October 31 used to mean more than candy and costumes. Many cultures celebrated summer’s end — marking the close of the harvest season as the world transitioned into the darker, colder half of the year.
Today in the United States, most of our food is available year-round, with the exception of certain seasonal produce. But in many nations, farmers still rely on the seasons and a good harvest for their family’s survival and income for the entire year. World Vision works with farmers such as Morm Sem in Cambodia to help them increase their productivity.
World Vision writer Kari Costanza contrasts the life of her son, Nicholas, with the life of a young man she met in Tanzania, named Nikolaus. Both college-aged, her son Nicholas is in college pursuing his dreams; Nikolaus and his family are struggling to have hope for the future.
Find out how World Vision's programs will soon offer Nikolaus that hope.
Today's post -- a letter and a song -- was written by a 10-year-old girl named Haya. She is a refugee from Syria.
Here's what she has to say.
One of the programs we visited was World Vision's music school and the Sounds of Hope youth orchestra, a program that is truly bringing new life to these rural communities and helping to make children's dreams come true.
Today begins the last week of #Dreamshare with a post from blogger Rachel Held Evans! Share your dreams at our Share My Dream website, use the hashtag #dreamshare on Twitter and Instagram, and if you're a blogger, add your own posts about Syria and sharing dreams with our link-up!
Rachel writes about the importance of home, and how -- while the Syrian refugees are forced away from theirs -- we can help make this separation more bearable.
All this month, we've been encouraging our friends and supporters to participate in our #Dreamshare project by sharing your dreams -- for the world, your community, your family, your sponsored child, or particularly for Syrian refugees.
Today, we're sharing with you the dreams of children from around the world. In the photos below, the children are holding up signs that display their dreams, sharing them with the world.
World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns and his wife, Reneé, released two new books last week! He Walks Among Us: Encounters With Christ in a Broken World is a book of devotionals, and God’s Love For You is a Bible storybook for kids.
Today, Rich describes the journey of writing these books and his encounters with God during his travels all around the world with Reneé and World Vision.
Join us in celebrating World Food Day today!
Tran Thi Mui, a young mother in rural Vietnam, was sad to learn that her first child, Vu Viet Ha, was malnourished. Child malnutrition can lead to reduced mental and physical development as children grow. Aware of this danger, Mui was determined to change her daughter’s situation by continuing to participate in her nutrition club supported by World Vision.
Today, World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns and his wife, Reneé, are releasing two new books! He Walks Among Us: Encounters With Christ in a Broken World is a book of devotionals, and God's Love For You is a Bible storybook for kids.
Below is "Indoor Plumbing" -- a devotional from Rich about clean water in Ghana and the living water of the Holy Spirit.
When 21-year-old Waed’s contractions spurred her to leave home and see her midwife, she knew she was about to give birth to new life. She didn’t realize that she would also be saving her own. As she was delivering her baby girl, Muna, in a nearby building, a rocket fell on her house. It was destroyed.
Today, join us in celebrating the U.N.’s International Day of the Girl Child!
With our partner 10x10 and their documentary, Girl Rising, we're aiming to ignite a movement to educate girls around the world. Millions of girls, like Jenneh in Sierra Leone, face barriers to their education. This is Jenneh's story.
“Every morning when my brother used to get ready for school, I used to cry over my fate,” Sabra, now 14, remembers. She would ask herself, “Why am I a girl? I used to think that if I had been a boy then I would have been blessed with the most precious gift in the world – education.”
Peggy King, a child sponsor since 1986, included World Vision in her estate plan so she can continue helping her sponsored children and others like them -- even after she’s gone. This is her story.
Last month, Roo Ciambriello and seven other bloggers joined us in Guatemala, visiting World Vision's work there and witnessing child sponsorship at work. Back home now, Roo reflects on her experience and realizes how a simple yes to the trip has become so much more meaningful.
This post originally appeared on Roo’s blog, Neon Fresh.
This month, we’re focusing on the Syrian refugee crisis and connecting it to our global #Dreamshare campaign -- asking our friends and supporters to visit the campaign site and share their dreams for the future of Syria and its people and refugees.
Jonathan Lo with the social media team talks about the dreams that the refugee children of Syria have for their own futures…and why they need some real-life heroes.
In India, there is a long-standing tradition that women serve men and maintain the home. Many drop out of school; some never venture outside their homes at all.
Through World Vision training programs, women like Jyoti and Khadija receive training in tailoring as well as sewing machines, empowering them to open their own tailor shops and inspire the next generation.
Throughout the month of October, we're turning the spotlight on the Syrian refugee crisis. And we're connecting it to our global #Dreamshare campaign - asking our friends and supporters to visit our microsite and share their dreams for the future of Syria and its people and refugees.
Today, blogger Stephen Brewster shares his dream for the children of Syria: the chance to be creative.