Gautam's sweet dreams

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Saturday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day! How did you spread the word about this important issue?

Today's story comes from Bangladesh, where millions of children are caught up in child labor when their families can't afford to provide. Two years ago, Gautam's family couldn't afford more than two meals a day, to repair their home, or to send Gautam to school; now, Gautam sleeps well with a new roof and full belly, and goes to school. See how sponsorship helped keep him out of child labor!

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A narrow walkway ran toward the Hindu Para in Bangladesh after surrounding an aged pond. The grubby water of the pond indicated what the environment of that community would be. Once I entered the area, the road became too narrow for two men to walk side by side, the mud houses pushing in from both sides. After walking for few minutes, I came to a small yard.

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    Day 10: Share a smile

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    Latha in India smiles broadly when she talks about her education and how proud she is to be in the 12th grade. She used to be a child laborer, but has a new future now because of education. Today’s video tells her story!

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    Today’s challenge: Go out of your way to bring a smile to someone's face today.

     

    “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” –Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

     

    Everything is possible through education

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      Helping others along his life's journey

      In Gudiyattam, India, World Vision's Born to be Free program works to help children stay in school through economic assistance, children's clubs, and other projects.

      Sathyaraj, a former sponsored child, completed his education through World Vision's programs and is now an advocate for children's issues, wanting his village to be a model for the whole country.

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        Sabra’s village on the path to educating girls

        “Every morning when my brother used to get ready for school, I used to cry over my fate,” Sabra, now 14, remembers. She would ask herself, “Why am I a girl? I used to think that if I had been a boy then I would have been blessed with the most precious gift in the world – education.”

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          A stitch in time empowers

          In India, there is a long-standing tradition that women serve men and maintain the home. Many drop out of school; some never venture outside their homes at all.

          Through World Vision training programs, women like Jyoti and Khadija receive training in tailoring as well as sewing machines, empowering them to open their own tailor shops and inspire the next generation.

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            Learning harmony through musical education

            In a classroom, when a teacher combines musical knowledge, passion, and patience with a group of children thrilled by music, the results are extraordinary.

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              Why World Vision? Educating children for life

              Worldwide, 67 million elementary-aged children are not enrolled in school. Every one of them is at greater risk of exploitation, early marriage, and lower income over the course of their life. World Vision works to break down the barriers that keep kids out of school and to ensure that students receive a quality education. Today’s infographic shows how.

               

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                [Video] Jason thanks his mother for his education

                Jason was a sponsored child from Vida Nueva, a World Vision program in Costa Rica. The community completed its 15-year process in 2012. Challenged to make a video about education, Jason decided to interview his mother, thanking her for the opportunities she has worked to give him.

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                  World Vision promotes literacy through donated books

                  Did you know that today is World Book and Copyright Day? Probably not -- but it's a great opportunity for us to highlight World Vision's commitment to education and literacy across the globe.

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                    A young girl’s journey toward education in Nepal

                    When Laxmi was 8 years old, she decided to quit school, as all her older sisters had done after they finished fifth grade. But in 2001, World Vision enrolled Laxmi as a sponsored child. Now, she is completing twelfth grade and hoping to become a teacher.

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