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.

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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.


education.jpg   A whole school of children pass their exams!


This school in North Tripura, India, used to be poorly equipped. There were no desks, no benches for the children to sit on, and no toilets. Children were not keen to attend, and some of the teachers were poorly trained.

But thanks to the donations of generous supporters like you, things have changed for the better. There’s been a number of improvements at the school. First of all, we were able to fund the construction of a junior wing at the school so that the younger students now have their own classrooms. We’ve also installed toilets, and provided desks and benches.

Construction of a hostel at the school means that students from further away can travel in and have somewhere to stay during the week. Teachers have been receiving additional training, and standards have improved.

As a result, all of the children passed their exams this year. This is a great success story for the children of North Tripura – and what makes it even more amazing is that some of the teachers at the school were actually supported through their own education as World Vision sponsored children. As our work in North Tripura draws close to completion within the next 18 months, that’s a great testament to what we’ve achieved together.

Eco Development   What started with two piglets, ended with a house


This is U Kyi Soe with his wife Daw Pyone Ma and two of their children. U Kyi Soe used to be an odd-job worker, so he didn’t have a reliable source of income. Until recently, he struggled to provide for his family. “It was a struggle to pay for food each day and for the children’s education ,” he says. “With our income, we couldn’t cope.”

Then they received two piglets from World Vision, and attended a pig breeding training course. They worked hard to make their new business work.  “We wanted to reduce the cost of feeding the pigs,” U Kyi Soe says. “So I used to go and fetch vegetables and my wife went around the village and collected the left over foods.”

They were able to take out a small loan from a community development group that you’ve helped to support. With this money, they bought a further three piglets. Within two years, they were able to pay back the loan, and to start using the profits to provide for the family. And they were even finally able to complete the construction of their house.

“All things are well with us now,” says U Kyi Soe. “We are all so happy and we thank the World Vision for all the help given.”

Sometimes it only takes a small investment to start a family on the road to a better life – and that’s what you’ve helped to provide for U Kyi Soe, Daw Pyone Ma, and their children.

Food_Security.jpg   What changed Yusufu’s mind about chicken farming?


Here is Zainabu helping her mum and dad to feed their chickens. They live in Kilimatinde in central Tanzania, where many families are subsistence farmers who struggle to produce enough food. Zainabu’s family were no exception, and she often used to go to school on an empty stomach. But thanks to your support, things have changed. She says, “I thank my parents because early in the morning I get breakfast before going to school. This helps me to be strong and take part in class.”
Her father, Yusufu, tells us how the support he received from World Vision transformed their family’s life. “In the past I never knew that poultry keeping pays good,” he says. “I just thought it is a small domestic business for only children and women. My dream was on big animals like cows and goats because a man with large herds of these animals is considered as rich.”

After receiving training in poultry keeping that your donations helped to make possible, Yusufu realised that keeping chickens might be able to provide his family with a way out of poverty.
“Immediately after these series of training we started organising ourselves in groups and encouraged each other to keep poultry at home,” Yusufu says. “We started with 5 chickens. Within short time we realised some returns like meat for family consumption and others were sold to get some money.”
The groups started a savings scheme, and used funds that they’d saved to help any members who fell on hard times. They quickly started to invest more money in the business.

“We started keeping broilers,” Yusufu says. “We feed them local available food like rice husks, millet and sorghum remains.” The broiler chickens, bred for their meat, can be sold for the local equivalent of about £3 each. Half of this is profit which Yusufu can invest or use to provide for his family. Yusufu and the other poultry farmers have been able to use some of these profits to help local orphans and vulnerable children, and to help support people who are living with HIV.

Yusufu’s wife always makes sure that not all of the chickens are sold – some are to be eaten by the family. “We been cautioned in our nutrition groups,” she says, “that anything edible produced at home must be consumed at home first. We have a slogan which says ‘In anything you get, think about children nutrition first’. So we are trying to live this slogan practically.”

It’s not just from the chicken meat that the children have benefitted nutritionally. “I have managed to buy dairy goats which are also giving milk for my family,” Yusufu says. They also have the money to pay the children’s school fees and buy uniforms for them. It’s a great success story for this family – and it all started with the five chickens and the training sessions that your donations helped to provide.

Healthcare.jpg   Preventing malnutrition and saving lives


Ajikon, pictured here with her mother, is at risk of malnutrition. Her mother is one of thousands of parents in Turkana, north-west Kenya, who live in fear of losing their children to starvation or disease. Food and water are both in short supply, after another season of insufficient rains. According to government officials, 300,000 people are without food, and many families are surviving on wild fruits that do not provide adequate nutrition.

Despite the vast scale of the problem, your support has made a difference. You’ve made it possible for us to train dozens of health workers and deliver nutritional supplements such as iron, zinc and vitamin A. We’ve been screening children for malnutrition, and seen recovery rates of malnourished children rise above 90% in some areas. Amazingly, the number of children under five who are dying in Turkana Central has decreased 30-fold in the 18 months since we started our nutrition programme. This means that, thanks to you, children like Ajikon now have a better chance of surviving.

Clean_Safe_water.jpg   “We used to collect dirty water from the well in the swamp”

In rural Uganda, one in three people lack access to safe drinking water. Three years ago, the situation in Ntwetwe was even worse than the national average – less than half of the population had access to clean water. “We used to collect dirty water from the well in the swamp," says Sylvia, aged eleven.

“Some pupils used to miss lessons in order to collect water," says Mr Mulengera, Sylvia’s teacher. "Moreover,” he tells us, “the children used to get diarrhoea from the unsafe water that they collected from the well in the swamp.”


Your donations to Essentials helped to provide a 20,000 litre water tank at Sylvia’s school. “We drink the water from the tank when we are thirsty,” Sylvia says. “Our cook also uses it to make us porridge. And the water helps us keep clean at school as we use it to wash our faces and legs.”

Sylvia is one of thousands of children in the area to have benefitted from your support. Clean water makes such a difference to the community in Ntwetwe, and they are determined to keep their water-points well maintained. The community has set up a water committee and started to collect maintenance fees so they can provide clean drinking water from their own resources, continuing the good work even after World Vision leaves.

Community leaders are also promoting good hygiene practices such as hand washing. Together with the increased access to clean water, this means that fewer children suffer from waterborne diseases. Two years ago, one in four children needed medical attention for life-threatening diarrhoea. Today, it is less than one in ten. Thank you for being the difference in their lives!