The world turned upside down

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“The world turned upside down.” This well-known line from the hit musical Hamilton is a sentiment that’s true for many families—like Esnart’s in Zambia—who live in poverty.

But the world can be turned rightside-up again. Sometimes all it takes is a little generosity and a big dream.

Read Esnart’s story and the hope she has for her children’s future.

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I’m a bit of a theatre geek. Okay, make that a huge theatre geek! So I watched the Tony Awards in June wanting to catch of glimpse of some scenes from the cultural phenomenon, Hamilton. That’s because I know that I’ll have to wait at least two years to have a chance to see it in person.

The cast sang a rousing medley of songs, ending with one entitled “Yorktown.” That song ends with the words, “The world turned upside down.”

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    The gift of a baby blanket

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    Are you ready for Giving Tuesday tomorrow? Early donations today will count toward the Thirty-One Gifts match up to $2,000,000 of product!

    Blogger Rachel Teodoro writes about the impact this partnership made last year to help keep newborns warm. Read her story and give!

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    When my youngest son was a baby, he received a blanket that was handmade by a neighbor. He snuggled up with that baby blanket covered in pictures of Pooh and friends for the first few years of his life. When he was a newborn, it was a soft warm blanket to wrap him up in for his first winter, and as he grew it became a source of comfort for him. He needed his blanket to take a nap or there was no sleep to be had!

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      5 great Christmas gifts that may surprise you

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      Yes, you can give goat poop for Christmas. Or bee vomit. And the crazy thing? These gifts will actually change lives.

      Here are the top 5 Christmas gifts that may surprise you…

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      1. GOAT POOP

      5 great Christmas gifts that may surprise you | World Vision Blog
      Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren

       

      Give a goat for heaps of life-changing poop

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        Magical moments in the kitchen

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        Cooking with your grandmother, sharing a meal with family—these are some of the special moments we look forward to during the Christmas season, or remember fondly from past holidays.

        For 9-year-old Rosemary, the magic of cooking and eating together is a big part of her dream to become a chef!

        See what's making Rosemary's dream possible.

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        When I was a little girl, the Christmas season meant a trip from our Midwest home to my grandmother’s house in North Carolina. That was such a special time for me. She always kept a jar of Hershey kisses in her kitchen, which she called silver bells. And best of all, she let me help her with holiday baking.

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          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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