Education for every child

“Education for every child,” says Anne Wachira. These words are the mission statement of the school where she has taught for 8 years. But these are not just words to Anne, they carry a much deeper meaning.

“As I came to this area, I was touched by the way the children were. They were illiterate. That’s why I started to work at this school.”

Anne was determined to see change in the lives of her students.

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    [Video] This little light of mine

    This week, you had the chance to meet Brian and learn how sponsorship has changed his life.

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      [Video] Sponsorship: a lifetime of change

      Before sponsorship, Brian and his family didn't have a roof over their heads. They didn't have a lamp to see at night.

      But all of that changed after Brian became sponsored and received a special gift from his sponsor in the United States.

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        Praying for Turkana

        During the True Spirit of Christmas Tour, we have seen how lives in Turkana, Kenya, are being changed through gifts like chickens and goats.

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          Sponsorship: A light in Brian’s future

          In the most beautiful, mountainous landscape you could ever imagine, the Rift Valley of Kenya is a land of contrasts.

          While waterfalls, canyons, and wild monkeys complement glorious sunsets, not all who find themselves in this land have time to appreciate its beauty -- at least, not when basic needs aren’t met.

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          Through the crazy red dirt and rocky “roads” in Bartabwa, we found ourselves sitting in a church with no walls in front of a glowing woman who, though shy at first, was excited to share her story.

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            [Video] Away in a manger

            During this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, you have seen our host Kris Allen learn about the life-giving benefits of clean water and the gift of chickens

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              Why I love Christmas

              Leo, age 4, explains why he loves Christmas and why he would give the gift of a chicken.

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                [Video] Water is life for every child

                Kris Allen, host of this year's True Spirit of Christmas Tour, shares his perspective on the life-changing impacts of clean water.

                "...For some of us, giving a goat or a chicken might make sense because that is something that is tangible. But clean water can provide life for those things..."

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                  [VIDEO] The miracle of clean water

                   

                  Kris Allen, host of the 2012 True Spirit of Christmas Tour, met a Kenyan mother whose family has benefited from a World Vision clean water project in her area. Where drought once caused extreme hardship, there is now new life.

                  "Every time I open the tap and see clean water come out, my heart is full of joy," says the mother. "I never believed that we could get such a thing."

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                    [Video] Meet Kenya's newest goat herder

                    We asked whether you wanted to see Kris Allen herd goats -- or feed goats.

                    You voted -- and Kris is Kenya's newest goat herder.

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