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Transforming Lives in Rukore

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Water, Impact Stories, WV, Rwanda

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The topography of the former, unsafe water source

The Rukore region has seven villages, with three of the villages drawing water from one shared point. Before World Vision, the three villages did not have safe drinking water. Many of the school children either missed class regularly to fetch water several miles from their homes or because they were sick from drinking dirty water. Parents could not practice proper hygiene due to low water accessibility.

The majority of the people in this area live in the hills. With the water in the low plain, this created a lot of hardship for children, who do the water fetching as a home chore. 

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A Savings Group Saves the Day

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

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Elezeti & Lufelo now live happily

It is windy and the air of Ntambo community’s bare horizon is fully engulfed in dusty particles, flickering through the twilight. It is difficult to see as we drive on the small dirt road leading to Elezeti Mwale’s home in eastern Zambia.

Not that many years ago, Elezeti was preparing to work in the field. Her youngest son, Lufelo, then 8, left to harvest a sack of cotton to help pay his school fees when something terrible happened to him. “A big snake bit me above my right ankle,” Lufelo says, “I screamed for help before I fell down, feeling a sharp pain.”

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A Wealth of Knowledge

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 27, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, WV, Rwanda

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Virgina’s bounty of fruits & vegetables are ready for market

“I need to rush to the market place because there is a big truck from the city coming to pick some sacks of food that I sell to them on a weekly basis. They always get here at around this time, so I have to get there before they do,” says Virginia.

Virginia, 37, is a jovial woman and full of stamina while she goes about her work. Her face is lit with joy as she fervently shares the story of her transformation. She is a farmer. Virginia owns gardens where she grows bananas, corn, yams, pineapples, and sweet potatoes among other crops. She also owns a piggery and other livestock.

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The Best Christmas gift

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2019 4:20:03 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, WV, International Day

D200-0995-020“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”

—Luke 2:8 (NIV)

For many people, just one verse from the Christmas story brings back memories of candlelight church services or family gathered by the tree. Across the globe, though the settings look different, the story is the same. But for Christians everywhere, we’re united in our common faith when we read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth.

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The Quiet Heroes of Nyakabale

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:37:37 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Uganda, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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Florence & her second born using the tippy-tap

No one knows better than Florence how the benefits of having community health workers in her village can be life changing. Last year, Nyakabale was far from being a model village. As with most communities where open defecation exists, Nyakabale had extremely low standards of hygiene and sanitation. Through World Vision, volunteer community health workers (CHW) were trained to help teach people about the benefits of living in a clean environment, free of disease and waste. The CHWs help parents learn how to prevent common illnesses like diarrhea through better hygiene practices.

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Successful 5,000 Bibles Challenge

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 9, 2019 2:08:32 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, WV

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In November, we challenged our faithful partners to help us send 5,000 Bibles to families who had none. Our partners came through in a big way! By the end of the month, we had raised enough to send over 5,800 Bibles. And since on average, a Bible is shared with 6 people, over 35,000 people now have a chance to grow in their faith through the reading of God's word. THANK YOU!

Our International Bible Fund will remain open as long as there are families who need Bibles, so it's not too late to give.

 

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Empowering kids with choices

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2019 7:19:14 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in Child Protection, Education, WV

Untitled-2When we’re kids, it’s natural to wonder about what the future may hold. Kids who feel supported and safe have fun dreaming about what they’ll do when they grow up. But for those who don’t know their rights, the future may not seem so promising.

Children everywhere have rights to the resources they need to thrive: personal safety, nutrition, education, and more — including understanding and love.

Scripture shows us Jesus had a special place in His heart for children. When His disciples tried to keep children away, Jesus said, “Do not hinder them,” and gave them the blessing they had come to receive (Matthew 19:13-14, NIV).

When children have the love, safety, education, and physical resources they need, they are empowered with choices for the future — choices they can use to create lasting change in their life and community. Just like Ima did.


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World Vision Launches Chosen, Ushers in a New Era of Child Sponsorship

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2019 5:34:25 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in WV, sponsorship

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Children now have the power to choose their sponsor

For the first time in its seven-decade history, World Vision is launching a new invitation into child sponsorship. The Christian humanitarian organization is enabling children to choose their sponsors through an innovative experience called ChosenTM.

“Chosen puts the power to choose their sponsor in the hands of the child,” says Edgar Sandoval Sr., president of World Vision U.S.

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International Literacy Day: Recognizing the Critical Role of Reading

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2019 1:02:00 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV, International Day

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Lightwell is engrossed in reading his book
while sitting in a sun-drenched field.
(©2018 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

What would your life be like if you never learned how to read? If these words appeared to you as unintelligible scribbles, a language you didn’t understand? How would you read a prescription? Or a stop sign? For approximately 56% of elementary-aged children — 387 million around the world — this is their reality as they do not meet minimum reading proficiency standards.

Every year on Sept. 8, we recognize International Literacy Day and the critical role reading plays in daily life. Education is at the heart of sustainable development; without education, it’s nearly impossible to break free from poverty. 

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Venezuela's Crisis

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 3, 2019 5:25:03 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in WV, Refugee Crisis, Venezuela

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Edgar poses with Sofia, 5, center, and her mother and baby sister after hearing their story of leaving Venezuela and struggling to find stable housing in Colombia. ©2019 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber

"Growing up there (Venezuela) for most of my childhood, I lived in a country that was united and prosperous and safe. That doesn’t exist anymore.” Edgar Sandoval Sr., president of World Vision U.S..

Venezuela is in crisis. About 4 million Venezuelans — 5,000 per day in 2018 — have left the country seeking food, work, and a better life.

Latin America’s largest migration in recent years is driven by hyperinflation, violence, and food and medicine shortages stemming from recent years of political turmoil. Once-eradicated diseases like cholera and malaria have returned, and children increasingly are dying of causes related to hunger and malnutrition.

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