The therapeutic power of tea

Life in the Indian village of Mawlyngot used to revolve around the brewery, which led many toward alcoholism. Now, through a World Vision initiative, the villagers plant and harvest tea instead -- bringing about a therapeutic transformation for everyone.

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The sounds of footsteps and giggles grow louder as Kjiang and her friends trek uphill to the tea processing unit. It’s a long climb through the rough terrain where the tea plantations lie embedded in the fabric of the hills.

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    Every child deserves a good night’s sleep

    For Jonalyn and her family, the dangers of local Filipino mythology -- which tells of monsters that steal children away during the night -- are real. Now, through World Vision, they are able to sleep soundly at night, knowing their house is safe.

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      Three locks and three keys

      With a fresh perspective on World Vision's financial accountability, writer Kari Costanza talks about good stewardship, and how communities she visited in Tanzania are holding each other accountable with their finances through savings groups, working together toward success.

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        From sponsored child to English teacher

        The desire to write back to her World Vision sponsor helped inspire Sangla to learn English. Today, she has become an English teacher in Thailand.

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        This afternoon, students in grade 3 will meet their new English teacher. Every student waits with anticipation to see what the new teacher is like.

        At once, the class — noisy and disorderly like sparrows — becomes quiet. The sounds of shoes on the ground grow louder and louder, and then the new teacher arrives.

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          [Video] Beekeeping strengthens communities in Kenya and Rwanda

          Nalangu once could not afford to send her four children to school for lack of fees. But now, through beekeeping, many children in her community can enjoy a decent education.

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          When Nalangu Loigero formed a 40-member group and sought assistance from World Vision last year, a transformation began in her community.

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            [Video] Lemma the carpenter

            World Vision writer Kari Costanza has a personal connection to carpentry. Recently, she met Lemma, a carpenter in Ethiopia, whose story demonstrates the transformational power of economic development. See how a World Vision microloan and training changed his life.

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              Giving life with World Vision Micro

              Katie Swift, marketing project administrator for World Vision Micro, tells the story of Sam Mai, an entrepreneur from Cambodia who changed her life and the lives of her children through two World Vision microloans.

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                Jeremiah dares to dream

                In 2010, Jeremiah tested positive for HIV, then lost his wife four days after she gave birth, leaving him with eight children to care for. Feeling alone and afraid, he sought counseling from World Vision.

                Several years later, he is the happy beneficiary of World Vision's livelihood project and is able to take care of his family. Now, he dares to dream about his future.

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                  Walking for water, riding for life

                  “My overshirt is off, my hat is off, and I’m really sucking air at this point.”

                  This is a snapshot of Mark Smith struggling with a 55-pound jug of water in the middle of sweltering Ethiopia. It certainly isn’t where you’d expect to find the owner of the most successful Harley Davidson shop in the United States.

                  But then, there’s a lot about Mark and his wife Jennifer’s story that’s surprising -- right from the start.

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                    When water makes you angry

                    World Vision's Kari Costanza visited a community in Ethiopia whose residents are experiencing a very pronounced -- and understandable -- emotion over their struggle with a lack of access to clean water: anger.

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