Monthly Archives: August 2015

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!

Finding hope in Kenya

Finding hope in Kenya | World Vision Blog

A mother and child in Kenya. (Photo: 2015 Steve Reynolds/World Vision)

Today through August 7 is World Breastfeeding Week!

Pediatric dietitian Connie Warner recently traveled with us to visit our maternal and child health programs in Kenya!

See how her experience lead her to ask, “How can I stand-up for the poor and vulnerable?”

… and how she plans to answer that question.