Child Sponsorship

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.

Prized possessions

Prized possessions | World Vision Blog

"The letters are very important," Lovely says in a whisper. (Photo: 2014 Mark Nonkes)

After Typhoon Haiyan, Lorelyn’s family had lost not only their home in the storm, but their means of earning an income: only 4 of their coconut trees remained. The future seemed impossible.

But then her daughter, 12-year-old Lovely, remembered the letters from her World Vision sponsor: letters of encouragement and hope. When she pulled the letters from the wreckage of their former home, life started to change.

[Video] Meet a sponsored community in Bangladesh

[Video] Meet a sponsored community in Bangladesh | World Vision Blog

3-year-old Brishti in Bangladesh. (2009 Amio Ascension/World Vision)

Agoilijhara is one of the communities in Bangladesh that sponsors from the United States help support.

Watch today's video to experience the everyday sights and sounds in Agoilijhara, and learn more about both the challenges the people of Agoilijhara face as well as the ways that sponsorship touches their lives.

Photoblog: The worst and best story I’ve ever covered

Photoblog: The worst and best story I’ve ever covered | World Vision Blog

School children in southern Rwanda, some of them sponsored, race home after class. (Photo: 2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Our photojournalist, Jon Warren, was in Rwanda in 1994 during the genocide and has returned several times since, including just last fall.

Today's photoblog shows Jon's work in 1994 – "It was the worst story I’ve ever covered" – and how almost 20 years later it has become the best.

Check out Jon's amazing photography ... and see what made such a difference.

Rwanda 20 years: The story that almost got away

Rwanda 20 years: The story that almost got away | World Vision Blog

Juliette, genocide survivor, and Emmanuel, genocide participant, reconciled through World Vision's peace-building programs and have become friends. (Photo: 2007 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When writer Kari Costanza first went to Rwanda in 2007, she heard about an amazing story of reconciliation, but wasn't able to capture it. Last fall, she returned ... and the story found her!

Sometimes God shows you the story He wants told, often when you least expect it. Watch the story of friendship and redemption after the Rwanda genocide that He gave Kari a second chance to tell.

A bright future ahead

A bright future ahead | World Vision Blog

Gihozo, age 4, with his mother Kanyange at their home in Rwanda. (©2014 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Gihozo is only 4 years old, but he has to walk up to three hours a day alone to fetch dirty water for his family members, who struggle to provide enough food. But the future is looking brighter for him — he was recently registered for World Vision sponsorship!

World Vision’s Laura Reinhardt writes about meeting Gihozo and the hope she has for his future.

All in: A single gift that changed a life

All in: A single gift that changed a life | World Vision Blog

Mazuba has turned his sponsor's gift of a single cow into a legacy. (Photo: Brian Crass/World Vision)

World Vision videographer Brian Crass reflects on a trip to Zambia, where he met former sponsored child Mazuba, whose sponsor had given him a special gift of a cow.

Read how Mazuba multiplied that gift into 20 cows, and what his plans are for the future!

Rwanda 20 years: The story in the corner

Rwanda 20 years: The story in the corner | World Vision Blog

Jean Marie Mugwaneza was among the first to register children for sponsorship in the Nyaruguru community in Rwanda, where he continues to live and work. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

Next Monday marks 20 years since the Rwanda genocide began. This month, we'll be sharing photos, videos, and perspectives that together tell the 20-year story of recovery and reconciliation in Rwanda, and the role World Vision has played in that story these past 20 years.

One of our wonderful storytellers, Kari Costanza, writes today about one of her trips to Rwanda and Jean Marie – the meek man standing in the corner – who was able to show her the story she was aiming to tell.

Margaret in my heart

Margaret in my heart | World Vision Blog

Margaret, writer Kari Costanza's friend from Uganda. (Photo: Kari Costanza/World Vision)

Our wonderful writer Kari Costanza reflects today in memoriam of her friend Margaret from Uganda on her recent return trip to Gulu.

Read how World Vision sponsors brought joy and fresh hope to the families Kari visited, as they had to Margaret, and how memories of their friendship strengthened Kari on her trip.

Godly giving through relationship

Godly giving through relationship | World Vision Blog

"With every letter we receive from our sponsored children, our family feels blessed to be part of something so redeeming and beautiful." (Photo: Anna Goodworth)

What does it mean to give biblically? The Old Testament models a 10-percent tithe — but what about the New Testament? Anna Goodworth, a member of the Hartford Women of Vision chapter, reflects on that today: "Without a consistent relationship with the poor, we cannot sustain giving or the desire to give as God intended."

Read more about how God called Anna into relationship…and what He wanted of her.

The contagious joy of sponsorship

The contagious joy of sponsorship | World Vision Blog

Leonor proudly holds the school supplies that her Family Christian sponsor, Jennifer, sent her. (Photo: Todd Ranson/World Vision)

Over the past 9 years, our partnership with Family Christian stores has changed the lives of 150,000 children through sponsorship! Come celebrate this landmark with us this weekend!

Today, Carrie Caddell – administrator for this partnership – tells the story of Jennifer, a Family Christian employee who has found joy through her relationship with a child.

A safe harbor

A safe harbor | World Vision Blog

Delfina (red shirt) and friends under the safe harbor of a mosquito net that Delfina's family received from World Vision. (Photo: 2012 Jon Warren/World Vision)

World Vision writer Kari Costanza reflects on taking sanctuary in her church's parking lot while being stuck in a snow storm last weekend, and how World Vision and our supporters are able to provide a safe harbor for millions of children around the world.

This is love

This is love | World Vision Blog

Sponsored children from Ban Rai Pattana school in Thailand make the “I love you” sign for their sponsors. (©2013 Keurkoon Phoomwittaya/World Vision)

Valentine's Day is an occasion to show love, but it's also a time to recognize love that's already been demonstrated. In honor of today, Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., writes about the many ways we show love — to each other and around the world — and how he's inspired again and again by the amazing love of our supporters!

My 4-year-old sponsors a child in Zambia

My 4-year-old sponsors a child in Zambia | World Vision Blog

Arik Korman with his son AJ. (Photo: Arik Korman)

For World Radio Day today, Arik Korman – Executive Director of The Bob Rivers Show on 95.7 KJR-FM in Seattle – writes about how his son AJ has grown up with sponsored children in his family, which has inspired AJ to want to help! The Bob Rivers Show is a long-time partner of World Vision, and has helped to connect more than 4,700 children around the world with sponsors.

An extraordinary Sunday

An extraordinary Sunday | World Vision Blog

Child Ambassador Jim Gross with his Granddaughter Kennady. (Photo: 2013 Jim Gross)

While fans in Seattle and Denver were celebrating their football victories on Sunday, a different wave of excitement was sweeping through a small church community in Houston, Texas. Jim Gross is a World Vision Child Ambassador … this is his story.

Ambassadors of hope for the Congo

Ambassadors of hope for the Congo | World Vision Blog

Martine, recently treated for malnutrition, with her nurse Chiquette in the Ledia community, DRC, December 2012. (Photo: Alice Bafiala Mutombo/World Vision)

World Vision's Child Ambassadors are a network of volunteers and sponsors who go out into their communities as advocates for child sponsorship. This year, they're aiming to maximize their impact by focusing their efforts on a new sponsorship community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo called Ledia. Read why!

Top five ways in 2013 to give

Top 5 ways to give of 2013 | World Vision Blog

Ou Sypha, 16, reads the birthday card he received from his sponsor to his friends. (Photo: ©2013 Sopheak Kong/World Vision)

2013 has been an amazing year (but maybe I’m biased; it was my first year with World Vision!) From responding to natural disasters and refugee crises to bringing clean water to a new person every 30 seconds, we’ve been doing great work around the world this year, and we look forward to continuing this work in 2014.

You can help! Are you considering making one more tax-deductible donation before 2013 is over? Here are five categories that have been important in 2013 — to us, to our donors, and to the children we’re serving. Make your choice today!

A gift unmatched

A gift unmatched | World Vision Blog

In September, the World Vision bloggers visited Monica, a former sponsored child, in her home in Guatemala and listened to her story. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Last September, 8 World Vision bloggers traveled to Guatemala to witness child sponsorship at work. In today’s post, blogger Roo Ciambriello reflects back on that trip and recalls a moment at the end of our visit with Monica, a former sponsored child, that taught us all a beautiful lesson about giving. This post originally appeared on Roo’s blog, Neon Fresh.