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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!

The children of Syria speak as year four begins

The children of Syria speak as year four begins | World Vision Blog

Syrian children come together in Jordan to write a message to the world. (Photo: World Vision)

As we mark the three-year anniversary of the Syrian refugee crisis today, the children of Syria speak out together, making an urgent plea to the world to listen. To help. Stand with World Vision in helping to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children.

Read more about this report written by children to the world.

A hope to sustain us

A hope to sustain us | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee children in host communities are living invisible lives. (Photo: 2013 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

“Where there is breath, there is hope,” Meg Sattler writes today from Jordan about the children of Syria and their stories and voices crying out to be heard.

Will you listen?

Two different crises, three years later

Two different crises, three years later | World Vision Blog

Boys play outside at a Child-Friendly Space after the 2011 earthquake in Japan. (Photo: 2011 Kei Itoh/World Vision)

Three years ago today, the strongest earthquake ever to hit Japan and the subsequent tsunami devastated its northeastern coastal communities, killing more than 15,000 people.

Coincidentally, this weekend will mark three years since the start of the Syrian crisis that continues to impact millions of lives in the Middle East and beyond.

These notable anniversaries — both devastating — depict a marked difference between what the humanitarian world refers to as “slow-” versus “sudden-” onset emergencies.

Child sponsorship provides lifesaving sanitation and clean water

Child sponsorship provides lifesaving sanitation and clean water | World Vision Blog

“I am happy with my new latrine; I can use it every time that I want and no need to go round the village as before,” says sponsored child Soun, 10, in Laos. (Photo: 2013 World Vision)

Soun's village of 100 in Laos used to lose 3 or 4 people per year due to dirty water, including her infant brother.

See how World Vision's holistic child sponsorship program brought clean water, sanitation, education, and more to her village!

What should I do for Lent?

What should I do for Lent? | World Vision Blog

This 13-year-old girl and her youngest brother are Syrian refugees. They live in a tent in Lebanon. (©2014 Nicholas Ralph/World Vision)

This Lenten season will see the Syrian refugee crisis enter its fourth year.

Today for Ash Wednesday, Nathaniel Hurd, a World Vision policy adviser in Washington, D.C., writes about how the traditional Lenten sacrifices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving can help the people of Syria.

My encounter with a child of Syria

My encounter with a child of Syria | World Vision Blog

15-year-old Ola speaks articulately about issues facing Syrian children. (©2014 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

For three years, too many innocent people in Syria have suffered — above all, the #childrenofSyria. They have seen homes, schools, and hospitals destroyed. They have borne the brunt of indiscriminate violence and witnessed unspeakable abuse. Millions have been forced to flee, while millions more are trapped inside Syria in horrific conditions.

Join World Vision, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, UNICEF, and UNHCR in preventing a lost generation of Syrian children. Sign our petition here.

Today, Meg Sattler, World Vision's communications manager for the Syria crisis response, describes meeting one of these children of Syria — a girl whose laughter would give way to tears without warning.

Godly giving through relationship

Godly giving through relationship | World Vision Blog

"With every letter we receive from our sponsored children, our family feels blessed to be part of something so redeeming and beautiful." (Photo: Anna Goodworth)

What does it mean to give biblically? The Old Testament models a 10-percent tithe — but what about the New Testament? Anna Goodworth, a member of the Hartford Women of Vision chapter, reflects on that today: "Without a consistent relationship with the poor, we cannot sustain giving or the desire to give as God intended."

Read more about how God called Anna into relationship…and what He wanted of her.