About World Vision

World Vision is an international NGO that works to improve the lives of children and families in the developing world through sustainable, community-based initiatives. World Vision New Zealand was established in 1970 and currently supports more than 44 projects in over 25 countries. World Vision works alongside community members, encouraging local ownership of development projects to ensure they continue long after World Vision leaves.

Vision statement

Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness;
Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.

Our mission

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God's love to serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.


We are Christian
We are committed to the poor
We value people
We are stewards
We are partners
We are responsive


We are Christian

We acknowledge one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Jesus the love, mercy and grace of God are made known to us and all people.

We seek to follow Jesus – in His identification of the poor, the powerless, the afflicted, the oppressed, and the marginalised; in His special concern for children; in His respect for the dignity bestowed equally on women and men; in His challenge to unjust attitudes and systems; in His call to share resources with each other; in His love for all people without discrimination or conditions; in His offer of new life through faith in him.

We hear His call to servanthood and to humility.

We maintain our Christian identity, while being sensitive to the diverse contexts in which we express that identity.

We are committed to the poor

We are called to serve the most vulnerable people on earth; to relieve their suffering and promote their wellbeing. We stand in solidarity in a common search for justice. We seek to understand the situation of the poor and work alongside them.

We seek to facilitate engagement between those in need, and those able to help, which opens both to transformation. We respect the poor as active participants, not passive recipients, in this relationship. They are people from whom we may learn and receive, as well as give. The need for transformation is common to all. Together, we share a quest for justice, peace, reconciliation and healing for a broken world.

We value people

We regard all people as created and loved by God. We give priority to people before money, structure, systems and other institutional machinery. We act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person – the poor, the donors, our staff and their families, boards and volunteers. We celebrate the richness of diversity in human personality, culture and contribution.

We practice a participative, open, enabling style in working relationships. We encourage the professional, personal and spiritual development of our staff.

We are stewards

The resources at our disposal are not our own. They are a trust from God through donors on behalf of the poor. We speak and act honestly. We are open and factual in our dealings with donors, project communities, governments and the public at large. We demand of ourselves high standards of professional competence and financial accountability.

We are stewards of God’s creation. We care for the earth and act in ways that will restore and protect the environment. We ensure that our development activities are ecologically sound.

We are partners

We are partners with the poor and with donors in a shared ministry. We are members of an international World Vision Partnership that transcends legal, structural and cultural boundaries.

We pursue relationships with churches and desire mutual participation in ministry. We maintain a co-operative stance and a spirit of openness towards other humanitarian organisations.

We are responsive

We are responsive to life-threatening emergencies where our involvement is needed and appropriate. We are willing to take intelligent risks and act quickly.

We do this from a foundation of experience and sensitivity to what the situation requires. We also recognise that, even in the midst of crisis, the destitute have a contribution to make.

We are responsive in a different sense where deep-seated and often complex economic and social deprivation calls for sustainable, long-term community development.



Transformational development

World Vision works with communities in need to create long term changes to improve their lives. From helping communities build water wells for safe drinking water to working together to build schools, World Vision's projects all place special emphasis on the wellbeing of children.

World Vision works not just with local communities, but with governments, and other agencies and NGOs so these changes can last long after we've gone.

World Vision's transformational development work is divided into five sectors. In our many years of experience, development in these sectors has been shown to be the most effective way to help communities achieve safer, healthier futures free from poverty, and move towards self-sufficiency.

Disaster management and response

World Vision is quick to respond to natural disasters and conflicts around the globe. World Vision's emergency relief activities seek primarily to save lives and reduce human suffering, protect and restore livelihoods, and reduce the risks faced by disaster- and conflict-prone communities.

Our first aim in an emergency is to provide immediate aid - necessities such as food, safe water, shelter, hygiene kits and blankets. As our response continues we work with communities to help them build back their lives, ensuring that they are prepared for future emergencies.

Because we're a child-focused agency, our responses focus on the needs of vulnerable children.

Emergency responses in conflict zones include working towards peaceful outcomes. We try whenever we can to integrate our emergency relief responses with our development and advocacy activities.


Advocacy is World Vision's way of campaigning on behalf of those living in poverty. With the public's help, we aim to change Government policies, and alert Governmentsto important human issues they may otherwise ignore.

World Vision uses many methods of advocacy, from alerting the media to significant issues, using social media campaigns to generate awareness and speaking directly to governments. We advocate at a local, national and international level.

World Vision is currently campaigning for the New Zealand government to priorities maternal and child health in the Pacific.

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