FAQs

The World Vision 40 Hour Famine is New Zealand’s largest youth fundraising event. Every year since 1975, hundreds of thousands of young Kiwis have taken a stand through a 40- Hour Challenge to raise money and bring hope to thousands of children living in poverty in more than 40 countries. Traditionally, the 40 Hour Challenge meant going without food. However, over the years, people have become creative, finding fun new challenges such as living in a box, doing 40 good deeds, and some have even gone as far as taking a 40-hour vow of silence!

So far, more than 2.7 million New Zealanders have participated and nearly $79 million has been raised – helping to transform thousands of lives both here in New Zealand, and around the world. We’d love for you to stand with us.
There are different legal ages for marriage in different countries, but World Vision defines a child as under 18. Many countries have a legal age for marriage of 18 but have exceptions (e.g. you can marry from 16 in NZ with your parents’ permission) or the law is not adequately enforced.
Not all work done by children is defined as child labour. Child labour is often defined as: work that deprives children of their childhood, potential or dignity, or that is mentally or physically harmful. 
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Human trafficking is the harbouring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labour or services, by force, fraud, or coercion for subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt, bondage, slavery.  

World Vision defines a child as a person under 18.