[Video] I Like Bugshells: Changing the world at age 5

Today's post comes to us from Carolyn Baas, whose daughter, Bella, is featured in the video "I Like Bugshells," which originally appeared on the "I Like Giving" blog. Bella's generosity at just 5 years old has inspired many others to demonstrate a giving spirit -- and just might change the world. See how!

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    Planting a brighter future

    As a recent graduate of Quang Nam Forestry College in central Vietnam, Ating Ai, 22, speaks with passion about protecting woodlands and the natural environment.

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    Ai's enthusiasm is not just a reflection of his academic studies. It arises from painful firsthand experiences of slash-and-burn farming techniques that kept his family desperately poor.

    As a child, Ai camped out with his family on their plots of land in the hills around their home in the Quang Nam province of Vietnam.

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      Sponsorship Q&A with a Program Manager in India

      World Vision works with each community and its families to determine what is needed most to improve the lives of their children and fight poverty.

      Recently, our Facebook fans submitted questions about how this happens. With those questions in hand, World Vision's Annila Harris interviewed Pratyush Das, our program manager in India.

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        Redeeming what was once lost

        Today's story comes from India, where Amit and his family have undergone a remarkable journey from the darkest depths of poverty to a sense of renewed hope and freedom from potentially tragic outcomes -- like street begging and dangerous labor.

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        Amit’s family moved to New Delhi from a rural, impoverished area of India to try to start a new life. Upon their arrival, they moved into a small hut in a slum area. His father sold vegetables, and the family managed to scrape by.

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          Child sponsorship: life in all its fullness

          Child sponsorship opens the door to better future for a child in need by providing life-giving essentials like nutritious food, clean water, education, and healthcare.

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            Child sponsorship opens the door to a better future

            Josh Cox, world-class runner and America's record-holder for the 50K, meets his sponsored child, Rodgers, as part of this year's True Spirit of Christmas Tour. Josh shares how sponsorship has changed Rodgers' life, family, and community -- and his own life.

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            "I never thought in my wildest dreams I would get be the America record-holder for the 50K…and that I would get to do what I love and pursue my passions, chase my dreams [and] get to run full-time.

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              Small acts of greatness

              Three DJs at K-LOVE, the nation’s largest Christian radio network, are moms who not only love their own kids, but are passionate about loving other children, too.

              For Amanda, Amy, and Kelli, helping kids means helping moms -- and serving Jesus.

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                Survive to thrive

                Each day, thousands of children are robbed of the chance to live a healthy, productive life -- all because of preventable, treatable diseases.

                World Vision is partnering with national radio network K-LOVE -- which includes more than 400 contemporary Christian radio stations across the country -- to help children around the world Survive to 5.

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                  A doll named Alma

                  Today's guest post comes from Alexis Dionne, a World Vision sponsor who shares what she does to let her sponsored children know they're loved and cared for during the holiday season.

                  If you're a World Vision sponsor as well, you can log in to My World Vision for ideas on how to connect with your sponsored child as the holidays approach.

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                  The holidays can be overwhelming.

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                    Who's that girl?

                    "Who’s that girl?" I wondered while watching Carter’s Chord, a sister band who recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to create a video of their song, "Love a Little Bigger."

                    I love the song and its message: how blessed we are and how a luxury, like drinking a $4 cup of coffee, can make us feel guilty, especially when we are confronted by pictures of the poor.

                    Being from Seattle, the coffee center of the universe, I can relate.

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