Claris shines

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When World Vision staff writer Kari Costanza met 6-year-old Claris in Zambia last August, she met a very sad, tired little girl. Her weary mother told Kari, "She has to fetch water. She's a girl."

But just last Wednesday, Claris's community received the miracle of clean water for the first time — and Claris began to shine! See her now…

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In August, I spent the day at one of the most hideous water sources I’d ever seen. This water was dirty.

A dog had recently drowned there while drinking water from the hole. No one knew it had happened until dog fur floated to the surface of the water. That’s when villagers poked around the bottom of the hole with a long stick and found the remains of the dog, caught under a tree root.

They were sickened.

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    One-millionth person reached with clean water

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    Celebrate with us today as we mark the one-millionth person to receive clean water through our water programs this year!

    We're also announcing a new partnership to provide communities with solar-powered water pumps to help provide sustained water supply in developing communities!

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    We’re celebrating today … Fridah, a ten-year-old girl in rural Kenya, is the one-millionth person to receive clean water through World Vision’s programs this year!

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      Running for life

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      Every day, our amazing supporters – like Lopez Lomong, Daniel Bauer, and Kristy Everard – overcome their own challenges to help people in need around the world by running for Team World Vision.

      Today, read about our fourth and final runner, Tammy Kasal, and how she overcame her "fear of failure and desire to control my life" and said "Yes" to God's call!

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      I work as a healthcare IT analyst and live in St. Paul, MN with my husband and three kids (ages 3, 4, and 5). I have been overweight or obese for as much of my life as I can remember. My highest weight was 385 pounds at the end of my first pregnancy in October 2008. I was addicted to food, and losing hope of ever being healthy.

      As I faced motherhood and found myself responsible for three precious gifts in the span of three short years, I knew I needed to change.      

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        A God-sized goal

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        This month, we're honoring Team World Vision runners and the challenges they have faced and overcome. You can read Olympian Lopez Lomong's story here and Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer's story here.

        Kristy Everard from Detroit is the third runner in our series. Read the challenging story that brought her to God and to Team World Vision, and the God-sized goal that she's running toward!

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        Have you ever heard the nursery rhyme, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"? Well, was the spider. Life was the water spout. I hadn't been climbing long before the top of the spout was in sight: wonderful husband, amazing two-year-old daughter, beautiful home on a lake, baby on the way, emerging relationship with God. It couldn't get much better.

        Then the rain came down. Only, it was more like a torrential downpour that had its sights set on me and the things I cherished.

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          Going Deep: Global Water Solutions

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          Pastor, speaker, and author Eugene Cho's parents grew up in extreme poverty in Korea. In this video interview, he describes the "not with hand-outs but with hand-ups" approach that gave them respect and dignity.

          World Vision approaches community development in this way, working toward significant and lasting change in communities around the world. In an excerpt from Eugene's new book Overrated, he describes how these solutions work best for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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          New this month! Eugene Cho's new book Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? The post below is an excerpt …

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            Faith that stretches

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            Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer is a runner with Team World Vision, and leads his own team of student runners to raise money for clean water in Africa: "I know that God loves the poor and loves kids. Our marathon team is the perfect fusion of God’s love."

            Read about the challenges these kids have faced and overcome in order to help other kids around the world!

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            Has God ever told you anything that made you erupt in laughter? Sometimes all we can do is laugh when facing a giant challenge.

            In Genesis 17:16, God tells Abraham that his wife will bear him a son. Abraham believes that this is ridiculous. Verse 17 reads, "Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, 'Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?'"

            I can't say that I would have acted differently!

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              The longevity of World Vision water wells

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              Released today, a new scientific study by the UNC Water Institute shows that World Vision water wells continue to flow for decades. But not because the wells function better. They keep flowing for so much longer than usual because World Vision teaches the people who need that water how to repair broken wells!

              Read more about the study and see these programs in practice first-hand.

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              Today, we’re excited to announce the results of a new study by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Water Institute and Water and Sanitation for Africa. The study reveals critical information needed to help address the global water crisis, which UNICEF says kills 1,600 children a day. Read the full press release here.

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                Better lives for a village through clean water

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                12-year-old Ningsih rarely took a bath, not because she was lazy, but because it was a tedious uphill trek to the closest water source on her Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

                Now she can bathe whenever she wants because World Vision has brought clean water to her village!

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                Better lives for a village through clean water | World Vision Blog

                 

                They would leave before dawn, trekking along the well-worn track to fetch water from a hilltop spring a kilometer away. Then came the hard part: the backbreaking trudge, carrying as many as eight bottles of water each. The next day, they would go again – and they had for years.

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                  From asthmatic couch potato to crazy runner

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                  "You're not going to believe what happened to me after 6 weeks …"

                  Read how God is using Daniel's weakness to raise money for clean water in Africa!

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                  "I’m a runner.”

                  These words come a little easier than they used to. It’s still hard to believe that this is me now: a runner. A year and a half ago, running more than a mile seemed impossible.

                  I have struggled with exercise-induced asthma all my life. Running was difficult and painful. I’ve tried to run at various times in my life, but I never enjoyed it. When you are fighting for every breath, it’s hard to enjoy the experience of running.

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                    Clean water transforms lives of future generations

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                    “The installation of the water filters has had a huge impact on our lives and I have seen a significant change in the energy levels and health condition of my children."

                    Read how clean water is transforming the lives of an entire community in Thailand!

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                    After World Vision’s installed water filter systems in Lampang village in Thailand, Mrs. Chanpen saw a significant difference in her children. She is the mother of three: Staff, 12, Satang, 9, and Stamp, 5.

                    “The installation of the water filters has had a huge impact on our lives and I have seen a significant change in the energy levels and health condition of my children,” she says.

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