PHOTO BLOG: Fashion beyond the red carpet

Oscar buzz often has less to do with film awards than with the pageantry of the event -- especially what the stars wear on the red carpet.

In honor of the Academy Awards this past weekend, World Vision celebrates our stars -- children -- and their cultural pageantry and expressive styles of dress.

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    PHOTO BLOG: Over the river and through the woods

    I have worked with World Vision for nearly three years -- yet I am still amazed by the things I see and the stories I hear. I am equally inspired by the drive and determination of people living in poverty to overcome their circumstances and build a better world for their children, their communities, our country, and the world.

    Recently, I experienced firsthand the struggles children in remote communities face just to get to school, and I wanted to share this experience with you.

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      Experiments in empathy -- a new year's resolution

      My 4-year-old twins love to play “pretend house” -- especially if I play along as their baby.

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        The best 11 articles of 2011

        With 2012 arriving this weekend, there is much to reflect on from the past 365 days -- lessons learned, feats accomplished, and regrets, if any. And, of course, there are those daunting new year resolutions about getting fit, giving more, and making commitments to everything from the gym to church to relationships.

        When you think of it like that, the week of the new year can be somewhat emotionally overwhelming. Goal-setting a year in advance is a difficult and cumbersome process on it's own.

        So why not hang out in 2011 just a wee bit longer? The year is not over yet!

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          11 memorable photos from 2011

          Thousands of photos are taken each year in nearly 100 countries worldwide where World Vision programs help reach the most vulnerable. These 11 photos reflect the stories, the struggles and the events that have changed people's lives forever this year -- from earthquakes to famine, from hardship to triumph, from despair to hope.

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            Goats, scones, and life-changing gifts

            On day 11 of the 2011 True Spirit of Christmas Trip, our team introduced you to Joyce, who's life has been changed thanks to the gift of goats from the World Vision Gift Catalog. The goats provide Joyce with milk and a means for extra income that she sometimes uses to purchase ingredients to make scones from her own recipe.

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              Merry Christmas from around the world [PHOTO BLOG]

              What do Christmas celebrations look like in other parts of the world? In some places, World Vision throws big Christmas parties where disadvantaged children can enjoy the festivities and even receive presents. In other places, children participate in traditional celebrations that might look quite different than our American Christmas.

              Wherever you live, Merry Christmas to you and yours. We pray the holidays bring your family the love and joy of Christ.

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                It is better to give than receive

                When USA Today asked me about my favorite Christmas gifts given and received, I couldn’t help but reflect on the gifts I have received through World Vision. As a donor to World Vision U.S.

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                  Something miraculous at Christmas

                  The follow post was written by Narine Ohanyan, World Vision field communicator in Armenia.

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                  Do you believe in miracles?

                  For a mother in Armenia, something miraculous is happening at Christmas.

                  “I love the ornaments and the lights. I love to stare at them,” says 4-year-old Narek Qotanjyan.

                  Coming from a child in the United States, this statement wouldn’t be so surprising. However, Narek lives in Armenia with a disability.

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                    A little child shall lead them

                    Although I wrote this last year, I feel it deserves a repeat-performance. I visited this family again recently and brought their daughter Lilly an actual malaria net, like those World Vision uses in Africa because I know the compassion she feels for those affected by malaria, an experience from a previous visit with her folks. She's a busy 7-year-old now and couldn't remember the entire incident, so I promised to find what I'd written last year and send it to her. Re-reading it blessed me and I hope it blesses you, too.

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