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The best people on Earth: Bravery and beauty in Iraq

The best people on Earth: Bravery and beauty in Iraq | World Vision Blog

One of Iraq's displaced millions, Marian still dreams of becoming a doctor someday. (Photo: 2016 Kari Costanza/World Vision)

World Refugee Day remembers those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Their number is staggering: almost 60 million. Today, one in every 122 people is a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.

But these people are more than just numbers. They are some of the most incredible people on earth, as World Vision writer Kari Costanza found in Iraq.

Syria: Yesterday, today, tomorrow

Syria: Yesterday, today, tomorrow | World Vision Blog

Chandra and Dan Brissette with their three children.

Meet Chandra and Dan Brissette: they lived in Damascus, Syria, while working with the Foreign Service from 2002 to 2004.

In today’s Q&A, they talk about how much they loved pre-war Syria, why they were inspired last fall to help refugees of the Syrian crisis — by starting a fundraiser for socks! — and their hopes for Syria’s tomorrow.

Joseph the dairy farmer

Joseph the dairy farmer | World Vision Blog

In many World Vision communities, our development work often begins with clean water, but long-term it's much more comprehensive! 

From clean water to farming training to small business support, see what transformation means for Joseph, a dairy farmer in Zambia. 

Connecting the dots: Vulnerability, environmental stewardship, and resilience

Connecting the dots: Vulnerability, environment stewardship, and resilience | World Vision Blog

In Tanzania, Neseriani helps her neighbor dig a water pan to capture rainfall. (Photo: 2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

World Environment Day calls us to be good stewards. This is especially important for people living in poverty: their livelihoods depend on the natural resources that are often overexploited.

Our Natural Resource Management advisor explains how we're working to promote good stewardship.

Are you the protagonist of your life story?

Are you the protagonist of your life story? | World Vision Blog

Blogger Elayna Fernandez visits World Vision youth programs in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

Are you the protagonist in your own life story … with God as the Author?

Join blogger Elayna Fernandez—The Positive Momas she meets youth in the Dominican Republic who are becoming leaders in God's story and inspiring others to embrace their own identity. 

How sound policy can silence the sound of suffering

How sound policy can silence the sound of suffering | World Vision Blog

In 1985, a hungry Ethiopian family huddles in their "home" in a dry river bed. (Photo: ©1985 Steve Reynolds/World Vision)

30 years ago, bad policies, drought, and the resulting famine led to mass starvation and the deaths of at least 400,000 people in Ethiopia.

Today, as parts of Africa face a new drought, we have the opportunity to put in place a good policy that could help prevent another worst-case scenario.

Learn about the bill that's in Congress right now and what you can do to help.

“I explored, I understood, and I chose”

“I explored, I understood, and I chose” | World Vision Blog

A World Vision trained Peer Educator counsels a family in India. (Photo: 2015 Max Greenstein/World Vision)

Families around the world that make a plan to space out their pregnancies improve the health of both the mothers and children.

Today on International Day of Families, meet two moms in India who chose the best plans for their families to help ensure productive futures for their kids!

Beautiful giving | Bella bondad

Beautiful giving | Bella bondad | World Vision Blog

Blogger Daily Baez visits our work with children in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

Blogger Daily Baez was born in the Dominican Republic, and remembering her childhood, writes: "World Vision has given me hope."

Two weeks ago, Daily returned to her homeland with our bloggers to visit that hope in person. Today, see the DR through Daily's eyes.

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A mother’s story: Being positive about HIV

A mother’s story: Being positive about HIV | World Vision Blog

Blogger Elayna Fernandez with 11-year-old Kalina in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

Happy Mother's Day!

Last week, Elayna Fernandez—The Positive Mom—joined our World Vision Bloggers in the Dominican Republic, where we met an amazing mother: Milagros, or "miracles."

Meet this miracle mom with us and see her journey from hardship to being positive about having HIV.

LIVE FROM IRAQ: A mother’s story

LIVE FROM IRAQ: A mother’s story | World Vision Blog

Rajaa and Ibrahim are among 100,000 Iraqi Christians who have been displaced from their homes by conflict. (Photo: Kari Costanza/World Vision)

"As Christians, we smile."

Our writer Kari Costanza is in Iraq right now. Just the other night, she had dinner with a mother, Rajaa, and her family who have been displaced by conflict.

Meet this family with Kari, hear about their journey, and see what it's like to be a mother away from home.

Veronica the gardener

Veronica the gardener | World Vision Blog

In Gwembe, Zambia, a spring-fed system of tanks and pipes bring clean water throughout the community and to Veronica's garden, helping it thrive! (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

For the community of Gwembe in Zambia, a reliable source of clean water provides the cornerstone upon which all of this flourishing community's transformation rests. 

See what life used to be like for Veronica and her family and neighbors, and how far they've come today. 

UPDATE: Protection from child sacrifice—It’s working!

UPDATE: Protection from child sacrifice—It’s working! | World Vision Blog

Sharon wears an earring to protect her from child sacrifice. Her brother Moses was sacrificed two years ago. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Two years ago we reported the story, “Protection Through Pierced Ears in Uganda,” about one of our most innovative programs—an Amber Alert designed to save children from being sacrificed in Uganda.

Project manager Obed Byamugisha risks his life every day in a battle against witch doctors. Last month we got an update on the project and his personal life. See how communities in Uganda are working together to keep their children safe.

8 stories that fed my soul in the Dominican Republic

8 stories that fed my soul in the Dominican Republic | World Vision Blog

Food blogger Melissa Bailey visits children in the DR. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

Food blogger Melissa Bailey (Hungry Food Love) grew up in the Dominican Republic, and returned to her homeland last week with the World Vision Bloggers!

Take a tour of eight stories she experienced that nourished her soul, and the top five things she learned about World Vision.

Unique solutions to unique poverties

Unique solutions to unique poverties | World Vision Blog

Blogger Ben Corey shows photos on his phone to children in Dr. Jacobo's batay. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

A new post live from the Dominican Republic! Every unique version of poverty requires it's own custom solution. See how the programs we're visiting in the DR are doing just that!

And meet a young doctor who's demonstrating that communities can be stronger when they work together.

A mother's chance to prosper

A mother's chance to prosper | World Vision Blog

(Photo: Mark Fangue/Gifts With a Cause)

A native mother in Peru, Mariana deals with poverty and hunger as she works to provide for her daughter. "I will carry my daughter, always."

See how our partnership with Gifts With a Cause helps mothers like Mariana and what is giving her a chance to prosper!

Knit one, bless two

Knit one, bless two | World Vision Blog

Author Debbie Macomber is the spokesperson for World Vision's Knit for Kids program. (Photo: Debbie Macomber)

When you look around our world and see children cold and suffering in poverty, do you wonder, "What can I do?"

Author Debbie Macomber does. See how she's bringing knitters together to make a tangible difference to help keep children warm!