Child Sponsorship

Day 18: A child worker becomes an artist

Day 18: A child worker becomes an artist | World Vision Blog

"When I see a child crying, that affects me.” Joel, 22, is pursuing his big dream of being a painter in Peru.

Having been a child worker, Joel understands that life better than most. That's why his college thesis is a series of paintings depicting child workers.

See how his life transformed from a laborer to an artist!

Day 17: What I didn’t wish for

Day 17: What I didn’t wish for | World Vision Blog

Jane Sutton-Redner, the editorial director of our World Vision Magazine, first met Jhon in Peru – the "singer of his neighborhood" – when he was 6, back in 1997. She quickly arranged to sponsor him.

Jhon is 24 now, and Jane had the opportunity to visit him again last month! See the difference her relationship has made in his life, and the dream that came true for him that she hadn't even wished for.

Day 4: The blessings of special gifts

Day 4: The blessings of special gifts | World Vision Blog

Special Gifts are extra donations that you can send to your sponsored child: our staff in the field will meet with the family and use that gift to purchase whatever they need most!

See how Tony in Kenya and his family have been blessed through gifts from his sponsor.

Day 3: No more lost dreams

No more lost dreams | World Vision Blog

Antonio in Mozambique had to give up his dream job because he didn't have a birth certificate. But now his children won't have to face that challenge because through World Vision sponsorship, the whole family now has birth certificates.

World Vision’s child sponsorship program approaches community development holistically: providing clean water, healthcare, access to education, nutritious food, economic development, and more!

Through your support, communities supported by World Vision are equipped to fulfill the dream and vision that God has for all of His people. See it at work in Mozambique!

How sponsoring a child changes the trajectory of young lives

How sponsoring a child changes the trajectory of young lives | World Vision Blog

Photo: Jeana Shandraw/SurfandSunshine.com

The World Vision Bloggers are in the Philippines! Follow their trip here.

Yesterday, they visited a World Vision sponsorship community in Dulag, where the children were excited and anxious to write Christmas cards to their American sponsors. Jennifer James describes why …

Defenders of childhood

Defenders of childhood | World Vision Blog

Cheerful children at a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in Bangladesh. (©2013 Plaban Ganguly/World Vision)

Often, it takes a community of supporters to lift another community out of poverty. That’s why World Vision’s Child Ambassadors are so powerful: They build a community of passionate advocates who together have the power to make a difference in the world!

Read about Stu and Celeste Sherman from Connecticut, who are working to build a community of child sponsors to help change a community and defend childhood in Bangladesh.

Labor of love

Labor of love | World Vision Blog

3-year-old Omega enjoys the benefits of a healthy and improved life style provided by a sustainable source of income. (Photo: ©2014 Annila Harris/World Vision)

Tlangnunthang was once a poor casual laborer in India with no steady income and a grim future, but now he has become a successful rubber entrepreneur, earning a sustainable income and dreaming big.

Aim to help him generate a sustainable income, World Vision gave him 200 rubber tree saplings, which have enabled his family to have access to good food, health, and education. And two of his children are sponsored through World Vision!

The joy of a letter

The joy of a letter | World Vision Blog

In Cambodia, 12-year-old Saro is delighted to receive a new letter from her sponsor. (Photo: ©2014 Vanndeth Um/World Vision)

While World Vision's child sponsorship program is life-changing for millions of children and families around the world, the most exciting part for many sponsored children is the relationship they build with their sponsors!

See why 12-year-old Saro in Cambodia loves her sponsor's cards so much … and how her community has changed over the past 8 years.

A guardian angel for a Honduran family

A guardian angel for a Honduran family | World Vision Blog

Maria with her four children and grandchild, all of whom have been blessed through a World Vision sponsor. (Photo: 2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Maria's family in Honduras fell into hard times when her husband left her and her children … until they were registered for sponsorship.

Read how her son's sponsor, Bob, who cares for their whole family, has been as "if God had put for them a guardian angel,” according to Maria, and how her twin sons are following in his footsteps!

Jennifer’s gift

Jennifer’s gift | World Vision Blog

7-year-old Steven in Zambia and the malaria net that now helps keep him safe from malaria. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Often in the communities where World Vision works, blessings abound.

Two weeks ago, our writer Kari Costanza discovered a new blessing: Mercy, a young mother in Zambia whose village believed her possessed because she had malaria so often, her 7 year old son Steven, and their whole village no longer get malaria!

Kari also discovered that the American couple that sponsors Steven are her friends! And the greatest gift to Mercy and Steven. Read their story!

Juliet needs a sponsor!

Juliet needs a sponsor! | World Vision Blog

5-year-old Juliet in Uganda. (©2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

On her recent trip to Uganda, World Vision writer Kari Costanza met Juliet, a 5-year-old girl whose family is struggling and can't send her to school.

We've just registered Juliet for our child sponsorship program. All she needs now is a sponsor. Read her story and see how you can help her and her family!

Ashik’s everlasting smile

Ashik's Everlasting Smile | World Vision Blog

Nothing can take away Ashik’s smile! (©2014 Lipy Mary Rodrigues/World Vision)

Nothing can take away Ashik’s smile! His father no longer has to sit at home jobless, thanks to World Vision sponsorship. The family no longer suffers from hunger, and the brothers are attending school.

Read how sponsorship has helped this family smile again!

Mutchenda: Be there from the beginning

Mutchenda: Be there from the beginning | World Vision Blog

A children's Sunday school choir in Mutchenda, Malawi sings to demonstrate one of their main Sunday activities. (Photo: 2014 Lindiwe Bandazi/World Vision)

Child sponsorship is just getting started in Mutchenda, World Vision's newest community in Malawi!

Hundreds of children are newly registered and waiting for sponsors ... this week we want to find 100 founding sponsors to launch this new community!

Meet Mutchenda through our video, and read about the community's needs and the work that's already begun.

A gift of hope

A gift of hope | World Vision Blog

Henry in Malawi holds the goat he received through World Vision sponsorship. (Photo: Wezzie Banda/World Vision)

Henry is 6 and lives in Malawi. His parents used to struggle to grow crops and make a living working various jobs.

Read how Henry's sponsorship and the goat he received through World Vision changed their lives and is helping them realize a future filled with hope!

See how sponsorship changes a community

See how sponsorship changes a community | World Vision Blog

Students enjoy the new World Vision-funded school in the Bassin Diaman community in Haiti. (Photo: 2012 Jean-Wickens Merone/World Vision)

Meet 4-year-old Senderlie, who lives with her family in a Haitian community called Bassin Diaman … who is waiting for a sponsor.

Read how sponsorship creates a special journey for children and how sponsors become a part of that story and the story of their whole community!

Passionate about being a child sponsor

Passionate about being a child sponsor | World Vision Blog

By responding to God's call to be involved in the lives of others, Jennifer Erickson became a child sponsor and then a Child Ambassador.

Read about her journey to witness the transformation that sponsorship inspires in children's lives around the world!

Show us your sponsored child, send us your selfie!

Show us your sponsored child, send us your selfie! | World Vision Blog

We want to honor our child sponsors this week — and that means we want to see your smile!

Send us a selfie of you holding up a photo of your sponsored child or children (like the ones shown here). When you do, we'll include it in a video we're creating for the world to see on our Facebook page!

The challenges of motherhood

The challenges of motherhood | World Vision Blog

Diana and her children drawing clean drinking water from a pipeline near their home in Kenya. (Photo: 2013 Kenneth Kibet/World Vision)

Happy Mother’s Day! Today, we celebrate and honor our mothers for the mothering they do every day of the year. We acknowledge the challenges they face, and we thank them for persevering.

This past week, three of our mom bloggers wrote about the challenges that mothers face around the world, in countries like Bangladesh, Kenya, and India.

Check out their amazing perspectives on motherhood!

On motherhood, sponsorship, and a little girl named Zawadi

On motherhood, sponsorship, and a little girl named Zawadi | World Vision Blog

Author Micha Boyett with her sponsored child Heydi on a World Vision trip to Guatemala. (©2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Mother, sponsor, and author Micha Boyett writes today about her first book – Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer – released last month, along with the joys and challenges of both motherhood and sponsorship, and the role that grace has played in both.