World Vision Lifts Up a Businesswoman

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 24, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

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“I was scared of losing my children to malnutrition,” says Charlotte Ka-bili, a 19-year-old refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which neighbors Zambia. Charlotte is an adorable young mother of three, two girls and a boy, ages 6 months to 6 years. She lives in a refugee settlement in Northern Zambia with over 14,000 Congolese nationals who fled their country due to civil war.

“I never ever thought that I would one day run away from my own country and become a scrounger in another. I had big dreams for myself and my family,” she says.

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'Hope' Child Forum Teaches Community about Coronavirus—Ayesha is a Hidden Hero

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 24, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by George Sarkar posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Bangladesh, WV, COVID-19

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“When our first three coronavirus positive cases were detected and declared by our Bangladesh government, our program community people in the slums became very afraid of COVID-19. The first time they heard of the coronavirus, [they had] no details,” says Mili, who implements World Vision’s Child Protection project in the slums of southern Bangladesh. “Their apprehension gradually reduced when World Vision started working in partnership with the parents and a child forum.”

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New Hope as Coronavirus Storm Lingers

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Collins Kaumba posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV, COVID-19

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Seated on the ground, 13-year-old Ivy eloquently reads a book in her mother tongue as she leans against the wall of a small mudbrick house in southern Zambia’s Moyo community. In the day’s twilight, the sun pleasantly beams onto her face in beautiful gold.

Ivy has mastered reading despite now having to learn on her own due to the impact of the coronavirus. Ivy and about 100 other children in her village used to meet at a reading camp—established with the help of World Vision—where they learned to read, write and play.

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Coronavirus Makes it a Double-Edged Sword

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Collins Kaumba posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV, COVID-19

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The wave of fear remains as the coronavirus continues to impact many lives all over the world. Forty-two-year-old Florence Hachiyona of the Moyo community in southern Zambia likens the COVID-19 era as “facing a double-edged sword.”

“After hearing what the coronavirus can do and that it had reached Zambia, fear besieged me. I started [having] sleep-less nights. I thought it was over for me. Being HIV positive already, I fear contracting another virus because I would die faster and leave my children alone to suffer,” says Florence, a mother of four.

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‘Miracle Borehole’ Saves Lives

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Collins Kaumba posted in Zambia, Water, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV

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Just after 5 a.m. in the Mweebo community in southern Zambia, Nelly Mulavu began her lonely trek through the middle of thick bush to fetch water from the only stream in area. This was her first daily morning chore.

Suddenly, a strange man appeared from the bush, a few meters away from where she was standing. “The man looked suspicious,” says Nelly later. “My heart froze in fear. I wondered if the man could be up to something, knowing deep down in my heart what had happened to several other women in the past.” Almost immediately he grabbed her, and a serious battle ensued between the two.

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Changing Hearts

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Johnny Lopez posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Karla, 14, and her father, Pastor Pedro, live in La Palmas, Honduras. Together they are making a difference in the lives of children in their neighborhood. “I’m part of the youth club [called] ‘Building friendships.’ This club is supported by the World Vision project, Fostering Hope at Home, where we work with children and teenagers on topics that will change their lives,” says Karla. “Due to the lack of a strong income, many parents spend most of their time working, leaving their children by themselves at home. This makes them an easy prey for gangs that unfortunately rule the neighborhood,” she says.

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THRIVE Changed Everything

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Johnny Lopez posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Eight-year-old Alan runs quickly to the field, bends down and picks a big, beautiful carrot. His father, Gerardo Rodriguez (46), opens the irrigation system to water his crop, including the carrots, which is Alan´s favorite vegetable. Little Alan and his family live in the community of Cerro Verde, located in the high region of Marcala, Honduras. Every morning after breakfast and a good cup of coffee, Gerardo walks through his fields to check the vegetables and determine if they are ready to be sent to market. At the same time, Alan says goodbye to his mother Mirna and walks to school with other children from the community.

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Sahinoor Helps Protect Neighbors from Coronavirus

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by George Sarkar posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, Bangladesh, WV, COVID-19

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“Just the week before [the] lockdown started in our area I filled my store with new goods. I brought mostly the kitchen items like [the] electric kettle, fan, iron, gas stove, and rice cooker. I invested all the savings that I earned from my tailoring store,” says Sahinoor, 35, an entrepreneur and a single mother who is raising her two children Shanta, 15, and Shourav, 7. She lives in a slum in Khulna, a city in southern Bangladesh.

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A Teachers Transformation

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Nadia Castro posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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The Church is empty, except for the pulpit and some metal chairs in a circle position. This is where we meet a sweet young married couple, Dunia Ardon (34) and Victor Santos (35). They serve at the church as Sunday school teachers and have been transformed by the Raising With Tenderness training, a Christian Discipleship methodology provided by World Vision.

Dunia recalls, ¨I grew up in a house were my mom had left us and I ended up growing up with my dad who was very aggressive. Many times, all I wanted was his approval and love but ended up getting beaten.”

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Water Integration Enables Girls to Stay in School

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV

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Fozia regrets the stories she made up to avoid going to school. “I mourned [the death of] my relative” or “I had to take care of my feeble grandma,” she would say to the teacher. Fozia is 15 years old and is an 8th grade student at Mariye Junior Secondary School. The school has 45 teachers and 1,134 students that attend in two shifts, one early in the day, and a second group in the afternoon.

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