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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A Woman of Economic Influence

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Paul Nkhata posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, Malawi, WV

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Grace and her son inspect the corn

Lack of economic independence is one of the plights of many African women, especially in rural areas. In many African countries, men are the bread winners. This was true of Grace Njikho of Kamphalo village in Chikwina-Mpamba Area Program in Malawi. Married over 31 years and a mother of 5 children, she depended on her husband for everything. She never engaged in any form of business to gain income or supplement what her husband earned. For her, being married, meant the husband had to shoulder total responsibility for everything. “Before the THRIVE Project, I could hardly think of engaging in any form of micro enterprise for additional income for our household. I thought my husband was there to provide everything for the home,” said Grace.

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Mukkuli is a Shining Example

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2019 12:07:00 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV

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“It is unbelievable that my dream of becoming a teacher has finally come true,” says Mukkuli Zimana, 24. Mukkuli believes that without the financial help she received from World Vision through the Every Last One (ELO) Education program, she would not have completed her education. “World Vision made it possible.”

Mukkuli is now a teacher trainee at the same primary school she attended as a child. Her success is not just a personal accomplishment, but an achievement that is inspiring the whole community. 

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Carrying Home Clean Water

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Mesrach Ayele, World Vision Ethiopia posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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Guale carries clean water home

 “My life now and before is like heaven and the earth. Incomparable!” says Guale, a 15-year-old girl in 8th grade, who aspires to be a successful business woman. Guale and her family live in Gondar, a historic Ethiopian city located 730 kilometers (454 miles) north of the capital of Addis Ababa.

Guale says, “Being the middle girl in the family, I carried a burden on my shoulder. I used to have a hectic life, filled with routine tasks expected of me. I live in a large extended family and all females in the house work tirelessly,” she says. “I would wake up as early as 4am and together with my mother, sister and niece we go to fetch water from the spring or manually dug borehole. The time we get back home is determined by the number of people who have reached there before us,” said Guale. “And once animals are out, it was difficult to get water because they make it dirty. I and my family drank this water all our life and we have always been sick for a reason we never knew until recently,” she said. Until World Vision entered the community, Guale and her family lacked clean water or an awareness about sanitation and hygiene.

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What's "right" with this picture?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2019 6:56:05 PM / by Lori Chuchu-Ryan posted in Women and Girls, WV, International Day

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Isabelle, the one smiling in the blue sweater, is 16 years old. What’s right?  She is healthy. She is carrying crystal clear water from a tap just minutes from her home.  She is in school.  She’s among the top 5 in her class.  And she is not married. 

World Vision believes that ending extreme poverty is possible, but it won’t happen as long as half the population is held back from reaching their full potential. The evidence is indisputable, when girls and women get equal access and opportunity - progress is accelerated, families are stronger, and communities are more prosperous.

The reality is, women and girls living in poverty face significant barriers in every area of their lives. That’s why we focus on equipping and empowering women and girls in all areas of our work.

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The Promised Land

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Johnny Lopez posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Pastors Roman and Fanny prepare a lesson

Sabanagrande is a small town located in the south region of Honduras. The people who live there are hard-working people. They are grateful that God’s love is present in their community. Roman Bueso and his wife Fanny Zambrano have been living in Sabanagrande for more than 20 years. They both serve as pastors at the Amor Viviente Church, which translated means, ‘living love church'. “Teaching Gods love to the youth and kids has brought peace to each person in the community,” says Pastor Roman.

A few years ago, things were different in the community. Violence and bullying surrounded the school environments, gangs and other groups started to organize in the neighborhoods, recruiting vulnerable teenagers who didn’t find love or acceptance at home. “We use to live in Tegucigalpa. But I felt in my heart, a call from God to move into this community. Because with His help, we knew that we could change lives,” Pastor Roman remembers. He decided to serve God and become a pastor when he was 35 years old.

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Girl Power Stops a Child Marriage

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Ajitson Justus posted in Women and Girls, India, WV, International Day

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One of Basanti's Girl Power Groups

“As a neighbor, I saw the wedding related activities and got suspicious,” says Rojina, a 16-year-old from a village in Basanti. She knew Ajmira from school and was concerned when she saw the planning going on at her home.

Ajmira confirmed her suspicions when they met in school. “My parents are forcing me to get married,” Ajmira told Rojina. Ajmira is only fourteen. This plunged Rojina into sadness. What was she to do? “Before World Vision, I did not know child marriage was wrong. But now I know, and I found out my neighbor was getting married,” says Rojina.

Rojina decided to confide in her best friend Regina, 17. Both girls are part of World Vision’s Girl Power group, which teaches girls to keep themselves and their friends safe. Regina says, “If we go directly, they won’t listen to us and they will scold us. They might even take their daughter somewhere and get her married in secret. Being a child and we are girls...will they listen to us?” This way of thinking percolates from the elders in the community to the children. A girl child is low in the “pecking order” - girls are rarely allowed to express their own thoughts or feelings, and they are not taught to speak with confidence in public settings. These cultural pressures create an environment where girls fear telling the truth or seeking help from adults. They feel helpless when they, or their friends, experience abuse through child marriage, rape or physical violence.

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A Passion For Farming

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 25, 2019 11:44:00 AM / by Esther Chidodolo posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Impact Stories, THRIVE, WV

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“When I saw these children living in desperate conditions, my heart broke and I asked their mothers if I can take them with me and raise them.” Magdalena pauses for a moment and takes a deep sigh with her head bowed down and when she raises her head up, it is clear that she is having a difficult time pushing back tears from her bright eyes. She looks at me and breaks the silence “Being a mother is a blessing, but being an abandoned single mother is the worst nightmare anyone can wish for,” she says.

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Water Restores Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2019 12:08:00 PM / by Mutinta Chiseko posted in Zambia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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The production of crops has been the mainstay for the people of Shunganu village, a small remote sandy area in Western Zambia. While many people grow cash crops as the main source of livelihood, Harriet Sikumbi, a 40-year-old widowed mother of five, has focused her energies on gardening.

Harriet is a passionate woman with a great zeal for gardening that dates back to her childhood. “I have always loved gardening. Since childhood, that is where my heart is,” she says.

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Filled With Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Water, Impact Stories, WV

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Shuda (left) and her friend Meskerem drawing water 

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Bowolicho village is located in the Hula Area Program operation area, 231 miles south of Addis Abba, Ethiopia’s capital. There was a dire need for water in this area. Schoolgirls of all ages use to walk a half hour to draw water from an unprotected source called Bansa spring.

The schoolgirls who attended school in the morning left home as early as at 6:00am and walked in a group to the unkept spring. The water they found was not safe for their health. Keeping their jerry cans in two or sometimes three lines and waiting for turn was the day to day experience for them. They walked back home for another thirty minutes and upon getting home, they cooked for family and handle other activities.

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