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[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Giving locally, giving globally

Laura Tremaine is traveling with our team of eight bloggers in Sri Lanka this week, visiting children, families, and communities whose lives have been impacted by World Vision's work through our sponsorship programs.

Today, she discusses a provocative question: How do we make international assistance a priority when the need is so great right here in the United States?

Read on for her thoughts -- and then share your own!

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    [Sri Lanka Bloggers] When aid ends

    Roxy Wieman, traveling this week with our team of eight bloggers in Sri Lanka, shares her experience with a question that's not often considered but is equally important to World Vision's work: What happens when our development efforts are complete -- and how do we know when a community is ready to be self-sufficient?

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      [Sri Lanka Bloggers] We are one, but we're not the same

      As the Sri Lanka bloggers continue their journey experiencing firsthand how World Vision sponsorship helps transform the lives of children and families in poverty, Joy Bennett shares a collection of pictures of a special moment -- meeting her two sponsored boys.

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        [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Meet Afra, and your life may change

        Tony Jones is traveling with World Vision's blogger team in Sri Lanka, experiencing firsthand the impact of our sponsorship programs on the lives of children and families in need. Here, he shares this touching story of meeting 8-year-old Afra, his sponsored child. We hope our readers are as inspired by it as we were.

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          [Sri Lanka Bloggers] The Sri Lankan people: An introduction

          Allison Olfelt, traveling with our Sri Lanka blogger team this week to see firsthand how World Vision's sponsorship programs work, presents a snapshot of her first interactions with the people of this island nation.

          Allison's post originally appeared on her blog, O My Family.

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            [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Five reasons why I do this

            This week, our blogger team is in Sri Lanka to see firsthand how World Vision's work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through sponsorship. Matthew Paul Turner, one of the eight bloggers, shares why he's along for the trip.

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              [Sri Lanka Bloggers] An invitation and challenge to Theoblogy readers

              Tony Jones has built a community of readers who discuss faith and theology on his blog, Theoblogy. But as Tony prepares to head to Sri Lanka with World Vision, he has a new challenge for his readers: to move beyond discussion and into action.

              Read on to learn how Tony has invited his readers into the Sri Lanka journey.

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                [Sri Lanka Bloggers] When being terribly afraid is perhaps the best reason for going

                Shawn and his family recently returned home after traveling around the United States in a large blue bus.

                His next big adventure is traveling with World Vision to Sri Lanka to see firsthand what happens when you sponsor a child. Shawn shares why he loves to continually explore -- and why being afraid is the best reason to go to Sri Lanka.

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                  [Sri Lanka Bloggers] How seven little faces continue to change me…

                  Photos have the ability to change our perceptions -- and our lives. A photo that Matthew Paul Turner saw as a ninth-grader takes on new significance as he prepares for a trip to Sri Lanka with the World Vision bloggers.

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                    [Sri Lanka Bloggers] To Sri Lanka with World Vision

                    Laura Tremaine -- or Hollywood Housewife, as her readers know her -- is going to Sri Lanka with the World Vision blogger team in just a few days.

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