Finding hope in Kenya

Finding hope in Kenya | World Vision Blog

A mother and child in Kenya. (Photo: 2015 Steve Reynolds/World Vision)

Pediatric dietitian Connie Warner recently traveled with us to visit our maternal and child health programs in Kenya!

See how her experience lead her to ask, “How can I stand-up for the poor and vulnerable?”

… and how she plans to answer that question.

Dreams from Kenya

Dreams from Kenya | World Vision Blog

Debbie Macomber and her daughter Adele in Chicago with Lillian from Kenya. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

Expected to marry at 12, Lillian in Kenya ran away and found hope through World Vision.

Bestselling author Debbie Macomber met Lillian and heard her story "of amazing bravery and tenacity."

Lillian has now graduated high school! Read her inspiring story.

Education or bread

Education or bread | World Vision Blog

14-year-old Ali works at three shops in Lebanon to help his refugee family survive. (Photo: 2014 Patricia Mouamar/World Vision)

The stories of two 14-year-old boys who, living as Syrian refugees in Lebanon, have to be the breadwinners for their families.

See how they balance the choices between bread and education, between pursuing their dreams and survival.

With God on our side

With God on our side | World Vision Blog

A little girl watches her community members water their vegetable gardens early on a Saturday morning in Kuajok, South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Places like South Sudan and Syria are where the poorest of the poor cling to survival. But with God on our side, "We can bring the light of the Gospel into the world’s darkest places."

See how you can answer God's call in the fight against extreme poverty.

In the Dominican Republic, good news on poverty

In the Dominican Republic, good news on poverty | World Vision Blog

World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns visits children in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: 2015 Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

Despite continued heartbreak in the most difficult places in the world, over the past few decades there has been incredible progress in the fight against extreme poverty.

On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, our president Rich Stearns and the CEO of Family Christian Stores, Chuck Bengochea, witnessed "the opposite of the usual story of global poverty." See what this transformation from hardship—and a new, brighter future—looks like!

Rainbows and water

Rainbows and water | World Vision Blog

Leaving Zambia. (Photo: 2015 Rachel Teodoro)

For people like Molly in Zambia, water is life … and a challenge.

As blogger Rachel Teodoro walks in Molly's shoes, see how God's "heart breaks for the challenges that these people face" but how He is there, and the transformation already underway.

Going forward in life

Going forward in life | World Vision Blog

Teens from Seattle-area youth groups pack Family Food Kits during a day of community service. (Photo: Chris Huber/World Vision)

Third-grader Takiyah says that school supplies will help students “go forward in life, to get further in life.”

This holiday weekend, see how our U.S. Programs food kits help feed hungry families and how our partnership with Yoobi helps children succeed in school!

Beam me up, Jesus

Beam me up, Jesus | World Vision Blog

A visitor tours the World Vision Experience truck. (Photo: 2015 World Vision)

Our new interactive World Vision Experience truck transports you virtually to three of the harshest places on earth: to witness despair and hope in a brothel in Bangladesh, see how God is working in the midst of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and join Christ in the midst of extreme poverty in Uganda.

Earlier this month, pastor John Torres and Goodwill Church in New York hosted the Experience truck. See what this eye-opening experience is like, and how you can participate!

I wish I could take you with me

I wish I could take you with me | World Vision Blog

Sonali (means "golden") enjoys learning and playing at World Vision's Child-Friendly Space in Bangladesh. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When our writer/photographer team Kari and Jon travel to the field, their mission is to capture amazing stories so they can virtually take you with them to those places.

Through the World Vision Experience, see how an interactive tour brings their stories of children like Sonali in Bangladesh even closer! And how you can experience it, too.

Our mother died because she ran too slow

Our mother died because she ran too slow | World Vision Blog

World Vision Staff member Michael Angkok with 4 orphaned siblings he helped unite with relatives in South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is World Refugee Day: a day of awareness and renewed committments to help those displaced by conflict and disaster.

Our team recently traveled to South Sudan, where they met a family of four siblings, orphaned and displaced by war.

Read their story.

Investing in our fathers

Investing in our fathers | World Vision Blog

Moses and his family outside their home in Uganda. (Photo: 2010 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Father’s Day is a time to truly honor and celebrate the amazing dads in our lives, but I keep thinking that there must be more to this holiday than a card and a neck-tie.

What if there was a way to thank my dad for everything he’s done for me, and at the same time give another dad an amazing opportunity?

Let’s consider what this might look like, and maybe how we celebrate Father’s Day will be a little different this year.

Q&A: Hope at home in Honduras

Q&A: Hope at home in Honduras | World Vision Blog

Hortensia with her daughter at their home in Honduras. (Photo: 2010 Abby Stalsbroten/World Vision)

Last summer, World Vision began responding to a crisis of unaccompanied children coming into the U.S. from Central American countries like Honduras.

Why are these children leaving home?

In today's Q&A, Matt Stephens—our senior advisor for child protection—answers this question and explores how World Vision is working to address the root causes of this crisis by promoting hope at home.

Pine needles and tomatoes

Pine needles and tomatoes | World Vision Blog

Santos Vasquez in Honduras with her daughter, 3-year-old Ruth Noemi, at the storefront of her house where she sells the produce they grow. (Photo: 2014 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Today is National Hunger Awareness Day!

In Honduras, Santos Cosme, his wife Santos Vasquez, and their five children face a better future without the threat of malnutrition because of World Vision’s training in improved farming techniques.

Santos V. says that without World Vision, her children “would be poor and poor in mind as well.”

Read their story of transformation!

Syria crisis: Stand up for children living in the margins

Syria crisis: Stand up for children living in the margins | World Vision Blog

World Vision videographer Nathan Shain in Lebanon. (Photo: 2015 Adam Jeske)

Our videographer Nathan Shain traveled to Lebanon this spring to visit Syrian refugee families. He was so moved by his experience, that he set up a personalized fundraising page to support our relief efforts.

See Nathan's Instagram photos and a new video from his trip, and learn how you can set up your own fundraising page!