Child Sponsorship

[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.

[Video] Sheila Walsh: Seeing the bigger picture

The World Vision Artist Program is celebrating a great milestone: 1 million children sponsored over the past 25 years! We've asked a few of our artists to reflect on what it has meant to partner with World Vision in helping children have hope for the future.

Today, World Vision Artist speaker, author, Bible teacher, and singer Sheila Walsh writes about a recent trip to Ethiopia where she met one of her sponsored children and saw the bigger picture of what child sponsorship is all about.

Why World Vision? Breaking the cycle of poverty

Poverty is a deeper issue than a simple lack of resources, which is why World Vision takes a holistic approach to community development in order to address all of poverty’s complexity. Though money won’t solve poverty alone, Economic Development is still a vital component to breaking the cycle. Today’s infographic explores how World Vision develops communities economically.

Why World Vision? Water, sanitation, and hygiene

Providing access to clean water, combined with sanitation facilities and hygiene training, is foundational to World Vision's holistic approach to community development. All week, we look forward to sharing with you the impact that our work in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) has already made, as well as the future of this critical work.

[Video] How World Vision works: Bringing hope

Poverty is not simply a lack of material provision. It's also an emotional and psychological state caused by a lack of resources.

Today, we have a great little video that illustrates World Vision's approach to fighting poverty: developing communities and bringing them hope.

Why World Vision? Communities Matter

World Vision believes that working at the community level is the best solution for sustainable development. All week, we look forward to sharing with you our holistic model and the effectiveness of coming alongside a community working to become free from poverty.

Be sure to check back throughout the week to see a beautiful photo blog, a video, and a Q&A with our community development expert!

Why World Vision? From "spare change" to lasting change

Ever wonder how your donations to World Vision make a difference?

Over the next few months, we're excited to share with you the vision of our ministry, exploring two areas -- how we work, and what difference it makes for those whom we serve.

Expect infographics, stories from the field, and Q&As with development experts each week as we highlight how our community development helps create freedom from poverty through a variety of interventions -- such as clean water, food, education, and economic development.

A little support goes a long way for a vulnerable child

In addition to her monthly contribution, Tsang Sandy, a sponsor from Hong Kong, sends gifts to Nitanga, her sponsored child in Burundi. Recently, she took advantage of the opportunity to visit Nitanga, and witnessed firsthand the difference her support makes to Nitanga and her family.