Former sponsored child makes Guatemala's national orchestra

The 2013 bloggers trip to Guatemala is next week! Eight bloggers and I leave on Monday to visit World Vision's programs and witness child sponsorship at work firsthand. At a community in San Juan Sacatepéquez, we will visit World Vision’s Children’s Center for Artistic Development and music program. As a sponsored child in this program, Hector began playing the cello.

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    The project that changed my life

    On Monday, September 9, eight bloggers will join writer/photographer Laura Reinhardt and I for a week-long trip to visit World Vision's child sponsorship and community development work in Guatemala! One of the programs we'll be visiting is the Children Artistic Development Center in San Juan, which incorporates music into its education program. Yolanda plays the double bass in the orchestra. Here is her story.

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      Child sponsors: Shipping joy around the world

      Last month, we asked our Facebook followers to tell us what kinds of gifts and packages they send to their sponsored children around the world. See the loving and creative ways that our child sponsors have found to ship joy across the globe -- and receive joy in return!

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        A violent past, a hopeful future

        With its murder rate and levels of violence, Central America is among the most dangerous regions in the world outside of active war zones. Battles are waged between heavily armed gangs -- and, much like war zones, it is often the innocent who are most affected.

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          Kisongo Trek: The real deal

          World Vision Experience provides interactive ways for communities across the United States to share a glimpse into what poverty looks like in the developing world and to understand first-hand the work that World Vision is doing to break the cycle of poverty.

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            Witnessing real love

            Today, World Vision Child Ambassador Paula Hemphill describes how God is using her to advocate for children -- despite her fears -- and showing her what real love is.

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            God calls out nobodies. He takes people with ordinary lives and works extraordinarily through them. David. Abraham. Me.

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              Jennifer Shaw: An incredible gift of love

              Singer, songwriter, and World Vision Artist Jennifer Shaw writes about her recent trip to the Dominican Republic and the life-changing experience of meeting her sponsored child, Melandia.

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                Why World Vision? For so many reasons

                For the past 11 weeks, we’ve brought you an in-depth look into World Vision’s work around the world and why it’s effective. I had been working for World Vision for less than three months at the time we began this series, so developing all of this this content has been an amazing learning opportunity -- and a steep learning curve!

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                  Why World Vision? We are accountable

                  For every $1 donated to World Vision, we are able to send $1.30 worth of services to the field. At World Vision, we are committed to our donors and to the communities in which we work, and we are accountable for good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.

                  Today’s infographic demonstrates how World Vision leverages your donated dollars to provide the maximum impact for the children we serve.

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