Water Tap Transforms Lambert’s Life

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Fred Tumusiime posted in Water, Impact Stories, WV, Rwanda

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It is early in the day and I have already lost count of how many times I have needed to use water. I have so far needed water to brush my teeth, bathe, prepare breakfast, drink coffee, and quench my thirst. With the various tasks that make up my morning routine, I hardly ever stop to think, “Is this water safe to consume?”

I don’t question if there will be enough water to fill my cup. I don’t have to travel a long distance to access my water, and I never wonder if my short walk to the tap will be dangerous.

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Amena Finds a Safe Place to Grow

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by George Sarkar posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Bangladesh, WV

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Eleven-year-old girl Amena is a gifted child. She draws good portraits. She learns to dance so quickly. She sings folksongs so well,” says Moitry Snal, Child Protection project staff of World Vision in southern Bangladesh. Amena lives with her adoptive family in a poor area of Khulna. Parul Begum, 48, brought Amena into her home where she lives with her two adoptive brothers and father. Parul first saw Amena walking alone on the street in the slum and felt that she needed to do something, so she took her home and became her adoptive parent.

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A cup of cold water

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2020 5:49:04 PM / by Sherree Funk posted in Water, WV, NLC, Devotional

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And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.
Matthew 10:42

Refreshing.

For a hike in the mountains, we always take water.  The Mad Creek Trail in Colorado is a lovely, well maintained trail, mostly level, and partly in shade.  There are no large loose rocks to turn your ankles, no rivers to cross.  Wildlife are rarely seen mid-day when most people make the hike, and we saw only healthy dogs of all shapes and breeds bounding along with their owners.  We walked a total of four and a half miles in almost three hours, exhausting our out-of-shape bodies.

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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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Hanging On To Her Dream

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Three years ago, Sharon’s life resonated with American President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous quote, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” She was born and raised in North Pokot, Ken-ya, an area known for perpetuating harmful customs to girls. This included Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, a practice that is illegal in Kenya. Sharon*, who was twelve at the time, knew she was at risk of being circumcised and handed over to a potential suitor for marriage. The only hope she had was her grandmother who could protect her from being married off.

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Training Helps Couple Rebuild Their Love

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Judy Nyokabi Kimondo, 34, could no longer doubt her sixth sense. Deep down, she knew her marriage was on the rocks. She admits, “I got married 19 years ago to Charles at an early age and despite being blessed with three children, our relationship had started to drift apart and love flew out the window. I sensed in my spirit that we had lost focus in life, always fighting over money, lacking appreciation for each other and never communicating well.” The rift widened so much that they started to attend different churches.

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Clean Water Motivates Nancy

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Water, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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“Imagine the sweltering heat in this Kerio Valley, all the sweating, and then there is no water to take a bath as you go to class as a teacher, it is very pathetic,” explains Nancy Chebii, a school teacher at Ayatya Primary school, in the Bartabwa Area program.

Nancy shared her story as we sat in the shade of an acacia tree talking with the area water committee. It is almost noon and it is already very hot due to the scorching heat that the area is known for.

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Community Engagement Brings Clean Water

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Nadia Castro posted in Water, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Beautiful red flowers and green trees line the path leading to the home of Mrs. Xiomara Zelaya. An attractive flower garden adorns her home. It wasn’t always like this. Having a garden wasn't possible a year ago.

“It was hard waking up each day at 4:00 am to go outside in the dark and try and find water in the little creek,” says Xiomara. Each day she faced a two kilometer walk in search for water. During the hot summer months, the creek would dry up and it took much longer to find water.

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Producing Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Esther Chidodolo posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Impact Stories, WV

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A beautiful village carpets the foot hills of Mt. Mbulu in Northern Tanzania. Water streams flow down the mountain into this attractive village. Magugu village is quiet and the streets are empty except for a few chickens running around and kids playing soccer. It’s almost the rainy time of year and people are working on their farms preparing for the season.

Lucia Abel (60) is a farmer that lives in Magugu and has raised seven children on her own. She remembers when her husband abandoned her when she was three months pregnant.

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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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