World Vision responds 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in the northeast of Japan
On March 11, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in its history. Thousands of people have been devastated by the 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami. An emergency response team of World Vision is on the ground in hard hit areas to respond to this disaster. “We are now facing the most tragic natural disaster in our country’s history,” said Kenjiro Ban, humanitarian and emergency affairs manager of World Vision Japan.
World Vision is providing relief supplies to support thousands of children and adults who are in urgent need.
As a child-focused organization, World Vision will be responding to the special needs of children. World Vision is planning to assess the needs and possibility to establish one or more Child-Friendly-Space, sites for children affected by disasters to resume normal childhood activities and experience structure and security that are often lost following emergency situations.
Please provide help and hope to families affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
World Vision began with the vision of one man—the Reverend Bob Pierce. During his trip to China in 1947, Rev. Pierce met a girl in extreme poverty. He decided to give his last five dollars to her, and promised sending the same amount each month after he goes back home. This encounter was a turning point for Rev. Pierce. He began building an organization dedicated to helping the world's children, and in 1950 World Vision was born. The first child sponsorship programme began three years later in response to the needs of hundreds of thousands of orphans at the end of the Korean War.
After a half century since its foundation, World Vision has become a leading humanitarian organization. Some 40,000 staff members implement programmes of community development, emergency relief and promotion of justice in nearly 100 countries.
World Vision Japan
In the 1960s, World Vision was active in Japan to support children through orphanages. Following the successfully achieved reconstruction after World War II, and calls for action to help developing countries, World Vision Japan was founded in 1987 as one of the support offices in the WV Partnership, with the independent board of directors. In 1999, World Vision Japan obtained the corporate status and was certified as a Specified Non-Profit Corporation. Since 2002, World Vision has been acknowledged by the National Tax Agency as a “Specified Nonprofit Corporation,” which allows donations to the organization to be exempted from tax.
- We are Christian
- We are committed to the poor
- We value people
- We are stewards
- We are partners
- We are responsive
1.Development –Transforming Communities
Transformational development is the process through which children, families and communities identify and overcome the obstacles that prevent them from living life in all its fullness. World Vision partners with communities to improve lives. Through these partnerships, communities access the knowledge and resources needed to improve the well-being of children and overcome poverty. World Vision provides a range of interventions tailored to the context, including programmes in education, health, economic development, microfinance, agriculture, water and sanitation. By helping community members help each other, World Vision ensures that the process of positive change continues long after development staff have left.
Child Sponsorship Programme - Promoting the well-being of children
Child Sponsorship Programme is a core programme for World Vision to pursue transformational development with children, families, communities and sponsors all over the world to improve the well-being of children. We believe that the best way to help children is to work with them, together with their families and communities, to make changes that last.
Child sponsorship builds relationships between children, their families, sponsors and World Vision staff. These relationships enable mutual transformation by sharing resources, hope and experiences in overcoming poverty through child-focused development programmes. In Japan, over 40,000 sponsors support children across the ocean through the child sponsorship programme.
2.Relief －Responding to Disasters
World Vision responds to major disasters and humanitarian crisis all over the world, quickly providing food, water, shelter and other essentials to the people affected. World Vision works to identify at-risk locations, pre-positioned resources and personnel in high-risk zones, and build capacity and resilience among communities to help and protect themselves.
3.Advocacy – Seeking Global Change
Every day, all over the world, unjust and unfair policies, systems, practices and attitudes force millions to live in poverty. Young girls are pulled from school and forced into early marriages; children are forced to work in dangerous conditions; unfair trade rules leave farmers unable to export their goods. The only solution to such wrongs is for people to demand an end to such injustice and inequality. World Vision works to empower communities to know and to speak up for their rights at local, national and international levels. In situations where such community-led advocacy is not possible, World Vision takes the voices of those living in poverty to those decision-makers with the power to change unjust policies and practices.
The World Vision Partnership
World Vision functions as a partnership of interdependent national offices, overseen by their own boards or advisory councils. A common mission statement and shared core values bind the Partnership together. By signing the Covenant of Partnership, each national office agrees to abide by common policies and standards. National offices hold each other accountable through an ongoing system of peer review.
The Partnership Offices, located in Geneva, Bangkok, Nairobi, Cyprus, Los Angeles, and San Jose, Costa Rica, co-ordinate the strategic operations of the organization and represent World Vision in the international arena. Each national office, regardless of how big its programmes are, enjoys equal voice in Partnership governance, erasing the usual distinctions between the developed and developing world.
|Special Advisor||Rev. Dr. Akira Hatori||President Emeritus, Pacific Broadcasting Association|
|Honorary Chairman||Rev. Dr. Tatsuhiro Mineno||Senior Pastor, Yodobashi Church|
|Chairman||Rev. Hiroshi Sakakibara||Vice Chairman, Ochanomizu Christian Centre|
|Vice Chairman||Dr. Nobuhiro Iijima||President, Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd.|
|Managing Director||Nobuhiko Katayama||National Director, WV Japan|
|Director||Rev. Dr. Yoriko Arakawa||Pastor, Yodobashi Church|
|Director||Michio Higurashi||President, Sakae Aromatic Co., Ltd|
|Director||Haruo Miki||President, Tamanohada Soap Co., Ltd|
|Director||Dr/Rev. Akiko Minato||Former President, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University|
|Director||Rev. Koji Ishikawa||Senior Pastor, Seijujikafukuin Church|
|Inspector||Rev. Akira Yoshimochi||Chairman, Sweden Alliance Christ Mission|
|Inspector||Shinobu Nakamura||Secretory General, Yodobashi Church|
Placing Area Development Programmes (ADPs) as our core programmes, World Vision has implemented 72 programmes in 26 countries. The programmes in Cambodia and Philippines have been handed over to the people in the communities after WV’s support for 13 years and 15 years respectively. Meanwhile, the new programmes are getting started in Swaziland and Rwanda, and WV now has 45 ADPs in 22 countries. In addition to the ADPs, WVJ also implements a HIV/AIDS programme in Malawi and Community Based Rehabilitation(CBR) Programme for handicapped people in Uzbekistan, thanks to the funding from the Japanese government. All these programmes have not been possible without the supporters in Japan. During the Child Sponsorship Campaigns from November to Christmas, we could introduce new child sponsors to 4,791 children. The number of child sponsors in Japan counts 40,164 as of the end of September, 2008.
Responding to the tremendous damage brought by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and Sichuan Earth Quake in China, WVJ started the relief operations immediately. Efforts have also been made to continue humanitarian assistance for the oppressed in the silent crisis in Africa. Among many projects, firstly, we have provided assistance for the returnees to Southern Sudan, who were displaced during the long-lasting civil war, to reconstruct their lives. Secondly, we have supported reintegration of the ex-military-people in Angola which went through the civil war for 27 years until 2002. Thirdly, we have implemented relief projects for the drought-affected people in Swaziland. The projects are now being shifted to a community development programme through child sponsorship. Funding for the relief activities have been provided by such organizations as Japan Platform (JPF) and World Food Programme (WFP) as well as precious contribution from many supporters.
WV seeks global change to reduce poverty through speaking up what is happening for children in the world, lobbying the government officials for policy change, and encouraging the public to take actions for children. The year 2008 was a remarkable year in many ways. Firstly, we held the inter-active event, “One Life Experience” (OLE), in 3 cities, and more than 8,500 people experienced the realities of children in Africa. Secondly, the WVJ’s first book, “I could be the one to save this child” was published from Shogakukan Inc. Thirdly, taking the special opportunities of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) IV and the G8 Toyako Summit in Hokkaido, WVJ actively made efforts so that the policies with particular attention to improve healthcare in developing countries be realized. As a regular event, WV Café was held every month, and we welcomed over 100 participants each time. This event started from 2007 and has turned out to be a good opportunity for many people to deepen understanding for children’s lives in challenging situations, and the work of WV to serve the children, their families, and their communities.
Expenditure on International Programmes by Category and Region
In 2008, WVJ raised $39,608,000 in cash and goods, and employed 59 staff members to serve people in need around the globe.
World Vision Partnership Data
Total income: US$ 2,574,804,000
The number of beneficiaries: 100 million
Children benefiting from sponsorship: 3.6 million
Number of the countries WV worked in: 98
Number of staff: nearly 40,000 (full-time, part-time, and temporary)