Universal Children’s Day: Empowering kids with choices

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

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When 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.

That’s why we celebrate Universal Children’s Day today. It’s the anniversary of the United Nations’ declaration that 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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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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Against All Odds - Kathryn’s Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 29, 2019 1:07:00 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV

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We had no sooner pulled into her village compound, when Kathryn rushed out of the vehicle to embrace the four little girls she now calls her sisters. Her aunt dropped a bundle of small sweeping sticks and in her haste to welcome us, she startled the chickens and ducks that were picking up crumbs of food in the compound.

Returning ‘home’, Kathryn's face beamed with joy. She is the proud recipient of an education scholarship from World Vision and now lives in a boarding facility run by World Vision's partner organization, City of Joy. 

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The Rise of Daniel

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 13, 2019 11:25:00 AM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Christian Discipleship, Water, Education, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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It’s exactly 12:00 noon and I can feel the heat wave from the scorching sun as we make our way to Wetaa Primary School in Machakos County.

Our mission is to meet Daniel Katunga Mutuku (13), a grade 7 student, who is the school’s Bible club leader. It took us a short time to find Daniel, who is well known to the teachers and pupils due to his musical and rhythmic aptitude. He found his passion early in life. “I fellowship at Sacred Heart Wetaa Catholic Church and where I attend Sunday school. At school I lead the school Bible club and l love singing and learning how to play a piano. When I grow up I want to be a gospel singer,” shared Daniel.

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Mukkuli is a Shining Example

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2019 12:07:00 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV

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“It is unbelievable that my dream of becoming a teacher has finally come true,” says Mukkuli Zimana, 24. Mukkuli believes that without the financial help she received from World Vision through their Education program, she would not have completed her education. “World Vision made it possible.”

Mukkuli is now a teacher trainee at the same primary school she attended as a child. Her success is not just a personal accomplishment, but an achievement that is inspiring the whole community. 

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The Tiny Pioneer

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2018 6:09:18 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Child Protection, Education, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Dominica leads her students in a lesson on social studies.

Dominica Chelatan (24) displays a rare trait, she has a photographic memory of her childhood. Her recollection of her upbringing speaks to the survival tactics she developed, living in a culture that had little regard for a girl child.

She was born into a large traditional Pokot family of twenty children. Her father was a village elder who was respected in the community. His words were like commands and nobody dared to disobey him. The sad thing is, he had no regard for education.

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A Light of Hope: The Loveness Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2018 6:00:36 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV

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Loveness at home

At only 17, Loveness has had her share of suffering. Having lost her father when she was only five, her mother has struggled to make ends meet, especially after her health began to decline. She can hardly provide food for Loveness and her two siblings, let alone pay school fees. Instead of celebrating Loveness’ graduation from primary to secondary school, she despaired because she did not know how she would pay the higher tuition. Fortunately, Loveness was accepted at City of Joy, a facility run by World Vision’s partner for the Zambia Education-Every Last One (ZEELO) project. Loveness is one of 22 girls who received a scholarship from World Vision through ZEELO. The scholarship provides funding for tuition, food, shelter and other necessities.

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EdTech Digest: The right to read

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in Education, Innovation

reading.jpgTwo-hundred-and-fifty million children across the globe are not learning basic literacy and numeracy skills. Of these, 57 million children—a disproportionate number of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds, live in conflict-afflicted countries, are disabled, or are girls—aren’t enrolled in school at all. Technology through programs like All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) is empowering great progress in reaching children across the globe with needed literacy resources, from development to delivery. ACR GCD is a partnership of USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government

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World Vision uses technology to help bring hope to families

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2016 10:41:00 PM / by Heather Klinger posted in Economic Empowerment, Water, Health, Education, Emergency Relief, Innovation, WV

tech.pngMobile apps, computers, and solar energy are commonplace in the U.S., but World Vision is using this same technology to transform remote communities around the world.

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"I never thought I could be able to read"

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 30, 2016 4:36:06 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Ethiopia, Education, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV

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Regatu said she never dreamed she would be able to read and understand a story on her own. That is, until World Vision implemented a Literacy Boost program near her home in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia.

Regatu (pictured in the middle) began regularly attending a weekend reading club with two of her sisters and her brother. The club reinforces and supplements the lessons they learn at school. 

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