Recent Posts By Laura Reinhardt

“Wouldn’t you want somebody to do this for you?”

“Wouldn’t you want somebody to do this for you?” | World Vision Blog

Makaylah has a heart for the world and is excited to walk our 6K for Water. (Photo: 2016 Laura Reinhardt)

First and foremost, World Vision’s Global 6K for Water is about providing clean water to thousands of children.

10-year-old Makaylah offers these words to people who are still undecided about participating: “If you were about to die or were getting sick because you didn’t have clean water, wouldn’t you want somebody to do this for you?”

The road less traveled

The road less traveled | World Vision Blog

Modester and her cousin Evelyn hold a baby goat. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Many young women in rural Africa face difficult futures: of early marriage, young motherhood, limited education, and meager livings.

But not Modester.

At 18, Modester is one of the top students in all of Zambia! She's headed for university and whatever big dream she may have in mind.

See what made the difference for her.

The blessings of forgiveness

The blessings of forgiveness | World Vision Blog

Esnart with her son Resheal holding one of their chickens from the World Vision Gift Catalog. (Photo: 2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

After being shunned by her community for being poor, Esnart’s life transformed through the simple gift of chickens.

Now that those who had shunned her need help, see how Esnart's family is taking the Bible’s lesson of forgiveness to heart!

The world turned upside down

The world turned upside down | World Vision Blog

Resheal and his mother, Esnart, look over letters from his sponsor with World Vision staffer Owen Sikuneta in Zambia while Chansa listens in. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

“The world turned upside down.” This well-known line from the hit musical Hamilton is a sentiment that’s true for many families—like Esnart’s in Zambia—who live in poverty.

But the world can be turned rightside-up again. Sometimes all it takes is a little generosity and a big dream.

Read Esnart’s story and the hope she has for her children’s future.

Magical moments in the kitchen

Magical moments in the kitchen | World Vision Blog

9-year-old Rosemary cooks nshima in Zambia. She dreams of becoming a chef! (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Cooking with your grandmother, sharing a meal with family—these are some of the special moments we look forward to during the Christmas season, or remember fondly from past holidays.

For 9-year-old Rosemary, the magic of cooking and eating together is a big part of her dream to become a chef!

See what's making Rosemary's dream possible.

Greater than her family’s hunger

Greater than her family’s hunger | World Vision Blog

Saoly (right) with her parents and two of her seven siblings. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

In Cambodia, Saoly's family used to live in debt and hunger: she and her seven siblings used to fight over who got rice to eat that day.

But families are greater when they work together and when they're empowered with God's love. Watch this family transform!

Regarding Henry

Regarding Henry | World Vision Blog

Madison is growing up well nourished because of the training her grandmother received. (Photo: 2016 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

In rural Honduras, our "Common Pot" program learns from families whose children are thriving and teaches those lessons to other families to help them better cook for and nourish their children!

Meet a family that helped bring World Vision to their community and see the transformative difference that better nutrition makes.

Struggling to keep warm in winter

Struggling to keep warm in winter | World Vision Blog

Hasmik's mother rubs her hands to warm them. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

How do you survive a seven-month winter when you have next to nothing?

See how Hasmik's family survives in wintry Armenia, and how World Vision is helping to keep families like theirs a little warmer this winter.

From despair at night to hope in the morning

From despair at night to hope in the morning | World Vision Blog

Children play together at a World Vision Youth Club in Cambodia. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Human traffickers prey upon the vulnerable.

In Cambodia, where trafficking is common, see how education, food security, and improved economic opportunities are helping children and families know their rights and avoid being taken advantage of.

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.

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.

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!

Pine needles and tomatoes

Pine needles and tomatoes | World Vision Blog

Santos Vasquez in Honduras with her daughter, 3-year-old Ruth Noemi, at the storefront of her house where she sells the produce they grow. (Photo: 2014 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Today is National Hunger Awareness Day!

In Honduras, Santos Cosme, his wife Santos Vasquez, and their five children face a better future without the threat of malnutrition because of World Vision’s training in improved farming techniques.

Santos V. says that without World Vision, her children “would be poor and poor in mind as well.”

Read their story of transformation!

Gor: Man of thunder

Gor: Man of thunder | World Vision Blog

Gor visiting with Tehmineh and Artyom and their 2-year-old son Arman. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

"I can perceive well the state of my country and my city and I have the wish to have a personal contribution in changing that.”

See how Gor in Gyumri, Armenia and the youth group of many former sponsored children are transforming their community, one family at a time!

Day 3: No more lost dreams

No more lost dreams | World Vision Blog

Antonio in Mozambique had to give up his dream job because he didn't have a birth certificate. But now his children won't have to face that challenge because through World Vision sponsorship, the whole family now has birth certificates.

World Vision’s child sponsorship program approaches community development holistically: providing clean water, healthcare, access to education, nutritious food, economic development, and more!

Through your support, communities supported by World Vision are equipped to fulfill the dream and vision that God has for all of His people. See it at work in Mozambique!

A guardian angel for a Honduran family

A guardian angel for a Honduran family | World Vision Blog

Maria with her four children and grandchild, all of whom have been blessed through a World Vision sponsor. (Photo: 2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Maria's family in Honduras fell into hard times when her husband left her and her children … until they were registered for sponsorship.

Read how her son's sponsor, Bob, who cares for their whole family, has been as "if God had put for them a guardian angel,” according to Maria, and how her twin sons are following in his footsteps!