Give thanks—part 1: My first Thanksgiving of 2014

Give thanks—part 1: My first Thanksgiving of 2014 | World Vision Blog

Rich and Reneé Stearns with Chitra in Bangladesh. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for today? We're thankful for you!

Earlier this month, Rich and Reneé Stearns shared their first Thanksgiving meal of 2014 with Dipshikha, who teaches the children of brothel workers at a World Vision Child Friendly Space in Bangladesh.

Read about their visit.

Q&A: Winter in Iraq

Q&A: Winter in Iraq | World Vision Blog

Photo: Iraqi children Oulah, 5, and Zareh, 7, play cat's cradle with a piece of twine. While children often claim that their greatest needs are toys, their parents' priority is preparing for the fast-approaching winter in which temperatures will drop below freezing, and many are protected only by tarpaulins. (©2014 Mark Kate MacIsaac/World Vision)

 

Chris Palusky, a vice president here at World Vision, recently traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan to meet displaced families, aid workers, government officials, and church leaders.

Today, Chris answers a few questions about his visit and provides an update on the needs of families far from home, and World Vision’s response to this crisis in northern Iraq.

Clean water for everyone in more than 2000 villages

Clean water for everyone in more than 2000 villages | World Vision Blog

A village in Zambia celebrates receiving access to clean water! (Photo: Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

This month, World Vision Water announced a major accomplishment and something of a miracle: this year, we’ve provided clean drinking water to every man, woman, and child in 2,416 villages in Africa!

Read about our ambitious plan for universal coverage with clean water!

A family tradition of giving

A family tradition of giving | World Vision Blog

Iris and her family in Zambia, who received the gift of joy from a World Vision donor. (Photo: ©2011 James Disch for World Vision)

During the holiday giving season, we all have our go-to places to shop: favorite stores, malls, online catalogues. But do you have a favorite place to give during Christmas?

For five years, the Anderson family’s favorite way to give has been through World Vision’s Gift Catalog. See why this family believes that giving is important, and some of their favorite ways to give!

A five-star gift that changes lives and gives hope

A five-star gift that changes lives and gives hope | World Vision Blog

6-year-old Arminda in Bolivia, whose family's fortunes were dramatically changed by the gift of pigs from World Vision's Gift Catalog. (Photo: ©2011 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Give the Gift of a Pig - One Pig $205 or a Share of a Pig $25!

Give the gift of a pig today to boost family incomes and provide plenty of protein for undernourished children. One sow can produce 20 babies a year, and within six months a piglet can weigh 200 pounds — and fetch a hefty price at the market.

See why pigs are this family's favorite gift!

A women’s cause: Finding hope and courage after Typhoon Haiyan

A women’s cause: Finding hope and courage after Typhoon Haiyan | World Vision Blog

Photo: Jeana Shandraw/SurfandSunshine.com

Extreme poverty and exploitation affect women deeply.

A year after Typhoon Haiyan, a group of women in the Philippines finds solidarity in standing together against human trafficking in their community.

Author Shayne Moore writes from the Philippines.

How sponsoring a child changes the trajectory of young lives

How sponsoring a child changes the trajectory of young lives | World Vision Blog

Photo: Jeana Shandraw/SurfandSunshine.com

The World Vision Bloggers are in the Philippines! Follow their trip here.

Yesterday, they visited a World Vision sponsorship community in Dulag, where the children were excited and anxious to write Christmas cards to their American sponsors. Jennifer James describes why …

Rebuilding after a monster typhoon: One year later

Rebuilding after a monster typhoon: One year later | World Vision Blog

Photo: Matthew Paul Turner

What does it take to survive a disaster? What does it take to thrive and build back better?

Matthew Paul Turner is with the World Vision bloggers in the Philippines this week. He describes how the people of Tacloban are no longer defined by the monster of Typhoon Haiyan.

New homes recreate shattered lives

New homes recreate shattered lives | World Vision Blog

Photo: Matthew Paul Turner

After Typhoon Haiyan, survivors were living in tents and makeshift shelter; some still do today.

World Vision is building new homes for the most vulnerable families, and providing building supplies and training workshops for thousands more!

Our bloggers are in the Philippines this week, marking the year anniversary of the storm. See the recovery through their eyes ...

Witnessing recovery in Tacloban

Witnessing recovery in Tacloban | World Vision Blog

Rosemarie with her 4-year-old daughter Winnie. She had spent her last money just to salvage pieces of their old home for shelter, but now her new house through World Vision is underway. (Photo: 2014 World Vision)

In our work to fight against the root causes of poverty, it often takes a whole community to come to the aid of another community in need. That’s what you made happen a year ago for communities like Tacloban in the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Our World Vision Bloggers are in the Philippines this week marking the one-year anniversary of the storm and witnessing first-hand the remarkable progress that’s been made this past year and what’s still to come. Follow their trip right here!

Defenders of childhood

Defenders of childhood | World Vision Blog

Cheerful children at a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in Bangladesh. (©2013 Plaban Ganguly/World Vision)

Often, it takes a community of supporters to lift another community out of poverty. That’s why World Vision’s Child Ambassadors are so powerful: They build a community of passionate advocates who together have the power to make a difference in the world!

Read about Stu and Celeste Sherman from Connecticut, who are working to build a community of child sponsors to help change a community and defend childhood in Bangladesh.

Claris shines

Claris shines | World Vision Blog

6-year-old Claris (right) in Zambia shines now that she has clean water! (Photo: 2014 Kari Costanza/World Vision)

When World Vision staff writer Kari Costanza met 6-year-old Claris in Zambia last August, she met a very sad, tired little girl. Her weary mother told Kari, "She has to fetch water. She's a girl."

But just last Wednesday, Claris's community received the miracle of clean water for the first time — and Claris began to shine! See her now…

Celebrating harvests around the world

Celebrating harvests around the world | World Vision Blog

18-month-old Aminat and his grandfather Ibrahim play in their fields at dawn in Antsokia Valley, Ethiopia. (Photo: ©2014 Alexander Whittle/World Vision)

Halloween traces its roots back to ancient harvest festivals.

Today, five of our staff writers from around the world – India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Honduras, and Bolivia – describe how the harvest season is traditionally celebrated in their part of the world!

The Lord of the harvest

The Lord of the harvest | World Vision Blog

Farmers threshing wheat in Ethiopia. (Photo: 2004 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Jesus refers to God as "the Lord of the harvest" (Matthew 9:38). How do you reflect God's bounty in your everyday life?

Guest blogger Benjamin L. Corey encourages us to put God in his place this harvest season.

Early Adopters

Early Adopters | World Vision Blog

Miychele with his family in Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When staff writer Kari Costanza visited sponsored child Mutinta's family in Zambia, she witnessed their vibrant transformation through World Vision's programs. Not only had they received clean water, livestock, and school supplies, her father Miychele had planted a huge orchard!

Read how Miychele's early adoption of farming techniques helped keep his family healthy and happy!

Missed harvest today, famine tomorrow

Missed harvest today, famine tomorrow | World Vision Blog

Families in South Sudan register to receive rations from World Vision. Lentils, sorghum, oil, and salt will help prevent malnutrition. (Photo: ©2014 James East/World Vision)

Today is World Food Day, a day dedicated to coming together in a global movement to end hunger.

One of the hungriest places in the world right now is South Sudan, where conflict has displaced 1.4 million people and created a dire food shortage for nearly 4 million.

Food aid provided by World Vision and other relief organizations has held off an official famine, but there is still a big question mark looming over 2015.

One-millionth person reached with clean water

One-millionth person reached with clean water | World Vision Blog

Ten-year-old Fridah is the one-millionth person to receive clean water through World Vision’s programs this year! (Photo: Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

Celebrate with us today as we mark the one-millionth person to receive clean water through our water programs this year!

We're also announcing a new partnership to provide communities with solar-powered water pumps to help provide sustained water supply in developing communities!

Hunger like a weed

Hunger like a weed | World Vision

Five-year-old Dayana in her classroom in Nicaragua. (Photo: 2014 Eugene Lee/World Vision)

When families struggle with hunger, many have to choose between feeding their children and sending them to school.

Read how World Vision sponsorship is helping to uproot the weeds of hunger from Dayana's family in Nicaragua.

More than social justice

More than social justice | World Vision Blog

Noi (5, left) is learning the Lao alphabet in her Kindergarten classroom. She is sponsored through World Vision’ in Laos. (Photo: ©2014 Mark Nonkes/World Vision)

“There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls and the empowerment of women.” –Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

A strategy for nutrition

A strategy for nutrition | World Vision Blog

At 18 months, Rita in Nepal was malnourished, but today she is getting the nutrition she needs and is healthy! (Photo: 2012 Alina Shrestha/World Vision)

There is no one solution to malnutrition. But the new five-year U.S. Government nutrition strategy and World Vision's development model are designed to address all of its causes.

Read how this new strategy is designed to reduce stunting and save lives!