PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too

Children, children, children. Everything we do at World Vision is for children. But when I visited a sponsorship area in northeast India earlier this month, program staff first wanted to show me the work they were doing with parents. They believed the most effective way to make a difference in the lives of children was to care about the whole family, improve parents’ livelihoods, and involve the entire community in long-term problem-solving.

As a parent myself, this made complete sense. My life centers around my kids. Make my earning more secure, and I’m better able to care for my family. Improve community structure, and everyone benefits. So I was first shown fish ponds and weaving groups, rubber trees, and orange groves. Making life better for children is our top priority at World Vision. Often that means focusing on the parents, too.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

The final step in rubber production is to press the sap into sheets for delivery to manufacturers. Rubber trees take seven years to mature enough for the sap to be tapped, but then are productive for 50 years and yield about $2,000 income for a small plantation.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

Every Amri tribal girl, like 11-year-old Nabami sitting with her mother, is expected to learn to weave.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

World Vision helped women form self-help groups, who meet regularly to coordinate work plans and generate income through joint projects and business loans to each other.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

Some sell hand-loomed cloth.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

Others planted orange groves.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

Or dug fish ponds.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

World Vision staff members, like manager Miukul Borah (left), listen to goals and concerns of the community.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

Funds to provide labor for a new road mean goods can be easily transported to markets for sale, and children can ride their World Vision bikes to school.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

And a good road means teachers are willing to come to the rural schools.

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PHOTO BLOG: Child sponsorship reaches parents, too | World Vision Blog

Helping parents and the community has resulted in better lives for the children!


Sponsor a child in India or another country of your choice. Sponsorship goes far beyond caring for a boy or girl in need; it helps bring stability and hope to entire families and communities!

    Comments

    Hey Jon, Hey WW Team,

    I`m glad to see Photography Results about your Trips. Is it Posible to text with you, Jon, about your Photographys and Trips?

    Thx and Gods Bless

    Hi Rubin! Unfortunately Jon has a very busy schedule and isn't available to chat one on one anytime soon. We're looking into a Livestream interview with him though, so be on the lookout! -Jonathan, WV staff

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