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 45,000 staff members implement programmes of community development, emergency relief and promotion of justice in nearly 100 countries.
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 "Certified Specified Nonprofit Corporation," which allows donations to the organization to be exempted from tax.
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 WVstaff 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 50,000 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.
World Vision consists of numerous national entities around the world, grouped in what is informally referred to as the World Vision "partnership." World Vision International (WVI), established as the international coordinating body in 1977, provides global coordination for the partnership, and ensures that global standards and policies are pursued. Offices in London, Geneva, Bangkok, Nairobi, Lusaka, Dakar, Cyprus, New York, Los Angeles, and San Jose, Costa Rica co-ordinate the strategic operations of the organization and represent World Vision in international forums. Its board of directors ("the International Board") oversees the partnership, and its body of members (the "Council") is the highest governing authority for certain fundamental decisions.
|Chairman||Rev. Hiroshi Sakakibara||Vice Chairman, Ochanomizu Christian Centre|
|Vice Chairman||Dr. Nobuhiro Iijima||President, Chief Executive Officer, Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd.|
|Director||Rev. Dr. Yoriko Arakawa||Pastor, Yodobashi Church|
|Director||Kozo Konishi||Former Audit & Supervisory Board Member of the Norinchukin Bank|
|Director||President and Chancellor of Baiko Gakuin University|
|Director||Akiko Minato||President, Hiroshima Jogakuin University|
|Director||Rev. Dr. Nobumichi Murakami||
President Emeritus, Pacific Broadcasting Association
|Inspector||Shuichi Nakajima||Pastor, Ogikubo Eiko Church|
|Inspector||Rev. Dr. Tatsuhiro Mineno||Senior Pastor, Yodobashi Church|
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