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Celebrating harvests around the world

Celebrating harvests around the world | World Vision Blog

18-month-old Aminat and his grandfather Ibrahim play in their fields at dawn in Antsokia Valley, Ethiopia. (Photo: ©2014 Alexander Whittle/World Vision)

Halloween traces its roots back to ancient harvest festivals.

Today, five of our staff writers from around the world – India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Honduras, and Bolivia – describe how the harvest season is traditionally celebrated in their part of the world!

The Lord of the harvest

The Lord of the harvest | World Vision Blog

Farmers threshing wheat in Ethiopia. (Photo: 2004 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Jesus refers to God as "the Lord of the harvest" (Matthew 9:38). How do you reflect God's bounty in your everyday life?

Guest blogger Benjamin L. Corey encourages us to put God in his place this harvest season.

Early Adopters

Early Adopters | World Vision Blog

Miychele with his family in Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When staff writer Kari Costanza visited sponsored child Mutinta's family in Zambia, she witnessed their vibrant transformation through World Vision's programs. Not only had they received clean water, livestock, and school supplies, her father Miychele had planted a huge orchard!

Read how Miychele's early adoption of farming techniques helped keep his family healthy and happy!

Missed harvest today, famine tomorrow

Missed harvest today, famine tomorrow | World Vision Blog

Families in South Sudan register to receive rations from World Vision. Lentils, sorghum, oil, and salt will help prevent malnutrition. (Photo: ©2014 James East/World Vision)

Today is World Food Day, a day dedicated to coming together in a global movement to end hunger.

One of the hungriest places in the world right now is South Sudan, where conflict has displaced 1.4 million people and created a dire food shortage for nearly 4 million.

Food aid provided by World Vision and other relief organizations has held off an official famine, but there is still a big question mark looming over 2015.

One-millionth person reached with clean water

One-millionth person reached with clean water | World Vision Blog

Ten-year-old Fridah is the one-millionth person to receive clean water through World Vision’s programs this year! (Photo: Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

Celebrate with us today as we mark the one-millionth person to receive clean water through our water programs this year!

We're also announcing a new partnership to provide communities with solar-powered water pumps to help provide sustained water supply in developing communities!

Hunger like a weed

Hunger like a weed | World Vision

Five-year-old Dayana in her classroom in Nicaragua. (Photo: 2014 Eugene Lee/World Vision)

When families struggle with hunger, many have to choose between feeding their children and sending them to school.

Read how World Vision sponsorship is helping to uproot the weeds of hunger from Dayana's family in Nicaragua.

More than social justice

More than social justice | World Vision Blog

Noi (5, left) is learning the Lao alphabet in her Kindergarten classroom. She is sponsored through World Vision’ in Laos. (Photo: ©2014 Mark Nonkes/World Vision)

“There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls and the empowerment of women.” –Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

A strategy for nutrition

A strategy for nutrition | World Vision Blog

At 18 months, Rita in Nepal was malnourished, but today she is getting the nutrition she needs and is healthy! (Photo: 2012 Alina Shrestha/World Vision)

There is no one solution to malnutrition. But the new five-year U.S. Government nutrition strategy and World Vision's development model are designed to address all of its causes.

Read how this new strategy is designed to reduce stunting and save lives!

From famine to harvest

From famine to harvest | World Vision Blog

The Antsokia Valley during Ethiopia's drought and famine of 1984-'86 was a parched dust bowl where 60,000 people were starving. By August 1989, due to return of rainfall and extensive development led by World Vision, the valley was green again and resistant to future famines. (Photo: 1989 Bruce Brander/World Vision)

30 years ago, a severe drought and famine struck Ethiopia, and within five years, World Vision's relief work there had become one of the best examples of our development model.

But the impact of our work became more than a famine-to-harvest story. As we mark 30 years of progress in Ethiopia's Antsokia Valley, read how that work also led to a deeper kind of transformation.

Coffee love

Coffee love | World Vision Blog

Christine working on The Good Coffee farm with her baby girl, Christella, on her back. Christine was 5 when the genocide began. (©2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Happy International Coffee Day!

Read how a World Vision cooperative coffee growing program helped transform the hatred caused by the Rwandan genocide into forgiveness and love.

Running for life

Running for life | World Vision Blog

Tammy Kasal after running the Monster half-marathon.

Every day, our amazing supporters – like Lopez Lomong, Daniel Bauer, and Kristy Everard – overcome their own challenges to help people in need around the world by running for Team World Vision.

Today, read about our fourth and final runner, Tammy Kasal, and how she overcame her "fear of failure and desire to control my life" and said "Yes" to God's call!

A God-sized goal

A God-sized goal | World Vision Blog

Kristy Everard (back row) with Team World Vision runners.

This month, we're honoring Team World Vision runners and the challenges they have faced and overcome. You can read Olympian Lopez Lomong's story here and Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer's story here.

Kristy Everard from Detroit is the third runner in our series. Read the challenging story that brought her to God and to Team World Vision, and the God-sized goal that she's running toward!

Going Deep: Global Water Solutions

Going Deep: Global Water Solutions | World Vision Blog

Eugene Cho visiting water projects in Kenya. (Photo: One Day's Wages/World Concern)

Pastor, speaker, and author Eugene Cho's parents grew up in extreme poverty in Korea. In this video interview, he describes the "not with hand-outs but with hand-ups" approach that gave them respect and dignity.

World Vision approaches community development in this way, working toward significant and lasting change in communities around the world. In an excerpt from Eugene's new book Overrated, he describes how these solutions work best for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Why we’re going into Iraq

Why we’re going into Iraq | World Vision Blog

A little girl displaced by conflict in Iraq. (Photo: ©2014 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

1.8 million children, mothers, and fathers have been internally displaced because of the conflict in Iraq. World Vision has recently begun relief operations to help them.

"We are going into Iraq," writes Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U. S. "Difficult, challenging, and risky as it might be."

Why? Read more to find out.

Faith that stretches

Faith that stretches | World Vision Blog

Team World Vision runner and teacher, Daniel Bauer, with some of his students.

Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer is a runner with Team World Vision, and leads his own team of student runners to raise money for clean water in Africa: "I know that God loves the poor and loves kids. Our marathon team is the perfect fusion of God’s love."

Read about the challenges these kids have faced and overcome in order to help other kids around the world!

Literacy begins before school

Literacy begins before school | World Vision Blog

5-year-old Mugisha in Burundi learned to write and read before he began school through a World Vision reading camp. (Photo: ©2013 Achel Bayisenge/World Vision)

Today is International Literacy Day!

In eastern Burundi, an initial reading assessment of 560 school children revealed that only 26 percent of second graders are able to read and differentiate consonants from vowels.

For some children, this is changing. Mugisha, a five-year-old first grader, is one of them. He knew how to write and read before he started primary school, thanks to World Vision.

Against all odds

Against all odds | World Vision Blog

Lopez Lomong and other Nike Pro runner team members training in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo: ©2012 Jon Warren/World Vision)

“It feels like I am a million miles away from where I might have been, had God not interrupted my life from the course it was taking. I've gone from being a ‘Lost Boy’ of Sudan to a proud U.S. citizen who is loved and cared for by so many people in this country – no longer ‘lost!’” –Lopez Lomong

The longevity of World Vision water wells

The longevity of World Vision water wells | World Vision Blog

Released today, a new scientific study by the UNC Water Institute shows that World Vision water wells continue to flow for decades. But not because the wells function better. They keep flowing for so much longer than usual because World Vision teaches the people who need that water how to repair broken wells!

Read more about the study and see these programs in practice first-hand.

Labor of love

Labor of love | World Vision Blog

3-year-old Omega enjoys the benefits of a healthy and improved life style provided by a sustainable source of income. (Photo: ©2014 Annila Harris/World Vision)

Tlangnunthang was once a poor casual laborer in India with no steady income and a grim future, but now he has become a successful rubber entrepreneur, earning a sustainable income and dreaming big.

Aim to help him generate a sustainable income, World Vision gave him 200 rubber tree saplings, which have enabled his family to have access to good food, health, and education. And two of his children are sponsored through World Vision!

Better lives for a village through clean water

Better lives for a village through clean water | World Vision Blog

Ningsih, 12, fetches clean water from her village's new water tank. (Photo: ©2014 Rena Tanjung/World Vision)

12-year-old Ningsih rarely took a bath, not because she was lazy, but because it was a tedious uphill trek to the closest water source on her Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Now she can bathe whenever she wants because World Vision has brought clean water to her village!