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From October 2008 through September 2009, World Vision Taiwan’s Child Sponsorship Program helped 145,250 children in 40 countries and 78 Area Development Programs (ADP’s). When also taking into account the children’s families and communities, the total people receiving assistance reaches 2,008,131. These figures also include the 15 new ADP’s established by World Vision, which are now in the seed phase, in a total of 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
 
Transformational Development
 
A desire for transforming systems and structures that help children and their families overcome poverty drives World Vision’s work. 
 
World Vision’s transformational development approach is a process through which children, families, and communities move toward wholeness of life with dignity, justice, peace, and hope. This includes enabling children to access schools, health care, and eating balanced diets while living in protective and safe community environments.   
 
Through transformational development, World Vision seeks the well-being of children and their families, and the empowerment of whole communities working to determine their own futures and create genuine opportunities to improve their lives. 
 
World Vision works to achieve transformation on multiple levels: transformation of children and families who are able to live to their fullest potential, transformation of donors and partners who gain a deepened understanding of development, and the transformation of World Vision’s staff who serves as the catalyst in bringing communities together to build a resilient society capable of standing on their own two feet. 
 
Today, in partnership with donors, government and local communities, World Vision is working to transform lives marred by poverty into lives filled with hope for children, their families, and their communities.
 
Area Development Programs (ADP)
 
World Vision’s Area Development Programs (ADP) are implemented across a cluster of villages and are designed to improve the lives of the poor, especially children, over the long-term (10-15 years).
 
In each ADP World Vision takes an integrated approach to development by working across multiple sectors including Education, Food Security, Maternal & Child Health Care, and Water & Sanitation. 
 
World Vision first partners with community leaders to identify those things that are keeping them in poverty and then works together toward sustainable solutions. Committees are established and given ownership of specific development activities, such as water management, health care, and livelihood programs.  
 
Program design and monitoring systems are developed along-side community members and local government. Full community participation is encouraged, especially among women, in the development process so that every community member can be empowered to continue their progress toward a better life long after World Vision’s departure. 
 
With children at heart, community self-sufficiency is the chief goal for World Vision’s ADPs.  Today, World Vision is working to build the capacity of poor communities to identify and address their agricultural, education, economic, health and other essential needs, so that their children can be assured brighter futures.
 
Education
 
World Vision is working to ensure all children in our program areas have the opportunity to attend school and receive a quality education.
 
To reduce financial burdens, World Vision partners with local communities and government to provide textbooks, uniforms, book bags, and other essential school supplies to needy students. 
 
In many communities, World Vision works with poor households to support livelihoods and new income-generating activities to ensure their children are healthy and able to attend school regularly.  Non-formal education support is also offered to improve access to information and enhance parents’ contribution to their children’s learning. 
 
To improve quality of education, World Vision supports teacher training such as lesson planning and teaching techniques. 
 
For poor villages lacking adequate educational facilities, World Vision works with the community to build new schools and provide classroom furniture so students can learn in a clean and productive environment year-round.  
 
Mother and Child Health
 
Recognizing that the participation of women is critical to a developing nation, World Vision is working to ensure women are healthy and strong so they can contribute toward a better life for their children and families.   
 
In response to the lack of medical care facing women and children, World Vision partners with local communities and government to provide access to healthcare and educate people on proper hygiene and basic health practices to reduce the risks of contracting illness. 
 
Health programs are also incorporated within water and agricultural projects to work towards alleviating malnutrition, especially among children. 
 
World Vision recruits and trains Villager Health Workers, Traditional Birth Attendants, and community volunteers within villages so pregnant women, the ill, and injured will have access to immediate basic care.  World Vision is also working with government health staff to provide up-to-date training and essential medical equipment and supplies.
 
Water and Sanitation
 
In response to the lack of access to clean water, World Vision partners with local communities and government to install accessible water pumps and sanitation systems such as hygienic toilets that are easily maintained. World Vision also provides education and assistance to communities so they are able to take greater responsibility for their own needs. Water management committees are established at the village level to ensure the sustainability, maintenance, and ownership of water and sanitations systems.  
 
Building Sustainable Livelihoods
 
Stable Livelihood means communities have a secure income, reliable production, access to markets, and that all family members eat healthy balanced diets. World Vision’s work is aimed at producing sustainable livelihoods, minimizing environmental destruction and maximizing use of fertile areas.
 
World Vision partners with local communities and government to work towards developing sustainable agricultural practices and implement programs such as Food for Work, Food for Training, and school feeding, to reduce the burden of chronic household food deficits. Through these programs, it is our hope that communities will be able to achieve future self-reliance and be free from poverty.  


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