From Receiving to Giving


From Receiving to Giving

By Heidi Isaza & Brianna Piazza

Once a child who benefitted from World Vision’s Child Sponsorship programme in Romania, 21-year-old Andreea is now giving back as a volunteer for World Vision's Ukraine Crisis Response, where she is helping to support refugee children as they flee Ukraine.

Andreea’s hometown is a small rural area. When she was young, many of the children did not attend school. They spent their days in the fields caring for animals, as their parents did not have money to buy basic school equipment. When Andreea was in sixth grade, World Vision began to work in her community. Though not a sponsored child herself, Andreea participated in activities that had been made possible through the programme.

"I learned a lot during that period and I can feel the huge impact it had on me and on my daily life, at school and even now at the university. I’m not shy anymore. Now, I have the courage to speak in public,” she says.

When refugees began to come across the border into Romania, Andreea knew she wanted to help. Using social media, she reached out to Nicoleta Popa, a former coordinator from her programme, and discovered that Nicoleta was working with refugees at the border in Siret. Andreea decided to volunteer with the World Vision response to help care for the refugees’ families.

“Kids that have been helped can go on to help others,” Andreea explains. “World Vision has been and will always be like a project for my soul, close to my heart. They really help people — not just refugees but even ordinary Romanians.”

Words from CEO

As we commemorate our 60th anniversary, I spent some time to read through the history of World Vision in Hong Kong.

Thank You for Spreading Hope with Us over the Past 60 Years

World Vision always strives to follow the example of Jesus Christ to serve the poor.

Standing up for Girls

Sudha remembers her very first activity as a sponsored child was attending a children’s group meeting in her community.

A Young Leader on a Quest

17-year-old Nayeem is fighting for justice for young girls in Bangladesh.

World Vision Hong Kong in Bangladesh (2021)

In 2021, World Vision Hong Kong contributed about HK$50.2 million to support 7 APs and 9 other projects in Bangladesh.