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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      Women who inspired World Vision's founding father

      My father, Bob Pierce, first traveled to China in 1947 with Youth for Christ. World Vision wasn’t even a twinkle in his eye. But years later, he would write, “My own world vision from God was sparked on that first trip.” Among the people who ignited that spark were women who were determined to change the world in Jesus’ name.

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        [Photo blog] "Football" brings joy in the slums

        Jonathan Lo recently traveled to Kenya with Kris Allen on the True Spirit of Christmas tour. This Super Bowl Sunday, he reflects on how sports can bring joy in the midst of hard times.

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          Confidence through contortion

          Contortion -- the art of flexing and bending your body into jaw-dropping positions -- is a highly-respected, centuries-old tradition in Mongolia. As part of its development program in the area, World Vision supports a contortion class to help children have fun and develop social skills.

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            [Photo blog] 12 moments from 2012

            World Vision staff around the globe shot more than 10,000 photos this year. Working in nearly 100 countries, they documented the year’s most urgent humanitarian emergencies as well as moments of inner strength and joy. Here are 12 memorable photos from 2012.

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              World AIDS day: Why do headstones outnumber headlines?

              World AIDS Day is December 1. Dean Owen, senior adviser for communications at World Vision International, shares his experience with how AIDS has affected a community in South Africa -- and how this pandemic has shaped humanity since its discovery in the 1980s.

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                Faster, higher, stronger

                LEFT: Lopez Lomong shares with students at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington. (Photo: Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

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                Steve Haas speaks on behalf of World Vision about the important issues that affect communities and churches, offering ways for his audiences to make a difference in the global arena.

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                  [Spoiler Alert] Lopez Lomong runs for Team USA in the men's 5000 meter final

                  SPOILER ALERT: If you do not yet want to know the results of Lopez Lomong’s final race, stop reading now.

                   

                   

                   

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                  Team USA's Lopez Lomong ran the men's 5000 meter final and placed tenth with a time of 13:48.19.

                  Great Britain's Mohamed Farah won gold with a time of 13:41.66. Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia) took silver with a time of 13:41.98. Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya) received bronze with a time of 13:42.36.

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                    Stand by your son: The story of Lopez Lomong's mom

                    Any mom would be proud to see her son compete in the Olympic Games, but I can’t help but think that for Barb Rogers -- the woman who, together with husband, Rob, adopted Lopez Lomong -- the experience must be especially moving.

                    As you may know, Lopez is a former “Lost Boy” of Sudan.

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