A New Way To Harvest

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Nadia Castro posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Ermis cuts back excess leaves to increase his bell pepper production

Walking up a steep hill, I arrive at a beautiful green bell pepper and tomato plot. It's early in the morning and the breeze is blowing from north to south. Continuing, I find Ermis Ramos cutting away excess leaves around the green bell peppers. He explains that by removing some of the leaves, the pepper will have more space to grow to full size. Ermis says, “I have learned new practices and techniques that were unknown to me, this new knowledge is priceless to me because no one will take it away.”

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As Safe as a Girl Who Plays Football

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Ajitson Justus posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, India, WV

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Maya (center) back on the field

“They used to say in my village, that we should not play football (soccer) because it is a boy’s sport,” says Maya. “But I learned that it is my right.”

Maya turns 18 this year and studies in the 11th grade. She loves football and plays as a striker, the player who scores all the goals. She used to play football a lot, but she stopped playing last year, even though she had progressed from district clubs to state clubs. 

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Love Drives to Care

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by George Sarkar posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Bangladesh, WV

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Iman takes Fatema in is new rickshaw

“I always take good care of my wife and children so that they feel my love and affection. The man who does not love his wife and children is not a human being to me,” says Iman Ali, a 42-year-old man. Iman lives with his wife Fatema, 35, daughter Sumi, 12, and son Al Amin, 9. Their home is a single-story house made of bamboo and corrugated iron sheets with a mud floor. Iman does not own his land, as it belongs to the Bangladesh Railway in Khulna City. Along with the stress of living in an extremely congested environment, Iman is at risk of being evicted by the Railway Department at any time.

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Green Light

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Esther Chidodolo posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Impact Stories, WV

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Ramadhani has increased his production of bananas, providing food and income for his family

A drive to Gidabagar village opens up into a beautiful scenery of hills and small rivers. Many farmers can be seen working in their farms this time of year as they are preparing for the next farming season that begins around November to January with short rains.

Ramadhani Doho (60) is one of those farmers preparing for the season. One difference between Ramadhani and the other farmers is that he is farming and harvesting all year round. This was not the case a few years back, because Ramadhani depended on seasonal farming of maize and pigeon peas for food and for sale.

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Girl Power Groups Prevent Trafficking

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Ajitson Justus posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, India, WV

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Dipa reflects out her window

Dipa is 17 years old - a tall, yet petite girl, very shy and soft-spoken. One day not so long ago, she was lost in the bustling city of Delhi. She was hurrying back to the home where she worked as a domestic servant. She was trapped in child labor, a modern form of slavery. The people who employed her asked her to go to the store to buy something - that was the day she got lost and was wandering around the streets.

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More Than Clean Water

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Paul Nkhata posted in Impact Stories, Malawi, WV, Clean Water

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Monica now has water to grow vegetables in her backyard garden

Access to safe water continues to be a challenge in most parts of the developing world, including Malawi. This was true of Zgalambe village in the Mutchenda Area Program, where Monica Phiri and her family live. The only source of contaminated water was the nearby river about 2 kilometers away from the village. At the same time, no person would ever think of having a backyard vegetable garden that could be a source of vitamins and other nutrients good for the health of children and adults. Research shows that every day nearly 1,000 children die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation and unsafe hygiene practices.

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An Electrifying Tale of Transformation

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:40:55 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

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Joyce & Pontino switching on the lights at home

No sooner had Joyce (36) and Pontino (44) flicked on the lights, than brightness filled their house. Their faces beamed with delight. They could not hide their joy. They giggled. There seems to be nothing special about switching on a light bulb unless you are a small scale farmer living in a rural village in eastern Zambia and your house has just been connected to the national grid.

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Training Improves Children's Ministry

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:40:22 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV

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Bereket (center) reads from the Bible with several of his Sunday school students

‘‘The Child Focused Theological Education Trainings have improved my teaching skill and methodology for Sunday school classes,’’ said Bereket Michael (18). Bereket is a Sunday school teacher at Meserete Kiristos Church in the Tigray Regional State in Ethiopia. The region is 515 miles north of the capital of Addis, where World Vision undertakes integrated development programs that serve children and families.

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Babsa's Cause

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:39:59 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Impact Stories, WV, Clean Water

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Aselefech (right) and her neighbor Chaltu wash cups with clean water from the borehole

‘‘I wish my son would have been alive to see the safe water we have, and a healthy life we enjoy nowadays,’’ said a mother whose teenage son died of waterborne disease 10 years ago. She could not comprehend her son’s passing nor could she come to terms with life without him.

Aselefech Meshesha (57) lives in the Bosset district, 85 miles east of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The area is characterized by its sandy soil and scrubby vegetation and a warmer, drier climate. Shortage of water is apparent.

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Murshida Lives Life Fully

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:38:49 PM / by George Sarkar posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Bangladesh, WV

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Murshida, 15, is the youngest child of Nachima, 46. She lives in the Bagmara community with her mother, sister Khaleda, 22, and her aunt. Murshida survived working in a shrimp processing plant for three years, endangering her health and interrupting her education. “My sister and I worked in a cold, moist and slippery environment, especially on the night shifts,” Murshida says. Both girls suffered from swollen hands and feet, fungal infections and muscle pain.

As a single mother, Nachima moved her family to Khulna. “I often begged on the street, chopped firewood, and sometimes worked as a maid. I hardly could make $1 a day…” Nachima says. When Nachima could not provide writing notebooks, pens, and uniforms for Murshida, she was forced to drop out of school, beginning her work as a child laborer.

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