Western cultures place a high emphasis on social justice, the idea that all people deserve equal rights in all areas. Recent political advances have many westerners believing that humanity on the whole is taking drastic strides towards a socially just world. In reality, however, much of western society is shielded from the world’s brutal realities. Consider these facts: over one thousand six-hundred children die worldwide each day from lack of access to clean drinking water, one eighth of the world’s population is hungry, and sixty-seven million young children are not in school (World Vision, Clean Water, 2014, para. 1; World Vision, Food and Agriculture, 2014, para. 1; World Vision, Child Education, 2014, para. 1). Thousands of organizations have been founded worldwide to further the cause of a true social justice, a social justice that would eliminate such hunger, lack of education, and water issues. World Vision is one of the most reputable of these international social justice organizations. Beginning with evangelist Rob Pierce’s encounter in 1947 with a Chinese orphan, World Vision has grown from a simple child-sponsoring ministry to an international organization that promotes articles 25 and 26 of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In late 1947, while on a mission trip to China, evangelist Rob Pierce met a teacher who introduced him to an abandoned child (World Vision, Our History, 2014, para. 1). The teacher explained that she was unable to take care of the child. Perplexed as to how he could help, Bob Pierce pulled out his wallet and gave his last five dollars to support the little girl. Inspired by this encounter, Pierce founded World Vision in 1950. The organization blossomed at the end of the Korean War, supporting children the war had orphaned (World Vision, Our History, 2014, para. 2). In the coming decades, the ministry grew throughout the world . During the 1970’s, the organization expanded its efforts by establishing an emergency relief division (World Vision, Our History, 2014, para. 3). During this time, they also began to address the common problems associated with poverty, such needs as sanitation, water, education, leadership training and income generation (World Vision, Our History, 2014, para. 3). Today World Vision is global leader in humanitarian and social justice efforts, implementing development in over a 100 countries (World Vision, Our History, 2014, para. 5).
Article 25 of United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care... ” (United Nations, n.d., “Article 25”) World Vision fulfills this aim through a variety of different ways.
The organization is an international leader in bringing clean water to developing areas, repairing or building 8,717 wells since 2011 (World Vision, Clean Water, 2014, para. 1). A large...