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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                [Photos] A beginning and an end

                Today, two photographers bring you snapshots from two different communities: the first in Burundi as it prepares to begin a World Vision development program, and the second in Sri Lanka as it completes its program and celebrates the work that has been accomplished.

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                  Rwandan genocide anniversary: A Thursday at the pool in Kigali

                  Today marks the 19-year anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide that took the lives of almost 800,000 people in 1994.

                  World Vision's Tom Costanza visited the "Hotel Rwanda" in February, and recalls his trip and the tragedy 19 years before.

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                    A legacy of change

                    Ten years ago, families in impoverished communities in southern Peru like Cusipata were focused exclusively on agriculture and ways to earn money to survive. In their struggles against poverty, parents were distanced from their children, who became last in receiving attention and love.

                    But thanks to World Vision’s work, this community has changed, and now parents put their hope in their children for sustainable development.

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