Most of the children are far removed from our child care centres Perth, but they need our help and they need your help. Cuddles Childcare Centres have decided that each of our three centres in the Perth area is going to sponsor a child through World Vision Australia. We heartily endorse this charity and would like to encourage you to donate to them if you believe in their cause.
What is World Vision Australia?
World Vision Australia is the Australian chapter of World Vision, which is an international organisation that provides assistance to 100 million people across the world, with the mission to eliminate poverty. They have offices in 96 countries, with approximately 22,500 staff members total.
World Vision engages in actions such as transformational development, which is their phrase for a holistic approach to helping those less fortunate by recognising their spiritual, political, economic and physical needs. They provide emergency relief, according to the International Code of Conduct that governs the actions of disaster relief organisations.
World Vision also advocates for victims of poverty and injustice while promoting public awareness. While they are a Christian organisation, they practice engagement by example and oppose coercion or proselytism of any kind.
Their projects emphasise long-term sustainability and viability, the needs of children, education and skills training including literacy, HIV and AIDS education, gender equality and affordable technology solutions.
The World Vision approach is project-based and dependent upon the needs of individual communities. They aim to help communities become self-reliant through activities such as leadership development, small business workshops, agricultural training and health improvements.
Ultimately, World Vision helps people help themselves.
Sponsoring a Child
World Vision sponsors children in many different countries. Contributions help meet these children’s communities meet long-term needs such as healthcare, clean water and sanitation, education, improved income generation and agriculture.
World Vision works with communities until they no longer need help. They believe that it takes 14 to 15 years to create lasting change. In the first 2 years, which is the planning stage, World Vision forms partnerships with local groups. Together, they assess the needs and strengths of the community.
While some projects begin the first year, the phase in which skills are taught and developed takes place during the first 4 years. Work begins on the first projects and the local citizenry gradually acquires the skills to further their own development.
During years 5 through 9, belief is built. Unity grows as project activities are led by more local people and a sense of purpose eventually emerges. By the 10th year, World Vision reviews all projects for their long-term impact. If things have gone correctly, parents have embraced the changes in their community because they see that their children’s lives have been changed for the better.
Finally, by the 14th or 15th year, the community is well-prepared to face the future, inspired by the achievement of project goals.
How the Child Benefits
Community projects ensure that children will enjoy good health. In addition, they ensure that the child will be educated for life and that they are protected, cared for and participating in decisions that have a direct effect on their lives. Eventually, the child experiences hope where there once was none.
World Vision knows through experience that changing a child’s community is the most effective way to change his or her life. They identify the local and specific causes of the vulnerability and poverty of the child. Then, with the community, they mutually create development projects to address the causes of poverty.
This is designed to break the cycle of poverty by creating long-term improvements in the community. This allows all children to have an opportunity to reach their true potential.
In Australia, we may take a lot of these things for granted. For example, you are on the website of a company with three child care centres in the Perth area. In struggling, third-world countries or places where disaster has destroyed communities, there is no such thing as a day care centre.
We are fortunate in Perth and Cuddles Child Care Centres would like to give something back. We would like to help make positive changes in the lives of those less fortunate than we are. Each of our three Cuddles Child Care Centres is going to sponsor one child.
If you would like to help, we encourage you to visit the World Vision Australia website.
Cuddles Childcare Centre in Carlisle is sponsoring Julesti Hamu Meha from Indonesia. She is three years of age. Our Bertram Centre is sponsoring Van Thien Vo from Vietnam, who is nine years of age. The St James Centre is sponsoring Anurudh Ram Nath, who is from India and is ten years of age.
If you are interested in day care or would like to hear more, call any of our Cuddles Child Care centres in the Perth Area: Bertram, (08) 9419 1844; Carlisle, (08) 9472 4702; or St James, (08) 9358 4673.