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.
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.
Aiming 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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.