A global day of prayer to end famine

A global day of prayer to end famine | World Vision Blog

Children sing and pray before lunch at a school feeding program run by World Vision in South Sudan. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Today, May 21, is the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. Hungry people in East Africa are our neighbors in the eyes of God, and Jesus calls us to love them in the same way we love God and ourselves (Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31).

Our president Rich Stearns explains how we can be in fellowship with them in their suffering.

6K for Water: Electric energy in Detroit

6K for Water: Electric energy in Detroit | World Vision Blog

On Saturday, May 6, nearly 900 men, women, and children committed to run and walk 6K at Kensington Metro Park to provide lasting clean water to children in Africa. (©2017 Photo courtesy of Haley Bodine)

Our Global 6K for Water in Detroit was filled with an electric energy. Why? Because 900 people came together with a passion for alleviating children’s suffering.

Experience the electric energy of this event with blogger Haley Bodine!

A mother’s heart is for her children

A mother’s heart is for her children | World Vision Blog

After a tough pregnancy, Felistus gave birth to twin boys by candlelight and with no running water in the health clinic’s only bed. (Photo: ©2014 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

In every culture, a mother's heart and prayer are for her children, for them to grow up happy and healthy. After meeting mothers around the world whose children are not healthy, Carla Hillard was moved to use her voice for change.

This Mother’s Day, what if you could be an answer to a mother’s prayer?

“Wouldn’t you want somebody to do this for you?”

“Wouldn’t you want somebody to do this for you?” | World Vision Blog

Makaylah has a heart for the world and is excited to walk our 6K for Water. (Photo: 2016 Laura Reinhardt)

First and foremost, World Vision’s Global 6K for Water is about providing clean water to thousands of children.

10-year-old Makaylah offers these words to people who are still undecided about participating: “If you were about to die or were getting sick because you didn’t have clean water, wouldn’t you want somebody to do this for you?”

World Malaria Day: Let no child die

World Malaria Day: Let no child die | World Vision Blog

A nurse in Malawi examines a child for signs of malaria. (Photo: ©2014 World Vision/photo by Charles Kabena)

This World Malaria Day, April 25, see how we’re joining with our partners and communities to end malaria for good!

Together, we’re one step closer to ensuring that no child dies from malaria.

The desperation of dirty water

The desperation of dirty water | World Vision Blog

Charity and Ivy start their long walk home after fetching water in Zambia. (Photo: ©Rachel Teodoro)

Have you ever been lost in the woods — literally or figuratively? Have you rationed your resources, preparing for the worst? Families who can’t access clean water feel this kind of desperation every day.

Blogger Rachel Teodoro has met some of these families. Hear their story and a simple way that you can give them hope!

A Kenya childhood: Growing up without clean water

A Kenya childhood: Growing up without clean water | World Vision Blog

Today, Sam Irungu works as a software engineer for World Vision USA. (Photo: ©2017 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Growing up in rural Kenya, Sam Irungu knew the daily struggle of collecting dirty water from the early age of 5. Today, he works as a software engineer for World Vision!

He attributes this change to God: an answer to his mother’s prayer to redeem the life of God’s children for a better tomorrow.

Hear about his journey!

The power of saying “Yes”

The power of saying “Yes” | World Vision Blog

Global 6K participants carry jerry cans of water in Chicago. (Photo: ©2016 Gameface Media)

While saying no can feel comfortable, the greatest version of ourselves, of who God made us to be, often lies just on the other side of “Yes.”

What is it in your life that’s calling out for your yes today?

Bringing happiness to a child named Happy

Bringing happiness to a child named Happy | World Vision Blog

Sponsored child Francis and his friend Happy (right), both 12, display orange World Vision Hope bracelets. (Photo: ©2005 World Vision/photo by Brian Sytsma)

Many names help give meaning to a person’s life. For International Day of Happiness, we’re celebrating children around the world with the name Happy!

Hear what makes some of our Happy-named staff happy, and see a fun way that you can bring a little happiness to the world today.

Facing responsibility: The face of a refugee child

Facing responsibility: The face of a refugee child | World Vision Blog

Haya, a refugee from Syria living in Jordan, was 10 when Rich Stearns met her in 2013. (Photo: ©World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Today begins the seventh year of the Syrian refugee crisis.

In 2013, when the crisis was relatively young, our president Rich Stearns met 10-year-old Haya in Jordan. The poem and letter she read to him that day became a pivotal moment in his life: “Do you ever think of the children of Syria?”

Hear from Rich about the impact of that moment, and three and a half years later, join us in reconnecting with Haya.

Investing from the heart

Investing from the heart | World Vision Blog

Global 6K for Water participants at the 2016 race in Chicago. (Photo: ©2016 Gaceface Media)

Asking others to help you fundraise can feel awkward and scary. But it doesn’t have to. Maybe instead of asking for help from their wallet, you can invite them to invest their heart in a cause you believe in.

Here are three ways to help you overcome your fear of fundraising!

Three Kentucky Derbies for clean water

Three Kentucky Derbies for clean water | World Vision Blog

4-year-old Terendash gets a chance to ride a horse outside his family's Ger in Mongolia. (Photo: ©2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

At the Kentucky Derby on May 6, 3-year-old thoroughbred horses will race for 10 furlongs. Also on May 6, people will come together worldwide to walk or run 30 furlongs—three Kentucky Derbies—for clean water.

David Henriksen, CEO of iDisciple, grew up in Kentucky, but this year will be spending his first Saturday in May a little differently.

Which race will you be part of on May 6?

When a mother dies

When a mother dies | World Vision Blog

A woman holds an infant in a village in Indonesia. (Photo: ©2014 World Vision/photo by Bartolomeus Marsudiharjo)

What happens when a mother dies? In poorer parts of the world, like the highlands of Papua, Indonesia, a mother's death can be especially devastating to her family's livelihood and survival.

And in 2015, 760 mothers-to-be died every day.

This International Women’s Day, let’s #BeBoldforChange by helping to ensure that poor mothers survive childbirth.

Seeing the real faces of the global water crisis

Seeing the real faces of the global water crisis | World Vision Blog

Kararok scoops dirty water from a hole dug into a dry riverbed in Kenya. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

663 million people don't have clean water. It's a difficult number to imagine. But it's time to start putting real faces to this number.

Start with one. Because one more child with clean water brings 663 million down to 662,999,999. And one by one we can bring clean water to children across the globe.

See a great place to start!

Nivesh begins to dream of water and beyond

Nivesh begins to dream of water and beyond | World Vision Blog

11-year-old Nivesh at her school in Zambia. (Photo: @2014 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Without clean water, you and your clothes stay dirty. Imagine being too ashamed to go to church. To school. Without hope or community around you.

Nivesh is a girl whose dreams were dying before they ever had a chance. See how the promise of clean water is giving new life to her dreams!

The power of running together

The power of running together | World Vision Blog

Team World Vision runners pray together before running a half marathon together in Seattle. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

Every day, 1,000 children die from preventable diseases caused by unsafe drinking water.

You can change that!

Every step you take together with your friends in our Global 6K for Water is a step a child doesn't have to.

How to spread love across the world

How to spread love across the world | World Vision Blog

Photos of Rina, one of Kelly's sponsored children. (Photo: ©World Vision/courtesy of Kelly Stilwell)

When building relationships with their sponsored children, most of our sponsors find themselves sending that love long-distance.

Hear from Kelly, who blogs at Virtually Yours, about how she builds relationships over distance and over time, and how love has made the world feel just a little bit smaller.