Help Make a Child Have a Better Future, Be a World Vision Sponsor or Volunteer

September 10, 2013
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We are very much aware that children in depressed areas have no choice but to work and have no time to go to school to help their parents sustain their basic needs. They set aside their eagerness to study. And much worse, they are unaware that education is the key to end their poverty.

Truth hurts that the government alone can't solve this problem. We are very fortunate that there are institutions who can help these people in need. One of them is World Vision.

World Vision is  a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide towards eliminating poverty and its causes. It strives to build thriving communities where peace and justice prevail and all can enjoy security, opportunity and happiness.

World Vision partners with children and the communities among the poorest areas to help improve lives and combat poverty through: 

Sustainable Development. It works alongside the disadvantaged communities enabling them to use their own capacities and potentials so that they can own the development process.

Emergency Response and Disaster Relief. It responds to life-threatening situations where its involvement is needed and appropriate. I seeks to protect vulnerable people amid difficult circumstances by providing emergency relief such as food, water, shelter, medicine, clothing, and disaster preparedness trainings.

Raising Public Awareness and Advocating for Justice. By increasing understanding of poverty and injustice, it seeks to promote public involvement and government policies that alleviate poverty.

World Vision helps improve the lives of more than 120,000 children and 16 million Filipinos in 33 provinces and 44 cities nationwide. 

It was founded by American Dr. Bob Pierce in 1950 following his life-changing trips to China and Korea. Dr. Pierce was awfully moved by the impact of the war on children. He set up orphanages to care for those who were abandoned or whose parents had died. By the 1960s this work had expanded to meet the needs of refugees in Indochina and the survivors of disasters in Bangladesh and Africa. Eventually, Child Sponsorship was started to provide long-term funding assistance to help poor children worldwide.

Over the decades it’s approach has shifted from welfare provision to collaboration, partnering with communities and individuals to seek solutions to tackle poverty. 

Before we go further, let us pause for a while and reflect. Aside from buying our basic needs,
 where can our Php 600.00 go?

- Eating one meal in a fancy restaurant
- Drinking coffee four times in a fancy coffee shop
- Buying one signatured shirt
- Buying one to eight bottles of alcoholic beverages
- Purchasing 10 packs of cigarette
- Dining 12 times in a fast food chain
- Grabbing one to four lipsticks or one make-up palette 
- Watching a 3D Movie with popcorn and drinks
- Playing in an arcade consuming 120 tokens
Friends, if you have spare Php 600.00 to spend a month, it can help a child believe that he/she has a better future. You can do this by sponsoring a child through WORLD VISION.

In reality, Php 600.oo monthly is very costly and giving it to someone readily during tough times is difficult. But come to think of it, using it as means to sponsor a child brings lifetime changes. 


If you have a very tight budget but you really want to sponsor a child, you may ask your friends, colleagues, classmates, or loved-ones to contribute altogether as a group. Be inspired with this story of high school students who sponsor a child as a class: Children Helping Children
Children Helping Children

If you are a Filipino entrepreneur or blogger, you can help spread the word by adding a WORLD VISION PHILIPPINES FREE/CHARITY AD BANNER to your website like I did. Visitors on your website might be interested in sponsoring a child. By clicking the ad banner, they could be easily directed to Child Sponsorship.  You may contact 

Cherry Anne G. Valencia
Online Marketing Officer | Public Awareness and Experience
World Vision Development Foundation, Inc.
389 Quezon Avenue corner West 6th St. West Triangle, Quezon City 1104 Philippines
Phone: (2) 3747618 to 28 | Fax: (2) 3747661
Email: | web:
Skype: cag.valencia

She could send you different free/charity ad banners and include you in World Vision Philippine's List of Volunteers. For more information about becoming a volunteer you may also go to these links: 

Like World Vision Philippines' Official Facebook Page, add World Vision to your Google+ Circle, and follow it on Twitter for more updates and share them to your friends and followers.

Choosing and doing any of the ways above can make a lot of difference in the lives of less fortunate children who are deprived of their right to good education. As Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Isn't it wonderful if all the children in our country and even all over the world become well-educated? That is possible through our efforts.

Help every child in poverty live life to the fullest!

For more information visit 
For my non-Filipino readers, you may help World Vision too by contacting the branch in your country.

Reference and Photo Credits: World Vision Philippines

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