Women of Vision (WOV), a volunteer ministry of?World Vision, is a partnership of women who are called to invest their time, intellect, compassion, creativity and finances to meet the needs of impoverished women and children.
As Women of Vision, we:
- Travel to visit World Vision projects that are combating the injustices faced by women and children around the world
- Learn more about World Vision programmes through reports, books and film screenings
- Advocate for issues affecting the poor and oppressed
- Pray for the women and families in World Vision projects
- Be part of a Women of Vision team (join or form one with 3-5 members)
- Connect at gatherings with other Women of Vision
- Share expertise and talents
- Support selected World Vision projects through personal giving and special events
“… in my opinion, the single most significant thing that can be done to cure extreme poverty is this: protect, educate, and nurture girls and women and provide them with equal rights and opportunities – educationally, economically, and socially.”
Rich Stearns, President, World Vision USA
Author of The Hole in Our Gospel
In today’s world where violence, poverty, hunger, political corruption, terrorism, torture, slavery, abuse and injustice threaten the security and dignity of human life, Women of Vision strives to unlock a better, more decent future for humanity. Join us!
Child Protection Project 2016 - 2017
Mae Tang is in urgent need of restoration. In this rural region located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, children and youth slip easily into lives of vice. 47% out of 1,221 children were considered to be at risk, and 2% of children were in need of rehabilitation.
World Vision’s holistic interventions for such children include removing vulnerable children from exploitative and dangerous situations, equipping community members, families and young people with essential life skills, strengthening key partners such as churches, schools and government bodies in their ability to apply best practices in child protection and providing access to psychosocial support and social services for rehabilitation.
Hope For Children: Equipping children in disadvantaged communities
After a couple of brainstorming sessions, Women of Vision (WOV) kick-started their fundraising efforts by organising a Hope for Children talk in July 2016, an aim to educate the public about equipping children in disadvantaged communities.
With carefully selected speakers, Mr Tan Khye Suan (Executive Director of MCYC Community Services), Ms Lynna Chandra (Founder of Rachel House) and Ms Laura Hukom (Advocacy Director, Child Protection from World Vision Indonesia), the dialogue session gave audience an insight into how they can give children in disadvantaged communities the opportunity to realise their potential and how they can help vulnerable children find a safe environment – with the care and protection they deserve.
Vision Trip To Mae Taeng, Thailand
Following up from the talk, a group of ladies from WOV formed a team, packed their bags, and headed for a Vision Trip to Mae Taeng, Thailand in November 2016. They witnessed first-hand how World Vision worked with communities to protect children by equipping them to protect themselves in vulnerable situations.
Love is the Reason
After seeing first-hand how the community in Mae Taeng needed urgent restoration, WOV decided to take things into action. They planned and organised a fundraising event to help raise funds for the Child Protection project in Mae Taeng.
On 14 February 2017, Love is the Reason event was held at M Social Hotel. It was a time of music performances, great food and company. The highlight of the evening was definitely the sharing segment from Pastor Wuthichai, whom WOV had specially flown in from Mae Taeng. He is the pastor-in-charge of Ruam Pattana Church at Mae Taeng area development programme. He has been pastoring the church for 12 years.
Pastor Wuthichai is a community partner of World Vision and sits in the Church-School-Community Network for Child Protection in his sub-district, where his church is working with the school and community leaders in the local area to raise awareness about child protection. His sharing brought about deep insights into the real situation and problems faced within the community.
In addition, he shared real stories of fear and loss but through the help of World Vision brought about hope and restoration to the children he oversees in his ministry. It was indeed a heartwarming session. A total of 105 people turned up for the event and we saw an amount of close to $17,600 being raised! What a meaningful journey for WOV.
Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund
On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu. It was the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in over 80 years. An estimated to 8.1 million were affected, with at least 940,000 children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, over 14,000 people that have been injured and 7,000 that have been killed.
The earthquake caused widespread destruction and displacement in 39 out of 75 districts in the country, including mountainous and hilly areas where rural populations are dispersed, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara.
World Vision’s staff was on the ground assisting in relief work with teams on their way to assess damage in the hardest-hit rural areas, addressing pressing needs in the areas of:
- Shelter: Tarpaulins, tents, sleeping mats, blankets
- Emergency health assistance and distribution of non-food items: First aid kits, hygiene kits, cooking sets, mosquito nets, solar lamps, water purifiers and jerry cans
- Child protection: Child-Friendly Spaces so children have a safe space to play following the trauma of the quake
- Health and nutrition: Mobile health clinics focus on pregnant and lactating women, children and other vulnerable groups
Art & Diversity
Art & Diversity, which ran from 13-18 June 2015, featured the creative and visual interpretations of a diverse group of artists, a showcase of talents ranging from educator and social artist Chi Pin Lay to budding artists of all stripes, and even the raw potential of the visually impaired from Dialogue in the Dark. Net proceeds from the auction of paintings were channeled to World Vision’s Nepal Earthquake Disaster Fund, to help needy children and families rebuild a better HOME “家”.
In conjunction with Art & Diversity, the Women of Vision also organised A Brush with Hope, a series of calligraphy workshops led by educator, social artist and Woman of Vision Chi Pin Lay. This brought together both young and old for a fun and educational evening of calligraphy for a cause.
Street Children Transformation Project 2014 - 2015
In Cambodia, street children are considered to be among the most vulnerable. Urban communities are increasingly faced with challenges linked to growing disparities and further marginalisation of vulnerable families. Furthermore, there is a lack of child-centred policies and initiatives in the urban centre. It is estimated that there are 10,000-20,000 street working children in Cambodia. Through the Street Children Transformation project, World Vision aims to:
- Improve community structures to prevent girls and boys from living and working on the streets, including both formal and informal child protection mechanisms
- Increase mental, physical, and social resilience of street children. Activities to improve life skills enable them to make decisions to avoid risky behavior and situations, and to have alternatives to life on the streets
- Improve access of older street children and their families to economic and employment opportunities by engaging them in vocational skills training
- Improve social services and protection for at-risk street children and their families through advocacy for birth registration of street children and partnerships with the private sector and university students
Vision Trip to Kirivong, Cambodia
In November 2014, a group of ladies from Women of Vision (WOV) traveled to Cambodia, where they witnessed up close the devastating effects of poverty. They visited World Vision’s project area in Kirivong as well as the Street Children Transformation Project in Phnom Penh. This trip inspired the women to do their part to bring about real and lasting change for needy children.
Hope for Children
On 11 April 2015, WOV gathered at the YWCA, Fort Canning Lodge, for an afternoon of inspiration and insights on the work for street children in Cambodia. Over 180 people attended the high tea event where we heard from Ms Aimyleen Gabriel, Programme Manager for Child Protection at World Vision Cambodia, as well as Mr Pengty, President of the Association of Cambodians in Singapore. The event also featured exciting Cambodian cultural dances, games and musical numbers.
All WOV members and/or first-timers who are interested to join WOV meetings and events are welcome!
To find out more, kindly contact Ms Faith Chua at 6922 0119 or firstname.lastname@example.org