FAQs

We have strong checks and balances in place to ensure it does. World Vision New Zealand does not tolerate fraud or corruption in its operations and programmes and we are committed to the highest standards of legal, ethical and moral behaviour in all we do. 

To make sure that corruption and fraud is prevented or detected in a timely manner, World Vision has implemented a number of measures including: 
  • World Vision staff – here in New Zealand and overseas – monitor and visit projects and organise audits of project finance to make certain that all funds are properly used
A management system has been set up that avoids any individual having exclusive rights to spend large amounts of money: 
  • Thorough background checks on staff are conducted
  • Local employees are trained to detect and deter fraud 
  • A whistle-blower system has been established so staff can report any suspicious behaviour  
Each project and National Office is accountable through a range of internal and external audit and programme quality review procedures. Reports are sent to the supporters who give us money and to the governments and authorities in the places where we operate, and to our industry peers. Additionally, World Vision complies with the requirements of funders such as MFAT. Our financial statements are externally and independently audited (in the same way and to the same standards which apply to New Zealand companies) and our annual reports are prepared to internationally acknowledged standards of transparency for not-for-profits.

Please contact us on 0800 800 776 or email us at email@worldvision.org.nz, to request a full copy of our latest financial statement. You can also read our Annual Report.
Through Child Sponsorship, World Vision transforms the lives of your Sponsor Child’s whole community; enabling your child, their family, and their wider community to have access to better healthcare, education, water and economic opportunities.

To change a child’s life, you have to change the world in which they live. Your money does not go directly to your sponsor child, or their family, but enables World Vision to work with their entire community to have an even bigger impact and make long-term sustainable change for everyone. As a member of this community, your Sponsor Child receives the benefits of this incredible change and their own lives are transformed. It’s a pretty incredible change to be a part of!
World Vision teams worldwide, are doing all they can to keep the children and the communities we work with safe.

At this time, there are no reports of any child registered in World Vision New Zealand programmes currently being infected with COVID-19. 

Any changes to sponsored children’s health will be communicated to their sponsor as information becomes available.  
Children are being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Children whose caregivers get sick or die will be at higher risk of malnutrition, diseases, death, abuse and exploitation, including survival sex.  Grandparents, who often act as caregivers of young children in poor countries, are at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19. The prevalence of other diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS and, respiratory diseases such as TB will also mean that many people - including children - will be fighting COVID-19 with compromised immune systems. 

The Aftershocks report series highlight how this pandemic has wreaked unprecedented havoc on children and put millions of lives at risk.

Aftershocks report 1: The Secondary Impacts (pdf) 
Secondary impacts threaten more lives than the disease itself.

Aftershocks report 2: A Perfect Storm (pdf)
Millions more children at risk of violence under lockdown and into the 'New Normal'.

Aftershocks report 3: Out of Time (pdf)
As families' imcomes plummet, millions more children go hungry and are forced to work and beg.

Aftershocks report 4: Access Denied (pdf)
Teenage pregnancy threatens to block a million girls across Sub-Saharan Africa from returning to school.

Aftershocks report 5: Deadly Waves (pdf)
Multiple, potentially deadlier, waves of COVID-19 continue to threaten millions of lives if leaders fail to prioritise vulnerable people everywhere.