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Labor of love

Labor of love | World Vision Blog

3-year-old Omega enjoys the benefits of a healthy and improved life style provided by a sustainable source of income. (Photo: ©2014 Annila Harris/World Vision)

Tlangnunthang was once a poor casual laborer in India with no steady income and a grim future, but now he has become a successful rubber entrepreneur, earning a sustainable income and dreaming big.

Aim to help him generate a sustainable income, World Vision gave him 200 rubber tree saplings, which have enabled his family to have access to good food, health, and education. And two of his children are sponsored through World Vision!

Better lives for a village through clean water

Better lives for a village through clean water | World Vision Blog

Ningsih, 12, fetches clean water from her village's new water tank. (Photo: ©2014 Rena Tanjung/World Vision)

12-year-old Ningsih rarely took a bath, not because she was lazy, but because it was a tedious uphill trek to the closest water source on her Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Now she can bathe whenever she wants because World Vision has brought clean water to her village!

The joy of a letter

The joy of a letter | World Vision Blog

In Cambodia, 12-year-old Saro is delighted to receive a new letter from her sponsor. (Photo: ©2014 Vanndeth Um/World Vision)

While World Vision's child sponsorship program is life-changing for millions of children and families around the world, the most exciting part for many sponsored children is the relationship they build with their sponsors!

See why 12-year-old Saro in Cambodia loves her sponsor's cards so much … and how her community has changed over the past 8 years.

The Millennium Development Goals: 500 days to go

The Millennium Development Goals: 500 days to go | World Vision Blog

The Millennium Development Goals are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history!

With 500 days left to the 15-year target date, learn about the progress that's been made toward these goals so far, what work still needs to be done in the fight against poverty, and where we're headed beyond 2015.

A guardian angel for a Honduran family

A guardian angel for a Honduran family | World Vision Blog

Maria with her four children and grandchild, all of whom have been blessed through a World Vision sponsor. (Photo: 2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Maria's family in Honduras fell into hard times when her husband left her and her children … until they were registered for sponsorship.

Read how her son's sponsor, Bob, who cares for their whole family, has been as "if God had put for them a guardian angel,” according to Maria, and how her twin sons are following in his footsteps!

Jennifer’s gift

Jennifer’s gift | World Vision Blog

7-year-old Steven in Zambia and the malaria net that now helps keep him safe from malaria. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Often in the communities where World Vision works, blessings abound.

Two weeks ago, our writer Kari Costanza discovered a new blessing: Mercy, a young mother in Zambia whose village believed her possessed because she had malaria so often, her 7 year old son Steven, and their whole village no longer get malaria!

Kari also discovered that the American couple that sponsors Steven are her friends! And the greatest gift to Mercy and Steven. Read their story!

Living to serve others

Living to serve others | World Vision Blog

Karona Kang in Cambodia has been helping children recover from trafficking and abuse with World Vision since 2009. (Photo: 2014 Vanndeth Um/World Vision)

Karona Kang from Cambodia began working with World Vision as a volunteer. Later, in 2009, she became a housemother at a World Vision Trauma Recovery project for girls who have survived trafficking and abuse.

Today, she tells her story.

Clean water transforms lives of future generations

Clean water transforms lives of future generations | World Vision Blog

Children from Lampang village in Thailand having fun filling water bottles. (Photo: 2014 Somluck Khamsaen/World Vision)

“The installation of the water filters has had a huge impact on our lives and I have seen a significant change in the energy levels and health condition of my children."

Read how clean water is transforming the lives of an entire community in Thailand!

How Nelson Mandela influenced my aid-worker life

How Nelson Mandela influenced my aid-worker life | World Vision Blog

Jacques and Salumu, 8 and 7, live in Rutshuru in the DRC and have never stepped into a classroom. In Rutshuru, a conflict zone until recently, the fate of children is still a serious issue. (©2013 Aimee N'simire Manimani/World Vision)

Today is Nelson Mandela International Day! In honor and remembrance of him, Aimee N'simire Manimani, former World Vision communications officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, reflects on how Nelson Mandela influenced her career as an aid worker.

Opening our hearts to the little children

Opening our hearts to the little children | World Vision Blog

Reflecting on the humanitarian crisis of vulnerable children along the U. S. border, Rich Stearns – president of World Vision U.S. – writes that, following Jesus, "the best solutions come from a compassionate heart."

Getting real about sanitation: the dirty secret

Getting real about sanitation: the dirty secret | World Vision Blog

Hand washing is an important part of World Vision's sanitation education programs. (Photo: 2014 Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

When World Vision provides a community with clean water, the impact of that water reaches much farther than the water the people drink. Latrines (sanitation) and proper hygiene (hand washing) are also crucial components of our holistic approach to community development.

Read about Dr. Greg Allgood's recent visit to Zambia, where hygiene and sanitation are transforming the health and well-being of communities!

Juliet needs a sponsor!

Juliet needs a sponsor! | World Vision Blog

5-year-old Juliet in Uganda. (©2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

On her recent trip to Uganda, World Vision writer Kari Costanza met Juliet, a 5-year-old girl whose family is struggling and can't send her to school.

We've just registered Juliet for our child sponsorship program. All she needs now is a sponsor. Read her story and see how you can help her and her family!

Children suffer most in South Sudan

Children suffer most in South Sudan | World Vision Blog

As conflict ravages South Sudan, the nation’s children are bearing the brunt of the crisis: separated from their families, hungry and malnourished, not in school, and at risk of abuse and exploitation.

Michael Arunga, World Vision emergency communications advisor for Africa, looks back at the brief history of South Sudan and reflects on how this new nation came to its current situation.

Freedom from hunger

Freedom from hunger | World Vision Blog

Calden, 3, holds a Family Food Kit from World Vision after Hurricane Isaac. (Photo: 2012 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

As we celebrate our nation's freedom tomorrow, many hardworking Americans remain bound by hunger – including almost 16 million children.

Today, World Vision writer John Iwasaki describes how our U.S. Programs are working to help bring freedom from hunger to families across our nation.

Initiation of a NASCAR novice

Initiation of a NASCAR novice | World Vision Blog

Martin Truex Jr. with his #78 race car, both displaying World Vision orange and logos, and his Furniture Row Racing garage team in Kentucky. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

This past weekend, thanks to the generosity of Furniture Row Racing, NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 car was wrapped in World Vision's colors and logo for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race in Kentucky!

A World Vision team, along with our Kisongo Trek Experience Truck, were on site to support our new partnership and capture photos and videos of the race. Writer Chris Huber reflects on his experience.

Celebrating fifth birthdays and beyond

Celebrating fifth birthdays and beyond | World Vision Blog

Since 1990, preventable deaths of children under five have dropped from over 12 million to 6.6 million!

Celebrate 5th birthdays with us this week as we renew our commitment to helping children live past the age of 5. Read how you can help!

World Vision brings children together

World Vision brings children together | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee children attend World Vision classes in Jordan. (Photo: 2013: Jon Warren/World Vision)

For World Refugee Day today, we're highlighting our Child-Friendly Spaces, which are helping Syrian refugee children play and smile again after the trauma they've been through.

Read about a small building tucked into a back street in downtown Irbid, Jordan, where World Vision is helping to bridge the gap between Syrian refugee children and vulnerable kids in Jordan.

Frieda’s village in Zambia receives clean water

Frieda’s village in Zambia receives clean water | World Vision Blog

To fully understand the impact of World Vision reaching a new person with clean water every 30 seconds, you need to get down to the individual villages and families whose lives are transformed by clean water.

Today we visit a community in Zambia … and see what makes them dance with joy!

Letter: I wouldn’t have today without World Vision

Letter: I wouldn’t have today without World Vision | World Vision Blog

Srey Mom in Cambodia. (Photo: 2005 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Powerful letter to World Vision's American donors today from Srey Mom in Cambodia who, ten years ago, was a victim of trafficking, and thanks to World Vision and to you, was delivered into safety, a bright future, and a life with God.