Child Sponsorship

Making poverty a choice

Making poverty a choice | World Vision Blog

Sokhen's and Kheng's children play together outside their homes. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Two mothers we met this week on our Cambodia bloggers trip illustrated the truth that poverty doesn't come from a series of choices, but rather a lack of choices.

Meet these two brave mothers who find themselves in difficult times … and make your own choice.

Imagining a father who stays

Imagining a father who stays | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Reatrey's father left home a month ago to work in Thailand. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

This morning in Cambodia, we met four-year-old Reatrey!

Last month, her father left for Thailand to work and send money home, but this plan is risky and could put her family in a difficult situation.

Let's imagine a better story for her future … let's make it happen.

Slices of life in Cambodia

Slices of life in Cambodia | World Vision Blog

This week, World Vision bloggers Nate Pyle and Stephanie May Wilson join us in Cambodia! We'll be visiting two of our communities to witness the transformation that child sponsorship brings into the lives of children and their families, and sharing our experience with you.

Today, our photographer Laura Reinhardt shares a few favorite photos of some of the children we're meeting. Join us on our journey!

Returning to love in Vietnam

Returning to love in Vietnam | World Vision Blog

Writer Nicole Wick and her family visiting a World Vision community in Vietnam. (Photo: 2015 Nicole Wick)

Having left Vietnam as an infant and war orphan 40 years ago, writer Nicole Wick returned for the first time last month to reconnect with her homeland.

While there, her family also had the opportunity to visit their World Vision family and meet their sponsored children!

Read about the family Nicole rediscovered in Vietnam.

Indigenous people fight their way to equality

Indigenous people fight their way to equality | World Vision Blog

Quechua children in Huanta, Peru are growing up in better circumstances than their parents' and grandparents' generations—they are engaged, confident citizens. (Photo: 2014 Eugene Lee/World Vision)

The UN honors today as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

After Peru's period of violence in the 80s and 90s, thousands of World Vision sponsors in the U.S. stepped in as advocates for Peru's indigenous Quechua.

Today, more than 20 years later, the next generation are off to college and careers, shaping their own futures!

You don’t have to care about everything

You don’t have to care about everything | World Vision Blog

Blogger Addie Zierman builds a puzzle with Mariam and Vahan in Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

After almost not joining us in Armenia this winter, while visiting our community in Gyumri blogger Addie Zierman had a moment of epiphany …

See how Addie was able to let go of feeling that she needed to give her whole heart to Armenia, witnessing how families, youth, and staff there are passionate and empowered to care for themselves!

Love overcomes

Love overcomes | World Vision Blog

9-year-old Badal with his aunt, who is raising him. (Photo: 2014 Annila Harris/World Vision)

9-year-old Badal is a World Vision sponsored child in India. He is also a special needs student.

See how attending the World Vision center has helped him find a place where he is loved, accepted, and can be himself, and how he is thriving in that environment!

Dear Rick and Becky: I hope you get to read this one day

Dear Rick and Becky: I hope you get to read this one day | World Vision Blog

Menua with his mother Anoush at their home in Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Rick and Becky sponsor 12-year-old Menua in Armenia.

When the World Vision bloggers traveled to Armenia this winter, we met Menua and his mother Anoush. 

See the difference that Rick and Becky are making in Menua's life and how important their letters are to him … and a reply from Becky!

Getting Mother’s Day back

Getting Mother’s Day back | World Vision Blog

Yerazik with her youngest daughter Maneh in Gyumri, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

Armenia has a system where children whose parents can't support them because of poverty are sent to government institutions. Yerazik's four oldest children were institutionalized.

Five years ago, World Vision began working with parents to build more stable homes and bring the children back!

For many, Mother's Day can be complicated, but this year join us in celebrating with an Armenian mother who was able to bring all of her children home.

Gor: Man of thunder

Gor: Man of thunder | World Vision Blog

Gor visiting with Tehmineh and Artyom and their 2-year-old son Arman. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

"I can perceive well the state of my country and my city and I have the wish to have a personal contribution in changing that.”

See how Gor in Gyumri, Armenia and the youth group of many former sponsored children are transforming their community, one family at a time!

On letting go of our poverty myths

On letting go of our poverty myths | World Vision Blog

Blogger Addie Zierman in Armenia with Aleksandr, the boy she sponsors, and his father. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

When blogger Addie Zierman traveled with us to Armenia this winter, she carried with her myths about what poverty was and what it would look like when she met the boy she sponsors.

Read what Addie learned about the truth of poverty, and what it means to a five-year-old boy.

Hope for Hovhannes

Hope for Hovhannes | World Vision Blog

2-year-old Hovhannes with his parents and their World Vision sponsor, Matthew. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Hovhannes is two and lives with his parents in northern Armenia. Last month, he got to meet his sponsor, World Vision blog manager Matthew Brennan!

Having seen World Vision's work in Armenia up close, Matthew has high hopes for Hovhannes's future. See why …

Highlights from Armenia

Highlights from Armenia | World Vision Blog

The World Vision Bloggers on our way to visit a family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: Matthew Paul Turner)

Our Armenia Bloggers departed Yerevan not quite a week ago: jet lag is fading, we're returning to normal life … but we're all changed by our experience.

Take a look at some photo/video highlights from our trip and see what inspired us, what moved us, and how together we're already making a difference for the wonderful people of this beautiful country.

[Podcast] Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation

Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation | World Vision Blog

Leaders of World Vision Armenia's youth program present their creative initiatives to help build their community. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Paul Turner)

Today is our last day in Armenia. From the hopelessness of poverty to the joy and wholeness that child sponsorship brings to communities, families, and children, we've explored the full impact of World Vision's work here in the land of Noah.

Join us today for a podcast live from Armenia! The latest episode of That God Show brings you the stories of the families we just visited, and how we play a role in God's big story.

When you can’t find the words

When you can’t find the words | World Vision Blog

Brothers Grigor, 2, and Samvel, 3, during the World Vision Bloggers' visit to their family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

As our World Vision Bloggers trip to Armenia nears its end, Juli Wilson describes her struggle to find the right words for her experience, meeting "some of the most overlooked … heroes of the world."

Read how witnessing these stories painted for Juli a picture of faith, family, and God's good plan for us.

Zhanna exists

Zhanna exists | World Vision Blog

Amy with her sponsored child, Zhanna. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Sponsoring a child through World Vision is more than setting up a monthly auto-pay from your bank account. It's a relationship with a child, a real child who lives a real life in a country far away.

Amy Bellgardt of Mom Spark is with us this week in Armenia, and on Saturday she had the chance to meet Zhanna, the little girl she sponsors!

Read about Amy's dedication to Zhanna's life and well-being.