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Forever changed by clean water

Forever changed by clean water | World Vision Blog

Photo: 2014 Rachel Teodoro

This summer, blogger Rachel Teodoro traveled with us to Uganda to dedicate a new clean water borehole for one of our communities.

Through her eyes, witness the energy and pure joy that the people of this community felt at having clean water, and see how they will be forever changed by it.

Quenching more than thirst

Quenching more than thirst | World Vision Blog

Photo: 2014 Amy Bellgardt

While traveling in India, blogger Amy Bellgardt visited a World Vision water program and was so inspired that she became one of our World Vision Bloggers!

See how clean water is helping to empower women in India … and how these programs inspired Amy.

Benny’s smile

Benny’s smile | World Vision Blog

Benny Hampande in Zambia making bricks for their new church. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Meet Benny in Zambia … a father who smiles because his family no longer has to worry about dirty water!

Read his story and see how clean water is helping this community expand their church.

Now, they can drink

Now, they can drink | World Vision Blog

Max Lucado visits Ethiopia with World Vision. (Photo: 2009 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Pastor and author Max Lucado has spent his career bringing the living water of the Gospel to the world.

Max is also a long-time partner of World Vision, and this winter hosted a social fundraiser hoping to bring clean water to 20,000 people in Ethiopia.

See how many people will receive clean water through Max and his readers …

Defying the norm

Defying the norm | World Vision Blog

Lucie at a water drilling rig. (Photo: Francine Oburra/World Vision)

In Africa, drilling for water is typically a man's job.

But Lucie Bibata Dembele is defying this norm, managing two of World Vision's drilling rigs and the 6-men teams that operate them!

See what it's like to be a woman in this role.

PHOTOBLOG: A sick girl gets clean water

PHOTOBLOG: A sick girl gets clean water | World Vision Blog

Dorcas with her grandmother. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Dorcas is 9 and lives in the Bulanda community in Zambia.

When World Vision first met her, she was gathering water four times each day from a disgusting water hole, in which animals sometimes died. Dorcas was often sick with diarrhea.

But life is turning around for Dorcas! See the change in her life through photos.

A not-so-simple cup of tea

A not-so-simple cup of tea | World Vision Blog

Author Debbie Macomber visiting Veronica and her family at their home in Kenya. (Photo: 2014 Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

While traveling with World Vision in Kenya last summer, bestselling author Debbie Macomber met Veronica, a mother of 7, who served her a simple cup of tea.

Behind that cup of tea was a long and difficult journey because getting something as simple as the water for the tea was challenging.

See the difference that clean water makes through Debbie's eyes.

Pleading for clean water

Pleading for clean water | World Vision Blog

14-year-old Ruth fetches water from the water hole in Bulanda, Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When we talk about people not having access to clean water, what does that really mean?

For the people of Bulanda, Zambia, it meant finding the fur of a drowned dog (and then the dog itself) in their only source of drinking water.

Read about the challenges that come without clean water, and this community's prayers and pleas for water … and an answer!

Highlights from Armenia

Highlights from Armenia | World Vision Blog

The World Vision Bloggers on our way to visit a family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: Matthew Paul Turner)

Our Armenia Bloggers departed Yerevan not quite a week ago: jet lag is fading, we're returning to normal life … but we're all changed by our experience.

Take a look at some photo/video highlights from our trip and see what inspired us, what moved us, and how together we're already making a difference for the wonderful people of this beautiful country.

The hard questions

The hard questions | World Vision Blog

Tragedy is all too common around the world. Can World Vision really make a difference? Can we serve the poor in difficult situations?

See how our clean water and sanitation programs answer these hard questions with, "Yes."

A prayer for Munang’andu

A prayer for Munang’andu | World Vision Blog

Munang’andu, a mother in Zambia whose 5-year-old son Wise drowned trying to fetch water from a hole. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When communities don't have access to clean water, children and their families are at risk of many dangers: diarrhea and other illnesses like Guinea worm, long walks to carry heavy buckets, and more … sometimes as simple as having to reach down into a hole.

In Zambia, Munang'andu lost her 5-year-old son, Wise, when he fell into a water hole and drowned. He was trying to help her.

Read how loss but also hope for clean water remain with Munang'andu today.

[Podcast] Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation

Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation | World Vision Blog

Leaders of World Vision Armenia's youth program present their creative initiatives to help build their community. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Paul Turner)

Today is our last day in Armenia. From the hopelessness of poverty to the joy and wholeness that child sponsorship brings to communities, families, and children, we've explored the full impact of World Vision's work here in the land of Noah.

Join us today for a podcast live from Armenia! The latest episode of That God Show brings you the stories of the families we just visited, and how we play a role in God's big story.

When you can’t find the words

When you can’t find the words | World Vision Blog

Brothers Grigor, 2, and Samvel, 3, during the World Vision Bloggers' visit to their family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

As our World Vision Bloggers trip to Armenia nears its end, Juli Wilson describes her struggle to find the right words for her experience, meeting "some of the most overlooked … heroes of the world."

Read how witnessing these stories painted for Juli a picture of faith, family, and God's good plan for us.

Zhanna exists

Zhanna exists | World Vision Blog

Amy with her sponsored child, Zhanna. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Sponsoring a child through World Vision is more than setting up a monthly auto-pay from your bank account. It's a relationship with a child, a real child who lives a real life in a country far away.

Amy Bellgardt of Mom Spark is with us this week in Armenia, and on Saturday she had the chance to meet Zhanna, the little girl she sponsors!

Read about Amy's dedication to Zhanna's life and well-being.

The problem with a breadless Gospel

The problem with a breadless Gospel | World Vision Blog

Yesterday, the World Vision Bloggers visited the home of Mariam, 3, and Varhan, 4 in Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works" –James 2:14

Blogger and author Jarrid Wilson writes from Armenia: "We cannot ignore the needs of those around us."

Light a candle, plant a tree

Light a candle, plant a tree | World Vision Blog

The Cathedral of St. Etchmiatsin, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

After the World Vision Bloggers' first day in Armenia—visiting Etchmiatsin Cathedral and the genocide memorial—Addie Zierman reflects on the ways in which we bear witness to tragedy and poverty, and how we can respond to suffering.

Looking for rainbows amid suffering, genocide, and other mysteries of God

Looking for rainbows amid suffering, genocide, and other mysteries of God | World Vision Blog

Church in Armenia. (Photo: 2014 Nune Hayrapetyan/World Vision)

The World Vision Bloggers are in Armenia!

Author, speaker, and blogger Matthew Paul Turner kicks us off with a reflection on the story of Noah's Ark, Armenia's long and complex history, and his hopes for this trip.

Five reasons why I’m excited to go to Armenia

Five reasons why I’m excited to go to Armenia | World Vision Blog

Yerevan, Armenia with a view of Mt. Ararat. (Photo: 2003 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Our Armenia Bloggers Trip starts this week!

Join us on our journey to the land of Noah and of second chances as we explore how World Vision tackles the root causes of poverty in this ancient Christian nation … and during the cold, bitter winter.

PHOTOBLOG: Secretly incredible people

PHOTOBLOG: Secretly incredible people | World Vision Blog

"If we want to end global poverty, it starts with mothers and children." (Photo: 2014 Branden Harvey)

Last fall, photographer and storyteller Branden Harvey traveled with our Advocacy team to visit our maternal and child health programs in Zimbabwe!

Today's photoblog captures his journey and the "secretly incredible people" he met along the way.