Our goal, back in 2016, was to protect 4 million girls, boys, family members and faith, community and government leaders to address the root causes of violence against children by 2023. By September 2021, we reached that goal!
Worldwide, one in two children experience some form of violence every year—threatening the dignity, rights, potential, and future of boys and girls created in God’s image.
Violence against children includes harmful cultural practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage (Kenya Big Dream), hazardous labor, trafficking, and abuse in their own homes.
Criminals make an estimated $150 billion profit every year trafficking victims for sex and labor.
While the exact number of girls and women worldwide who have undergone FGM remains unknown, at least 200 million in 31 countries have been subjected to the practice. What’s more, 12 million girls are married before they reach the age of 18 — that’s one girl every four seconds.
As a respected global leader in child protection, World Vision offers unparalleled reach, expertise, and influence to help communities become safer places for children.
Our solutions get to the root of the problem and work to stop violence before it starts — we call them the four rings of responsibility:
EMPOWER CHILDREN with knowledge of their rights and practical skills to protect themselves and one another.
STRENGTHEN FAMILIES with parenting skills and social and economic support so they can function as a first line of protection and care for children.
MOBILIZE CHURCH LEADERS to leverage their influence in the service of helping change behaviors and end harmful cultural norms and practices.
INFLUENCE GOVERNMENTS by working with local agencies to improve or implement child protection laws.
Sustainable impact comes about when attitudes and behaviors are changed. Our decades of experience in child protection and the trust brought about by our long-term presence in communities allows us to address harmful cultural norms that condone and perpetuate exploitation, abuse, and violence. Since issues vary depending on context, we identify solutions by working with families, local and faith leaders, and children.
In India, 19,010 girls were trained to recognize abusive relationships and dangerous situations
524 Girl Power Groups in India were formed in 2021
In Bangladesh, 734 children were legally registered as citizens and received birth certificates, entitling them to government services in 2021
938 members of Savings for Transformation groups learned about child protection
In Kenya, 495 children graduated from Alternative Rites of Passage ceremonies recognizing a coming of age
We are blessed to partner with hundreds of Christian philanthropists and couldn’t do this work without them. And we’re able to reach more people because of our highly collaborative local and global partnerships within private and public sectors.
“Through World Vision, I've been so fortunate to witness incredible social progress in Bangladesh, thanks to a generation of advocates fighting for justice and opportunity for children.”
“World Vision addresses the issues that put children in harms way - from child labor, exploitation, gang violence, child marriage, and other forms of violence robs them of their childhood.”