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.

[Photos] A beginning and an end

Today, two photographers bring you snapshots from two different communities: the first in Burundi as it prepares to begin a World Vision development program, and the second in Sri Lanka as it completes its program and celebrates the work that has been accomplished.

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!

[Video] Jason thanks his mother for his education

Jason was a sponsored child from Vida Nueva, a World Vision program in Costa Rica. The community completed its 15-year process in 2012. Challenged to make a video about education, Jason decided to interview his mother, thanking her for the opportunities she has worked to give him.

Mother’s Day thoughts: Mother the world

Happy Mother’s Day! All week, we've asked bloggers to share their thoughts on motherhood -- and the importance of caring for children who have experienced the loss of a parent. Today’s final post in this series comes from Carole Turner.

Mother's Day thoughts: Rice on Mother's Day

In honor of Mother’s Day tomorrow, we've asked bloggers this past week to share their thoughts on motherhood -- and the importance of caring for children who have experienced the loss of a parent. Today’s post, the third in this four-part series, comes from Amanda White.

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.

Mother's day thoughts: Offering hope

In honor of Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, we asked bloggers to share their thoughts on motherhood -- and the importance of caring for children who have experienced the loss of a parent. Today’s second post in this series comes from Jill Anderson.

The Most Valuable Thing You Possess (excerpt from Unfinished)

Last Tuesday, Rich Stearns -- president of World Vision U.S. and best-selling author of The Hole in our Gospel -- launched his second book: Unfinished: Believing Is Only The Beginning.

Below is our second excerpt from the book, which explores God's plan for the world and how each and every one of us is called to a unique role in that mission.

Mother's day thoughts: An orphan's story

In honor of Mother’s Day coming up on May 12, we asked bloggers to share their thoughts on motherhood -- and the importance of caring for children who have experienced the loss of a parent. Leading up to Mother’s Day, we will feature four different bloggers to remind us to appreciate mothers and care for those who are hurting. Today’s first post comes from Jessica Turner.

Two churches, two sundays (excerpt from Unfinished)

This past Tuesday, Rich Stearns -- president of World Vision U.S. and best-selling author of The Hole in our Gospel -- launched his second book: Unfinished: Believing Is Only The Beginning.

Below is an excerpt from the book, which explores God's plan for the world and how each and every one of us is called to a unique role in that mission.

Crisis in Syria, part 6: debts, difficulties rise for refugees

As the Syrian conflict deepens, refugees are falling into debt just to survive, many of them unable to find work. Difficulties are rising for locals, too, as shopkeepers can't afford to restock their shelves and some residents lose their jobs to newcomers. Additionally, aid agencies struggle to provide relief, running out of funds.

[Book Launch] Unfinished: Why believing is only the beginning

The Gospels present a sweeping, holistic view of the lives Jesus calls us to lead as His followers. But modern-day Christianity tends to sell this message short: We go about our daily routines believing that if we live morally, respect each other, and believe in Christ, we’re all set.

Unfinished, the latest book by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., presents a more complete model for what it means to follow Christ: “Believing is only the beginning.”

School supplies still bring hope six months after Sandy

When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York, six months ago, storm waters rushed into the Challenge Preparatory Charter School. Shrimp, fish, and snakes swam in the lower-level kindergarten classrooms, including the one where Rosemarie Eshcevarria taught.

The breadth of devastation: Sichuan earthquakes, 2008 and 2013

On May 12, 2008, I had plane tickets that less than three weeks later were to take me from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, and then on to Chengdu, China, the capital of Sichuan province in the southwestern region of the country. But that day, a massive earthquake struck Sichuan.

And just this past Saturday, another one hit.

The gossamer thread, part 2: A different story

Today is World Malaria Day! Join World Vision in remembering the lives devastated by this preventable, treatable disease -- and in our mission of eradicating it from the world.

Yesterday, part 1 of "The gossamer thread" brought you into the lives of three families who have seen malaria's tragic effects firsthand. Today's story is decidedly more hopeful: It highlights the miraculous change a few square meters of netting has brought about for another Mozambican family.

The gossamer thread, part 1: Three families

Tomorrow is World Malaria Day -- a moment to remember the lives of children, families, and communities devastated by this preventable, treatable disease that we can stop.

Today, we open a two-part series with the stories of three families in Mozambique who have been affected by malaria. Make sure you check back tomorrow to read about a family whose lives have been transformed by the simple miracle of bed nets.

World Vision promotes literacy through donated books

Did you know that today is World Book and Copyright Day? Probably not -- but it's a great opportunity for us to highlight World Vision's commitment to education and literacy across the globe.

Here's a story from a World Vision area development program in Zambia, where we've distributed a total of 2,144 books and helped to promote literacy in communities there.