How does a child become sponsored?
• An area is chosen World Vision first identifies an area where many families live in poverty, lacking even the basic essentials such as food, water, healthcare and education. Sometimes, a community might approach World Vision for assistance. The community is involved in analysis and planning from the start. Working alongside local leaders, assessment is carried out, development objectives are set and a project plan is created. Other needs may also be addressed, such as HIV and AIDS awareness and disaster relief preparation. • The program is set up It is important to build relationships within the community and consult with local leaders before any child is sponsored. This groundwork usually takes up to two years before sponsorship takes place. During this time a strategy is developed to tackle the underlying causes of poverty within the community. For the duration of the sponsorship project, World Vision staff with knowledge of the local culture work closely with the community. They m