,
Los
Angeles, Melbourne, and San Jose,
co-
ordinate the strategic and global
operations of the organisation and
represent World Vision in the
international arena. Each national
office, regardless of how big its
programmes are, enjoys equal voice
in
the Partnership, erasing the usual
distinctions between the developed
and
developing world.

Where World Vision works:
Africa
Angola, Burundi, Chad, Democratic
Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea,
Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liveria,
Malawi,
Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger,
Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone,
Somalia,
South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland,
Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia,
Zimbabwe.

Asia
Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India,
Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia,
Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North
Korea,
Philippines, Singapore, South Korea,
Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

Europe
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Finland,
Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland,
Kosovo, Macedonia, Netherlands,
Romania, Russia (Chechnya), Serbia,
Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Latin America
Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa
Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El
Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti,
Honduras,
Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela.

Middle East
Cyprus, Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza,
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey.

North America
Canada, United States Of America

Oceania
Australia, New Zealand, Papua New
Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu.

International Board
An international board of directors
overseas the World Vision
Partnership.
The full board, which meets twice a
year, appoints the Parnership's
senior
officers, approves strategic plans
and
budgets, and determines
international
policy.

The 24 board members are from 19
different nationas. The chairperson
of
the international board is Dr. Valdir
Steuernagel, of Brazil. The
international president and chief
executive officer is Dr. Dean R. Hirsch.

National Boards
As much as possible, operational
decisions are made at the local or
national level. National directors
approve more than 90 percent of all
projects within previously approved
budgets. National boards, comprised
of
business, church, and social service
leaders exercise responsibility for
governance at the national level.

Countries

Key information

Operation level:
Community-based
Works with age groups:
Organisation type:
Organisation

Mandate

Organisation mandate

, Children 0 - 18