Tag Archives: child protection

Dreams from Kenya

Dreams from Kenya | World Vision Blog

Debbie Macomber and her daughter Adele in Chicago with Lillian from Kenya. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

Expected to marry at 12, Lillian in Kenya ran away and found hope through World Vision.

Bestselling author Debbie Macomber met Lillian and heard her story "of amazing bravery and tenacity."

Lillian has now graduated high school! Read her inspiring story.

Q&A: Hope at home in Honduras

Q&A: Hope at home in Honduras | World Vision Blog

Hortensia with her daughter at their home in Honduras. (Photo: 2010 Abby Stalsbroten/World Vision)

Last summer, World Vision began responding to a crisis of unaccompanied children coming into the U.S. from Central American countries like Honduras.

Why are these children leaving home?

In today's Q&A, Matt Stephens—our senior advisor for child protection—answers this question and explores how World Vision is working to address the root causes of this crisis by promoting hope at home.

Nepal earthquake: Strangers wanted her little boys

Nepal earthquake: Strangers wanted her little boys | World Vision Blog

7-year-old Aaram and his family are vulnerable to a variety of dangers after losing their house in the Nepal earthquake. (Photo: Theodore Sam/World Vision)

A week after Nepal's deadly earthquake, families are still living out in the open, in tents, in the cold, afraid of aftershocks and returning to unstable, damaged homes.

A few days ago, a stranger approached Kanchi, a mother of three, and asked to adopt her two boys.

See how World Vision works to protect children from a variety of dangers after disaster strikes.

Nepal earthquake: Up close and personal

Nepal earthquake: Up close and personal | World Vision Blog

Matt Stephens in Bhaktapur, Nepal 30 minutes before Saturday's earthquake. (Photo: World Vision)

World Vision U.S. staffer Matt Stephens was in Nepal last week for a conference. On Saturday, he was standing in Durbar Square in Bhaktapur where the photo above was taken.

Half an hour later, a 7.8 earthquake struck, toppling the temple behind him. Experience this disaster and World Vision's response through his eyes.

Day 13: Leaving no stone unturned

Leaving no stone unturned | World Vision Blog

At the age of 10, Subera in India was a child laborer, crushing stones by hand into construction material. It was her mother's same life: early marriage, no education, hard labor and poverty.

Today, Subera is 14 and in school, and on her way to a better future! See what broke her cycle of poverty and is helping make her big dreams come true.

Give thanks—part 2: Black Friday

Give thanks—part 2: Black Friday | World Vision Blog

Rich Stearns prays over Reshma in Bangladesh. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

In his two-part Thanksgiving series, World Vision USA president Rich Stearns reflects on his recent trip to Bangladesh. Read Part 1 here.

On this trip, Rich met Reshma, who will be bought and sold a dozen times today, on Black Friday, as a sex worker.

Read about the two bright spots in her life, and how World Vision is working to help her.

Give thanks—part 1: My first Thanksgiving of 2014

Give thanks—part 1: My first Thanksgiving of 2014 | World Vision Blog

Rich and Reneé Stearns with Chitra in Bangladesh. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for today? We're thankful for you!

Earlier this month, Rich and Reneé Stearns shared their first Thanksgiving meal of 2014 with Dipshikha, who teaches the children of brothel workers at a World Vision Child Friendly Space in Bangladesh.

Read about their visit.

Defenders of childhood

Defenders of childhood | World Vision Blog

Cheerful children at a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in Bangladesh. (©2013 Plaban Ganguly/World Vision)

Often, it takes a community of supporters to lift another community out of poverty. That’s why World Vision’s Child Ambassadors are so powerful: They build a community of passionate advocates who together have the power to make a difference in the world!

Read about Stu and Celeste Sherman from Connecticut, who are working to build a community of child sponsors to help change a community and defend childhood in Bangladesh.

What a simple piece of paper is worth

What a simple piece of paper is worth | World Vision Blog

Kassahun Kebede with his wife and their little child holding a birth certificate, which is uncommon in Ethiopia. (Photo: 2012 Aklilu Kassaye/World Vision)

Protecting children starts at birth, with a simple piece of paper we all take for granted—a birth certificate. But around the world, as many as 45% of all children under the age of five don't have one.

The Girls Count Act is a new bill in Congress right now that can help address this gap, and help ensure that all children count and are protected.

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.

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.

A safe harbor

A safe harbor | World Vision Blog

Delfina (red shirt) and friends under the safe harbor of a mosquito net that Delfina's family received from World Vision. (Photo: 2012 Jon Warren/World Vision)

World Vision writer Kari Costanza reflects on taking sanctuary in her church's parking lot while being stuck in a snow storm last weekend, and how World Vision and our supporters are able to provide a safe harbor for millions of children around the world.