Tag Archives: child sponsorship

A doll named Alma

Today's guest post comes from Alexis Dionne, a World Vision sponsor who shares what she does to let her sponsored children know they're loved and cared for during the holiday season.

If you're a World Vision sponsor as well, you can log in to My World Vision for ideas on how to connect with your sponsored child as the holidays approach.

JD the DJ reaches out

World Vision is partnering with national radio network K-LOVE -- which includes more than 400 contemporary Christian radio stations -- to help children around the world Survive to 5.

Today, Andrea Peer profiles JD Chandler, a DJ at K-LOVE who will host a radiothon on November 20 to help find sponsors for children in need.

Who's that girl?

"Who’s that girl?" I wondered while watching Carter’s Chord, a sister band who recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to create a video of their song, "Love a Little Bigger."

I love the song and its message: how blessed we are and how a luxury, like drinking a $4 cup of coffee, can make us feel guilty, especially when we are confronted by pictures of the poor.

Being from Seattle, the coffee center of the universe, I can relate.

The video is beautiful. The Carter’s Chord sisters are lovely. Their voices are wonderful. The Dominican Republic is an astonishing country, dripping with tropical delight.

But the prettiest thing in the video is its little star -- a girl whose life they captured from her early-morning routine, waking up and rubbing the sleep from her eyes, through the moment where she seemed to take flight -- dancing with the Carter’s Chord sisters as they sang.

[Infographic] Is humanitarian aid really making a difference?

Is humanitarian aid really making a difference? The answer is yes! Child deaths have decreased by 41 percent over the past five years.

The following infographic explains major developments in global child health over the past 10 years.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] What you're not supposed to say after visiting the Third World

Laura Tremaine, who traveled to Sri Lanka with World Vision in late August, reflects on her visit there -- and how it differed from her expectations.

This post originally appeared on Laura's blog, Hollywood Housewife.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] When your mother immolates herself

Tony Jones traveled to Sri Lanka with the World Vision blogger team, where he met Simras, an 8-year-old sponsored child.

After the boy's family was torn apart by tragedy, his aunt Sapika and uncle Mohamed took him in as their own. Tony was able to hear some of their story -- and the hopes that Sapika and Mohamed have for Simras.

This post originally appeared on Tony’s blog, Theoblogy.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Meeting my O!

September is "Connect With Your Sponsored Child" month. Allison Olfelt was given a unique opportunity to do just that when she traveled to Sri Lanka last month with the World Vision blogger team.

Read on to learn about Allison's experience meeting Odish and his mother -- and learn how you can visit your sponsored child.

This post originally appeared on Allison's blog, O My Family.

Top five ways to connect with your sponsored child

Sponsorship is about more than just giving money to help people in need -- it's about letting children know they are loved.

Taking time to write letters or send small gifts and cards can create a meaningful relationship with your sponsored child. Many sponsors find that investing in this relationship is more than a blessing for their sponsored child -- it also changes their own life.

Read on to learn how you can create a lasting relationship with your sponsored child.

How child sponsorship through World Vision works

Maybe you've wondered how World Vision's global programs work; why sponsorship is a monthly pledge; or what happens when someone stops sponsoring a child.

During her visit to Sri Lanka with the World Vision blogger team, Laura Tremaine sought answers to these questions, and here, she shares some of her experience.

This post originally appeared on Laura’s blog, Hollywood Housewife.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] I don’t think it’s just the jet-lag talking

Joy Bennett traveled to Sri Lanka with our blogger team last week to experience firsthand how World Vision's sponsorship programs are making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities in need. Along the way, she discovered just how stark poverty can be -- and how blessed we are as Americans.

How does she feel now that she's back in the United States? Read on to find out.

This post originally appeared on Joy's blog, Joy in This Journey.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Sewvandi and Mala

During her visit to Sri Lanka last week with the World Vision blogger team, Laura Tremaine met Mala and her daughter, Sewvandi, whose story she shares below. Knowing that education is key to helping Sewvandi escape from poverty, Laura made a special commitment to the girl.

This post originally appeared on Laura's blog, Hollywood Housewife.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] The crowd waiting for us in the street, and my new hero

Shawn Smucker traveled with the World Vision blogger team to Sri Lanka last week, visiting with children, families, and communities whose lives have been changed by our work made possible through child sponsorship.

In this post, he describes his experience receiving a very warm welcome from residents of an area where World Vision is concluding its development work, which has equipped the community to become self-sufficient and sustainable.

This post originally appeared on Shawn's blog.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Sri Lanka: A tale of two fathers

World Vision Sri Lanka blogger Darrell Dow compares his own worries and uncertainties with that of another father, whom he met in Sri Lanka while traveling with our blogger team to witness firsthand the impacts of World Vision's child sponsorship programs.

This post originally appeared on Darrell's blog.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Married at 13

World Vision Sri Lanka blogger Allison Olfelt shares about her remarkable encounter with a young women who was forced into marriage at the age of 13 -- and became pregnant shortly thereafter. The girl's story is a heart-wrenching one -- but thanks to World Vision sponsorship, her daughters can avoid becoming trapped in a similar situation.

This post originally appeared on Allison's blog, O My Family.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Giving locally, giving globally

Laura Tremaine is traveling with our team of eight bloggers in Sri Lanka this week, visiting children, families, and communities whose lives have been impacted by World Vision's work through our sponsorship programs.

Today, she discusses a provocative question: How do we make international assistance a priority when the need is so great right here in the United States?

Read on for her thoughts -- and then share your own!

Laura's post originally appeared on her blog, Hollywood Housewife.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] When aid ends

Roxy Wieman, traveling this week with our team of eight bloggers in Sri Lanka, shares her experience with a question that's not often considered but is equally important to World Vision's work: What happens when our development efforts are complete -- and how do we know when a community is ready to be self-sufficient?

Read on to find out what she observed. This post originally appeared on Roxy's blog, Roxy Composed.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] We are one, but we're not the same

As the Sri Lanka bloggers continue their journey experiencing firsthand how World Vision sponsorship helps transform the lives of children and families in poverty, Joy Bennett shares a collection of pictures of a special moment -- meeting her two sponsored boys.

This post originally appeared on Joy's blog, Joy in this Journey.

As you read Joy's thoughts and view her pictures, consider this: How are these children and their mother like families you know right here in the United States? What dreams could they pursue -- and what goals could they achieve -- with the same access to life-giving essentials that we're used to as Americans?

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Meet Afra, and your life may change

Tony Jones is traveling with World Vision's blogger team in Sri Lanka, experiencing firsthand the impact of our sponsorship programs on the lives of children and families in need. Here, he shares this touching story of meeting 8-year-old Afra, his sponsored child. We hope our readers are as inspired by it as we were.

This post originally appeared on Tony's blog, Theoblogy.