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Adventures for a compassionate world

Adventures for a compassionate world | World Vision Blog

Two refugee children together on board World Vision's "Operation Seasweep" rescue ship in 1979. (Photo: Jon Kubly/World Vision)

Children spend 7 hours a day on screens, but what if screen time can be a positive thing?

Blogger Haley Bodine writes about how she cultivated compassion with her son and helped shape his character with Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey.

Read about their Odyssey Adventure Club and start your 14-day free trial!

Equipping women for business to reduce early marriage in Bangladesh

Equipping women for business to reduce early marriage in Bangladesh | World Vision Blog

Jachinta vaccinates chicken and ducks for her community in Bangladesh. (Photo: World Vision)

In Bangladesh, we're helping women like Jachinta learn new business skills. When families earn better incomes, they can better provide for their children.

And in a country like Bangladesh where half of girls are married by 15, these parents don't feel they need to marry their daughters off so young.

Read more about our "Fresh Start" program!

Waging peace in a time of war

Waging peace in a time of war | World Vision Blog

The global refugee crisis is an opportunity to demonstrate what we as Christians stand for: compassion, not fear; people, not politics; and concern for others. It’s our chance to show that we don’t see refugees as unloved. We try to see them as God does: as made in His image, full of potential, and beloved.

This International Day of Peace, join our president Rich Stearns in reaching out to refugees with love.

 

The wisdom of compassion

The wisdom of compassion | World Vision Blog

Photo: 2013 Paul Bettings/World Vision

Living a life of compassion and justice is obedient to how God wants us to live as Christians. God says that it is advantageous to our own souls to choose to care about the poorest people in the world.

Blogger Haley Bodine explains how the book of Proverbs—a book about living wisely—tell us it is not only good of us to love the poor … it is also good for us.

A unique partnership that uses green energy to provide water

A unique partnership that uses green energy to provide water | World Vision Blog

Jeneta Sneele, a 59-year-old grandmother, waters her garden with water from a World Vision solar-powered mechanized borehole in Zambia. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Jeneta is 59 and used to carry 40 pounds of water on her head, uphill, with her granddaughter on her back. But not anymore.

Today, her village in Zambia has clean water brought right to them … and it's all solar powered!

Gender equity makes all the difference

Gender equity makes all the difference | World Vision Blog

Thembeni with her baby girl in Zimbabwe. She participated in infant nutrition trainings through World Vision. (Photo: 2012 Leonard Makombe/World Vision)

When women participate in our food security programs, what’s the most significant impact in their lives? You might expect them to talk about the money they saved or the health and nutrition of their children, but they don’t.

For women like Memory Mushanga in Zimbabwe, this program saved her marriage. See how!

His sister’s keeper: Protecting kids from child sacrifice

His sister’s keeper: Protecting kids from child sacrifice | World Vision Blog

Family friends smooth over the concrete of 6-year-old Trevor's grave after his body was found yesterday. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

Yesterday, 6-year-old Trevor’s body was found in Uganda. He had been sacrificed by a witchdoctor. Our staff writer Kari is there in Uganda right now.

Pray with us for Trevor’s mother, and see how our Amber Alert program is working to bring children home when they’re abducted:

The crazy love of humanitarian aid workers

The crazy love of humanitarian aid workers | World Vision Blog

World Vision staffer in South Sudan, Michael Angkok with four children he helped unite with relatives after their parents were killed. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

What earns humanitarian aid workers the right to speak into the lives of others? Simple: love! Crazy love.

This #WorldHumanitarianDay, hear from our president Richard Stearns about how the example of our staff provokes the question that only the gospel can answer.

True glory: Lessons from Lopez Lomong

True glory: Lessons from Lopez Lomong | World Vision Blog

Lopez Lomong: former South Sudanese "Lost Boy" and refugee in Kenya, and former 5,000 meter runner for the USA Olympic team. (Photo: 2012 Jon Warren/World Vision)

As athletes compete this week in Brazil, they are striving for the glory of being the best in the world.

Former Olympic runner Lopez Lomong's story—of being a Lost Boy of Sudan and refugee, to becoming an American and Olympian—shows us what true glory looks like: "a life lived for others."

Read his story.

World Breastfeeding Week: The value of nutrition

World Breastfeeding Week: The value of nutrition | World Vision Blog

Mazengia breastfeeds her 1-year-old son, Dawit. "I love my family more than anything in this world, and there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing everyone healthy." She attended a program in Ethiopia for mothers that included nutrition training. (Photo: 2015 Kelley Lynch/World Vision)

This week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week!

Our nutrition expert writes about how exclusive "breastfeeding really is the best start a newborn can have."

Read about the impact that breastfeeding and good nutrition training is making in Ethiopia.

Lured into marriage: A survivor’s story of being trafficked

Lured into marriage: A survivor’s story of being trafficked | World Vision Blog

Pyone at her new job at Eden Ministry making beads. (Photo: 2016 Khin Myo Kant/World Vision)

Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Pyone is a survivor of human trafficking. After four years trapped in another country, today she is reunited with her family, working to support her daughter, and this past spring told her story so other young women might avoid her horrible experience.

Read her story here.

Four ways to connect your teens with the world

Four ways to connect your teens with the world | World Vision Blog

Teens in the Dominican Republic are finding ways to engage in the improvement of their community. (Photo: 2016 Eugene Lee/World Vision)

Raising teens can be tough. With their full schedules, how do you balance school, friends, and activities while still finding room to teach them about important issues in the world?

Blogger Nicole Wick gives four tips for how to help your kids better understand global poverty.

Teaching children empathy as a way to see and address poverty

Teaching children empathy as a way to see and address poverty | World Vision Blog

A family in Bolivia gardens together through a World Vision greenhouse project. Blogger Joy Bennett traveled with us to Bolivia in 2012. (Photo: ©2012 Ilana Rose/World Vision)

How can we redefine "selfishness" with our kids so it includes the thriving of all humans, not only ourselves?

Blogger Joy Bennett describes three ways to help our children grow stronger in empathy.

The case for inclusive innovation

The case for inclusive innovation | World Vision Blog

Women in Northern Kenya harvest cream with a manual cream separator. (Photo: World Vision)

Creative, new ideas—innovation—are vital for both emerging and developing economies, and in fact vital for the globalized system of today. And yet there is still uncertainty in the international development space about what innovation is and how it should be done.

Hear today about some of the creative ways that World Vision is addressing the challenges of poverty!

Syrian refugees: Solidarity in song

Syrian refugees: Solidarity in song

Mohammed sings to refugee children on the bus heading home from our Child-Friendly Space in Lebanon. (Photo: 2016 Jon Warren/World Vision)

It's all right to feel, even when it hurts.

Many refugee children don't know how to cope with traumatic memories. Meet Mohammed, who leads children in song at our Child-Friendly Space in Lebanon to help them learn how to express themselves.

He's expressing his own emotions, too.

Christ first, America second

Christ first, America second | World Vision Blog

Crosses erected on a steep hillside above the city of Zahlé in Lebanon, the sun rising over Syria to the east. (Photo: 2016 Jon Warren/World Vision)

As we celebrate America this holiday weekend, World Vision USA president Richard Stearns reminds us that we are citizens of Christ first.

God has blessed our nation, but for Christians those blessings come with a purpose. See the priorities our faith commands:

The best people on Earth: Bravery and beauty in Iraq

The best people on Earth: Bravery and beauty in Iraq | World Vision Blog

One of Iraq's displaced millions, Marian still dreams of becoming a doctor someday. (Photo: 2016 Kari Costanza/World Vision)

World Refugee Day remembers those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Their number is staggering: almost 60 million. Today, one in every 122 people is a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.

But these people are more than just numbers. They are some of the most incredible people on earth, as World Vision writer Kari Costanza found in Iraq.