World Vision Ambassador Information Pack 2012
World Vision Ambassador Information Pack
World Vision UK Opal Drive Fox Milne Milton Keynes MK15 0ZR Phone - 01908 841000 Fax - 01908 841001 Sharon McLeod - 01908 841031 E-mail – Ambassador@worldvision.org.uk Website: www.worldvision.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldvisionuk Twitter: www.twitter.com/worldvisionuk Updated: 21 February, 2012
WV International Vision
World Vision UK
Journey of Sponsorship
How Sponsorship Works Today
What World Vision Sponsorship Does
Where we work
Where Can you Sponsor?
Information for the Sponsor
Token Gifts for Sponsored Child
Visit your Sponsored Child
Keeping Children Safe
Funding and Finance
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
HIV and AIDS
Frequently Asked Questions
The World Vision Ambassador Role
Ideas for Sharing Child Sponsorship
WV Ambassador Application
WV Ambassador Expenses
Speaker Request and Risk Assessment
Facebook Media Pack
Introduction Stars STARS
We love people Motivated by our Christian faith, and the belief that no child should live in poverty, World Vision works alongside communities, of all faiths and none, to improve the well-being of children. We believe in people power Child sponsorship connects people to improve a child‘s environment, enabling sponsors to make a positive and real difference to the life of the sponsored child within their family and community and gain an insight into the reality of life in developing countries. People‘s lives are changed on either side of the child sponsorship connection. Why support our work with vulnerable children and poor communities? The need has never been stronger or more urgent. The global economic downturn, coupled with the global food crisis, compounded by the effects of global warming is hitting the poorest of the poor the hardest. Vulnerable children are the group most severely impacted by these deepening disasters. World Vision believes that though children are born into poverty, they don‘t have to live their lives that way. When you sponsor a child with World Vision, you are joining with us in a global movement to tackle and end child poverty. Our people do their job very well With over 50 years experience in delivering quality child focussed, community based, transformational development programmes, World Vision is the largest privately funded international relief, development and advocacy charity in the world. World Vision‘s highly trained and experienced staff manage Child Sponsorship Projects locally, and the input of the community forms the foundation of the development work undertaken. Ninety seven percent of our 35,000 staff are employed in their country of origin and because of that, they have a real understanding of local community needs. 3 million people can‘t be wrong! Globally, World Vision supporters currently sponsor 3.4 million children in almost 100 countries, with over 120,000 children sponsored by the UK alone. World Vision has helped over 100 million people in their struggle against poverty, hunger and injustice and exists to end suffering. Through our programmes, World Vision seeks to implement long term change not only in the lives of the children we serve, but in their entire community. While World Vision is motivated by Christian faith, we are respectful of other faiths and beliefs. We do not proselytise or engage in any form of religious coercion. There are no conditions attached to our assistance other than human need.
Bob Pierce World Vision was founded in 1950 by the Reverend Bob Pierce, an American missionary who had a life-changing trip to China and Korea in 1947. It was his first time outside the USA and he encountered people in situations of desperate need, transforming his understanding of the Christian gospel. He saw that words alone were not necessarily good news to those without food, clothing, shelter or medicine. He met White Jade, a young girl who had been thrown out of her family home.- the vulnerable girl needed to be cared for. His $15 was enough to enrol her in a local mission school and he committed to sending money every month for her continued support. It was the beginning of a child sponsorship programme that would change the lives of millions of children and bring hope to the communities in which they lived. Together with a Korean friend, in 1950 Bob formed World Vision to handle the funds and to support work with vulnerable children. That is how one man‘s God-inspired vision created the World Vision ministry. Written on a flyleaf in his Bible was the phrase that would be his driving force. ‗Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.‘
World Vision developed its first child sponsorship programme in Korea in 1953. As children began to flourish through sponsorship in Korea, the programme expanded into other Asian countries and eventually into Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
WV International Vision
World Vision International‘s Vision
'Our vision for every child - life in all its fullness; Our prayer for every heart - the will to make it so.' Our envisioned future We look forward to a world where every child experiences Jesus‘ promise of life in all its fullness. Where they are protected, cared for and given the opportunity to become all God meant them to be. Where they grow strong in communities free of need and full of promise. Where families are valued, creation preserved and the most vulnerable live in security and confidence. Where they become responsible citizens of well-led nations. Where peace and justice reign and all have the right to contribute. Where they flourish in a world where the treasure of our hearts and the measure of our wealth is the happiness and well-being of all children. In such a world, we all taste the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven.
World Vision UK
World Vision UK‘s Mission
To inspire the UK to take action that transforms the lives of the world‘s poorest children We believe that World Vision has a unique contribution to make within the UK as a result of our call and aspiration: for our Christian identity to underpin and flow through all we do and our unparalleled field presence and global reach to amplify the voice of children
We have set an overarching goal for 2015 that describes what pursuing this mission will mean over the next few years:
8 million lives being transformed 500,000 supporters engaged
World Vision UK
FY11 to FY13 WVUK STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AND OBJECTIVES
Evidence of real change for children Children living in the poorest and most fragile countries enjoy good health, are protected, and are resilient to disasters. This is the impact we want to have
A transformed supporter experience WVUK inspires the UK by providing evidence of changed lives, and an innovative experience of walking with the poor. This is the experience we want to provide
Growth in income and influence WVUK grows to become one of the top 4 international aid agencies in the UK in terms of income, brand awareness and influence. This is the growth we want to achieve
An inspiring and effective organisation WVUK lives out a culture of accountability and innovation, resilient and dynamic in a world of change. This is the organisation we want to be
Journey of Sponsorship
When World Vision began, sponsoring a child with World Vision meant sponsoring an orphan in an institution. For many years, thousands of orphans received basic support and education. But after some time, we began to see limitations of this approach:
Only orphans were reached and there were other children in need It was not community–based and so vulnerable children living in the community outside of the institutions were not being reached It was not sustainable so WV had to stay for extended period of time and problems were not really solved
So World Vision began to take Child Sponsorship out into the community, first it was just families, then whole villages. World Vision started paying school fees and medical check-ups… but after a while, another set of limitations surfaced.
The causes of poverty in the community were not being addressed, so while children were helped, the problems remained It tended to create dependence, as families would come to depend on the donor It was not community- based so there was no ownership of projects It was not sustainable It undermined the role of the parent as a sponsor provided the basic support It created jealousy because some children were helped, and others were not
How Sponsorship Works Today Child Sponsorship is an effective and fulfilling way to help give children from a poor community the chance of a brighter future The Children Children are representatives Community members choose some of the more vulnerable children to be registered in the sponsorship programme as representatives of all the children in the area. The Programme All the children‘s lives are improved through the programme Although not every child is sponsored; WV works with the whole community to change the lives of all vulnerable children. Shared Direct Benefits Sponsor‘s donations and other community resources are put together to fund activities which benefit the community as a whole. Sometimes we are able to acquire grants from donors such as the British Government‘s Department for International Development (DFID) or the European Commission (EC) to complement sponsorship funds and increase our impact in an area. ‘We help vulnerable children through child-focused community development’ Our programmes have shared direct benefits, so that means we work with vulnerable children regardless of whether they are sponsored. Sponsored children are representatives or ambassadors for their community. They have an important role that they can be proud of. So we need to select children who will represent their sister, brother or neighbour; and in fact, the whole community. Example of Shared Direct Benefits When our child care workers were monitoring sponsored children they found that many of them had malaria. In an old exclusive direct benefits approach, the team might have raised awareness about how best to prevent malaria, and provided mosquito nets for all the sponsored children. But this would leave many other children vulnerable and some sponsored children might receive a mosquito net even though malaria is not a big problem in the part of the community where they live. This is not the best use of resources, and isn't fair because it isn't based on how vulnerable each child is. Instead, the team need to analyse the situation. It appears that the malaria outbreak is mostly occurring on the other side of the river, so children on this side of the river are unlikely to be affected, andso giving mosquito nets to them would not be a good use of resources. Using a Shared Direct Benefits approach, the team decides to work with the community to understand which families and children are most at need. Children and families who most need the mosquito nets and associated awareness raising will receive them, whether they are registered or not. This is Shared Direct Benefits. 12
Child Selection Children tend to be the most vulnerable in impoverished communities. They are the first to succumb to disease and exploitation. They need not only food, shelter and medicine, but also the love, spiritual nurture and support of the adults around them. They need healthy communities in order to reach their full potential. Pre child selection In deciding what areas of a country to work in WV works with the national government and other development or UN agencies to identify areas of the country where there is most need, and where others are not working. Once we have agreement from the government we can start work. Before children are selected WV will usually work with local and traditional authorities and a wide range of community members and organisations to conduct a thorough assessment of the situation in the area and make a plan for how we can work together to address some of the challenges identified. We make sure we include vulnerable groups such as children, orphans or the disabled as part of this process. Once the plan has been agreed we will start the process of selecting children for the Sponsorship Programme. Factors that are taken into account for child selection Once a new ADP area has been agreed, the following is taken into account:
Areas where World Vision will be working
Areas where there are vulnerable children
Accessibility so that monitoring can take place – e.g. whether the area is accessible all year round e.g. some areas become inaccessible due to flooding in the rainy season or heavy snow in winter
Note: An ADP may still have activities where children can‘t be monitored and correspondence is not delivered. Important principle: Children are selected from areas where World Vision intends to work for several years. Child Selection Community members are engaged and involved in child selection as they know the needs of the community. They take ownership of this process to reduce misunderstanding, jealousy or accusations of favouritism, and they are aware of World Vision‘s selection criteria. 1. Selection CriteriaTo represent the community‘s diversity including: a. b. c. d.
Poor or vulnerable Equal opportunity for boys & girls All ethnic groups & religions Children with disabilities
2. A child can be newly registered before his/her 13th birthday 3. Children selected will be involved or participate in programme activities 4. Multiple sponsorship is not allowed (e.g. we won‘t register children if they are also registered in another programme) 13
Although the majority of child selection takes place in the early years of an ADP, it will continue throughout the life of an ADP in order to maintain an agreed number of registered children. This might be part of ongoing growth plans, or be because sponsored children leave the programme e.g. if their family move away from the area. World Vision believes the best way to change a child's life is to change the world in which they live. And the best way to change their world is to work with them, their family and their community to sustainably improve child well being and reduce vulnerability. This is what World Vision Child Sponsorship does. Sponsoring improves the well-being of a child so they grow up in an environment that provides the essentials that they need to thrive. The long-term development activities benefit the child, their family and community. WV works with communities to identify the root causes of problems faced in their community, we then make joint plans with community members and other partners such as community organisations or associations, local government, schools, health facilities etc to address these. Sponsors‘ contributions fund this vital development work. Funds are used with the co-operation and direction of the community to benefit vulnerable children, families and community members, including sponsored children. Although every ADP is different, some of the important issues that WV child sponsorship addresses are:
Food security and Economic Development Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Education HIV and AIDS Child protection
This work ensures that the community will be able to provide the children with the basics they need, which helps them to grow up in a healthy environment and have the chance for a better future. Child sponsorship enables the sponsor to make a positive and real difference to the life of the child they sponsor within their family and community, and gain an insight into the reality of life in the country where their child lives.
Child Sponsorship How Child Sponsorship works for the sponsor When someone sponsors a child, that support allows us to work with the child‘s community on long-term development projects. Your monthly contribution is pooled with that of other sponsors to fund essential development projects, that have been identified and prioritised by communities, and that will benefit children, families and communities for generations to come. Of course, this transformation doesn‘t happen overnight and the work that goes on in each community varies according to its specific priorities. Yet steadily and surely, as life for the child they sponsor and their community improves, they will see the positive changes taking place through updates and progress reports. They may even hear directly from the child as they write to them and tell of how their world is changing. It is this unique window on the world, through the sponsored child‘s eyes, that makes World Vision Child Sponsorship such a joyful and fulfilling way to make a difference. While the money is not sent directly to the sponsored child, the sponsor does have the opportunity to form a relationship with them and see the changes they are helping to make in their lives. A chance to change lives When someone sponsors a child, they have the opportunity to help change not just the life of a child, but their family and community too. We ensure that each child has only one sponsor. However, many people choose to sponsor more than one child. They will also have the chance to write to their sponsored child or even visit them to see firsthand the improvements brought about through their support.
What World Vision Child Sponsorship Does
World Vision Child Sponsorship helps to provide long-term benefits to child, family and community. The work that goes on in each community varies according to its specific needs. These vital community based projects funded by child sponsorship focus on the key areas that make a big difference to children. Key Areas of Work: Note: Areas of work and activities will depend on the context, priorities, and issues that have been identified by communities and other stakeholders. 1. Food security and Economic Development – supporting families to grow or access enough nutritious food through activities such as increasing access to improved varieties of seed; supporting farmers to diversify production and improve their farming techniques; working with communities to improve post harvest storage so that crops are not lost; increasing processing opportunities so that value can be added to crops; and improving access to credit and markets. 2. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – this includes safe water provision (e.g. drilling boreholes), promoting improved sanitation, education on water-related diseases and good hygiene, and capacity building for sustainably improving public health. 3. Maternal, Newborn and Child Health – supporting community capacity improve maternal newborn and child health through activities such as supporting health services to ensure all children are immunised against killer diseases such as measles; promoting the presence at birth of skilled birth attendants; promotion of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months of a child‘s life; promoting access to quality health services; promoting increased food consumption and dietary diversity in children to reduce numbers of children who are underweight and stunted; supporting communities to advocate to government for improved service provision. 4. Education – ensuring that girls and boys have access to quality primary school education through activities such as supporting school governments and parents associations so children and their parents can be involved in decisions about their school; raising awareness about the importance of education; working with local government to improve school facilities; supporting teacher training to improve the quality of education. 5. HIV and AIDS – tackling stigma, community based care for those living with AIDS and those affected such as orphans, improving access to testing and counselling. 6. Child protection - helping families and communities protect children from abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect. 16
What World Vision Child Sponsorship Does Plus: Disability awareness and inclusion – Disabled people are often some of the most vulnerable members of a community. WV works to ensure that disabled people are included in our work in the same way as those who are not disabled. We also work with Disabled People‘s Organisations and communities to reduce discrimination and exclusion, and to improve opportunities for disabled people. Disaster resilience – helping communities to plan ahead to mitigate the impact of floods, drought, cyclones etc. such that disasters don‘t destroy the progress the community has made, and supporting communities to be better able to respond to disasters when they do happen. Community skills/capacity development – working with community groups and organisations so that they can continue work into the future without World Vision.
Our Goal: Sustained well-being of children within families and communities, especially the most vulnerable Child well-being is at the heart of World Vision‘s work. We intentionally integrate all programmes to contribute to children‘s well-being and the fulfilment of the human rights of children throughout their lifecycle. We recently deepened our focus on children‘s well-being by developing Child Well Being Aspirations that reflect our vision and hope that all children would experience life in all its fullness. Our aspirations for children‘s well-being are that girls and boys: Enjoy good health Are educated for life Experience love of God and their neighbours Are cared for, protected and participate World Vision views the well-being of children in holistic terms: healthy individual development (involving physical and mental health, social and spiritual dimensions), positive relationships and a context that provides safety, social justice, and participation in civil society. The Child Well-being Aspirations and Outcomes are intended as a catalyst for dialogue, discussion and visioning as World Vision partners with children, parents, community partners, churches, governments and other organisations. World Vision does not proselytise nor do we impose our understanding on others. These aspirations and outcomes reinforce each other and enable an integrated, holistic approach to our work. While our active contribution to specific outcomes varies from context to context, our definition of ―wellbeing‖ remains holistic. Guided by these four aspirations, World Vision works with partners to contribute to the 15 Child Well-being Outcomes shown below.. The Child Well-being Aspirations and Outcomes are informed by… • • • •
Rights of children Christian principles Role and importance of families and communities Children as active participants
Child Well-Being cont ...
Sustained well-being of children within families and communities, especially the most vulnerable Girls and Boys
ENJOY GOOD HEALTH
ARE EDUCATED FOR LIFE
EXPERIENCE LOVE OF GOD & THEIR NEIGHBOURS
ARE CARED FOR, PROTECTED & PARTICIPATE
Children are well nourished
Children read, write and use numeracy skills
Children grow in their awareness and experience of God's love in an environment that recognises their freedom
Children are cared for in a loving, safe family and community environment with safe spaces to play
Children protected from infection, disease and injury
Children make good judgements, can protect themselves, manage emotions and communicate ideas
Children enjoy positive relationships with peers, family and community members
Parents or caregivers provide well for their children
Children and their caregivers access essential health services
Adolescents are ready for economic opportunity
Children value and care for others & their environment
Children celebrated and registered at birth
Children access and complete basic education
Children have hope and vision for the future
Children are respected participants in decisions that affect their lives
Children are citizens and their rights and dignity are upheld (including girls and boys of all religions and ethnicities, any HIV status, and those with disabilities)
The Child Well-being Aspirations and Outcomes are based on the rights of children, such as access to education and protection. This enables World Vision and its partners to hold governments to account for its commitments to children. Raising awareness of children‘s rights improves access to, and the quality of basic services and social protection mechanisms. Fulfilling rights also supports and protects the most vulnerable children.
The Child Well-being Aspirations and Outcomes recognise the role of parents and communities to nurture their children in all areas, as well as the wealth of resources in communities. World Vision seeks to empower and equip families and communities to best support their children.
All the Child Well-being Aspirations and Outcomes recognise the essential participation of children in activities and decision-making that impacts their well-being. Children are not objects, but rather subjects. They are both recipients and actors in their own wellbeing. 19
The Child Well-being Aspirations and Outcomes provide a practical definition of our understanding of well-being for children. We don‘t impose our definition of a full life for children on others. Together the Child Well-being Aspirations and outcomes help us to dialogue with communities, focus our work, clarify and align priorities, and assess programming effectiveness. World Vision does not proselytise nor impose its understanding on others.
Parental ownership. It is important to realise that ensuring the well-being of children, including sponsored children, is the responsibility of their parents and community. World Vision has specific sponsorship requirements and processes in the areas of child monitoring, but this needs to be owned and implemented by the community in partnership with World Vision. Likewise the well being of children is the responsibility of parents and community. For example not all sponsored children go to school, and depending on the context there will be many different reasons for this. Although WV may be working with communities to address some of the root causes underlying why children don‘t or can‘t go to school, ultimately it is the child‘s parents/ guardians and community‘s responsibility to ensure children are attending school.
Child Monitoring Child Monitoring Sponsorship child monitoring is the regular observation and recording of information on selected indicators relating to the child and his or her family.‖ We monitor registered children every 90 days and ensure they are physically seen as part of our sponsorship commitment to their well-being. They are also representative of their community, so if we identify a problem with say 35% of sponsored children, then it is likely that around 35% of all the children in the community have the same problem, and therefore we may take a decision to investigate it further. Key Information to be Gathered during a Child Visit
Presence: Verify whether or not the child is present.
Situation: Understand the situation and the need(s) of the child, his or her family and the community that he or she represents to be able to respond better.
Participation: Learn how the child and his or her family are participating in program activities and are tangibly impacted by these activities
Status: Assess the status of the child in selected areas of well-being such as health, education, etc., and whether the child has access to appropriate education and basic health services.
By monitoring children, getting to know children, listening to children…we build a picture about what‘s really happening. This can provide a foundation to work with children themselves, and their community, to address the real concerns and build a community shaped by children and their needs. A child visit doesn‘t have to be a visit to the home of the child. It could be when a monitor is gathering information for the Annual Progress Reports, or when WV staff engage with children as part of their participation in ADP activities, or when a letter is delivered. Education Education is not always a requirement for participating in sponsorship, and there may be many complex and contextual reasons why not all children are not in school. ADP staff and partners will often work with children, parents and community members to promote the value and importance of formal education, and look to address some of the root causes as to why children are not in school as part of the wider ADP programme of activities. Health ADP staff and partners monitor the health status of all children (not just registered children) during monitoring visits, and when needed will refer the child to the nearest health facility.
Where We Work
World Vision works in over 100 countries worldwide. Some of these fundraise and are called Support Offices, some fundraise and receive funds and are called Support & National Offices, and others are solely recipients of funds and these are called National Offices. Africa Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Asia Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Korea India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. Central Asia Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan. Europe Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia-Montenegro, Netherlands, Romania, Russia (Chechnya/Ingushetia), Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Latin America Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru. Middle East UAE (Dubai), Iran, Iraq, Jerusalem/ West Bank/ Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan. North America Canada, United States of America Oceania Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu.
Where Can you Sponsor?
Countries where you can Sponsor a Child with World Vision UK WVUK supports National Offices in nearly 100 countries. However there are not Sponsorship funded Programmes in all of these countries because their fragile context would mean this was difficult. As such there are 22 country programmes where World Vision UK has ADPs with Sponsored children. At any one time all or some of these countries may have Sponsored children needing sponsors:
Ethiopia Kenya Malawi Mozambique Niger Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
Bangladesh Cambodia India Myanmar
Information for the Sponsor
The welcome pack Within 7 days of signing up as a child sponsor, you‘ll receive a welcome pack with a photo and details of the child you sponsor, and information about their country. In addition, there will be a card that you can send to introduce yourself to your sponsored child. First letter Within 12 weeks, you should receive your first letter directly from the child you have sponsored. You can decide whether you want to start a personal communication with the child you sponsor. If you do, you can write to your child whenever you like, but it may take up to 3 months for letters to be translated and delivered by hand. Every letter you send will be responded to via the same translation process. You can also send non-monetary ‗token‘ gifts that fit into an A5 envelope. Christmas and Birthdays You‘ll receive a Christmas and birthday card to add your own personal message to and return to World Vision. We will make sure this gets to the child you sponsor along with a small gift for Christmas, usually bought in their own country. As well as sending a card to your sponsored child you will also receive a card directly from the sponsorship country. Annual Progress Reports Every year, you‘ll receive a progress report on your sponsored child directly from the country where your sponsored child lives. This will include a new photo and information on their health and education, plus updates on their whole community. Supporter Magazine Twice a year we‘ll send you a copy of Insight – our special supporter magazine that keeps you up to date with World Vision‘s work.
Token Gifts for Sponsored Child
Gifts for Sponsored Children We are happy for you to send token gifts to your sponsored child, but would ask that you restrict this to a maximum of two or three times a year. Not all children receive regular gifts and by limiting yours to birthdays and Christmas, you can help prevent jealousy between families, as well as allowing the National Office staff enough time to acknowledge your gift. Here are some suggestions and you may come across equally suitable items. However, some National Offices in certain countries have problems with customs duty, even on small items. If you are not sure whether your gift is suitable or you have any queries, please refer to the advice on the reverse of this guide, or feel free to contact our Supporter Helpline on 01908 841010 and one of the team will be happy to assist you. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Please remember that any gift you send should be packed flat in an A5 size envelope and sent by letter post. On no account should boxes or parcels be sent.
PRE-SCHOOL Balloons Stickers Small picture books
Finger puppets Card mobile Rag book
Badges Brightly coloured pictures/postcards
Pencil case Deflatable beach ball* Baseball cap
BOYS Football stickers Cardboard model Local football team photo
GIRLS Hair ribbons / slides, etc Unbreakable mirror Pencil case Picture cards Hairbrush / comb Small rag doll Small amount of knitting wool*
Small vanity bag Small tape measure Plastic beads
OLDER CHILDREN Picture postcards Small notebook Skipping rope
Embroidery thread* Scarf* ―Snap‖ cards
ANY AGE Plain exercise books Small photograph album Purse or wallet
Pens / pencils Craft materials* Photo of sponsor / family Easy English story picture books Bookmarks Pictures of animals / birds / flowers
Token Gifts for Sponsored Child cont .. *PLEASE DO NOT SEND THESE ITEMS TO THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES: Zimbabwe: India : Kenya:
Beach balls Maps, globes or atlas Clothing and textiles
CLOTHES Sending a T-shirt or a pair of shorts is acceptable. However, please note that in most developing countries it is not culturally acceptable to give or receive such intimate items as underwear, but socks would be welcomed by children in Albania – Armenia– Mozambique – Niger – Senegal – Uganda and Latin American countries.
BIBLES Many sponsors ask if the child can receive a Bible in their own language. This is not always appropriate for a number of reasons, but we can make enquiries on your behalf. If relevant the project would supply a Bible bought locally, and a gift to our General Fund would help offset the cost and be gratefully received.
DISPOSABLE CAMERAS This type of gift could be interpreted as an invasion of a child‘s privacy – even though motives for sending it may be completely innocent. A disposable camera would not allow us to monitor the photographs before they were developed. As much as we value our supporters‘ wishes, the children and their families‘ dignity must have priority.
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS World Vision has deemed it necessary to apply certain blanket policies in order to ensure that children are protected. Even though many photos may be considered completely innocent within our own culture, they may cause offence to individuals who live and work in the many diverse cultures where our programmes are running. For this reason, field staff have asked us to only forward those which are in keeping with the World Vision Child Protection Policy (which can be viewed online at www.worldvision.org.uk or a copy can be sent by post). In line with this policy, we screen all photographs for appropriateness in the same way that we screen all letters for suitability before they are passed to the children. We trust you will understand our difficulty in applying these decisions and the reasons why we have had to take this stance. PLEASE DO NOT SEND Anything valuable, fragile or dangerous Batteries and any items which run on batteries CDs. Cassettes and USBs (memory sticks) Disposable cameras – see above note Jewellery (gold/silver – carat/plated) Soap, toiletries and make-up Medicines of any kind
Money (even souvenirs) & stamps Knives (including penknives) scissors, sharp objects Monster or Halloween items Newspaper cuttings about events in the child‘s country Seeds of any kind Sweets or chocolate Underwear/socks – see above note
Visit your Sponsored Child
We are always delighted when a sponsor is able to visit one of our projects, and meet his or her sponsored child and family. We want to do all we can to make the visit a truly memorable occasion for all of you. Our national office staff will also be delighted to introduce you to the child and to show you what has been achieved in the community, through your support and the support from the other sponsors of the ADP. Where do you meet the child? Usually it will be possible for you to meet the child in his or her community. Because this is a truly exciting event for the child, the family and whole community, we normally ask that your visit should be for one day only. The community will go out of their way to make you feel welcome, so an extended visit could overstretch their resources as well as putting a strain on the child‘s family. Occasionally, it may be advisable for the child to be brought to where you are staying. This may be because of travel restrictions within the country, or because of national sensitivities. The child would, of course, be escorted by a World Vision member of staff, and naturally you will never be left alone with your sponsored child. Costs Involved Whether you are meeting the child at their home or they are being brought to meet you, costs will be incurred which we do not expect the ADP to meet. World Vision staff from your sponsored child's country will provide WVUK an estimated breakdown of the expenses, which we can discuss with you before you leave. CRB Check As part of our commitment to child protection, we require all sponsors who are planning to visit their sponsored child to provide us with a CRB check (Criminal Records Bureau). We also request they visit the office in Milton Keynes to discuss the visit and attend a Child Protection interview.
Your meeting with the child will be a day that they will always remember. We trust that it will be a very special experience for you too, and that it will both deepen your relationship with the child, and give you a clearer understanding of what is being done, with your help, to improve the quality of life in that community.
Keeping Children Safe
World Vision is fully committed to protecting the security, privacy, and dignity of the children who take part in our child sponsorship programmes. What is child security? Children have the right to be completely secure from the fear or reality of all forms of abuse resulting from an inappropriate contact with a sponsor or any other person. How does the online sponsorship process seek to uphold child security? You will notice that we release only limited information about the children. We do not include last names, community locations, or other information by which the location of sponsored children could be identified. We intentionally withhold this information until after the identity of the sponsor is verified. The sponsorship process is dependent upon your agreement, as a sponsor, that you will NOT attempt to contact a sponsored child, his or her family or community members, in any manner other than that prescribed and permitted in advance in writing by World Vision. In particular, telephone calls, email or unplanned visits to the child's residence and community are not allowed without written permission and oversight by World Vision, for the protection of both the child and the sponsor. In addition, all postal mail and packages sent must conform to World Vision policy that will be stated in materials mailed to each sponsor. What do you mean by child privacy? Children and their families are assured that World Vision is protecting the integrity of information, including photographs, that is shared about them with the public. We take potential abuse of child images and information very seriously. Privacy also demands that children, their families and communities be shielded from any potential inappropriate contact from sponsors or others. How does the online sponsorship process seek to protect child privacy? Downloading, copying, or other replication of photos or other information that are a part of our website without advance written permission from World Vision is strictly forbidden. Security features are in place to prevent the downloading, copying, or other replication of these images. Child profiles are presented for the purpose of conveying appropriate information about the sponsorship relationship to the potential sponsor, and are not for distribution in any other manner. What is the definition of child dignity? The lives of children, their families, and members of their community should be portrayed with accuracy and dignity. The children we work with are not objects to be pitied, but are partners with us in the process of bringing holistic (spiritual, physical, psychological and social) transformation to communities in poverty and in transforming the hearts of those engaged and participating in our projects and donors alike. How does the online sponsorship process seek to uphold child dignity? We are committed to portraying the life situation of the children, families and communities we serve with accuracy and dignity. We seek the full, informed consent of parents, guardians, and/or community leaders for a child's participation in our child sponsorship programmes.
World Vision works with the poor on the basis of need alone. World Vision‘s Staff World Vision‘s staff (both Christian and non Christian) are motivated by their convictions to help the world‘s poorest people. As a Christian organisation we see in the example of Jesus a model for our work among the poor and marginalised, especially the children. World Vision promotes universal human values that are shared by most religions (for example, peace, justice, love, responsibilities, respect, reciprocity) and which we see as values of the Kingdom of God. Our staff seek to demonstrate their faiths primarily through the values they hold, the lives they lead and the work they do. Working with Religious Leaders Within a community faith based organisations are often influential. In many parts of the world they can offer leadership, personnel and facilities, such as meeting rooms, which can assist the community. These leaders often accept the responsibility to care for the poor and marginalised and help transform communities. Religious leaders are also available to help with advice about issues such as marriage, family life or education. In many parts of the world, the local faith based organisations are one of the few local organisations who have the interest and people to assist. As such WV often works with religious leaders of all faiths to address issues such HIV and AIDS, Child Protection etc. Spiritual Nurture World Vision endorses children‘s rights to freedom of conscience, thought and religion. World Vision does not support activities that exploit the vulnerability of children or pressure children towards religious decisions. Who we work with World Vision is primarily concerned with working with the world‘s poorest to overcome poverty and improve their quality of life. We work in a wide variety of religious, cultural and political contexts which require our staff to maintain the organisation‘s Christian identity and relevance in ways which are sensitive to the beliefs and customs of the people among whom they are working. World Vision has very good relations with members of other faiths in many different parts of the world. In fact it would be impossible for World Vision to operate in places like Bangladesh or Mauritania if this were not the case. Where conflicts between members of different faiths arise in a community, World Vision always seeks to be a reconciling presence What is my child‘s religion? Because the child‘s religion is rarely relevant to his/her involvement in the sponsorship programme, we do not keep records of a child‘s religion. The only guide might be the country in which the child is living or the name that he/she has been given.
Funding and Finance
Some charities raise money and let others do the work - some do the work themselves and let others raise the money. World Vision does both. This means you can trust that your money is being used well. In addition, 97% of World Vision staff are nationals from the countries where we work, so we truly understand the culture and environment we're working in. The money always goes to where it is needed most within the community; but even more than that, your kindness reaches far beyond the life of the child you are sponsoring. Your support gives World Vision the means to work towards improving the lives of the entire community. This is because it's more effective to use the money on projects that will benefit your sponsored child's community as a whole, at the same time improving the wellbeing of the child you sponsor. Of your donations, 82.3p in every £1 goes to direct charitable activities, with rest being used to raise more funds and for governance. The money can be used in a variety of ways to ensure that your sponsored child gets even more help than you can imagine. For Example; At community level: Funding community led development activities to address child well being. At National level: Advocating at the national level to other donors, government etc. to ensure that government services reach the most vulnerable in the areas where we work. E.g. In countries where teachers are placed by the central government, it may be necessary to convince the Government of the need for more teachers to be placed in rural areas. At International level: Access to non-branded malarial drugs is a discussion that needs to be resolved at the international level with discussions between Governments and multi-national corporations. Ensuring equal access to school for girls is also a global debate, requiring pressure on Governments to sign up to international standards. World Vision is engaged in these debates and in lobbying for change. In UK: Auditing of money flow, approaching UK government and other large funding bodies to fund additional development programmes in communities. Promoting World Vision and recruiting new sponsors.
What is the Direct Debit Scheme? Direct Debit is a simple and convenient way for a supporter to pay their regular sponsorship donations. It allows world vision to take the supporter‘s donation from their chosen bank account on a regular basis without the support having to do anything. How does a supporter go about donating by Direct Debit? All the supporter needs to do is fill in a Direct Debit Instruction form and World Vision will do the rest. When World Vision has set up the supporter‘s Direct Debit the supporter will receive written confirmation (at least 10 working days in advance) of when the donation will be taken from their account, how much will be debited and so on What if a supporter is unsure about paying by Direct Debit? Supporters‘ are protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee. The guarantee assures the supporter that in the unlikely event of an error occurring, the supporter is entitled to a full and immediate refund by their bank. All banks and building societies that take part in the Direct Debit Scheme have signed up to the Direct Debit Guarantee. When donations are taken from the supporter‘s account the name ‗WORLD VISION UK‘ will appear on their bank statement so they can clearly see who has debited money from their account. Also if, for any reason, World Vision needed to amend the supporter‘s Direct Debit, World Vision would notify the supporter at least 10 working days in advance. Supporter‘s can cancel their Direct Debit at any time by contacting their bank.
The Direct Debit Guarantee
This Guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that accept instructions to pay Direct Debits
If there are any changes to the amount, date or frequency of your Direct Debit World Vision will notify you 10 working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. If you request World Vision to collect a payment, confirmation of the amount and date will be given to you at the time of the request
If an error is made in the payment of your Direct Debit, by World Vision or your bank or building society, you are entitled to a full and immediate refund of the amount paid from your bank or building society. If you receive a refund you are not entitled to, you must pay it back when World Vision asks you to
You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by simply contacting your bank or building society. Written confirmation may be required. Please also notify us.
Donating by Direct Debit is the most cost-effective way to donate to World Vision. It is not only great for the supporter, but it saves World Vision a lot of time as well.
Gift Aid Vital Campaign Information
What is the Gift Aid Scheme? The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by individuals who pay UK tax. Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. World Vision is able take your donation - which is money you've already paid tax on - and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its 'gross' equivalent - the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £22.80 using Gift Aid, it‘s worth £27.36 to World Vision. For donations between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2011 World Vision will also get a separate government supplement of three pence on every pound you give. How can a supporter Gift Aid their donations? In order to Gift Aid a supporter‘s donations, the supporter needs to make a Gift Aid declaration. To keep things simple, World Vision will ask the supporter to sign one form that covers all the donations they will make. World Vision‘s standard Gift Aid declaration is: Please treat all past (up to 5 years) and future donations as Gift Aid donations. I am a UK taxpayer, and pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax for each tax year that is at least equal to the amount of tax that World Vision will reclaim on my donations for that year (28p for every £1 donated up to 5th April 2008, and 25p for every £1 donated thereafter. The UK Government will pay an additional 3p for every £1 donated between 6th April 2008 and 5th April 2011, and this transitional relief does not affect your personal tax position). You can cancel your declaration at any time. Please let us know if your circumstances or details change.
Once a supporter has agreed to Gift Aid their donations they do not need to do anything else. The supporter is not obligated to continue Gift Aiding their donations, and if their circumstances change, the supporter can simply cancel their declaration. Helpful Info When a supporter agrees to Gift Aid their donations it does not cost them any extra money! The Gift Aid declaration has to be signed by the person actually making the donations, and that person does need to have paid sufficient UK tax. If a supporter wants to work out if they‘ve paid enough tax to cover their donation(s) – a simple way is to divide the donation value by four. For example, if the supporter has given £100 in a particular tax year they will need to have paid £25 tax over that period. (£100/4 = £25). (Note that this calculation is based on the basic rate tax of 20 per cent).
What is campaigning? Campaigning is the way we get a change in behaviour. That can be the type of chocolate someone eats, the practices of a company or business, right the way up to a law a country enacts. Anyone can be a campaigner and it can be as simple as signing a postcard, writing a letter, or attending an event. If enough people get involved, we can achieve the change that will transform the lives of the worlds poorest children. Who campaigns? Individuals, community groups, National organisations, students, professionals. Young and old. Anyone can do it. If you want to change the policies and wider circumstances that keep people in poverty then campaigning is for you.
Too small to make a difference? Imagine you‘re in a crowded room. The noise is terrible. You see a friend on the other side and you try to call out to them, but your voice is drowned out. You turn to the 30 people closest to you, and get them to add their voices to your call. You collectively shout as one; this time the noise silences the room; your friend hears, turns and waves. This is what campaigning is about. The world is such a busy and noisy place that our own voice can go unnoticed. But when a million, a thousand, a hundred, or even 30 individuals stand together, people do start to notice. Then we can make a difference. Why campaign? World Vision's development programmes help communities to identify their needs and design their own activities to combat poverty. They make a real and life-changing difference to lives of children, families and communities. But spending every day working alongside people living in poverty also tells us that there are some root causes of poverty outside their immediate communities. Some of these exist in the countries where we work, but many of them lie in decisions made in rich countries like the UK. That's why World Vision puts pressure on world leaders to change the systems, laws and policies that keep children and families in poverty. We can only do this with the help of supporters who are willing to show their concern by taking action.
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These circles demonstrate how our sponsored children – like all children – are reliant on their environment and how each sphere influences and shapes the next. We have to do what we can to shape our environment in a way that has a positive affect for the world‘s poorest children.
International context, UK Government, WVUK supporters
National context, institutions and government
It is vital that World Vision supports campaigning activity in the developing world as well - so that citizens and communities can hold their own governments to account and see the benefit of any policy change or progress that is won elsewhere e.g. monitoring how debt relief money is spent so that it is spent on areas that will most benefit citizens. Campaigning Works! History testifies to the effectiveness of campaigning. From the abolition of the slave trade to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, to more recent campaigns to improve school dinners and to win Ghurkha soldiers the right to settle in the UK, no one would deny that well run campaigns can make a real difference.
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“If to be feeling alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.” (Wilberforce) William Wilberforce spent his adult life campaigning against the slave trade in parliament. In 1807 the slave trade was finally abolished and all British slaves were made free in 1833. Today, his work continues as charities like World Vision campaign to stop child trafficking, the new form of slavery. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” (King) Martin Luther King Jr, a pastor and activist, led the civil rights movement throughout the fifties and sixties campaigning for equal rights for African Americans. His peaceful protests and passionate speeches led to the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which prohibited discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin.
What difference have we made at World Vision UK? Winning rights for trafficked children World Vision‘s child trafficking campaign, Three Small Steps, called for three small changes to UK law that would significantly improve how victims of child trafficking are treated in the UK. Pressure from World Vision campaigners and intense lobbying of the government paid off – with the government responding to two of our three recommendations. As a result, children who were trafficked illegally into the country are now recognised by law as children, when previously they had been treated as adults and often held in detention centres. Life saving drugs for children with HIV In 2008 World Vision Partnered with the Stop AIDS society and the Push for the Pool campaign was launched. This campaign pressure on the government to call on pharmaceutical companies to create something called a patent pool for HIV and AIDS medication. In these ‗pools‘ companies would share their patents with others and help create cheaper and more accessible medication for those living with HIV. More than 20,000 people supported the campaign and (something that proves campaigning can take persistence) in March 2009 the UK government announced they were calling on pharmaceutical companies to join a patent pool and in 2010 the first pharmaceutical companies joined. Hopefully the pool can go from strength to strength now and save millions of lives. 35
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Why does health matter? For any child to achieve his or her full potential, the foundational building blocks of good health and nutrition must be established even before birth. Approximately 7.6 million children under 5 will die this year mainly from preventable or treatable causes. That is more than 21,000 children under age 5 dying each day from causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria. A third of these deaths are attributable to under nutrition. Almost 3.5 million deaths occur amongst newborns. Most of these deaths can be prevented. But many communities, families and caregivers may lack basic knowledge on practices that can promote health and prevent or treat illness. Others may not have access to the necessary quality health services such as health facilities, skilled personnel, medication, or immunisations. And their governments may not have the resources to provide adequate health programs. When parents aren't healthy, they can‘t provide for their families‘ needs. And when children aren‘t healthy, they can't attend school or focus on their future. Through its health and nutrition work, World Vision is working in communities to empower families and their communities to promote health, and prevent and address the main causes of childhood illness that contribute avoidable deaths and a low quality of life. Nutrition of Young Children In Bangladesh like many other developing countries around the world, women are working with World Vision to address child malnutrition. Mothers with young children are encouraged to meet together, share resources such as rice, lentils, eggs and leafy green vegetables and learn about nutritious diets for their children. They also discuss key nutrition practices such as breastfeeding. By monitoring and supporting these important groups, World Vision knows that reducing and preventing childhood malnutrition will promote child development and lower the risk of contracting serious illnesses, impacting the community now and for future generations.
World Vision supporting the fight against Malaria In Uganda, malaria is a real and constant threat to the young and vulnerable. But in areas where World Vision are working, children and their families are starting to see the real benefits that Child Sponsorship brings. World Vision always works in partnership with government health structures and civil society organisations to strengthen health systems. All our health interventions aim to benefit the entire community of children, not just one child.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene(WASH) Appading‘s story At just 4 years old, Appading has already contracted malaria 4 times in her short life. "She was feverish with convulsions and had diarrhoea," says her mother Aliako. Through child sponsorship, Appading‘s family and others in her community have been provided with mosquito nets by World Vision, reducing the chances of Appading contracting malaria. In addition, she is now able to visit a government-run and World Vision-supported health clinic for anti-malarial tablets, to treat her should she contract the illness in future.
Why water and sanitation matter
884 million people worldwide remain without access to safe water
2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation
This causes exposure to disease such as diarrhoea malaria, cholera, dysentery and typhoid.
More than 3,150 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities
Water ‗poverty‘ affects most poor people, but women and girls are often the worst affected
Women and girls in some regions spend as many as seven hours a day trekking for water that often isn't fit to drink. In developing countries, women are responsible for collecting water 64 percent of the time, while children collect water 12 percent of the time, greatly reducing their time for other productive work and school http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Resources/Static/Products/Progress2010/MDG%20Report%202 010%20-%20Gender%20Brochure%20En.pdf
Girls are more than twice as more likely to carry water than boys.
By sponsoring a child, people can help a whole community gain access to clean, safe water and good sanitation.
Over the past 25 years, 19 million rural inhabitants in Africa, Asia, and Latin America have gained access to safe drinking water through World Vision's (WV) integrated and environmentally sustainable programming 38
HIV and AIDS
HIV and AIDS HIV and AIDS is one of the greatest threats to eradicating poverty. It has left millions of children neglected and vulnerable - the missing faces of the pandemic
Approximately 17.1 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV.
Roughly 3.4 million children under the age of 15 worldwide were living with HIV in 2010, more than 90 of them are in sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2010 alone, approximately 250,000 children under 15 died from HIV related illnesses.
Over 90 per cent of these children contract HIV as a result of mother-to-child transmission. Without access to services to prevent this ‗vertical transmission‘, about 1545 percent of infants born to mothers living with HIV will acquire HIV during pregnancy, labour, delivery or breast-feeding.
Almost 50 per cent of children living with HIV die undiagnosed before their second birthday. This is due to inadequate diagnostics, infrastructure and personnel.
Although progress is being made in expanding children‘s access to antiretroviral therapy, less than one quarter of children in need received it in 2010.
Children, families and communities become overwhelmed by decreased health and economic productivity.
Note: Ongoing stigma and discrimination contributes to under diagnosis and poor care in the community. Our efforts to improve understanding through community engagement can reduce stigma experienced by those living with HIV
As part of our community-based HIV programmes, World Vision facilitates the formation of community care coalitions, groups made up from a broad spectrum of community stakeholders who act as a mechanism for providing care and support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), people living with HIV (PLHIV) and vulnerable households. Through these coalitions community members receive information about HIV and AIDS and are encouraged to seek voluntary counselling and testing (VCT). World Vision works to protect mothers and babies through awareness raising, prevention and care. World Vision is also contributing to global efforts to tackle the pandemic, including through local to global advocacy for leaders and partners to step up their efforts
HIV and AIDS
Spreading the word about HIV and AIDS 16 year old Mba is a shining example of the impact education can have. World Vision is working to support her community by funding teens like Mba to attend a 4 day training workshop, giving her the skills to become a Peer Educator. ―Can you imagine that a village can disappear just because of ignorance?‖ she exclaims. Mba is passionate about fighting AIDS in her village and she also travels to other local areas. ―I gathered 50 children - boys and girls aged from 6 to 11, under a tree. My lesson was very simple.‖ Mba discovered that this was the first time this group of children had heard about HIV and AIDS, which is why she is so keen to keep sharing her knowledge with other young people and thankful to World Vision for its support in providing the training. Note: Peer educators get health messages out to age groups who most need it. They empower adolescents with the knowledge and confidence they need to protect themselves from HIV and AIDS and reduce stigma in their communities.
HIV: Sponsored Child - Niron's Story A sponsored child in Cambodia, Niron (9) is a smiling but shy kid. His mother, Phan Vin, married as a teenager and was widowed at 20. Unbeknown to her, her husband had AIDS and she became HIV-positive. One day when she was very ill, her neighbour advised her to have her blood tested through which she learned of the bad news. ―When I saw the result, I did not want to live, and I began to worry a lot about the future of my children.‖ Seeing the family's difficulties, World Vision Cambodia arranged to have Niron and his younger brother sponsored. With support for school fees and materials from child sponsorship, Niron and his younger brother are able to continue their studies at public school. ―I am more confident and happy for my children now that they have a sponsor. Their love and support to my son, will contribute a lot to his future,‖ said Phan Vin.
The UN estimates that annually, up to 1.5 billion children experience some form of violence, including the hundreds of millions who are affected by armed conflict. An estimated 2 million girls are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) each year and one in seven girls in the developing world are married before they turn 15. World Vision believes that positive outcomes for children in health and education cannot be sustained unless we address children‘s rights to care and protection. WV works with the most vulnerable and marginalised children, their care-givers and communities and at national and international levels, to ensure all children live lives free from exploitation, violence, abuse and neglect. World Vision works to:
prevent exploitation, abuse, neglect and other forms of violence against children by strengthening mechanisms in communities that keep children safe through activities such as supporting parenting groups; making children aware of the action they can take against abuse or exploitation and ensuring that children are registered at birth; protect children who are in difficult situations by giving them options to get out of the situation or to stop abusive and exploitative actions (e.g. coordinating and strengthening referral mechanisms for survivors of violence; strengthening reporting mechanisms such as child helplines; providing drop-in centres for children; training police, judges, teachers, health workers to identify and better respond to abuse of children); and restore children who have survived, been removed or escaped from exploitation, abuse, neglect or other forms of violence (e.g. facilitating and supporting community-based care options such as foster care; reintegrating children who have suffered abuse back into society through providing vocational training, apprenticeships, income generation, education; establishing support groups; and providing emergency shelters).
Srey Mom says ―I had my childhood and dignity stolen from me.‖ When she was only 14, living in the care of her grandmother in a poor village in Cambodia, she was tricked into enslavement at a brothel in Thailand. She took multiple customers every day, many of them foreigners. Her chance to escape came when she was taken to a doctor after falling sick and climbed out of his bathroom window. After her ordeal, she received support, education and vocational training for a year at World Vision‘s Neavear Thmey Trauma Recovery Centre in Phnom Penh. Now 20, Srey Mom works at the Trauma Recovery Centre as a community advocate and spokesperson for World Vision against the sexual exploitation of children. As well as appearing before crowds of thousands at events in her home town, she has addressed teenagers in Singapore and ASEAN officials in Vietnam. With a past that most people would rather hide or forget, she says she is determined to tell her story and teach other people how to protect themselves from similar exploitation.
What education means Fast Facts One -third of all children do not complete five years of schooling — the minimum needed for basic literacy skills. Two-thirds of the world‘s 875 million illiterate adults are women. Education reduces poverty: studies show that each year of schooling increases a person‘s earnings by a worldwide average of about 10 percent. World Vision‘s Response World Vision‘s goal is to ensure that all children receive access to quality basic education that will help them become fulfilled, productive members of their communities. By sponsoring a child, people can help bring the gift of education to a sponsored child and other children in that community.
Tarikayehu In the evening, after attending to her chores, 11-year-old Tarikayehu sits down by the light of an oil lamp to study and do her school assignments. Despite the challenges of being a student in rural Ethiopia, Tarikayehu places great value on her education. "Education is a very important thing in my life. I can help myself and be able to reach out for others, especially my parents, only when I am educated... It is education that makes me a full person," she says.
Mathabo The picture shows Mathabo doing homework next to her mother who is chronically ill. Despite of the burden of caring for her ill mother, Mathabo, a 13 yearold sponsored child in Southern Africa, believes that education is the key to her future. She has strong belief that through education, she will be able to speak English and have a good opportunity of securing a decent job.
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Elvira The journey to school is long and dangerous in rural Albania. Every morning and afternoon, Elvira and her siblings have to cross the river via a very dangerous wooden bridge with no railing. The bridge is often destroyed by the water currents in the winter and the children have to cross the river on foot. During the winter, the road is prone to flooding and landslides are not uncommon. However, Elvira and her siblings faithfully attend school even on those days. "I don't want to fall behind in my studies," says Elvira, "I like going to school because I have the opportunity to learn new things and gain knowledge about the outside world. Education means a better future for me."
Godavari In India, Godavari and her siblings were orphaned after both their parents died of AIDS related illness. They moved to live with their elderly grandparents, who struggled to keep up with the children's educational needs. A buffalo provided by World Vision helps the family earn an additional income from the sold milk. The buffalo means that Godavari can continue attending school.
Margaret 16 year-old Margaret is a Zambian girl whose ambition is to achieve her goals regardless of what comes her way; she believes that one day, her dreams shall come to a reality. ―My parents and some people in the community have been discouraging me, by asking me to stop school because it is a trend here that when a girl child gets to grade nine, they are married off because even if they made it to grade 10, there would be no money to send them to high schools which are expensive and far away,‖ Margaret says sadly. ―I have been wondering what to do after writing my grade nine this year,‖ she says, ―I love education because it is key for one‘s success whether in business, farming or any other.‖ The construction of the Nalusanga High School by World Vision has rekindled Margaret‘s lost hope. ―It is a prayer answered; God is great. By construction this high school, World Vision doesn‘t know how I feel because it greatly touches my heart; I thought my education would end in grade nine and get married. I have seen many brilliant school girls stop school after qualifying for grade 10, because their parents cannot afford to pay transport and school fees because they are too high. This time we‘ll not need to travel because the new high school is within a walk-able distance." Margaret wants to become a nurse because she feels that many people are dying because there is not enough medical staff in hospitals and clinics in Zambia. 43
Food Security Food Nutritious food is a critical building block for children‘s growth and development. This starts with mothers, as women need nutritious diets to have healthy pregnancies and infants. It is estimated that over a third of child deaths can be traced to malnutrition or lack of nutritious food. Adults who are undernourished are at increased risk of illness and fatigue. This can lower their ability to provide for their families and raise healthy children. Severe food shortages result from factors that often compound each other: poor farming techniques, over-planting, environmental degradation, drought and other natural disasters. Unless communities can establish secure sources of food to meet their nutritional needs, they have little hope of offering their children a healthy future. Fast Facts Some 925 million people go to bed hungry each night — 98% of them in developing countries and most of them women and children More than 148 million children below the age of 5 are underweight. By becoming a sponsor, people will be helping to ensure that children get the nutritious food they need to survive, grow and experience life in all its fullness Making hunger history: one family's story Patrice and his wife Kyungu are right to be proud of what has been achieved working alongside World Vision. Living in central Africa, Pastor Patrice acknowledges how ''World Vision's agricultural skills helped to gradually transform our miserable life to a better one. We learned how to produce, save, and multiply our farm productions. From this, we bought our own farms." It was Kyungu who understood that the family‘s lives would be transformed through the sponsorship of two of their children, as the family learnt agricultural skills that has enabled them to grow nutritious and varied crops so they have enough food to eat throughout the year. Patrice and Kyungu‘s village understand and are committed to Child Sponsorship and its activities. The fruits of their farming meant the family were able to buy 2 bicycles which helped them to gain access to their fields more quickly and farm with more energy than if they had to walk the 5 kilometres each way. Their initiative means they have been able to build a larger brick built house with the additional income from a productive farm, gain some extra cash by renting out their original hut and sell their recently harvested peanut crop to travellers along the main road into town. Kyungu says ―I sincerely thank World Vision. When I think of all this, I realise that the best way of helping someone is to increase his knowledge. Today I hear that World Vision may soon leave, I do not fear because World Vision has already done its job with us. It is up to us to teach other people here, those who will want to be taught. I remember World Vision staff told us, at the very beginning that they won't be there forever, they came to show us how to be productive without dependency, this was the aim.'' It‘s clear that for Patrice and Kyungu, they have seen first hand how Child Sponsorship really has changed their world for good. Their children, Narcisse and James, understand sponsorship very well through what they see happening to their family, and appreciate the sponsors for the help they have offered them. ―I thank my sponsor for all this. Because he helped, we are no longer living in a hut. I am proud of having the right to study. It is a privilege here for a child to join education. Many children work in mining sites,‖ says Narcisse. The two boys enjoy taking care of the goats their father bought after World Vision advised the family to diversify their farm. 44
Nearly half the world's people live in grinding poverty — surviving on less than $1 a day To feed, educate, and provide health care for their children, hardworking parents need a way to boost their incomes. They may try to sell shoes in the market or start a sewing business. But without collateral or credit history, traditional banks won't provide the small loans they need for their business to succeed. To break out of poverty, the enterprising poor require the same resources as every determined entrepreneur — access to capital and practical training. Fast Facts
Only 4 percent of the world‘s enterprising poor have access to the small loans they need to work their way out of poverty.
On average, poor women entrepreneurs use 92 cents of each dollar of extra income to improve their children‘s health and education.
Micro enterprise opportunities can help an entire community do things like rebuild after a disaster and reduce the devastating toll of HIV and AIDS on families.
Work means dignity for parents. It means food, health care, and education for their children. Through child sponsorship, people can help families gain a sustainable income through providing small start-up fund combined with training.
Govindammal's Story In India, Govindammal, mother of 12 year old Deepak who is sponsored, says, ―I never imagined my children would live like this and go to school without any difficulties. World Vision gave me the confidence that I can earn on my own. Deepak's sponsorship helps us a lot. I was able to access loans to rebuild our house, for starting small businesses and my children get support for their education." Govindammal, who lived in a slum as a child, has been able to start two small businesses, one selling masala spices. The other, a bicycle hire business, has quickly grown from 2 to 15 bikes. ―I never expected I would be able to provide this kind of a life for my children. Sometimes I can‘t believe the change that has happened in my life. In fact, the entire community is changed. World Vision has helped us provide a better life for our children,‖ said Govindammal.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is World Vision Child Sponsorship? Child Sponsorship is a unique way of giving and a really effective way of helping children living in poverty. Your money will:
support vital World Vision projects in your sponsored child‘s community and help them gain access to the food, safe water, healthcare and education they so desperately need.
help that community gain the skills and resources it needs to provide for its people and build for the future.
Of course, this wonderful transformation doesn‘t happen overnight. Yet steadily and surely, through the eyes of your sponsored child, you‘ll see the positive changes taking place. It‘s this window on the developing world that makes World Vision Child Sponsorship such a joyful and fulfilling way to make a difference. How do a sponsored child and their community benefit? When you sponsor a child with World Vision, your support allows us to work with the child‘s community on long-term community development projects. Your contribution is pooled with that of other sponsors to fund essential development projects that will benefit children, families and communities for generations. If you are able to give more we can use this for other long-term development projects, either in the same community where you sponsor or another community in need. How do we select which communities to work with? World Vision teams, working together with National governments and other international NGO's, identify the regions and communities that are most in need of the support that will help them break the cycle of poverty. They then meet with community leaders and the wider community to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and the opportunities that exist. Then an Area Development Programme (ADP) is set up and families put children forward for sponsorship. How do we select the children who will be sponsored? In all cases, it is the community members themselves who decide who will become sponsored children and represent their community. How do we work with communities? We don‘t tell people what to do. World Vision works in partnership with a community, establishing together what work is required, and setting realistic goals for what can be achieved. Whether it‘s training people in how to set up and improve their small businesses, or gaining access to clean safe water, education and healthcare. World Vision aims to work with a community for about 15 years, developing local organisations within the community to continue the work without us. World Vision works closely with the communities, from identifying their priorities to supplying labour and materials. Projects - such as improving access to clean water, healthcare and education- bring about long-term changes, which make the biggest difference to children‘s lives. Our projects also empower communities to develop their own advocacy skills, promoting and protecting their individual and community rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Area Development Programme (ADP)? At the heart of World Vision's community development work are our Area Development Programmes (ADPs). These are a comprehensive way to tackle poverty across extensive areas, usually including several communities. Skilled national staff, work with local people to plan and implement a programme that will last for up to 15 years. World Vision gives priority to helping communities work together to find ways to improve their futures, and particularly focusing on projects that will improve the lives of children. How many children do you support? There are currently around 110,000 people in the UK who are supporting over 120,000 children and their communities, through sponsoring a child with World Vision. How much does sponsorship cost? £22.80 a month. That works out as about £5.27 a week, or just 75p a day. Your sponsorship will help sustain projects within communities that benefit children - this might be improving access to clean water, healthcare, education, improving household nutrition and child protection. This kind of support enables a community to build for the future and you get to see how this happens through the eyes of the child you sponsor. Does child sponsorship really help? Yes. By combining your support with the skills of local World Vision staff and the determination of the communities to survive and prosper, lives are being transformed. How is my money used? The money you give doesn‘t go directly to your sponsored child or family. That‘s because it‘s more effective to use the money on projects that will benefit your sponsored child‘s community as a whole, at the same time improving the wellbeing of the child you sponsor. A small proportion of your sponsorship payment will be used by World Vision to address the underlying reasons for poverty. This may include influencing public opinion in the UK, engaging with governments on foreign aid, trade and other development issues as well as activities aimed at protecting children in developing countries from exploitation. How much of my contribution reaches my sponsored child? The money you give doesn't go directly to your sponsored child or family. This is because it's more effective to use the money on projects that will benefit their community as a whole, at the same time improving the wellbeing of the child you sponsor. Of your donations, around 80p in every £1 goes to direct charitable activities, with rest being used to raise more funds and for governance. How long will my sponsorship last? The simple answer is: it‘s up to you. Depending on the age of the child, many people sponsor the same child for over ten years, until they leave school or reach adulthood. If World Vision‘s work in the community finishes or the child moves away, you will have the opportunity to build a relationship with another child. However, if at any time you need to stop sponsoring, perhaps because your circumstances have changed, you can do so. Your child will still be included within the community projects until a new sponsor can be found. How often will I receive letters from the child I sponsor? The cycle of sending and receiving letters takes approximately three to four months. This allows enough time for the various stages required to pass on your letter. 47
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The cycle includes the following stages:
Your letter is sent by you to the World Vision office in your sponsored child's country
It is received by the staff in the relevant field or support office.
The World Vision Team then translate your letter so it can be read by your child or their family in their local language.
A World Vision staff member delivers all the letters for the sponsored children to the appropriate village on the next scheduled visit.
The child sits down and reads your letter!
When they have read your letter...
Your sponsored child can then respond either by themselves, or with a family member or a World Vision representative.
The response is taken back to the World Vision office, and if necessary, is translated into English for you.
You receive a letter from your sponsored child! (You may receive the original letter as well as the translation, but this varies from country to country).
When you receive the letter, you can write another one in reply, right away!
What work do you do in the UK? To address the long term causes of poverty World Vision works with every sector of the UK community. This includes educating and motivating individuals and community groups to take action, working with our government to improve the quantity and quality of the UK‘s aid programme and partnering with businesses to tackle global poverty issues. Can I write to the child I sponsor? Yes! When you have decided to become a child sponsor, we will send you the details of the address of the World Vision office in the country where the child you sponsor lives. If they can, the child you sponsor will write back or send you drawings. However, because of the distances involved, and the fact that correspondence will need to be translated by the appropriate World Vision office, the cycle of sending and receiving can take some time. Every year, we will send you a Birthday and Christmas card for you to add a personal message. You then return these to us by post and we send these out to country where your sponsored child lives. For many people, communicating on a regular basis with their sponsored child is a precious and moving experience. But whether you write or not, you can rest assured that your support is changing your sponsored child‘s life. Can I send presents? Yes you can! Please only send non-monetary token gifts that are no bigger than an A5 size envelope. All gifts go through the World Vision office in your child‘s country. It is not possible for them to handle large gifts for various reasons:
the community‘s remoteness and distance from the World Vision office
the possibility that large items may get damaged
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large gifts could, and are likely to, incur customs taxes and duty which are only applied at the point of entry into the country. We cannot allocate any funds to release these items, and the cost of the administration is too great to allow the sponsor to provide the cost of this themselves.
Will I hear back from my sponsored child? Yes, but we never force any child to write to you if they don't want to. It is very rare that they don't want to reply to you, but it can be a daunting experience for a child to write to their sponsor! Every year, you will receive a progress report from your sponsored child's ADP together with an updated photo for you to keep and a Christmas card. Many sponsors find this a very special and moving experience. If they can‘t write, your sponsored child's parents or a World Vision field worker may write to you on their behalf and the child will draw a picture for you. How can I be sure my money gets through to those who need it? World Vision only works within countries where we have our own offices; this way, we ensure that we can account fully for all the money that we receive. We have audited accounts that are publicly available at any time. As a charity, we are regulated by the Charities Commission - a legal body which oversees all UK charities and their activities. We are a not-for-profit organisation, and we know that the continued support we receive is dependent on our efficient use of supporters‘ money. Our annual report is available online, and to anyone who requests it. Does my sponsored child have a sibling I can sponsor? Usually one child per family is enrolled in the sponsorship programme. To enrol extra siblings will deny another family the chance to participate, but this does vary from project to project. What happens to the child if I cannot continue sponsoring? At any time, if you need to stop sponsoring, perhaps because your circumstances have changed, you can do so. If you are thinking about stopping your sponsorship, please get in touch with us, as there may be other ways in which you can continue your support. The child you sponsor will still be included within the community projects we are supporting.. Can I visit my sponsored child? Yes you can. We have many sponsors who go out and have an amazing experience. Making this happen does require a lot of preparation by everyone involved, so we request a minimum of three months notice if you wish to visit your sponsored child. This is to allow our staff here in the UK sufficient time to organise the trip and for our colleagues in the country of the visit to discuss the visit with the community and organise the transport, drivers and translators who will be there to accompany you.
The World Vision Ambassador Role
‗Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it‘s the only thing that ever has.‘ Margaret Mead, US anthropologist As a World Vision Ambassador, you will have the opportunity, through presentations and other sharing opportunities, to engage individuals in your community and promote the work of World Vision. You also have the opportunity to encourage them to become active participants in transforming lives by sponsoring a child and becoming a campaigner. By raising awareness about the needs of children around the world, you will be a crucial link between children waiting for sponsors and caring people who can help. The World Vision Ambassador Programme The World Vision Ambassador Programme is a network of people who are committed to making an ongoing investment of time and energy so that more of the world‘s children will have access to the resources they need to reach their full potential. By communicating with various groups in their local areas, World Vision Ambassadors will promote a global understanding that motivates compassion and generosity toward children families and communities living in poverty. Who World Vision Ambassadors are passionate volunteers who often have first-hand knowledge of the life changing impact of sponsoring a child. They are an important and valued part of World Vision UK and work to improve the lives of children and families living in poverty by inspiring others in their community to sponsor a child too. A World Vision Ambassador is:
Willing to increase the profile of World Vision by engaging others
Passionate about serving children and families in need
Excited to ask others to get involved in many different ways
Willing to positively promote World Vision through various local media opportunities that arise and through personal social media
Willing to support various World Vision activities planned in their local area
What World Vision Ambassadors are asked to carry out at least 10 speaker engagements in a year. Activities could include things like:
Sharing one-on-one with your friends, family, or co-workers
Giving interactive and fun presentations to groups and clubs
Participate in and promote campaigns throughout the year
Attend two Induction/Training days before commencing the role
Uphold World Vision‘s Core Values at all times 50
The WV Ambassador Role cont …
How Long World Vision Ambassadors commit to a minimum of 12 months, but we would like them to stay on much longer! Training You are not alone! We are here to provide you with all the training you'll need to be effective as a World Vision Ambassador. These are just a few of the materials you will have:
World Vision Ambassador Information pack
A3 display book complete with presentation materials
Communication with World Vision staff members
Access to World Vision Ambassador Facebook Group where you can share experiences with other World Vision Ambassadors.
Access to a database where you can download documents
Remember Speak positively about other organisations. World Vision is only a small part of the work that is being carried out throughout the world. We are honoured to partner with other organisations and groups to ensure that required aid reaches people in need. Deal carefully with donations. If you receive a non sponsorship donation, please complete the donation form and send it to World Vision along with your report. If a receipt is required, please also include the donor‘s name and address, so that we can thank them. Tell people‘s stories. Become familiar with some of the stories in this folder, so that you can share them and bring to life the needs and joy of the children and families we serve. Tell stories about one child or one community, so listeners can understand that by helping one child they can help a whole family/community. Check Sponsorship/Campaign Forms. We would like to link individuals with a sponsored child straight away, so always check that forms have been completed correctly and address and direct debit details included. Accuracy. If you are not sure of a statement‘s accuracy, clarify it first before sharing it with others. Stick to information you know. You can always get back to them with answers later on. Respectful. Promote and protect the dignity of both the children and the donor Truthful. Communicate World Vision‘s work with integrity, giving up to date factual information once it is received. Credible. Communications should always support and enhance the overall credibility of World Vision.
The Presentation Beforehand Agree the time and location with your contact. Send them the Health and Safety and risk Assessment form for completion, or discuss and complete this over the phone. Be aware of the average number of group members who will be attending and ensure you have enough forms and materials to share with them. Practice the presentation so that you are comfortable with it and know what stories you are going to include and what personal remarks you are going to make. Think about the demographic make-up of your audience and any special interests they may have. Think about the age group and the reason for the group and tailor your message to include information that they would find interesting. (For example if it is a gardening club, be ready to share the story about food security) Dress appropriately for the occasion and venue. At the Location Arrive at the location early so that you can set up the presentation and materials. As the members arrive, warmly greet everyone with a friendly handshake and a smile. Introduce yourself, so they feel comfortable straight away. Presentation Begin with an ice breaker which is an opportunity to establish a connection with your audience. When the activity has died down, introduce and share a little about yourself so your audience can identify with you. Thank everyone for coming and begin your presentation. Speak clearly, with a friendly manner and let them know there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Share your personal journey with World Vision ( how long you have been a sponsor and how many children/communities you have assisted during that time). If you have been on a sponsor visit, finish the presentation with pictures of your sponsored child and your feelings of your first meeting etc. After the Presentation Ask open questions (ask) Forms Sponsorship: Share the information on the children who are waiting to be sponsored. Highlight the fact that they can choose what country they would like to sponsor in and the gender of the chid. (If someone wants to sponsor a child with a specific age or birth date, please add this information onto the form and we will try and accommodate this). All new sponsors should complete the orange form with their details and if they have selected a spefic chld to sponsor, the child ID should be written on the form. Please send all forms to Sharon McLeod Campaigning: Explain the benefits of becoming a campaigner Note: If anyone completes an on-line sponsorship, please ensure they use the right code from the drop down menu about where they heard about World Vision, which is ‗World Vision Ambassador‘, or let Sharon know together with their name and postcode, 52
Thanks Don‘t be discouraged if you have been unsuccessful in recruiting new sponsors and campaigners. Please thank them for allowing you to come and share the work of World Vision with them. Ask them to check out World Vision‘s website and if they are Facebook users, suggest they check out World vision‘s Facebook page and click the ‗like‘ button. That way they will always be informed of our work, especially during an emergency. Hand out materials, so that everyone leaves with something about World Vision. Report Back Complete your report on the visit and send this to Sharon together with the sponsorship and Campaigning forms and any donations that you have been given. Also include your expense form for the travel to and from the meeting place.
Networks / Groups
Identify initial Sharing Opportunities Your first goal in advocating on behalf of the poor is to identify opportunities to share your message. Here are some suggestions that can help. Preparation: To make an impact on your audience you need to be prepared. Positive Attitude: You are a representative for children, their families and their communities. You are also a partner with World Vision. Your attitude has the power to draw people to you to hear your message. Potential People and Places Make a list of potential people and places where you can share:
Your family, friends and co-workers will be interested to learn why you are passionate about becoming a World Vision Ambassador and advocating on behalf of the poor
Friends of these friends or co-worker‘s friends
Your local church is a great place to start, especially if you are a member and know the church groups who would be interested in inviting you to speak to them.
Check out the list of places and ideas for sharing sponsorship
Local groups connected to the networks shown below.
Networks/Groups Four networks have been contacted with the following results: Women‘s Institute http://www.thewi.org.uk There are 6,500 WIs, divided into 70 regional groups called federations with 205,000 members. They don‘t support charities as an organisation but we are looking for individuals to support us by becoming sponsors or campaigners. They have worked with Oxfam in the past by supporting a petition for MDG‘s (Millennium Development Goals) They have a magazine called WI Life which features a range of articles and news stories, and gives potential advertisers the opportunity to reach its members. We will look into the possibility of having an article printed in this magazine once the Ambassador programme is up and running. Each group has responsibility for speakers and activities, so you will need to contact each group separately to promote the work of World Vision and ask if you can speak at one of their meetings.
Networks / Groups cont … Local Groups: To find your local groups, go to the above website and then click on ‗How to join / Find your WI / England‘ and then your county followed by WIs. A list of the WIs in your area will be shown. When you click on each one, you will see exactly when and where they meet. However all contact appears to be through the local federation. So you will have to complete the email form and send them a message, identifying which groups you would like to speak at. National Association of Women‘s Clubs http://www.nawc.org.uk/ We have tried to contact this group, without too much success. Soroptimists http://soroptimist-gbi.org/ There are over 200 groups. We have been in contact with Susan Biggs the Chair of Soroptimist, who has agreed to include information about World Vision in her monthly web newsletter. Local Groups: To find your local groups, go to the above website and then click on ‗Find your nearest club / Find a Club / and then click on your county. You will notice that the UK regions are mixed with overseas clubs, but when you have found the appropriate region, click on the area. You should be presented with a page showing when and where they meet together with contact details of the local representative. Townswomen‘s Guild http://www.townswomen.org.uk/ This is run on a similar structure as WI with 86 Federations and 840 branches with 34,000 members. We have been in touch with them and they have added a World Vision link on their website Local Branch: To find your local branch go to the above website and then click on ‗join us / Locate a Guild, add your county in the drop down menu and click search. The Guilds in that area are then displayed together with times and locations of their meetings. If you want to see their programme for the year, click on Events / Guilds Focus and then on the location near to you. When you contact your local group, please mention that their Chairwoman has already given her endorsement of World Vision by adding a link from their website to the WVUK website.
Ideas for sharing Child Sponsorship
Places and ideas for sharing child sponsorship Actions
… Email your friends & ask them to pass on email to their friends Add a message at the bottom of every email you send Pass on World vision Facebook messages to friends Leave information or add it to bulletin boards at local: o doctors surgeries o hospitals o dentists o libraries o supermarkets o communities centres o coffee shops o fast food places o restaurants. Include sponsorship messages on your Christmas & Birthday cards to friends and family. Hand out cards
Church groups Local bazaars & festivals Groups who meet at your local Community Centre Mum‘s & Tots Gardening clubs Women‘s‘ groups Rotary Clubs
CRB Disclosure Applying for a Basic CRB Disclosure As part of our commitment to child protection, we require all World Vision Ambassadors to provide us with a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure. Currently the CRB are unable to support applications for basic level disclosures, therefore the easiest way to obtain this is through Disclosure Scotland. Application Process You can either make an online application or request a hard copy application form. As the online option is processed faster, this is our preference. However, you will be unable to apply online if your current address is not in the UK and if you have not been resident at your current address for at least twelve months. Instructions for both processes are provided below: Online Application 1.
Go to www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
‗Help with completing your application‘ on the left hand side will provide you with information regarding your disclosure and it gives you the option of downloading the ‗Form Completion Guide‘
Click on ‗Individuals‘ or ‗Applying for yourself‘
Next click on ‗Apply for Basic Disclosure online‘
Here you will find some information on Basic Disclosures
Click on ‗Start Application‘ and read the Instructions
Finally, click on ‗Start Application‘ at the bottom of the page and complete the application
Hard-Copy Application 1.
Phone Disclosure Scotland‘s help line on 0870 609 6006 to request an application form
This will be despatched along with guidance notes and supplementary information
Please follow the instructions provided
During the application process you will be asked to nominate who the disclosure should be sent to. For the sake of speed you could request it to be sent to us directly at the address below. However, if you would prefer to have it sent to yourself initially and then to pass it on to us, you are free to do so. We take security of this information very seriously and after checking the information on the disclosure, the original will be posted back to you for you to retain or securely destroy as you see fit. A charge of £23 will be made for the disclosure; please retain your receipt so you can have this reimbursed via our expenses process. Sharon McLeod, Sponsorship Ambassador World Vision Opal Drive Fox Milne Milton Keynes MK15 0ZR
World Vision Ambassador Application World Vision‘s Vision 'Our vision for every child - life in all its fullness; Our prayer for every heart - the will to make it so.' World Vision UK‘s Mission To inspire the UK to take action that transforms the lives of the world‘s poorest children World Vision Ambassador Agreement World Vision Ambassadors are an important and valued part of World Vision UK. We hope that you will enjoy working with us and feel an integral part of the team. This agreement describes what you can expect from us, and what we look for from you. We aim to be flexible, so please let us know if you would like to make any changes and we will do our best to accommodate them. Role and Activities You will be World Vision‘s face-to-face contact with potential supporters who attend various network and group meetings. You will share information about our work through conversation, delivery of presentations and materials. At the meetings you attend you will:
Increase the profile of World Vision in your region. Recruit new sponsors to support the World Vision Child Sponsorship Scheme Recruit new campaigners and encourage them to support the various campaigns that World Vision is engaged in. Offer people the opportunity to support any emergency or development appeals that World Vision is involved in. Positively promote World Vision through various local media opportunities that arise and personal social media Support various World Vision activities that are planned in your local area.
You will monitor and evaluate your meetings, and provide feedback to World Vision‘s Sponsorship Ambassador. As part of a network of WV Ambassadors you will share peer-topeer support with other WV Ambassadors. Your Commitment We hope that you will be able to give an initial 12 month commitment to World Vision‘s Ambassador Programme, undertaking to carry out 10 speaker engagements during the year. World Vision‘s Sponsorship Ambassador will review this arrangement with you and appreciate your feedback on an ongoing basis. WV Ambassadors will be required to attend two training days before commencing their role and a Celebration day at the end of the financial year which is from 1 October to 30 September. World Vision expects their WV Ambassadors to respect and be in sympathy with our organisation‘s Core Values at all times. Training, Support World Vision will provide an induction to the organisation and the role, equipping you to speak at various meetings in accordance with World Vision‘s Sponsorship Ambassador Strategy, Core Values, Vision and Mission. This training will take place over two days, in Milton Keynes and informal ongoing training will also be offered through the financial year. 59
World Vision Ambassador Application World Vision‘s Sponsorship Ambassador will be your first point of contact with World Vision and will answer any questions or concerns that you have relating to your role, providing ongoing support. Organisational Policies World Vision values WV Ambassadors and recognises the two-way relationship, appreciating the time and skills that you bring to the organisation. We hope that you too will benefit from the new experience and opportunities for training and development that we offer. We are committed to reviewing our relationship and seeing how we can improve performance and support of WV Ambassadors. World Vision is committed to the wellbeing of children. In accordance with World Vision‘s Child Protection Policy, it is a requirement that each WV Ambassador has a CRB Enhanced Disclosure. We will provide you with information about this. Reimbursement of Expenses World Vision will reimburse out of pocket expenses associated with travel. Expenses claims should be made to the Sponsorship Ambassador who will ensure prompt settlement. World Vision‘s commitment to Volunteers: It is our aim that:
You can make a difference to the lives of people throughout the world, through connecting people to help fight poverty.
Your donation of time, skills, and experience will be used well. You will feel valued, appreciated, and included in the role that you undertake. You will receive appropriate training and resource materials to enable you to carry out your role. You will be given opportunities to grow and develop further in your role. You will be given the opportunity to hear more about World Vision‘s work You will be supported by World Vision to resolve any problems that you may have with your role.
You will not be out of pocket or feel awkward about claiming expenses associated with your volunteer activities. Please note that this is not a contract of employment and merely outlines what we look for in our World Vision Ambassadors and what you can expect from us.
World Vision Ambassador Signed:
For World Vision UK Signed:
Sharon McLeod Sponsorship Ambassador
World Vision Ambassador Expenses
World Vision Ambassador - Expenses You are entitled to claim 45p/mile for travel expenses. Please include the post codes for the locations you are travelling to and from. If you prefer to provide a petrol receipt, this is acceptable providing it is less than the mileage expense. Name: (Note: The name you write on this form will be the name that we will make the BACS payment to)
Email: Date: Reason for travel: Travelling from: Travelling to: Total Mileage: I would like to claim for the attached petrol receipt
YES / NO
I would like to claim for the attached public transport receipt
YES / NO
I would like to claim for the attached ............................ receipt
YES / NO
Expenses to claim: £ Team Code: 23300 Your expenses will be reimbursed by BACS Payment to your nominated bank account within 28 days of receipt of your expenses form. Please kindly provide us with your bank account details as follows: Account Name: Account Number: Sort Code:
Signed: (WV Ambassador)
Authorised by: (Sponsorship Ambassador)
Note: All expense claims need to be with our Finance team before Monday to ensure a quick turnaround. Please return this expenses claim form to World Vision‘s Sponsorship Ambassador Email: [email protected]
Address: World Vision UK, World Vision House, Opal Drive, Fox Milne, Milton Keynes, MK15 0ZR
We are Christian We acknowledge one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Jesus Christ the love, mercy and grace of God are made known to us and all people. From this overflowing abundance of God's love, we find our call to ministry. We proclaim together, ‗Jesus lived, died, and rose again. Jesus is Lord.‘ We desire him to be central in our individual and corporate lives. We seek to follow him - in his identification with the poor, the afflicted, the oppressed, the marginalised; in his special concern for children; in his respect for the dignity bestowed by God on women equally with 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. From him we derive our holistic understanding of the gospel of the Kingdom of God, which forms the basis of our response to human need. We hear his call to servanthood and see the example of his life. We commit ourselves to a servant spirit permeating the organisation. We know this means facing honestly our own pride, sin and failure. We bear witness to the redemption offered through faith in Jesus Christ. The staff we engage are equipped by belief and practice to bear this witness. We will maintain our identity as Christian, while being sensitive to the diverse contexts in which we express that identity. We are Committed to the Poor We are called specifically to serve the neediest people of the earth; to relieve their suffering and to promote the transformation of their condition of life. We stand in solidarity in a common search for justice. We seek to understand the situation of the poor and work alongside them towards fullness of life. We share our discovery of eternal hope in Jesus Christ. We seek to facilitate an engagement between the poor and the affluent that opens both to transformation. We respect the poor as active participants, not passive recipients, in this relationship. They are people from whom others may learn and receive. 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, structure, 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 own staff and their families, boards and volunteers. We celebrate the richness of diversity in human personality, culture and contribution. We practice a participative, open, enabling style in working relationships. We encourage the professional, personal and spiritual development of our staff.
We are Stewards The resources at our disposal are not our own. They are a sacred trust from God through donors on behalf of the poor. We are faithful to the purpose for which those resources are given and manage them in a manner that brings maximum benefit to the poor. We speak and act honestly. We are open and factual in our dealings with donor constituencies, project communities, governments, the public at large and with each other. We endeavour to convey a public image conforming to reality. We strive for consistency between what we say and what we do. We demand of ourselves high standards of professional competence and accept the need to be accountable through appropriate structures for achieving these standards. We share our experience and knowledge with others where it can assist them. 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 members of an international World Vision Partnership that transcends legal, structural and cultural boundaries. We accept the obligations of joint participation, shared goals and mutual accountability that true partnership requires. We affirm our interdependence and our willingness to yield autonomy as necessary for the common good. We commit ourselves to know, understand and love one another. We are partners with the poor and with donors in a shared ministry. We affirm and promote unity in the Body of Christ. We pursue relationships with all churches and desire mutual participation in ministry. We seek to contribute to the holistic mission of the church. We maintain a co-operative stance and a spirit of openness towards other humanitarian organisations. We are willing to receive and consider honest opinions from others about our work. We are Responsive We are responsive to the life-threatening emergencies where 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 from their experience. We are responsive in a different sense where deep-seated and often complex economic and social deprivation calls for a sustainable, long-term development. We maintain the commitments necessary for this to occur. We are responsive to new and unusual opportunities. We encourage innovation, creativity and flexibility. We maintain an attitude of learning, reflection and discovery in order to grow in understanding and skill.