Child Sponsorship

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.

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? 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 child's daily journey to school: The face of reality in the Philippines

At the age of 9, Miljhon has already seen some of life's harsh realities. Growing up in poverty, this young boy, his sister, and his classmates face significant hardships just to get to school every day.

Despite their circumstances, Miljhon and the other children have such pure hearts that they share with their schoolmates -- even though they too have almost nothing.