Freed from forced marriage, Sabina helps others

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 11:53:56 AM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, Women and Girls, WV

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A World Vision Child Protection Officer meets with Sabina* (r) and Kibset* (l) at Morpus School

Sabina, a 15-year-old girl in West Pokot, Kenya, has escaped a forced marriage and is working to prevent other girls from undergoing Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting. Sabina was married off immediately after undergoing FGM/C at age 13.

She recalls that sorrowful day: "I just heard from my siblings that someone was bringing beer home (a sign of people coming for a bride), and in no time I was whisked away forcefully by several men."

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Restoring their dreams

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2019 12:19:53 AM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, Women and Girls, WV

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James Lokuk speaks to students at Morpus School

He has become the face of Child Protection in West Pokot County, a voice for the protection of girls escaping the violence of Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C), child marriage and neglect. Meet James Lokuk, Head Teacher of Morpus Primary School in West Pokot. The eighth-born of 11 children, James (53) has 8 children of his own with his wife, Jane. “I was born here in Morpus area, and I went to this same school and even wore this uniform,” he quipped, pointing at the maroon sweater, yellow shirt and maroon shorts worn by the children.

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A Journey to Success

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Johnny Lopez posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, THRIVE, WV, Honduras

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Gladys picking peppers 

Every morning, Gladys wakes up and runs into the kitchen for breakfast. Her mother, Olga Campos (37) prepares her a healthy meal; Soy milk, green tortillas made out of vegetables, eggs and beans. Gladys who is 4 and half years old looks very healthy and happy. They all live in the community of Santa Ifigenia in Honduras. “Thanks to the recipes I learn from the World Vision project, ‘Common pot’, I saved my daughter’s life,” Olga says very proudly. A few years ago Gladys use to suffer from anemia, she almost died. Her father Jaime Coto use to work at other people’s farm, making a daily income of $6. This was not enough to properly feed his family. “We struggle for a long time with money, my daughter was very sick and it was hard for me to afford Ramon and Ana Julissa, my other 2 children ́s education,” Jamie recalls.  

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Grandfather lives his dream

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 29, 2018 10:25:00 AM / by Uganda Donor Liaison Team posted in Uganda, Health, Impact Stories, WV

Grandfather Still Helping Others
Wilson is conducting one of his training sessions with Grace during her 5th pregnancy. 

At the age of 67, Wilson Masiga might consider slowing down and enjoying his seven children and forty grandchildren. Instead, Wilson still rides about 10km every day on a bicycle, traversing villages in Busia District, eastern Uganda, carrying the message of good health.  

Wilson is one of the Community Health Workers (CHW) in this area. He has served in this role since 2011, after he and others were selected by the local leadership and community members. They were trained by the district health inspector, followed by additional training by World Vision in 2012. “We were trained in malaria control, nutrition and child protection, among others. World Vision has continued to give us refresher training along the way, reminding us that we are the first ‘health centers’ to help our communities,” says Wilson. 

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A Changed Mind, Heart and Pocket

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2018 8:08:34 PM / by Paul Nkhata posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, Malawi, THRIVE, WV

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Liyana Zenasi hails from Zenasi village in Chilenje Area Program in Malawi. She is married to Enosi and together, they have 4 children, age ranging from 6 to 18. For years, they have engaged in rain-fed subsistence farming, using traditional farming methods and with no involvement into micro enterprise. Providing for the family’s basic needs and supporting children with school supplies was an uphill task. They could hardly harvest enough from their fields and had no other source of income.

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Building the next Christian generation

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Mesrach Ayele, World Vision Ethiopia posted in Ethiopia, Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV

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Fetlework with several of her Sunday school students. 

Listen to Mesrach read this story.

“I know what these kids were missing because I have been in their position,” says Fetlework. “During my time as a Sunday school student, we had the smallest kid from age three to the oldest at 14. We all sat in one classroom and most of the things said, I don’t remember. Me and my friends never liked that,” Fetlework said

Pastor Getnet remembers too, “Full Gospel Church had a Sunday school service however it was practiced differently. Parents used to bring their children and drop them into one large classroom where all of the kids used to sit. They only had one teacher assigned and whenever the teacher missed church we let them join the congregation since we had no other option.” 

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Dignity Restored

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2018 6:19:05 PM / by Jimmy Gahima posted in Water, Impact Stories, WV, Rwanda

Dignity Restored
Nathalie works on an art project during school. 

Abandoned by her parents at 3 days old, Nathalie (9) continues to thrive in so many difficult situations. She was born a twin with a rare neuro-muscular skeletal disorder. “Nathalie’s parents abandoned her at birth because she was born with arthrogryposis condition (curved joints). Her parents left her at home and decided to take the healthy baby. The parents moved to another region and left her in the house alone before she was even one week old,” says Valentine, Nathalie’s adopted big sister.

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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

The Tiny Pioneer
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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Trained mom helps others avoid danger

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2018 4:34:51 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Zambia, Health, Impact Stories, WV

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Martha became a member of her local Safe Motherhood Action Group after giving birth to eight children without any of the knowledge she now shares with her pregnant neighbors. Her lack of knowledge nearly cost Martha her life during one of her deliveries.

At 34, Martha Nvula has had eight children, the youngest just shy of a year old. She and her husband live nearly 22 miles from a facility that handles baby deliveries, which meant she took great risks each time she got pregnant.

Martha didn’t understand the importance of prenatal care and planning for deliveries, and three times she gave birth along the route to the health facility—once nearly losing her life because of complications.

Martha jumped at the opportunity to join a Safe Motherhood Action Group in her village. She learned about timed and targeted counseling (ttC), which is the developing world’s version of the iconic pregnancy book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting."

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