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Photoblog: The worst and best story I’ve ever covered

Photoblog: The worst and best story I’ve ever covered | World Vision Blog

School children in southern Rwanda, some of them sponsored, race home after class. (Photo: 2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Our photojournalist, Jon Warren, was in Rwanda in 1994 during the genocide and has returned several times since, including just last fall.

Today's photoblog shows Jon's work in 1994 – "It was the worst story I’ve ever covered" – and how almost 20 years later it has become the best.

Check out Jon's amazing photography ... and see what made such a difference.

Azraq: A new home for Syrian refugees

Azraq: A new home for Syrian refugees | World Vision Blog

Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, where up to 100,000 Syrian refugees will begin living this week. (Photo: 2014 Robert Neufeld/World Vision)

World Vision has been a key player in developing the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan, which later this week will begin housing up to 100,000 Syrian refugees. Clean water, sanitation facilities, schools, playgrounds, a supermarket and a hospital – a new, temporary home until, God willing, they can return to their real home.

Saving Remigio

Saving Remigio | World Vision Blog

Vincent, a village health team volunteer in Uganda, with baby Remigio. (©2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is World Malaria Day! Join us in the fight against this deadly but preventable disease.

Vincent Kakooza is a village health team worker in Uganda. He battles malaria every day. Read how his training and dedication saved the life of 6-month-old Remigio, who is very special to him!

A way out of illiteracy

A way out of illiteracy | World Vision Blog

Celebrate World Book and Copyright Day with us today!

After a survey found that more than 40% of school children in a district of Ethiopia couldn't read, World Vision piloted a reading camps program. Read how these camps are transforming literacy and the lives of children in Ethiopia, and our plans for the future!

Rwanda 20 years: The story that almost got away

Rwanda 20 years: The story that almost got away | World Vision Blog

Juliette, genocide survivor, and Emmanuel, genocide participant, reconciled through World Vision's peace-building programs and have become friends. (Photo: 2007 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When writer Kari Costanza first went to Rwanda in 2007, she heard about an amazing story of reconciliation, but wasn't able to capture it. Last fall, she returned ... and the story found her!

Sometimes God shows you the story He wants told, often when you least expect it. Watch the story of friendship and redemption after the Rwanda genocide that He gave Kari a second chance to tell.

Good Friday: Thirsty for justice

Good Friday: Thirsty for justice | World Vision Blog

Juliet holds her son, Junior Kisule, 2, who was saved through an initiative to prevent child sacrifice in Uganda. (©2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

On Good Friday, Jesus' next to last words were: "I am thirsty."

Today, Kari Costanza writes about Obed, a young man in Uganda who is also thirsty — thirsty for justice. “If a life is saved,” he says, “there is no greater good than that.”

Read how this Ugandan superhero's initiative and tireless work within his community are helping to save children from the evil of child sacrifice.

A bright future ahead

A bright future ahead | World Vision Blog

Gihozo, age 4, with his mother Kanyange at their home in Rwanda. (©2014 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Gihozo is only 4 years old, but he has to walk up to three hours a day alone to fetch dirty water for his family members, who struggle to provide enough food. But the future is looking brighter for him — he was recently registered for World Vision sponsorship!

World Vision’s Laura Reinhardt writes about meeting Gihozo and the hope she has for his future.

Opportunity in broken chalk

Opportunity in broken chalk | World Vision Blog

Amina with her siblings, and behind them the brown chalkboard that Amina uses to teach them. (Photo: 2014 Jessica Biseko/World Vision)

As a sponsored child, Amina – 11, from Tanzania – is able to go to school. But her siblings aren’t as fortunate. To help give them a future, too, she collects pieces of broken chalk along what she learns and brings it all home to teach her siblings herself!

Clean water changes everything

Clean water changes everything | World Vision Blog

Sponsored child Emmanuel celebrates the eruption of water from a newly-drilled water well in Ghana. (Photo: Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

Emmanuel, 20, sponsored through World Vision, says that clean water changes everything.

Read how World Vision's water and sanitation programs in Ghana have transformed Emmanuel's community ... and how they are the cause of new celebrations!

Rwanda 20 years: Why I was afraid

Rwanda 20 years: Why I was afraid  | World Vision Blog

After the 1994 genocide, World Vision's work in Rwanda helped give Zaphran (center) a new life and family. (Photo: 2007 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Seven years ago, staff writer Kari Costanza visited Rwanda for the first time. She was able to replace her fear about the trip because of stories like Zaphran’s.

World Vision’s early work in Rwanda immediately following the genocide focused on peace-building, livelihood training, water and sanitation, agriculture, education, and health issues like malaria and maternal and child health.

Read how these programs helped reconstruct a new orphan’s world … and her sense of family.

All in: A single gift that changed a life

All in: A single gift that changed a life | World Vision Blog

Mazuba has turned his sponsor's gift of a single cow into a legacy. (Photo: Brian Crass/World Vision)

World Vision videographer Brian Crass reflects on a trip to Zambia, where he met former sponsored child Mazuba, whose sponsor had given him a special gift of a cow.

Read how Mazuba multiplied that gift into 20 cows, and what his plans are for the future!

What Disney’s Frozen teaches us about childhood

What Disney’s Frozen teaches us about childhood | World Vision Blog

Children in Romania learn how to build a snowman. (Photo: 1993 Karen Homer/World Vision)

“Do you want to build a snowman?”

What Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated musical Frozen teaches us about childhood, love, and the importance of protecting children.

Rwanda 20 years: The story in the corner

Rwanda 20 years: The story in the corner | World Vision Blog

Jean Marie Mugwaneza was among the first to register children for sponsorship in the Nyaruguru community in Rwanda, where he continues to live and work. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

Next Monday marks 20 years since the Rwanda genocide began. This month, we'll be sharing photos, videos, and perspectives that together tell the 20-year story of recovery and reconciliation in Rwanda, and the role World Vision has played in that story these past 20 years.

One of our wonderful storytellers, Kari Costanza, writes today about one of her trips to Rwanda and Jean Marie – the meek man standing in the corner – who was able to show her the story she was aiming to tell.

Margaret in my heart

Margaret in my heart | World Vision Blog

Margaret, writer Kari Costanza's friend from Uganda. (Photo: Kari Costanza/World Vision)

Our wonderful writer Kari Costanza reflects today in memoriam of her friend Margaret from Uganda on her recent return trip to Gulu.

Read how World Vision sponsors brought joy and fresh hope to the families Kari visited, as they had to Margaret, and how memories of their friendship strengthened Kari on her trip.

Salmina escapes from early marriage

Salmina escapes from early marriage | World Vision Blog

Salmina, 16, escaped an arranged, early marriage in Mozambique and is looking forward to returning to school. (Photo: Leovigildo Pedro/World Vision)

16-year-old Salmina lives in Mozambique. Last year, at only 15, she felt that her life was at stake when she was forced to marry a 58-year-old man and leave school.

Thanks to a community member who was trained in child protection issues by World Vision, she escaped from the nightmare. Now she is looking forward to going back to school and pursuing her dream – of teaching mathematics. Read how World Vision is helping to raise awareness around this important issue.

Protection through pierced ears in Uganda

Protection through pierced ears in Uganda | World Vision Blog

3-year-old Sharon in Uganda wears an earring – to protect her from child sacrifice. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

In certain districts of Uganda, child sacrifice is a real danger. Today, Kari Costanza writes from Uganda about 3-year-old Sharon, whose ear piercing may protect her.

Read how a World Vision-supported amber alert program is helping to recover children that have been taken.

Dirty water: More deadly than war

Dirty water: More deadly than war | World Vision

An Afghan girl collects water. (©2012 Narges Ghafary/World Vision)

More than 16 times as many children die from diarrhea caused by dirty water in Afghanistan as the total number of civilians killed in war.

Today is World Water Day. Read how World Vision is helping to bring clean water to villages in Afghanistan — and what you can do to help bring clean water to the world!

World Poetry Day: “Childhood Lost” by Propaganda

World Poetry Day: “Childhood Lost” by Propaganda | World Vision Blog

Spoken-word artist Propaganda, featured in today's video. (Photo: Scott Erickson)

In honor of World Poetry Day today, we’re featuring our partner, spoken-word poet Propaganda, with a video of his poem “Childhood Lost.”

“Childhood is worth saving, because once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Watch this powerful video, and learn more about Childhood Lost.

Celebrating 1 billion liters of clean water

Celebrating 1 billion liters of clean water | World Vision Blog

From left: Allison Tummon Kamphuis of P&G; Sakira Ahmed and Failu, the family who received the 1 billionth liter of clean water; and World Vision’s Dr. Greg Allgood. (Photo: World Vision)

Saturday is World Water Day!

Today, Dr. Greg Allgood, vice president for World Vision water, writes about the miracles he's experienced along his journey with World Vision and P&G to provide 1 billion liters of clean drinking water. To mark this milestone, he announces new plans for the future of our work.

Friday night in the testing hut

Friday night in the testing hut | World Vision Blog

Asumani, 13, and a health worker in Uganda. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

On Friday, Asumani came down with malaria. Our writer Kari Costanza is in Uganda right now and was visiting the health center when Asumani came in. She witnessed World Vision's rapid testing system for malaria at work … and how it saved Asumani's life. See what just happened!