A bicycle, and the change it brought

Pushpa is a shy 15-year-old sponsored girl in the tenth grade. In her small village in India, she's known for great achievements.

Looking back on the uncertainty she's experienced recently, Pushpa is glad to be back in school -- with a bicycle to take her there.

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    A place to learn and call home

    It’s been nearly three years since the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and many people there are still living in squalid conditions in camps. Families who had the means to leave the camps have now gone, and those remaining are among Port-au-Prince’s most vulnerable.

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      A girl's journey from brick factory worker to outstanding student

      Today has been declared by the United Nations as the International day of the Girl. To commemorate this day, we're asking you to advocate on behalf of girls like Keota in Cambodia.

      A brick factory is no place for an 11-year-old girl. But each day, Keota would spend hours stacking heavy bricks in a dusty, dangerous workplace to supplement her parents' meager income.

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          Sponsorship provides supplies for back to school

          Another school year means advancing a grade level further, but sponsored child Evalyn in the Philippines is most excited to learn new lessons and meet new friends and teachers.

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            PHOTO BLOG: Tell it to the world

            The high school dropout rate in Romania is unacceptable. According to a Romanian Ministry of Education report from 2009, 25 percent of teens in rural Romania do not attend high school.

            Recently, a group of nine youth, six of them sponsored, were invited to participate in a photography workshop. The children learned the basics of photography and then were loaned cameras to take pictures highlighting the problem of school dropout rates in their community.

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              Where are they from? A World Teachers' Day pop quiz

              My grandmother was a teacher. My mom taught special education. My brother teaches middle school math. My sister is on the school board. Clearly, the importance of a good education was instilled in me from a young age.

              Still, the teacher gene is not dominant in my DNA. I think it might have something to do with my patience -- or lack thereof.

              Although teaching is not in my vocation, I understand and value the work of teachers across the United States and around the world. These dedicated servants are molding the future generations, often in difficult circumstances.

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                Pink Floyd got it wrong: Children are educated for life

                Children at this primary school in Mutomo, Kenya, are faced with deep challenges, including a lack of ample desks and writing surfaces, which forces students to write with books on their knees. (Lucy Murunga/WV)

                Editor's note: This is the second of four posts that will relate to World Vision's child well-being aspirations.

                Aspiration #2: Children are educated for life

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                  A kick in the ribs: Children enjoy good health

                  Editor's note: World Vision is committed to improving the lives and well-being of children in our programs around the world. In doing so, we hold ourselves accountable for 15 measurable child well-being outcomes, grouped under four categories that are referred to as "child well-being aspirations." This is the first of four posts that will relate to these aspirations.

                  Aspiration #1: Children enjoy good health

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