Beautiful giving | Bella bondad

Beautiful giving | Bella bondad | World Vision Blog

Blogger Daily Baez visits our work with children in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

Blogger Daily Baez was born in the Dominican Republic, and remembering her childhood, writes: "World Vision has given me hope."

Two weeks ago, Daily returned to her homeland with our bloggers to visit that hope in person. Today, see the DR through Daily's eyes.

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A mother’s story: Being positive about HIV

A mother’s story: Being positive about HIV | World Vision Blog

Blogger Elayna Fernandez with 11-year-old Kalina in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

Happy Mother's Day!

Last week, Elayna Fernandez—The Positive Mom—joined our World Vision Bloggers in the Dominican Republic, where we met an amazing mother: Milagros, or "miracles."

Meet this miracle mom with us and see her journey from hardship to being positive about having HIV.

LIVE FROM IRAQ: A mother’s story

LIVE FROM IRAQ: A mother’s story | World Vision Blog

Rajaa and Ibrahim are among 100,000 Iraqi Christians who have been displaced from their homes by conflict. (Photo: Kari Costanza/World Vision)

"As Christians, we smile."

Our writer Kari Costanza is in Iraq right now. Just the other night, she had dinner with a mother, Rajaa, and her family who have been displaced by conflict.

Meet this family with Kari, hear about their journey, and see what it's like to be a mother away from home.

Veronica the gardener

Veronica the gardener | World Vision Blog

In Gwembe, Zambia, a spring-fed system of tanks and pipes bring clean water throughout the community and to Veronica's garden, helping it thrive! (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

For the community of Gwembe in Zambia, a reliable source of clean water provides the cornerstone upon which all of this flourishing community's transformation rests. 

See what life used to be like for Veronica and her family and neighbors, and how far they've come today. 

UPDATE: Protection from child sacrifice—It’s working!

UPDATE: Protection from child sacrifice—It’s working! | World Vision Blog

Sharon wears an earring to protect her from child sacrifice. Her brother Moses was sacrificed two years ago. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Two years ago we reported the story, “Protection Through Pierced Ears in Uganda,” about one of our most innovative programs—an Amber Alert designed to save children from being sacrificed in Uganda.

Project manager Obed Byamugisha risks his life every day in a battle against witch doctors. Last month we got an update on the project and his personal life. See how communities in Uganda are working together to keep their children safe.

8 stories that fed my soul in the Dominican Republic

8 stories that fed my soul in the Dominican Republic | World Vision Blog

Food blogger Melissa Bailey visits children in the DR. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

Food blogger Melissa Bailey (Hungry Food Love) grew up in the Dominican Republic, and returned to her homeland last week with the World Vision Bloggers!

Take a tour of eight stories she experienced that nourished her soul, and the top five things she learned about World Vision.

Unique solutions to unique poverties

Unique solutions to unique poverties | World Vision Blog

Blogger Ben Corey shows photos on his phone to children in Dr. Jacobo's batay. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

A new post live from the Dominican Republic! Every unique version of poverty requires it's own custom solution. See how the programs we're visiting in the DR are doing just that!

And meet a young doctor who's demonstrating that communities can be stronger when they work together.

A mother's chance to prosper

A mother's chance to prosper | World Vision Blog

(Photo: Mark Fangue/Gifts With a Cause)

A native mother in Peru, Mariana deals with poverty and hunger as she works to provide for her daughter. "I will carry my daughter, always."

See how our partnership with Gifts With a Cause helps mothers like Mariana and what is giving her a chance to prosper!

Knit one, bless two

Knit one, bless two | World Vision Blog

Author Debbie Macomber is the spokesperson for World Vision's Knit for Kids program. (Photo: Debbie Macomber)

When you look around our world and see children cold and suffering in poverty, do you wonder, "What can I do?"

Author Debbie Macomber does. See how she's bringing knitters together to make a tangible difference to help keep children warm!

Meet Raya, a Muppet on a mission

Meet Raya, a Muppet on a mission | World Vision Blog

9-year-old Ngonga hugs Sesame Street's Raya in Zambia. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

9-year-old Ngonga hugs Raya, a Muppet on a mission! We've partnered with Sesame Street to teach kids in Zambia the importance of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. And we're bringing this life-saving message to four new schools every day.

Travel to Zambia with Raya and see how she's helping communities be healthier … and have fun!

Not helpless but hopeful

Not helpless but hopeful | World Vision Blog

Leonard (right) with his five siblings at their home in Malawi. (Photo: 2015 Charles Kabena/World Vision)

Charles Kabena is a writer for World Vision Malawi. In today's blog, he describes meeting 13-year-old Leonard, whose family was suffering due to a food crisis, and who had left school to help his mother provide for his five siblings.

When Charles returned two months later, things had changed.

Charles relates to Leonard—as a boy in Malawi, he suffered from hunger during a food crisis, too. See what provided hope for both of these boys.

Greater than her family’s hunger

Greater than her family’s hunger | World Vision Blog

Saoly (right) with her parents and two of her seven siblings. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

In Cambodia, Saoly's family used to live in debt and hunger: she and her seven siblings used to fight over who got rice to eat that day.

But families are greater when they work together and when they're empowered with God's love. Watch this family transform!

Bringing families together

Bringing families together | World Vision Blog

Vedaste Nyunvira is a model farmer in Rwanda. The farming techniques he is learning through the Resilient Livelihoods program have significantly increased his crop yield. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

An idea that began in a rice field in Tanzania is today building "Resilient Livelihoods" for farmers across five countries in Africa and empowering their families to grow greater together through transformation and forgiveness.

See how this innovative program works!

The best day of my life

The best day of my life | World Vision Blog

Omaru and his sister, Francess, listened to school classes on solar-powered radios during the 9-month Ebola outbreak. (Photo: 2015 Sahr Kemoh Ngaujah/World Vision)

Children in Sierra Leone spent nine months out of school during the Ebola outbreak. When they returned, they did so with fear of the disease and coping with the loss of loved ones. Still, it was a day of hope and celebration.

See how World Vision continues to support the long-term recovery of children in Sierra Leone after Ebola, and experience their bittersweet return to school through their eyes.

Participating in suffering to give birth to something more: A Good Friday reflection

Participating in suffering to give birth to something more: A Good Friday reflection | World Vision Blog

Three crosses overlooking Huanta, Peru. (Photo: 2014 Eugene Lee/World Vision)

"When we join in with others, hope rises from ashes and the beauty of God’s Kingdom intensifies."

A Good Friday reflection from blogger Benjamin L. Corey: how Jesus was greater than the suffering in our world … and how we're invited to follow in his footsteps.

World Water Day 2016: Together we are greater than unclean water

World Water Day 2016: Together we are greater than unclean water | World Vision Blog

Our goal is for everyone to have access to clean water in every community where we work by 2030. But is this really possible?

This World Water Day, see why our Vice President for clean water, Dr. Greg Allgood, believes that we can achieve this goal … together.

*Photo: Claudine in Rwanda receives clean water through World Vision! (Photo: Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

Syrian refugees: Taking action through prayer

Syrian refugees: Taking action through prayer | World Vision Blog

Children and parents attend a health and nutrition class at a Child Friendly Space for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. (Photo: 2016 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the greatest humanitarian crisis of our day. It's big, bigger than any one of us. And that's why we pray: because together, with God, we can accomplish anything.

Today, join us in action on behalf of refugees … Join us in prayer.

Ending extreme poverty in the hardest places

Ending extreme poverty in the hardest places | World Vision Blog

Farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) programs in Niger help farmers be more resilient to drought. (Photo: 2011 Amadou Baraze/World Vision)

The fight to end extreme poverty has made incredible progress in recent decades. But now what remains are the most difficult places: the most vulnerable, the most fragile.

With the UN Sustainable Development Goals aiming to end extreme poverty by 2030, see how together we can achieve this goal … and what it will take to go this "last mile."