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How faith impacts our work

Learn how our Christian faith impacts and supports our work for children

Our Christian faith drives us

Founded on a prayer 70 years ago, World Vision helps all children, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender in some of the world's most dangerous places. We have been blessed to work with people of all faiths and none to create opportunities for better futures for vulnerable children living in the world’s toughest places.

This work has transformed the lives of more than 200 million children.

Robert Pierce
Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.

Robert Pierce

World Vision Founder and President 1950-1967

How faith supports our work

Our faith not only drives our work, but actively supports it. We work with faith organisations and religious leaders to bring communities together and build trust around important health ventures such as vaccines.

Religious leaders of all faiths are uniquely placed to understand the needs of the most vulnerable in their communities, bring about changes in thinking, foster dialogue, and motivate their congregations to meet community needs.

Before working with Christians and Muslims I thought it would be hard. But we are working towards one common goal, so we are able to work together.

Roem Nam-Chhiev

Buddhist Monk in Phnom Penh

Ways we use faith to drive our work

Inspired by our common values, we seek out and work with faith leaders to address underlying values and norms that prevent children from living full lives; issues like HIV and AIDS, maternal and child health, gender equality, and child protection. We work with them to keep communities safe and united when disasters such as Ebola and COVID-19 strike.

Using faith to transform lives in Ethiopia

Across Ethiopia, World Vision has improved the wellbeing of vulnerable children and women by tackling many of the toughest issues behind poverty and injustice. Staff have been able to discuss and address highly sensitive issues like gender equity and family planning with religious leaders from Ethiopia’s diverse faith communities.

Through specific faith-based projects, staff have been able to discuss and address highly sensitive topics like early marriage, gender discrimination and improving mother and child health. Thanks to highly trusted faith leaders and their communities engaging with us, the number of early marriages and child labour cases have reduced and increased numbers of children with disabilities have been able to attend school.

Meet Aberra and Ali, two religious leaders who engaged with World Vision through their faith, and consequently made changes in their family and wider communities to bring about brighter futures for all.

Working with faith-leaders to fight COVID-19

We use our faith to build relationships that support local communities, working here with faith leaders in Sierra Leone to protect the community against Ebola and coronavirus.

Dave Johnson
[World Vision is] a Christian organisation but that doesn’t stop them working together with other groups that aren’t Christian.

Dave Johnson

Jireh Church, Bebington in Wirral

Learn more about our faith in action