World Vision Canada

also in french and chinese

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God’s love for all people regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnicity … (full text about).

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Core values; Sponsor a child; Give a gift; Education, justice; Events; Careers; Volunteer; Get involved;
Address: World Vision Canada, 1 World Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5T 2Y4, Canada;

History: The Beginning: World Vision began in China with an American missionary, Dr. Bob Pierce. 

In 1947 Pierce met Tena Hoelkedoer, a teacher, while on a trip to China. She introduced him to a battered and abandoned child named White Jade. Unable to care for the child herself, she asked Pierce, “What are you going to do about her?” Pierce gave the woman his last five dollars and agreed to send the same amount each month to help the woman care for White Jade.

Child Sponsorship:

  • This encounter was a turning point for Pierce. He began building an organization dedicated to helping the world’s children and World Vision was born. The first child sponsorship program began a few years later in response to the needs of hundreds of thousands of orphans at the end of the Korean War.
  • Through the decades, World Vision has become a leader in the field of relief and development. Some 31,000 staff members implement programs of emergency relief, education, health care, economic development, and promotion of justice in more than 90 countries. World Vision is a living tribute to Pierce’s work.

World Vision Canada:

  • Canada has been part of the World Vision family since the early days. In 1950, Pierce held the first meetings in Canada to discuss what he had seen and learned in Asia. In 1957, Canada’s first World Vision office opened in Toronto. Today the new national headquarters, overseen by president Dave Toycen, is one of World Vision’s busiest offices.
  • World Vision is Canada’s largest private relief and development agency. In 2007, Canadians sponsored 454,309 children around the world. Child sponsorship helps fund World Vision Canada’s international long-term development projects. World Vision Canada has a long history of partnering with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and other government bodies in overseas development and in addressing global issues, such as child rights, hunger, and health.

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