Providing Essentials for Children
By providing the four essentials of life – clean water, enough food, healthcare and education – we can make a real difference to children living in poverty in some of the world’s hardest places.
When you donate £2 a week to World Vision’s Essentials programme, your charitable donation helps provide communities in need with better access to clean water, food, healthcare and education.
By giving regularly, you will be joining thousands of other supporters in the fight to end child poverty and extreme hunger across the globe. Plus, we’ll send you updates about the communities you are helping, so you can see the progress we are making against global poverty.
How Essentials works
This is the real miracle of charitable giving. Your weekly donation of £2 can really help a whole community have better access to the four essentials of life.
Essentials changes lives because donations are used in the context of our long-term development work, building sustainable communities in partnership with the people who live there.
Although £2 a week may not seem much – maybe what you pay for a take out latté or a fizzy drink – this amount can make a huge difference to people living poverty around the globe. For example, over six months, your gift of £2 a week could buy six fruit trees, providing four families with a vital source of nutritious food. Over 12 months, your gift could immunise five babies against diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, polio, tetanus and tuberculosis – the six main childhood killer diseases.
Looking further ahead, over 24 months, your gift could pay for all the books for children in four classes, giving them invaluable skills to help out of the poverty trap. Over 48 months, your £2 a week could cover over half the cost of building a reservoir, to collect and preserve precious rainfall – and provide a source of clean, disease-free water for drinking, cooking and irrigating crops.
How Essentials helps
Imagine having to walk for four hours a day to get dirty, let alone clean water. Until recently, this is what women and children in Kisriri, Tanzania, were doing. Many children were suffering from water-borne health problems including diarrhoea and intestinal worms – and were missing out on school to trek miles for water instead.
Happily, donations from World Vision Essentials supporters helped buy materials to construct three new boreholes in the area. The community now has closer access to clean, safe water that they can rely on all year.
In a deprived region of Cambodia, one in four children suffer from chronic malnutrition. Extreme weather conditions and fluctuating markets have caused food shortages. Local families struggle to find the food they need and malnourished children are often left fighting for their lives. However, supporters of Essentials have provided real hope. Their donations help put long-term plans into place to help ensure people have enough food to eat and sell. For example, families are being trained in fish farming and fruit trees are being planted in nurseries so vulnerable children can get vital vitamins and a more varied diet.
Making school days happy is essential for children to learn, grow and become valuable members of their community. But, in some countries, school is not always a happy place. For example, in Armenia, traditional views about children from institutions and orphanages led to them being treated differently in school, making it difficult for them to enjoy learning. Thanks to Essentials, we’ve trained teachers about child protection and rights, which has changed attitudes towards children so they can all enjoy education.
At India’s busy Rawalpindi bus terminal, child labour is common. Poor children sell whatever they can to make a small profit. Others are exploited and recruited as child prostitutes. But there is hope. Thanks to regular donations to Essentials, World Vision has opened a drop-in centre nearby, giving vulnerable children a place of refuge and hope.
Helping schoolchildren in Sudan
Going to school should be simple, happy and nurturing. But some schools have huge obstacles to overcome. Like the schools we helped in South Darfur. Many of them had poor facilities, a lack of teacher training and drinking water shortages. Not to mention a lack of classrooms and toilet blocks.
When we started work in the area three years ago, our aim was to help 2,500 children get to school and stay there. Our plans covered everything from building new classrooms and toilet blocks, to giving one school a donkey and cart to transport their drinking water. We also worked in in partnership with Unicef and the Ministry of Education distributing hundred of school uniforms to girls, encouraging many more of them to enroll and stay in school.
By the end of the project, we supported over 5,000 schoolchildren, double the number that we set out to help.