Change a community: Start with one child

World Vision is at work within 400 different communities in almost 100 countries. That’s where your support becomes food for people who are hungry, clean water, education to give children a better future, and care for the sick.

What you see when you visit these places is love in action. You see the manifestation of the love that sponsors have for people they’ve never met. You see it among World Vision staff serving those whom society has brushed aside.

While it might not be possible for you to travel to where your sponsored child is, we want to paint a picture of life within his or her community. It’s important to us that you know how your support is impacting the community and your sponsored child.

So each year, right around this time, World Vision sends out Community News. Look for it in your mailbox or email, or log in to myworldvision.org to see it. It's filled with updates on your sponsored child's community -- and how your support is uniquely impacting it.

Early childhood centers provide mothers with training in proper nutrition and hygiene.

Early childhood centers provide mothers with training in proper nutrition and hygiene. (Photo: Shanon Rise/World Vision)

I work as a part of the team that brings these important updates to sponsors, and the information I was so familiar with really came to life when I traveled to Ayacucho, Peru. Despite being acquainted with sponsorship, this was the first time I would see it in person.

What I encountered was the truth behind each bullet point that we share in Community News: Sponsors create precious room for hope in the hearts of real children and their families, many of whom otherwise live at the fringes of society.

Many of the families we serve in this particular area of Peru were once displaced by the violence of the Shining Path insurgency of the 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, World Vision served the displaced by providing meals. It was the only food to be had for a people who had left everything behind. More than 20 years later, we are still working there to strengthen the communities that formed around the displaced.

One visit particularly touched my heart. Many communities in Peru have early childhood development centers supported by World Vision. It was my privilege to see one of them. In Community News, the description of program usually reads something like “offered training in early childhood development for mothers, equipping them to provide stimulating learning activities for their children.”

But there is so much more to tell!

World Vision staff members work tirelessly, helping to monitor every child and meeting with mothers who volunteer at these development centers. They train the mothers in nutrition and preparing healthy meals; good hygiene practices; and games and activities that develop children’s social, cognitive, and motor skills. Some of these mothers become peer educators and pass along their learnings to others in the community.

Through their own efforts, they are reducing rates of malnutrition, anemia, and illness. They are preparing their children for reading in a country that has one of the highest rates of illiteracy in the Americas. It takes a lot of work and commitment from the staff and moms.

Someone asked one community volunteer why she does it. She said with pride, “I love my people.”

That love is certainly reflected on the faces of the children who greeted me with so much enthusiasm and played with such joyful abandon. They represent the many layers of blessings behind one simple accomplishment listed in Community News. But such is the case with every bullet point. Each has been distilled from the success and joy -- whether great or small -- of many.

Thank you so much for trusting us to help make this possible.


If you're already a sponsor, we encourage you to check out My World Vision today. Find information about your sponsored child, updates from his or her community through Community News, videos, and photos to help you connect better with what matters to you!

Not yet a sponsor? Consider sponsoring a boy or girl in need today. Sponsorship helps provide tangible support, like nutritious food, clean water, education, medical care, and more. But it also provides intangible blessings of joy and hope -- both for the child and his or her sponsor.

Read more on the World Vision Blog about: child sponsorship For sponsors resources

Comments

Saata we love you and hope you are well. We miss you and love getting the update from your home. we pray to meet you someday but if not,will keep praying for you and your family. You are always on our mind and pray you are kept safe. In Christ lord Jesus , we pray for you daily love John and mardi

What is the Chancho project and how is it helping Seada Mohammed in Ethiopia?

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for being interested in how projects are helping your sponsored child! Why don't you give us a call at 888-511-6502 or shoot us an email at info@worldvision.org? Have a great day!

Thanks,

Lindsey, WV Staff

Thank you to all the people involved in helping children around the world. As a grandmother of 13 and a great mgrandmother of 6 so far, I wish I could afford to help more. All children are special and need to know it.

David Ramirez Ramirez (Nicaragua), We hope you have started attending school again. It breaks our hearts to know that you quit school voluntarily because you just didn't want to go and that your parents let you do this at age 11. There are so many ways that this will limit your choice in life.

When trying to sign in to the MY WORD VISION from your original email to me, I was sent to a page that says that the page can not be found. I was interested in looking at info on NAPO ADP.

I am having the same problem. I am told page can not be found. Please advise.
Thank you--

Hi Virginia and Lynn,

I'm sorry for the confusion. You can view your child's community news by going to www.myworldvision.org, and clicking on my sponsored children. Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks,

Lindsey, WV Staff

No one can imagine the first time you get a letter from your sponsered child thanking you for the best Christmas he has ever had, "I got to eat a piece of meat and drink a glass of juice" were the words from my wonderful sondsered child Stephen from Uganda. The tears flowed down my cheeks as I thought of all we have here and how little it takes to please a child that is so unfortunate that eating is his Christmas gift. Each American should have the experience I have had in sponsering a child. Thank you Stephen for reminding me what is important in our world and that we should all continue to take care of each other.

I can't log in either!

Hi Cynthia,

I'm sorry you are having trouble with logging in- thanks for letting us know. Give us a call at 888-511-6502 and we should be able to resolve the issue! Have a great day :)

Thanks,

Lindsey, WV Staff

This has been one of the greatest blessings of my life to sponser my beautiful Katia Ninoska of Honduras,it makes me want to do so much more for her and other needy children around the world and with the help of God I will be able to...thankyou world vision for your love and dedication to these vunerable precious children...you are all such a great blessing.

This is a great way to share, thank you for the information, it means a lot to see what your money is doing, Is there a site just for Yoni and his family that we could communicate just with him and his family?

Hi Sandy,

Great question! If you create an account on www.myworldvision.org, you can send an email to your sponsored child. If you have more questions, give us a call at 888-511-6502.

Thanks,

Lindsey, WV Staff

It was hard for me when I hit menopause without having had children. But thanks to you I feel more fulfilled knowing that my sponsored child's life is better due to my support. Now when people ask if I have children I show them her picture and how beautiful she has become over the years.

Hi Kathleen, thank you for sharing how sponsoring a child has comforted you, and for being such a great sponsor. It is obvious how much you care for your sponsored child. You are truly making a difference in your sponsored child's life.

Thanks,
Lindsey, WV Staff

I want to volunteer and help the world with what I have and know, one of the projects that I am interested in is the ONE FOR ONE MOVEMENT BY TOMS. Lett me know if i can be a volunteer with anything.

My sponsored child is Filomena Choque Basco from near La Paz Bolivia. She sends me letters and reports. I send her letters and small gifts. Twice now around her birthday I have been able to send extra dollars for her World Vision contacts to buy her and her family things that will make her life a little easier. Her photos show me that she is growing into a lovely young woman with a heart to help her younger sister, her family & her community. It makes me very happy.

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