Day 20: The twelve smiles of Christmas

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Twelve of our favorite smiles from children around the world for the twelve days of Christmas!

Which one is your favorite?

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"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." –Mother Teresa

 

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    Day 18: A child worker becomes an artist

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    "When I see a child crying, that affects me.” Joel, 22, is pursuing his big dream of being a painter in Peru.

    Having been a child worker, Joel understands that life better than most. That's why his college thesis is a series of paintings depicting child workers.

    See how his life transformed from a laborer to an artist!

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    The first of Joel's drawings I saw was a tree. He'd sketched it in pencil on the back of his notebook, the roots almost as big as the trunk and branches. Even under the harsh glare of fluorescent light, I knew it was special. Over the next few days as I spent more time with him, I realized Joel was a lot like that tree—flourishing vibrantly thanks to deep roots.

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      Day 17: What I didn’t wish for

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      Jane Sutton-Redner, the editorial director of our World Vision Magazine, first met Jhon in Peru – the "singer of his neighborhood" – when he was 6, back in 1997. She quickly arranged to sponsor him.

      Jhon is 24 now, and Jane had the opportunity to visit him again last month! See the difference her relationship has made in his life, and the dream that came true for him that she hadn't even wished for.

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      Adults tend to graft their own dreams onto their children. For example, I hope that my 8-year-old son will be a famous writer someday. 

      Day 18: What I didn’t wish for | World Vision Blog
      Jhon at the age of 8.
      (Photo: 1999 Jane Sutton-Redner)
       

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        Day 16: Aurora Popp's big dream

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        Love, loss, and healing in Romania: how 20 years of friendship, 25 years of recovery after communism, and healing after loss are leading these two friends – Aurora and Kari – to find loving sponsors for 500 Romanian children.

        Join them today!

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        I met Aurora Popp in 1997 in Bucharest, Romania. It was my second overseas trip for World Vision and I was traveling to cover stories about World Vision’s incredible work in the orphanages and with young, unmarried mothers who had decided to keep their babies.

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          Day 4: The blessings of special gifts

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          Special Gifts are extra donations that you can send to your sponsored child: our staff in the field will meet with the family and use that gift to purchase whatever they need most!

          See how Tony in Kenya and his family have been blessed through gifts from his sponsor.

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          Seven-year-old Tony, a grade-two student, is a World Vision sponsored child in Kenya. Through special gifts from his sponsor, Tony and his family received goats that provide the family with milk and a source of income.

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            Day 3: No more lost dreams

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            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!

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            Antonio Namatbia had his dream job – teaching school – for seven years. Then in 2002, the government of Mozambique began to require that all citizens needed to have a birth certificate in order to receive their salary.

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              How sponsoring a child changes the trajectory of young lives

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              The World Vision Bloggers are in the Philippines! Follow their trip here.

              Yesterday, they visited a World Vision sponsorship community in Dulag, where the children were excited and anxious to write Christmas cards to their American sponsors. Jennifer James describes why …

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              Most do not fully understand how little material possessions people have that live in low- and middle-income countries around the world. When a letter comes in the mail from a child’s sponsor, she cherishes that letter greatly. It becomes a part of her. Eventually she knows it by heart. This may sound a bit exaggerated, but it’s true. I heard it for myself today.

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                Defenders of childhood

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                Often, it takes a community of supporters to lift another community out of poverty. That’s why World Vision’s Child Ambassadors are so powerful: They build a community of passionate advocates who together have the power to make a difference in the world!

                Read about Stu and Celeste Sherman from Connecticut, who are working to build a community of child sponsors to help change a community and defend childhood in Bangladesh.

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                Some topics are hard to hear about. They are hard to talk about.

                At the World Vision Child Ambassador National Conference this past September, we learned about child sex trafficking. It was disgusting to learn how pimps prey on the insecurity and vulnerability of girls and boys. They are so calculated and so evil.

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                  Labor of love

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                  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.

                  Aiming 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!

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                  Tlangnunthang distinctly remembers the days when he had to go to work with griping hunger pains in his stomach.

                  "Poverty deprived me of my basic needs to food, clothing, education. This thought played on my mind every minute, every hour," he says.

                  Life got harder when Tlangnunthang started a family of his own. Being a high school dropout, he was unable to find a decent job and had no steady income. Woodcutting, picking up stones, or repairing vehicles, Tlangnunthang took any job he could find to support his family.

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                    The joy of a letter

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                    While World Vision's child sponsorship program is life-changing for millions of children and families around the world, the most exciting part for many sponsored children is the relationship they build with their sponsors!

                    See why 12-year-old Saro in Cambodia loves her sponsor's cards so much … and how her community has changed over the past 8 years.

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                    After receiving a card from her World Vision sponsor, 12-year-old Saro rushes to meet her friends, shows them the card, and lets them take turns reading the letter, which is translated into the Khmer language.

                    In the colorful card, her sponsor writes: “We are thinking of you. Keep doing your best. Put others first. Trust in Him with cares for us.”

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