World Refugee Day: When life is upended

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2020 2:25:23 PM / by Elisabeth Rickard posted in Uganda, Health, WV, International Day, COVID-19

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We’ve likely all had an experience of life changing in an instant. Maybe it was the birth of a first child, the unexpected loss of a loved one, or bad news about a job. Whatever it was, life was irrevocably altered after.

For millions of refugees, the life-changing experience might involve armed conflict, a natural disaster, or persecution. And it can propel them into uncertain and dangerous places, with few options to build better futures.

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What Every Mother Wants

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2020 7:23:37 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in Health, Women and Girls, WV, International Day, COVID-19

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Ask any mother what she wants more than anything in the world, and she’ll likely say, “for my children to be safe, healthy, and happy.” For mothers living in extreme poverty, this gift is hard to come by … especially now with the threat of COVID-19. But people like Gertrude Jima (pictured right) are at the forefront of giving moms what they want most – access to knowledge and resources that empower them to care for their children.

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What if we didn’t have clean water or soap to wash our hands?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2020 3:25:34 PM / by Dr. Greg Allgood posted in Water, Health, WV, International Day, COVID-19

D485-0774-91jpg_870989World Vision’s expertise in the prevention of the spread of infectious disease has never been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most important activities to prevent the spread of the virus is to ensure that people have a way to wash their hands and understand why it’s so critical. And of course, you can’t wash your hands effectively without clean water. 

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Clean water brings hope and dignity

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2020 3:06:02 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Water, WV, International Day, Rwanda

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“Water has given me hope. I’m a strong woman. Thanks to World Vision and clean water, there are a lot of strong women here.”

Esperance, a Rwandan mother, hasn’t always been able to say this. As one of the 785 million people around the world without clean water access, she struggled to improve every aspect of her life.

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Empowering Women to THRIVE

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2020 8:53:59 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in Economic Empowerment, Malawi, THRIVE, Women and Girls, WV, International Day

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THE COST OF HOLDING WOMEN BACK

Although women make up almost half of the agricultural workforce across Africa — and perform 80% of the labor on smallholder farms — millions of them don’t have access to financial services, training, and other opportunities that could help them escape poverty.

These inequalities don’t just hurt women — they cripple entire nations, holding back about half the population from participating in a society’s economic growth. It’s estimated that if women in these communities could afford productive resources like business training, seeds, and fertilizer, up to 150 million fewer people would go hungry every day.

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Zero Tolerance for FGM

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2020 2:09:21 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV, International Day

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Vivian’s story is rooted in poverty. She says, “My dad married four wives… I had so many problems.” She and her siblings had to do odd jobs like selling firewood just to find money for food, and, even though she loved school, she had to drop out in class four. The weight of poverty and cultural pressures forced Vivian — and many of her peers — to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Though she tried to run away to her sister’s, Vivian had no choice when her sister sent her back. About a month after being cut, a stranger came and took her to his house to be his wife. Vivian was 12 years old.

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The Best Christmas gift

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2019 4:20:03 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, WV, International Day

D200-0995-020“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”

—Luke 2:8 (NIV)

For many people, just one verse from the Christmas story brings back memories of candlelight church services or family gathered by the tree. Across the globe, though the settings look different, the story is the same. But for Christians everywhere, we’re united in our common faith when we read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth.

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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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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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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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Farmers save their land by re-growing trees

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 19, 2019 9:30:00 AM / by Kathryn Reid posted in Economic Empowerment, WV, International Day, FMNR

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Salamatou Ilia, 65, stands next to one of 120 trees she cultivates. She plants millet, sorghum, and cowpeas between the trees. Her harvest is much bigger since she started growing trees rather than cutting them down. (©2017 World Vision/photo by Joelma Perera)

Earth Day, April 22, reminds us to treasure God’s creation and to steward our natural resources wisely. Re-growing trees from their roots in deforested and degraded landscapes is one of the best ways to care for our Earth, says World Vision’s Tony Rinaudo, an agronomist and natural resources expert.

In the 1980s, Tony pioneered a reforestation method in Niger that World Vision is using to help farmers become more resilient and food secure.

Following Tony’s farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) system, smallholder farmers learn to regrow trees from living stumps, by selecting, pruning, and managing the growing stems.

In World Vision programs, FMNR initiatives are changing farmers’ lives for better in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Niger, and Ethiopia — 24 countries in all. In Niger alone, more than 200 million trees have been cultivated through FMNR.

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