A mother's chance to prosper

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A native mother in Peru, Mariana deals with poverty and hunger as she works to provide for her daughter. "I will carry my daughter, always."

See how our partnership with Gifts With a Cause helps mothers like Mariana and what is giving her a chance to prosper!

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More than 50 percent of Peruvians live in poverty. Mothers in Peru spend their time directing and performing household duties. This hinders them from working and earning a sustainable income.

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    Follow the Goats 7: The meaning of Christmas

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    It’s nighttime in Zambia. Billy and Grampa Goat are resting in a goat shelter after a long day spent with Lita Munkombwe and her three goats, Mama, Maria, and Mbuzi.

    What is the meaning of Christmas … for goats? Today, at the end of their journey around the world, Grampa Goat explains to Billy the importance of that starry night many, many years ago. Read the conclusion of their adventure!

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    My grandkid Billy and I have traveled the world to explore different cultures and find out how goats can be so helpful in places where World Vision serves.

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      Follow the Goats 6: Mama, Maria, and Mbuzi

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      Good morning from Zambia! After traveling from Burundi by riverboat down Lake Tanganyika and then overland by truck, Billy and Grampa Goat have reached their final destination: Moyo, in southern Zambia.

      This is a special place indeed—where goats change lives and are even business partners!

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      Today, my grandkid Billy and I met three goats, Mama, Maria, and Mbuzi. We are in southern Zambia at the home of Lita Munkombwe. Her goats speak Tonga, the language of southern Zambia. But somehow we were able to understand much of what they said. And boy, they have an amazing story.

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        Follow the Goats 5: Chania

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        As Billy and Grampa Goat wrap up their visit in Burundi, meet six-year-old Chania with them and see the many ways that goats have helped her family!

        Read what motivates goats to be helpful to people around the world … and what makes them—as well as the fathers they're meeting—feel proud.

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        You probably heard before I did (we’re in a very rural area here): this past weekend, violence returned to Burundi. Since May, there’s been tension in the country’s politics, and just as my grandkid Billy and I were arriving, that tension escalated to the worst violence since the civil war that ended ten years ago (which I mentioned in my last blog entry).

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          Follow the Goats 4: Good neighbors

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          Billy and Grampa Goat have arrived in Burundi!

          Read Grampa's next travel blog entry about his first time in Africa, the animals they're meeting, and how these goats are helping people be good neighbors to each other.

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          So this is Africa!

          Early Saturday morning (so the sun told me—my body has no idea what time it is anymore), our plane landed in Burundi. We then drove northeast toward the borders with Rwanda and Tanzania to a small community known as Masasu Hill, where we’re visiting our second group of cousin goats on our trip around the world!

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            Follow the Goats 3: Mongolian family

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            In Mongolia, Dulamsuren is the perfect example of how goats are helpful to people!

            #FollowtheGoats on their journey to experience the daily lives of goats in Mongolia and the people they're meeting along the way.

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            Here in Mongolia—our first of three countries as we travel to explore how other goats are helpful around the world—my grandkid Billy and I are being hosted by a huge herd that lives in the Valley of the Painting Pen.

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              Follow the Goats 2: Mongolian winter

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              Good morning from Mongolia! After a long journey, Billy and Grampa Goat have arrived and are meeting World Vision goats for the first time.

              Read about this first leg of their journey, and the cooperation between people and animals that keeps the harsh winter at bay.

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              When my grandkid Billy and I first dreamed up the idea of taking a retirement trip around the world, he was so excited and got down to planning right away. I have to admit that I was a little nervous: two goats who have never been far outside our little corner of America, crossing the Pacific and exploring two of the world’s biggest continents!

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                Follow the Goats 1: Departure

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                As we Follow the Goats this Advent, read Grampa Goat's travel blog as he and Billy explore how goats are helpful to people around the world.

                Setting off for Mongolia, then to Burundi and Zambia, see why Grampa Goat is taking this trip, and why he's excited to tell you all about it!

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                He-eeeeeeeeeeeey, everyone! My name is William, but you can call me Grampa. That’s what Billy calls me, my grandkid (sometimes I just call him Kid). We’re goats, and we’re from Seattle!

                Tonight, Kid and I are leaving for a trip around the world! We’ll be traveling first to Mongolia, then to Burundi and on to spend Christmas in Zambia, to see for ourselves how goats live in other parts of the world. We’re excited to explore their cultures, and especially to see how our cousins help people by being an essential part of the communities where World Vision is working.

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                  Making a difference, two gifts at a time

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                  Through our partnership with direct sales company Thirty-One Gifts, this Giving Tuesday we're making a difference for families in need two gifts at a time!

                  Read more about our partnership, the impact we're making around the world together, and how tomorrow your gift will make twice the difference.

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                  Last year for Giving Tuesday, we teamed up with Thirty-One Gifts—a direct sales company focused on personalized totes, purses, home organization solutions, and more. On that Tuesday, for each of the first 3,100 donations made to World Vision, Thirty-One Gifts donated a Hope Kit tote to a woman in dire straits. Each tote was filled with essential hygiene supplies such as a toothbrush, shampoo, hairbrush, and soap, designed to help her get back on her feet as she works toward better days.

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                    Why goats and goatees?

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                    Throughout November, six of our friends at the Harlem Globetrotters have been growing GOATees for a Good Cause … for goats!

                    Today, hear from Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin about his experience, and why goats and goatees this Giving Tuesday.

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                    Being a part of something bigger than yourself is not easy when you're 6'8", 225lbs. I'm so blessed to be a member of the Harlem Globetrotters because I'm able to impact people far beyond my immediate reach. Since we have partnered with World Vision, our reach has been extended to communities and neighborhoods all around the world!

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