Community Transformation

We build futures for children, with their families and communities. With our unique, integrated development model, we partner with local communities to find lasting ways to build a sustainable and better world for children.
Together, for a Sustainable Future

Through decades of experience, we have learned that the most effective way to help a child overcome poverty is to strengthen their family and transform their entire community. We partner, plan and work alongside local communities, governments and other stakeholders over 10 to 15 years to address their challenges and needs. We believe this is the most effective way to help communities take ownership of their own development and become self-sustainable. 

Where We Work

We currently have 29 Area Programmes across 13 countries. Area Programmes are distinct geographical areas that encompass multi-sector programmes to benefit children, families and their communities.  


1 Area Programme in Bangladesh: Jamalpur


In Bangladesh, we help families build sustainable livelihoods so that the needs of children can be met. We are working to improve maternal health and child nutrition, as well as provide knowledge on clean water and sanitation. By raising awareness and improving child protection systems, we help protect children from abuse and exploitation.


3 Area Programmes in Cambodia: Rovieng 2, Stong 2 and Phnom Penh 2


In Cambodia, we seek to improve community health as malnutrition and disease outbreaks are common. We ensure families have clean water supply systems and sanitary toilets. To improve education, we equip teachers and mobilise parents and community members to support children’s learning. Child protection systems are being improved, and children are being trained to keep themselves safe. Households are assisted in increasing their incomes through sustainable livelihood opportunities.


1 Area Programme in China: Shicheng 2, Jiangxi


In China, we work to provide parenting knowledge and skills to caregivers and promote life skills education to both children and adolescents. We also advocate to the government for improving the quality of education, and train the community in child protection and disaster risk reduction.

DR Congo

3 Area Programmes in Democratic Republic of Congo: Bukanga Lonzo, Kenge and Loma


In DR Congo, we help communities improve sustainable agricultural production and strengthen their economic opportunities through local partnerships and savings group. We also work to improve access to clean and safe drinking water, improve the quality of education and increase influence of children as child protection actors within the communities.


1 Area Programme in Indonesia: Parimo


In Indonesia, we equip communities to provide a caring environment and protect children from physical and sexual violence. We seek to raise awareness on child rights, child protection and positive parenting among parents and children. This reduces cases of physical punishment and child abuse, while preventing children from falling into juvenile delinquency and child marriages.


2 Area Programmes in Lebanon: Bent Jbail and Marjeyoun


Children in Lebanon are vulnerable to violence (verbal and physical) and neglect as the community lack knowledge on child rights and protection. We assist caregivers to equip themselves with non-violent and active parenting skills. We also teach children about their rights and equip them to protect themselves from violence.


1 Area Programme in Lesotho: Matelile


In Lesotho, we aim to increase communities’ access to financial services, facilitate the establishment of income-generating activities and increase household and community preparedness for disasters. We also aim to improve the nutritional status of children and reduce HIV/AIDS infections.


2 Area Programmes in Mongolia: Baganuur and Bayankhoshuu 2


In Mongolia, we help increase households’ income through capacity building and skills training. Families are also equipped to face deadly snowstorms and droughts. Violence and child labour are rampant, and we work to raise awareness on these issues through trainings, implementing child protection mechanisms, and giving children a platform to raise their voice.


5 Area Programmes in Myanmar: Aungmyaythazan, Kawthoung, Launglon, Mawlamyine and Pyapon


In Myanmar, we empower communities through capacity building of community-based organisations. To keep children safe from harm, we raise awareness on child rights and strengthen child protection mechanisms. Families are given training on livelihood skills and access to savings groups to improve their household income and to ensure their children and household have adequate nutrition.


2 Area Programmes in Nepal: Mahottari West and Rautahat West


Malnutrition is a prevalent issue in Nepal. We seek to raise awareness of nutritious food among caregivers and provide regular health and nutrition services. Due to local practices and poverty, child marriage and child labour are rampant. We work to increase awareness on child protection and end social discrimination.


3 Area Programmes in the Philippines: Bohol 5, Moises Padilla and Lanao del Norte


In the Philippines, we work to improve the quality of education by training teachers, implementing educational programmes and encouraging parents’ participation in their children’s education. We also equip families with livelihood skills and train them to be economically resilient. By improving parenting knowledge, strengthening the capacity of local stakeholders to safeguard children and promoting child participation in decision-making processes, we help protect children from violence and harm.

Sri Lanka

1 Area Programme in Sri Lanka: Welikanda


In Sri Lanka, we work to raise awareness on child rights and protection among parents and caregivers, and address drugs and alcohol issues in the community. We also collaborate with families to establish a sustainable and diversified income source, and train them to be resilient in the face of disasters and shocks, so they can care and provide for their children.


2 Area Programmes in Vietnam: Ba Thouc 2 and Quan Hoa 2


In Vietnam, we work to improve the community’s economic situation by promoting savings habits and increasing their resilience in the face of disasters. We also work to raise awareness on child protection to protect children from child marriage, violence, abuse and other risky behaviours. To improve children’s health, we enhance nutritional knowledge among mothers and caregivers, and provide training for healthcare staff.

Our Approach

Everything we do has just one goal: the sustained well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable. Our work is unique to each community, based on their needs, and we continually review our programmes to ensure the greatest possible impact for all children.


We sit down with children, families, community and faith leaders, and listen to what their unique challenges and needs are.


We work with the community to develop a long-term action plan that will address the root causes of their challenges.


We help the community put the plan into action and work with them to address the needs that were identified.


We train and empower the local community, and support them to make changes that will last long into the future.

The children, families and communities we serve are at the heart of our work. Throughout our time working in their community, we learn, collaborate, equip and empower them so that when the community have grown healthier, safer and more self-sustaining, we can transition out and move on to the next community.





What's the Plan?

Depending on the needs of the community, World Vision’s work can be categorised through the lens of the following sectors:

Child Protection

Every year, more than one billion children are affected by some form of violence. We aspire to create safe and secure childhoods so we work alongside communities to protect children who are vulnerable to violence and abuse.


More than 689 million people are forced to live on less than USD1.90 (RM7.85) a day. We work with families to strengthen their capacity to provide for their children, breaking the cycle of poverty through economic empowerment.

Health & Nutrition

Today, nearly 15,000 children will die of mostly preventable causes before their fifth birthday. And with COVID-19 still spreading, proper healthcare and nutrition is needed more than ever. We deliver health and nutrition interventions to ensure a healthy community.


We believe education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. However, 58 million primary-school-age children are not enrolled in school; 53 percent of these are girls. We address barriers to education and improve the quality of children’s learning.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

For most of us, clean water is easily obtainable with a turn of the tap. But 785 million people worldwide still lack basic drinking water services, while 2 billion still lack basic sanitation. We work to improve sanitation and access to clean water for children and communities in need.

Malaysia Assistance Fund

When it comes to helping those in need, there's no better place to start than at home. The Malaysia Assistance Fund supports children and child-related development work in Malaysia.

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