FIVE International Days about Poverty and ONE World Vision Solution

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2020 5:03:28 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Economic Empowerment, THRIVE, WV, International Day

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Welcome to THRIVE week, where we honor five national and international days that all connect to our efforts to end extreme poverty. From World Food Day to the International Day of Rural Women, World Vision has one proven solution to the issues these days highlight: THRIVE.

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THRIVING on Poultry

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2020 4:21:49 PM / by Jimmy Gahima posted in Economic Empowerment, Health, Impact Stories, THRIVE, WV, Rwanda

previewIn Rwanda, about two-thirds of the population are farmers with very small plots of land. At least half of these farmers are women. World Vision, through its THRIVE project, has helped to organize small groups of farmers into savings groups so they can access small loans. This helps ensure they can invest and grow their businesses, moving themselves out of extreme poverty. The “Twunganirane” Savings Group (meaning Complementary), was started through the THRIVE project. These farmers have been connected to World Vision’s microfinance arm, VisionFund, and have already received their first loan.

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Their Hope is THRIVING

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2020 4:02:29 PM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, THRIVE, WV

img1Gabriel (56) and Regina Nkuta (48) proudly showed me their newly built house with its sheet metal roof. The last time I visited them, they were living in a grass-thatched house. A sheet metal roof signifies upward social-economic mobility. I could see other signs of things getting better for the Nkutas. Three of their children were not going to school last year due to financial challenges – now they are in school. The family also acquired a new asset – pigs!

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Celebrating International Day of the Girl on October 11

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in Women and Girls, WV, International Day

Screen Shot 2020-10-09 at 4.50.25 PMShining a light in the darkness.

Heroes are rising up to shine light into their communities, and it’s girls and women who are leading the charge. Let’s celebrate them this October 11, on International Day of the Girl.

Resilient and resourceful, girls and women everywhere are stepping up to make a difference during COVID-19. They’re taking action to protect their families and other people in their communities. And in the process, they’re sparking hope.

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Visually Impaired, But Not in Despair

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 8, 2020 12:01:00 PM / by Maria Kaitesi posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, WV, Rwanda

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Uwitonze Kambali conveys a spot-on meaning to the common quote, “Disability is not inability”. Kambali, 19 years old, is blind, but that did not discourage him from pursuing his dreams of being able to fend for himself. He wanted to have skills that are no different from people without disabilities.

Kambali is no stranger to loss. When he was a little child, his mother abandoned him. Being born with only one leg, one wonders if this played into his mother’s desertion.


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Hunger: The devastating fallout from COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 6, 2020 11:03:01 AM / by Andrea Peer posted in Emergency Relief, South Sudan, WV, International Day, COVID-19

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For many of us, COVID-19 has brought new realities that feel nearly impossible to navigate. Simple things we took for granted now feel like distant memories. But for many families at home and worldwide, their new challenges include financial hardships … and hunger.

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The Power of Partnership

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2020 5:00:00 AM / by Sherree Funk posted in Emergency Relief, WV, US, NLC, World Changers, COVID-19

Sherree Funk is a member of World Vision's National Leadership Council.

partnership-1One of World Vision’s greatest strengths is the multiplication of resource and impact through partnership. WV partnerships around the world leverage donors’ gifts so greatly that every dollar given yields $1.30 in impact. Here in the USA, when the lamentable COVID-19 shutdown produced joblessness, despair, and food insecurity, World Vision proved once again the power of partnership.

Jim and I were able to see and marvel at this expertise in June, when we were invited to a food distribution event here in Pittsburgh. We knew that World Vision was committed to thirteen weeks of food boxes for 100 needy families, right here in Pittsburgh, as a way to help people dealing with economic hardships. We didn’t know how much more they were doing. This event opened our eyes.

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Water Critical to COVID Response in Mwala

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2020 5:00:00 AM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Water, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV, COVID-19

kenya-2When news of a new virus hit the headlines of the world, 30-year-old Eunice Ngumbi’s (pictured center) medical intuition kicked in. She sensed in her spirit, that it would be only a matter of time before the contagious virus arrived in Kenya, given the speed at which it was spreading across the globe. Since 2016 when she joined the Muusini dispensary in Machakos County, as Hospital Charge, her major role has been to work with the community to help treat and prevent the spread of diseases within Mwala Community.

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Hope for Honduras

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Dr. Greg Allgood posted in Child Protection, Education, THRIVE, WV, Honduras, COVID-19, EE

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, World Vision staff traveled to Honduras to see how World Vision is addressing the root causes of emigration from Honduras to the United States, and empowering families to have hope at home in their own country. We created a video that shares our approach while showcasing the natural beauty of Honduras and the strength and love of Hondurans for their country. It’s longer than our usual videos at 11 minutes, but is well worth the time. Please watch this special video.

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COVID-19: Safe At Home

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2020 5:32:31 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV, COVID-19

Ann NdululuAnn Ndululu is a 14-year-old sponsored child who started the year in high spirits and looked forward to transitioning to her new school. Mumbuni Girls Boarding School is a prestigious school in Machakos County that attracts the best students who usually perform well in their national examinations. Ann emerged as the best girl pupil in her elementary school last year.

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