Sylvester’s Dream of New Shoes

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2019 1:48:00 PM / by Jimmy Gahima posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, WV, Rwanda

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Sylvester always wondered why his family did not have the basics necessities to raise him and his five siblings, ranging from ages 10 to 23 years. He used to ask a lot of questions of his mother after school, like why he didn’t have shoes, or books and pens for class. His classmates pestered him about his shabbiness and lack of school supplies.

Sylvester, 12, is the second to last child of Vincent and Ansilla. He is a sponsored child in the Mudasomwa Area Program located in southern Rwanda. 

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A Teacher's Love

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2019 3:28:41 PM / by Johnny Lopez posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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The school bell rings, children run outside to the playground. It’s recess time. All of the children are playing and having fun, except for Gabrie, an 8-year-old 3rd grade student who is heading to the principal’s office. “Hi Gabrie, how are you? Here is your lunch…later you can go out and play,” says Mrs. Marta Sauceda (pictured right with two of her students). She gives him a big hug. Mrs. Marta is the principal at the school. Every day she feeds Gabrie. He suffers from malnutrition and his mother cannot afford to give him a proper meal. “Gabrie is one of many students, whose situation at home is not good. That’s why, as a teacher, I try to support all of my students with whatever support I can give them,” she says.

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Childhood Restored

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2019 4:22:00 PM / by George Sarkar posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Bangladesh, WV

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My brother Sabbir and I were staying on the street of a transportation terminal and watching out for passengers carrying heavy bags, rushing to offer them porter service - carrying people’s packages and bags for money. We could hardly earn 80 taka ($1), working about 13 hours a day,” says Babu Matubbar, 12. Babu and Sabbir, 9, live with their single mother and 10-year-old sister Sumaiya in a desperate situation in Mongla, the largest seaport of southwest Bangladesh. Both the boys have been hurt doing their jobs.

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One Liter of Water

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Impact Stories, Kenya, WV, Clean Water

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Irene washing her son's face

We are greeted by two young mothers, as we inspect a borehole site and it’s imposing solar panel roof. Its size makes it a unique site in the hilly landscape. From here one can see the seasonal Wethanga River just about a quarter mile below. We can even see the homes across the river that have no access to clean and safe water. But the World Vision Area Development Program is planning a pipeline across the seasonal river to serve the other villages. The young mothers, Irene (30) and Janet (31), look relaxed. They are going to pick some pumpkins from Janet’s field. They are relaxed because they are no longer tired from the toils of fetching water from the Wethanga River and hauling it up the hill to their homes, about 3km away.  

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That moment when you realize your child’s life will be better than yours.  A happy mother’s day.

[fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2019 12:59:12 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, Bangladesh, International Day

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Meet Bilkis, a 38-year-old mom in Bangladesh and her teenage daughter Sadia. Those smiles were rare three years ago when they were both working in a shrimp factory just trying to survive. Before World Vision started working in their community, they had no hope.  But today, they can see a brighter future. 

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Gender Equality Restores a Family

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2019 11:15:00 AM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Impact Stories, Women and Girls, WV

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Gender equality is essential to human development. Many women in Zambia have suffered unequal treatment simply because they are female. Josephine (28) of southern Zambia, is one of these women. Josephine is a high-spirited woman with a great passion for life. She is married to Masumo (32) and they have three adorable children: Eleanor (11), Tandiwe (4) and their youngest, Moses, who recently celebrated his first birthday.

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We Have Everything

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2019 10:57:00 AM / by Nadia Castro posted in Water, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras, Clean Water

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 The morning sun shines on a small house at the end of a rocky road. The green lawn and beautiful pink flowers surround the home of Mr. Eliseo Mendez and his sister Maria Patricia Mendez. They have lived in La Panila, Honduras, for over 12 years and only recently received water at their house. Eliseo is a teacher at the same local school where he attended as a little boy. He remembers growing up without access to water at their house. “We would wake up early and walk 20 minutes to a well in the mountain, gather the water with our buckets and then walk back down. Somedays we would walk up to four times,” says Eliseo.

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The Joy in Child Spacing

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2019 2:45:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Child Protection, Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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Previous Mukombwe, 40, is a blissful and high-spirited mother of eight beautiful children, four boys and four girls. She is married to Airman, 46, who is a peasant farmer. Growing up in a poor, remote village, Previous was forced to drop out of school and be married at the age of 17. “I didn’t want to get married but had no choice,” she says.

Despite being married to a very caring man, things didn’t go as planned in the first years of their marriage. “I tried so hard to get pregnant but failed.

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Cultivating Our Dreams

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 25, 2019 1:51:00 PM / by Esther Chidodolo posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Impact Stories, WV, Clean Water

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Mayoka village is surrounded by beautiful mountains and a big river that flows around the village. It’s hot and dry and area farmers are working their farms, preparing for the next short rainy season. Approaching Maria and Lawrence’s farm, a cool breeze blows through the green and lush vegetation.

Maria (50) and Lawrence (55) are married and have five children, three boys and two girls. They are farmers and raise livestock as their main source of income. Four of their children go to school and one is working in Arusha town.

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Bringing Clean Water to All

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2019 1:29:00 PM / by Jimmy Gahima posted in Impact Stories, WV, Rwanda, Clean Water

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Rwanda has set a goal of be the first country to fulfill World Vision’s commitment to reach everyone, everywhere we work, with clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2022. No one knows that better than Ferediana. Mukampazimpaka Ferediana (62) is a single grandmother that lives in the Mata community in World Vision’s Nyaruguru Area Program. Her three grandchildren live with her - Arianne (3), Jeannine (6) and Jean (9). Besides her daily struggle to provide for her grandchildren, one of her main challenges was access to clean water.

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