Our vision is life in all its fullness for every child.
We’re a community of change makers – generous Australian donors, community members, staff and valued partners who mobilise to make a real and lasting difference in lives around the world. Together, we tackle the root causes of poverty and transform lives through development, relief and advocacy work.
We’re part of a global movement - a Christian humanitarian organisation that provides short and long-term assistance to more than 100 million people worldwide. Over the past 50 years, more than two million Australians have chosen to partner with us when giving to charity. The support of generous Australians helps make our work possible.
Children sponsored through World Vision enjoy attending school in Bangladesh.
A community in Mali celebrates after a World Vision well-drilling crew strikes water.
U Hla Myat and his family have benefited from World Vision’s support of their agricultural business in Myanmar.
World Vision has provided food aid to communities impact by drought in Kenya.
Amani and her daughter Baylasan are among Syrian refugees who've benefited from World Vision's help in Lebanon.
We walk alongside vulnerable communities as they lead their own development to alleviate poverty, build resilience and tackle injustice. We equip communities to build on their successes and, when they're ready, independently continue the life-changing work we've started together.
We work to address child poverty in many areas of need including health, education, clean water, livelihoods and child protection. Experience shows our holistic approach really works, lifting vulnerable children and families out of poverty and giving them hope for a brighter future.
We undertake development and humanitarian activities. We do not undertake non-development activities (welfare, religious or partisan political activities) or support partners to undertake non-development activities.
More than 81 percent of donated funds are used for field programs and advocacy work that benefits children and their families in Australia and internationally. We aspire to the highest levels of transparency and accountability in all that we do.
Our development approach is evidence-based and built on best practices learned from decades of work. We know the most effective way to transform children’s lives is to transform the world in which they live – their family, community and local area.
We are part of the global World Vision Partnership – which operates in more than 90 countries. We're also proud to partner with many aid agencies, governments, corporations and foundations in Australia and around the world.
Our community of change makers, including generous Australians, enables us to make impact at scale and reach children in many of the world’s most difficult places. Our networks also enable us to be on the ground during emergencies and natural disasters - providing life-saving relief and ongoing support to people in crisis.
The World Vision Partnership works across many regions: Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
A community in Cambodia celebrates a new water system that has boosted children's wellbeing and reduced illness.
Dr Bob Pierce founded World Vision after travelling to Asia and meeting children in need.
World Vision Australia was established in 1969 and has since grown to become Australia's largest international non-government organisation. From the beginning, our activities have focused on giving people – especially children – opportunities
to alleviate their suffering and improve their lives.
In 1947, American missionary Dr Robert Pierce travelled to China and Korea, where he encountered people living without food, clothing, shelter or medicine. During the Korean War in the early fifties, he helped set up orphanages to care for children who’d
been abandoned or orphaned. He returned to the United States to raise funds for his work in Asia. Strong public support led to World Vision being founded in 1950, with Dr Pierce as president.
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