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Do not forget us

Do not forget us | World Vision Blog

Miranda with children from the junior college at the Mae Ra Moe Luang refugee camp. (Photo: Miranda Wolford)

16-year-old Miranda Wolford had the opportunity to visit refugee children in Southeast Asia this summer. Hear her plea on behalf of children like these for us—organizations, governments, global citizens—not to leave them behind, and how vital education is to their futures.

Rain could soon turn to snow

Rain could soon turn to snow | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Nagisa with her father—refugees who were caught in the rain as they passed through Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Our photographer Laura Reinhardt returned from Serbia this week, where she was meeting refugees and capturing their experiences as they passed through.

Written last Friday: see Serbia through her eyes, the current conditions in which these refugees are living, and the cold, damp future Laura sees in store for them.

On the road for World Vision Water

On the road for World Vision Water | World Vision Blog

Sherree and Jim Funk visiting a family in Ethiopia. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

Five years ago, World Vision launched a groundbreaking initiative called the For Every Child Campaign (FEC), which aimed to create sustainable change in five strategic areas of our work for 20 million people! This week, the campaign comes to a close.

Hear from one of our FEC donors, whose passion was clean water, and the project she and her husband are embarking upon today to make an even bigger difference.

The “Francis Effect”

The “Francis Effect” | World Vision Blog

World Vision staff help a refugee family pick out supplies before they continue on their journey to Croatia. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Today, Pope Francis is addressing the UN during their annual General Assembly.

Hear what our Senior VP Kent Hill has to say about the pope's visit to Congress this week, and the power of the "Francis Effect" to inspire concern about "the least among us":

"We are hard-wired to never know peace or happiness apart from loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves … and this pope helps us remember that fact."

Throwback Thursday: Impossibilities made possible

Throwback Thursday: Impossibilities made possible

Members of the community-based committee in Tanzania worship God before starting a training meeting about the HIV-AIDS situation in their community. (Photo: 2001 Nigel Marsh/World Vision)

Fourteen years ago, World Vision launched the Hope Initiative: our groundbreaking effort to engage U.S. donors and churches around the tragic effects of HIV and AIDS around the world, but especially in sub-Saharan Africa, which was hardest hit.

Today, our Chief Catalyst Steve Haas takes us back to 2001 when this initiative began, to look back at the challenges faced … and the "unimaginable" transformation that's happened.

See where the AIDS crisis is today, and how you can continue to help bring hope to those affected.

A day I will never forget

A day I will never forget | World Vision Blog

Ibrahim (in yellow), an 8-year old Syrian refugee, has to work for long hours in a field in Lebanon, earning $6 a day. His family has no other choice to survive. (Photo: Mona Daoud/World Vision)

The heartbreaking, eyewitness account about a Syrian refugee boy, 8-year-old Ibrahim, and the abuse he endures as a field laborer in Lebanon so his family can survive.

Hear the testimony of our Lebanon staffer who met him, and her call for help on this International Day of Peace.

The emotion of a simple gesture

The emotion of a simple gesture | World Vision Blog

A Syrian refugee family walking along the Serbia/Hungary border. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Right now, our writer/photographer Laura Reinhardt is on the Serbian border with Hungary among the refugees from Syria.

Meet with us this family of three that Laura met in passing yesterday, and hear why this father is making their long, difficult journey for the sake of his infant daughter.

Syria crisis: Nowhere to go

Syria crisis: Nowhere to go | World Vision Blog

Abdul and Noor slept on the ground with their family near the Serbia/Hungary border last night. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Meet Abdul and Noor. Last night and the night before, they slept on the ground near the Serbian border with Hungary. Our staff met them yesterday and for a moment were able to bring smiles to their faces.

See the current situation for these Syrian refugees, what their journey has been like, and what their future might hold.

When we are bit players in someone else’s story

When we are bit players in someone else’s story | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Yusef with his father. They are refugees from Syria who walked 15 hours from Macedonia to reach Serbia. (Photo: 2015 Aida Sunje/World Vision)

In Europe and the Middle East, a story has been unfolding for more than four years, and the "small, unexciting acts of love" that we can make are part of it.

Today, blogger Addie Zierman writes about the big, beautiful story God is telling, and how we're all involved.

Let freedom ring

Let freedom ring | World Vision Blog

Monthly Girls' Club in Florida for girls ages 6 to 12, started by a local Women of Vision chapter to build self-esteem and foster spiritual growth. (Photo: 2013 Abby Stalsbroten/World Vision)

“If America is to be a great nation, let freedom ring.” –Martin Luther King Jr., "I have a dream" speech, given on this day in 1963.

Children must be free to grow up loved and not harmed. Let us dream a better world, and make it a reality!

Read how our staff and volunteers at a girls' camp are doing just that.

Debbie Macomber: A love story

Debbie Macomber: A love story | World Vision Blog

Debbie Macomber is welcomed at the St. Elizabeth's school for girls in Kenya. (Photo: 2014 Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

Over the course of her illustrious career, best-selling author Debbie Macomber has written hundreds of stories. Today, she is the main character.

The supporting characters of this story are a Microsoft VP, World Vision, and the girls of a school in Kenya.

Read our story of determination, passion, and heart!

Making poverty a choice

Making poverty a choice | World Vision Blog

Sokhen's and Kheng's children play together outside their homes. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Two mothers we met this week on our Cambodia bloggers trip illustrated the truth that poverty doesn't come from a series of choices, but rather a lack of choices.

Meet these two brave mothers who find themselves in difficult times … and make your own choice.

Humanitarian heroes

Humanitarian heroes | World Vision Blog

World Vision staffer Madeleine Bilonda with displaced children in South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Thirteen years ago today, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad. In remembrance, August 19 was declared World Humanitarian Day to honor all those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires people to serve.

With 45,000 people serving World Vision in nearly 100 countries, today we honor those who work in the hardest places. Read the stories of three humanitarian heroes working in the newest and most fragile country in the world: South Sudan. After decades of fighting for independence, South Sudan became a country in 2011 and has been embroiled in a civil war since 2013.

Imagining a father who stays

Imagining a father who stays | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Reatrey's father left home a month ago to work in Thailand. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

This morning in Cambodia, we met four-year-old Reatrey!

Last month, her father left for Thailand to work and send money home, but this plan is risky and could put her family in a difficult situation.

Let's imagine a better story for her future … let's make it happen.

Slices of life in Cambodia

Slices of life in Cambodia | World Vision Blog

This week, World Vision bloggers Nate Pyle and Stephanie May Wilson join us in Cambodia! We'll be visiting two of our communities to witness the transformation that child sponsorship brings into the lives of children and their families, and sharing our experience with you.

Today, our photographer Laura Reinhardt shares a few favorite photos of some of the children we're meeting. Join us on our journey!

Returning to love in Vietnam

Returning to love in Vietnam | World Vision Blog

Writer Nicole Wick and her family visiting a World Vision community in Vietnam. (Photo: 2015 Nicole Wick)

Having left Vietnam as an infant and war orphan 40 years ago, writer Nicole Wick returned for the first time last month to reconnect with her homeland.

While there, her family also had the opportunity to visit their World Vision family and meet their sponsored children!

Read about the family Nicole rediscovered in Vietnam.

Indigenous people fight their way to equality

Indigenous people fight their way to equality | World Vision Blog

Quechua children in Huanta, Peru are growing up in better circumstances than their parents' and grandparents' generations—they are engaged, confident citizens. (Photo: 2014 Eugene Lee/World Vision)

The UN honors today as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

After Peru's period of violence in the 80s and 90s, thousands of World Vision sponsors in the U.S. stepped in as advocates for Peru's indigenous Quechua.

Today, more than 20 years later, the next generation are off to college and careers, shaping their own futures!