Child Sponsorship

[Guatemala bloggers] Warring against death

During our Guatemala bloggers trip, we met Alma, a former sponsored child who is now the sponsorship coordinator for World Vision Guatemala! Blogger Caleb Wilde interviewed her about being a sponsored child, her job now, and -- because Caleb is a funeral director -- the preventable causes of child mortality in Guatemala.

This post originally appeared on Caleb's blog, Confessions of a Funeral Director.

[Guatemala bloggers] Proof that God exists

The World Vision bloggers returned home from Guatemala a week ago, having witnessed firsthand how World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Matthew Paul Turner writes about his prayer during the trip to be able to feel and witness the experience.

The post below originally appeared on Matthew’s blog.

The new face of hope in Guatemala

I spent last week in Guatemala, leading a group of eight bloggers to visit the work World Vision is doing there and witnessing how that work brings hope to the children, families, and communities we serve.

And it was amazing! These kids are amazing. Their passions for Jesus and for music are all but tangible and contagious. But these passions come from somewhere: a history steeped in violence and loss.

[Guatemala bloggers] To Guatemala with love

Today, the World Vision bloggers return home. All week, we've witnessed the ways that World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities in Guatemala through child sponsorship. Jessica Shyba looks back on the week and reflects on the many ways she has found this trip meaningful and moving.

The post below originally appeared on Jessica's's blog, Momma's Gone City.

[Guatemala bloggers] What if we're the ones that need saving?

This week I’m in Guatemala with the relief organization World Vision, witnessing and reporting on all the incredible work they are doing here. This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be sharing each day about my experiences. I hope you find them interesting, but more importantly I hope in some small way they inspire you to act.

[Guatemala bloggers] Seedlings

Here in Guatemala, the World Vision bloggers are visiting the children and families that World Vision works with through a variety of programs. We’ve traveled here to witness the ways that World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Jamie Wright describes two of the programs that have impressed her most so far.

The post below originally appeared on Jamie's blog, The Very Worst Missionary.

[Guatemala bloggers] Speaking love through soccer balls and bear hugs

Our second day in Guatemala, the World Vision bloggers had the amazing opportunity to meet the children they sponsor! We’re here witnessing the ways that World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship.

Shelby Zacharias describes meeting 8-year-old Gerson for the first time.

[Guatemala bloggers] Let's be ordinary. Let's be extravagant.

Yesterday was the World Vision bloggers' first day in the field in Guatemala! We’re witnessing and bringing to you firsthand how World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Micha Boyett reflects on her first in-person, face-to-face experience with World Vision sponsorship.

The post below originally appeared on Micha’s blog.

[Guatemala bloggers] Join me in empathy

Last night, the World Vision bloggers arrived in Guatemala! We're here to see firsthand how World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Caleb Wilde, a funeral director and one of our eight bloggers, invites you to join him in empathy for children in Guatemala.

The post below originally appeared on Caleb’s blog, Confessions of a Funeral Director.

[Guatemala bloggers] Egg for dinner

This week, our World Vision bloggers are in Guatemala to see firsthand how World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Roo Ciambriello, one of our eight bloggers, shares why she decided to take this trip.

The post below originally appeared on Roo’s blog, Neon Fresh.

Former sponsored child makes Guatemala's national orchestra

The 2013 bloggers trip to Guatemala is next week! Eight bloggers and I leave on Monday to visit World Vision's programs and witness child sponsorship at work firsthand.

At a community in San Juan Sacatepéquez, we will visit World Vision’s Children’s Center for Artistic Development and music program. As a sponsored child in this program, Hector began playing the cello. Now, he plays with Guatemala's national orchestra!

The project that changed my life

On Monday, September 9, eight bloggers will join writer/photographer Laura Reinhardt and I for a week-long trip to visit World Vision's child sponsorship and community development work in Guatemala!

One of the programs we'll be visiting is the Children Artistic Development Center in San Juan, which incorporates music into its education program. Yolanda plays the double bass in the orchestra. Here is her story.

Child sponsors: Shipping joy around the world

Last month, we asked our Facebook followers to tell us what kinds of gifts and packages they send to their sponsored children around the world. See the loving and creative ways that our child sponsors have found to ship joy across the globe -- and receive joy in return!

Kisongo Trek: The real deal

World Vision Experience provides interactive ways for communities across the United States to share a glimpse into what poverty looks like in the developing world and to understand first-hand the work that World Vision is doing to break the cycle of poverty.

Today, Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., introduces the new World Vision Experience, Kisongo Trek, and describes his visit to Tanzania where that Experience project all began.

Why World Vision? For so many reasons

For the past 11 weeks, we’ve brought you an in-depth look into World Vision’s work around the world and why it’s effective. I had been working for World Vision for less than three months at the time we began this series, so developing all of this this content has been an amazing learning opportunity -- and a steep learning curve!

Why World Vision? We are accountable

For every $1 donated to World Vision, we are able to send $1.30 worth of services to the field. At World Vision, we are committed to our donors and to the communities in which we work, and we are accountable for good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.

Today’s infographic demonstrates how World Vision leverages your donated dollars to provide the maximum impact for the children we serve.

Our disaster response: First in, last out

People living in poverty are more vulnerable when disasters strike. With over 90 percent of deaths caused by natural disasters occurring in developing countries, World Vision's community development approach is essential to strengthening communities in advance of disasters. But we're also pre-positioned to respond so we can start our relief work immediately when a disaster strikes.

Today's infographic shows how our disaster response works.