FAQs

Climate change refers to any significant change in the state of the climate that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading scientific forum for climate analysis, tells us that planet earth is currently warming in a historically unprecedented manner. Global temperatures have risen by 0.85 degrees Celsius between 1880 and 2012 and the global amounts of snow and ice have drastically diminished. While there are multiple complex drivers, the IPCC suggests that these changes can be mainly attributed to excessive levels of human-induced greenhouse gas emission, particularly the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and the destruction of forests. Greenhouse gases collect in the atmosphere and, like a blanket, warm the surface of the earth. They are now at their highest levels in history. 

Evidence of climate change is seen in increased global average temperatures, rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storms and melting ice sheets and glaciers.
Yes, a child is now able to choose their sponsor. You can sign up to be Chosen. Whether you are chosen, or choose a child, your sponsorship will make a life-changing difference.

Learn more about Chosen.
Chosen is a new invitation to child sponsorship where a child chooses his/her sponsor.
 
The sponsor can go online and submit a photo OR sign up at an event and have their picture taken. Their name and picture are then sent to a community where World Vision works, and a child from that community will choose them as their sponsor.
 
The sponsor will receive a photo of the child holding their photo, and a letter from the child explaining why they chose them. Then, like in all child sponsorship relationships, the sponsor and child can start a friendship, getting to know each other through emails or letters. And as that child’s sponsor, they’ll help the child’s entire community and other vulnerable children build real, lasting change.
Chosen is a new invitation to enter a child sponsorship relationship, and it works the same as traditional sponsorship.

Our effective, community-empowering sponsorship development model remains the same. The only difference is the way in which the sponsor-and-child relationship can begin. 

In the traditional invitation, sponsors are asked to choose a child to sponsor. In the new Chosen invitation, sponsors send their photo to a community where children choose them to be their sponsors. This new invitation is so powerful because it flips the choosing dynamic on its head and gives children the power to choose who their sponsor will be. This simple switch recognises children in extreme poverty have the power to change their own lives… and our lives, too. As with all sponsorship with World Vision, a sponsor contributes to help empower children and their communities to overcome poverty.