The road less traveled

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Many young women in rural Africa face difficult futures: of early marriage, young motherhood, limited education, and meager livings.

But not Modester.

At 18, Modester is one of the top students in all of Zambia! She's headed for university and whatever big dream she may have in mind.

See what made the difference for her.

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When I think of Modester, a girl I met in Sinazongwe, Zambia in the spring of this year, I imagine a girl—her head held high, shoulders back, standing where the dirt road branches into a Y.

Down one path: a life of early marriage, young motherhood, lack of education, maybe hunger, and more than likely physical labor trying to eke out a meager living.

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    Everybody loves Patricia

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    Patricia Heaton's sponsored child, Gracious, doesn't have electricity, so she's never seen Patricia on TV in shows like ABC's The Middle.

    To Gracious, Patricia Heaton is a superstar because she's her sponsor!

    Travel to Zambia today with Patricia as she meets Gracious and sees the impact of World Vision's work.

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    I have been a fan of Patricia Heaton since her days on the television show, Everybody Loves Raymond. She plays a character named Debra Barone, a non-Italian wife trying to fit into an Italian family. My husband Tom and I used to laugh at the show because it so brilliantly represents the fun and frustration of combining two different cultures in a marriage. Tom is an East Coast Italian. I am a West Coast Scandinavian. We sometimes have issues.

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      The blessings of forgiveness

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      After being shunned by her community for being poor, Esnart’s life transformed through the simple gift of chickens.

      Now that those who had shunned her need help, see how Esnart's family is taking the Bible’s lesson of forgiveness to heart!

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      Forgiveness—the dictionary defines it as to grant absolution for an offense; to pardon. It sounds simple. But can you imagine feeling your community’s rejection year after year … and then being willing to forgive the people who’d rejected you?

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        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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