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Malaria: The phone call that wasn’t

Malaria: The phone call that wasn’t | World Vision Blog

World Vision videographer Tom Costanza on a visit to Rwanda. (Photo: Lisa Berglund/World Vision)

Malaria hasn't existed in the United States since 1949 (CDC). But half the world's population remains at risk of this mosquito-borne disease (WHO).

This World Malaria Day, let's take a moment to see firsthand how awful this disease is … and the difference a simple bed net can make.

On letting go of our poverty myths

On letting go of our poverty myths | World Vision Blog

Blogger Addie Zierman in Armenia with Aleksandr, the boy she sponsors, and his father. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

When blogger Addie Zierman traveled with us to Armenia this winter, she carried with her myths about what poverty was and what it would look like when she met the boy she sponsors.

Read what Addie learned about the truth of poverty, and what it means to a five-year-old boy.

Hope for Hovhannes

Hope for Hovhannes | World Vision Blog

2-year-old Hovhannes with his parents and their World Vision sponsor, Matthew. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Hovhannes is two and lives with his parents in northern Armenia. Last month, he got to meet his sponsor, World Vision blog manager Matthew Brennan!

Having seen World Vision's work in Armenia up close, Matthew has high hopes for Hovhannes's future. See why …

Living in a conflict zone

Living in a conflict zone | World Vision Blog

Displaced by conflict in Iraq: 27-year old Angham with her 3-year-old Ghazal. “Life is hard living away from our place and knowing our house was destroyed. But I am thankful we are all safe.” (Photo: 2015 World Vision)

As humanitarian development work makes progress against poverty, extreme poverty is receding into the margins: places where disasters, conflict, and other causes push communities from being resilient to vulnerable.

See what it's like to grow up and work in conflict zones first-hand from one of our aid-workers in Iraq.

South Sudan: An invitation to pray

South Sudan: An invitation to pray | World Vision Blog

Dr. Joel Smith spoon feeds a starving baby in a World Vision feeding center. (Photo: 1998 Jon Warren/World Vision)

After a severe famine in 1998 and a 2011 war for independence, the people of the new South Sudan remain in extreme vulnerability through renewed conflict and food insecurity.

On Sunday, our writer/photographer team Kari Costanza and Jon Warren fly to Juba to visit our work among the families displaced by conflict.

See what they're expecting and hoping to find on this visit, and how you can help support them.

Syrian children: “The future depends on us”

Syrian children: “The future depends on us” | World Vision Blog

16-year-old Syrian refugee Ammar has lived in a refugee camp in Jordan for almost 3 years, and hasn't been able to attend school. (Photo: 2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Growing up in conflict, displaced, and as refugees, the children of Syria have become a vulnerable generation—at risk of being lost altogether—without access to the things they need to be successful in life.

The future doesn't belong only to the children who grow up in peace.

It belongs to every child.

Following Jesus into the margins

Following Jesus into the margins | World Vision Blog

12-year-old Babusabya with World Vision staff in the Congo. (Photo: 2013 Muganzi M Isharaza/World Vision)

In the last 25 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has dropped by almost half! But at the same time, extreme poverty has receded to the most violent and vulnerable "margins" of the world.

Join us today as we take on these most vulnerable issues of our time.

Moriah’s child

Moriah’s child | World Vision Blog

Moriah with photos of her new sponsored child, Claris. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

“The Easter story is a story of justice and the length that someone would go to bring justice to the world.”

See how a brand-new child sponsorship is helping to bring justice, happiness, and joy to a little girl in Zambia this Lenten season.

God’s great love for this world

God’s great love for this world | World Vision Blog

World Vision Haiti physical therapist and counselor Jony St. Louis visits Demosi after the earthquake. (Photo: 2010 Jon Warren/World Vision)

All around the world, in places like Haiti, World Vision works to transform bad news into good.

Today for Good Friday—when death transformed into life—our president Rich Stearns writes about the transformative power of God's love.

Benny’s smile

Benny’s smile | World Vision Blog

Benny Hampande in Zambia making bricks for their new church. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Meet Benny in Zambia … a father who smiles because his family no longer has to worry about dirty water!

Read his story and see how clean water is helping this community expand their church.

Now, they can drink

Now, they can drink | World Vision Blog

Max Lucado visits Ethiopia with World Vision. (Photo: 2009 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Pastor and author Max Lucado has spent his career bringing the living water of the Gospel to the world.

Max is also a long-time partner of World Vision, and this winter hosted a social fundraiser hoping to bring clean water to 20,000 people in Ethiopia.

See how many people will receive clean water through Max and his readers …

Defying the norm

Defying the norm | World Vision Blog

Lucie at a water drilling rig. (Photo: Francine Oburra/World Vision)

In Africa, drilling for water is typically a man's job.

But Lucie Bibata Dembele is defying this norm, managing two of World Vision's drilling rigs and the 6-men teams that operate them!

See what it's like to be a woman in this role.

PHOTOBLOG: A sick girl gets clean water

PHOTOBLOG: A sick girl gets clean water | World Vision Blog

Dorcas with her grandmother. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Dorcas is 9 and lives in the Bulanda community in Zambia.

When World Vision first met her, she was gathering water four times each day from a disgusting water hole, in which animals sometimes died. Dorcas was often sick with diarrhea.

But life is turning around for Dorcas! See the change in her life through photos.

A not-so-simple cup of tea

A not-so-simple cup of tea | World Vision Blog

Author Debbie Macomber visiting Veronica and her family at their home in Kenya. (Photo: 2014 Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

While traveling with World Vision in Kenya last summer, bestselling author Debbie Macomber met Veronica, a mother of 7, who served her a simple cup of tea.

Behind that cup of tea was a long and difficult journey because getting something as simple as the water for the tea was challenging.

See the difference that clean water makes through Debbie's eyes.

Pleading for clean water

Pleading for clean water | World Vision Blog

14-year-old Ruth fetches water from the water hole in Bulanda, Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When we talk about people not having access to clean water, what does that really mean?

For the people of Bulanda, Zambia, it meant finding the fur of a drowned dog (and then the dog itself) in their only source of drinking water.

Read about the challenges that come without clean water, and this community's prayers and pleas for water … and an answer!

Highlights from Armenia

Highlights from Armenia | World Vision Blog

The World Vision Bloggers on our way to visit a family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: Matthew Paul Turner)

Our Armenia Bloggers departed Yerevan not quite a week ago: jet lag is fading, we're returning to normal life … but we're all changed by our experience.

Take a look at some photo/video highlights from our trip and see what inspired us, what moved us, and how together we're already making a difference for the wonderful people of this beautiful country.

The hard questions

The hard questions | World Vision Blog

Tragedy is all too common around the world. Can World Vision really make a difference? Can we serve the poor in difficult situations?

See how our clean water and sanitation programs answer these hard questions with, "Yes."

A prayer for Munang’andu

A prayer for Munang’andu | World Vision Blog

Munang’andu, a mother in Zambia whose 5-year-old son Wise drowned trying to fetch water from a hole. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When communities don't have access to clean water, children and their families are at risk of many dangers: diarrhea and other illnesses like Guinea worm, long walks to carry heavy buckets, and more … sometimes as simple as having to reach down into a hole.

In Zambia, Munang'andu lost her 5-year-old son, Wise, when he fell into a water hole and drowned. He was trying to help her.

Read how loss but also hope for clean water remain with Munang'andu today.