[Video] An American Idol in Nairobi

In Nairobi, Kenya, on the first day of this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, host Kris Allen met John Mucheru, founder of Zakale Creations.

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    Giving new purpose to youth amid desperate need

    American Idol's Kris Allen, host of this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, writes about his experiences on his first day in Nairobi, Kenya, as he travels with World Vision to see how gifts donated through our Gift Catalog help change the lives of children and families in need.

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      Zakale: a new creation

      Zakale is the Swahili word for what has been thrown away being made new again.

      John Mucheru is a living example of this word. As a young man, John says he engaged in activities that were not pleasing to God. After turning his life over to the Lord, however, he discovered that he possessed a gift in art and handcrafts.

      So John received a loan and used his creative skills to open a business,  Zakale Creations. Watch the video below to see how he now uses his business to change the lives of at-risk youth.

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        Kris Allen, meet Kenya

        "Welp, we're in Nairobi now, and I am stoked about it." -Kris Allen

        Kris and the World Vision team are on the ground in Narobi, Kenya.  In today's video update, Kris shares what he is thinking and feeling so far, and what you can expect from the True Spirit of Christmas tour in the coming weeks.

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          A more meaningful Cyber Monday

          Laura Tremaine -- or Hollywood Housewife, as her readers know her -- traveled to Sri Lanka with the World Vision Bloggers this past August.

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            Black Friday: Gifts that give back

            Forever long shopping lines. Sleep starved customers arguing over the last item in stock. People losing their lives in pursuit of the perfect flat screen tv.

            Black Friday is a day that seems to bring out the worst in people. The terrible irony is that our ruthless desire to acquire comes after a day spent giving thanks. We are grateful, and then shop survival of the fittest style (hunger games anyone?).

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              Get to know Kris Allen

              Last Friday, we revealed that this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour would be hosted by American Idol winner Kris Allen.

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                True Spirit of Christmas Tour

                The True Spirit of Christmas tour is right around the corner. We are excited to announce this year's celebrity host-- American Idol Winner Kris Allen!

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                  A birthday celebration that will help change lives

                  Bethany Detweiler didn't want a ordinary birthday, so she did something extraordinary.

                  Instead of asking for presents, she set a goal to raise $12,000 through My Gift Catalog, a tool that gives users the opportunity to raise funds to donate items through World Vision's Gift Catalog.

                  Bethany shares what inspired her to help others -- and how she plans on reaching her goal.

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                    A goat is more than just a goat

                    If you're considering honoring a loved one with a gift through the World Vision Gift Catalog this Christmas season, you may be wondering how a goat, chicken, or cow impacts the lives of the people who are on the receiving end.

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