Letter: I wouldn’t have today without World Vision

Letter: I wouldn’t have today without World Vision | World Vision Blog

Srey Mom in Cambodia. (Photo: 2005 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Powerful letter to World Vision's American donors today from Srey Mom in Cambodia who, ten years ago, was a victim of trafficking, and thanks to World Vision and to you, was delivered into safety, a bright future, and a life with God.

Getting kids out of the sugarcane fields

Getting kids out of the sugarcane fields | World Vision Blog

Community education team on Negros Island, Philippines. (Photo: 2014 Jesse Eaves/World Vision)

Marking the World Day Against Child Labor today, Jesse Eaves – our policy advisor in D.C. – writes about his recent trip to the Philippines, where World Vision is working with communities to stop hazardous child labor in the sugarcane fields.

Meet 12-year-old Oscar, and read how he's helping to prevent the job that he might have had without this program.

Dreams of soccer and a better life

Dreams of soccer and a better life | World Vision Blog

Márcio lives in Salvador, the most violent city in Brazil. (Photo: 2012 Debora-Oliveira/World Vision)

The World Cup starts this week in Brazil!

In Brazil, World Vision works with many children, like Márcio, who come from a background of violence. By incorporating activities like art, music, and sports – like soccer! – into school curricula, World Vision encourages children to stay in school and off the street.

Read Márcio's story!

Ashik’s everlasting smile

Ashik's Everlasting Smile | World Vision Blog

Nothing can take away Ashik’s smile! (©2014 Lipy Mary Rodrigues/World Vision)

Nothing can take away Ashik’s smile! His father no longer has to sit at home jobless, thanks to World Vision sponsorship. The family no longer suffers from hunger, and the brothers are attending school.

Read how sponsorship has helped this family smile again!

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.

Water for Mutchenda

Water for Mutchenda | World Vision Blog

A borehole being drilled — the 13th so far in Mutchenda. This World Vision community intervention will provide people with a convenient, reliable, and safe water source. (©2014 Lindiwe Bandazi/World Vision)

Happening now: As World Vision child sponsorship gets started in our new Mutchenda community in Malawi, our rigs are already drilling boreholes to provide access to clean water!

Read how access to clean water can transform a community, and how you can help advocate for clean water.

Mutchenda: Be there from the beginning

Mutchenda: Be there from the beginning | World Vision Blog

A children's Sunday school choir in Mutchenda, Malawi sings to demonstrate one of their main Sunday activities. (Photo: 2014 Lindiwe Bandazi/World Vision)

Child sponsorship is just getting started in Mutchenda, World Vision's newest community in Malawi!

Hundreds of children are newly registered and waiting for sponsors ... this week we want to find 100 founding sponsors to launch this new community!

Meet Mutchenda through our video, and read about the community's needs and the work that's already begun.

The red leather shoes

The red leather shoes | World Vision Blog

A little boy uses an old soap container to collect water at a UN base in South Sudan, where people have fled from the fighting, leaving their possessions behind. (©2014 Nadene Robertson/World Vision)

As fighting continues in South Sudan, the debris of people in flight litters the ground: suitcases, a television…a child's red leather shoes.

When families flee, children can become separated, putting them at risk of exploitation and abuse.

Read this startling testimony about what's happening and how World Vision is working to help.

A gift of hope

A gift of hope | World Vision Blog

Henry in Malawi holds the goat he received through World Vision sponsorship. (Photo: Wezzie Banda/World Vision)

Henry is 6 and lives in Malawi. His parents used to struggle to grow crops and make a living working various jobs.

Read how Henry's sponsorship and the goat he received through World Vision changed their lives and is helping them realize a future filled with hope!

The Hole in Our Gospel, five years later

The Hole in Our Gospel, five years later | World Vision Blog

The five-year anniversary special edition of The Hole in Our Gospel includes a 16-page full color infograph section illustrating poverty and church trends. (Photo: The Hole in Our Gospel)

Today, Rich Stearns – president of World Vision U.S. – releases a special edition of his book The Hole in Our Gospel, marking five years since its original publication.

Read an excerpt sharing how the fight against global poverty has changed over the past five years, and what our call is today and for the future.

See how sponsorship changes a community

See how sponsorship changes a community | World Vision Blog

Students enjoy the new World Vision-funded school in the Bassin Diaman community in Haiti. (Photo: 2012 Jean-Wickens Merone/World Vision)

Meet 4-year-old Senderlie, who lives with her family in a Haitian community called Bassin Diaman … who is waiting for a sponsor.

Read how sponsorship creates a special journey for children and how sponsors become a part of that story and the story of their whole community!

The ripple effect of water in Mali

The ripple effect of water in Mali | World Vision Blog

Water changes everything. (Photo: 2014 Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

Water changes everything, and access to clean water creates a ripple effect of positive impact across whole communities.

Read about Dr. Greg Allgood's latest trip to Mali, where World Vision Mali's water team just provided their 1,000th water well since 2003!

Passionate about being a child sponsor

Passionate about being a child sponsor | World Vision Blog

By responding to God's call to be involved in the lives of others, Jennifer Erickson became a child sponsor and then a Child Ambassador.

Read about her journey to witness the transformation that sponsorship inspires in children's lives around the world!

Show us your sponsored child, send us your selfie!

Show us your sponsored child, send us your selfie! | World Vision Blog

We want to honor our child sponsors this week — and that means we want to see your smile!

Send us a selfie of you holding up a photo of your sponsored child or children (like the ones shown here). When you do, we'll include it in a video we're creating for the world to see on our Facebook page!

The challenges of motherhood

The challenges of motherhood | World Vision Blog

Diana and her children drawing clean drinking water from a pipeline near their home in Kenya. (Photo: 2013 Kenneth Kibet/World Vision)

Happy Mother’s Day! Today, we celebrate and honor our mothers for the mothering they do every day of the year. We acknowledge the challenges they face, and we thank them for persevering.

This past week, three of our mom bloggers wrote about the challenges that mothers face around the world, in countries like Bangladesh, Kenya, and India.

Check out their amazing perspectives on motherhood!

A mother’s love

A mother’s love | World Vision Blog

Zaid and other Syrian children attend a World Vision remedial education class in Jordan. (Photo: 2014 Dale Hanson Bourke)

Last Wednesday, author Dale Hanson Bourke visited World Vision's education programs for Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

Read about Zaid, the boy she met who is working hard to overcome the challenges he faces as a refugee, and the special way she connected with Zaid's mother.

On motherhood, sponsorship, and a little girl named Zawadi

On motherhood, sponsorship, and a little girl named Zawadi | World Vision Blog

Author Micha Boyett with her sponsored child Heydi on a World Vision trip to Guatemala. (©2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Mother, sponsor, and author Micha Boyett writes today about her first book – Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer – released last month, along with the joys and challenges of both motherhood and sponsorship, and the role that grace has played in both.

Prized possessions

Prized possessions | World Vision Blog

"The letters are very important," Lovely says in a whisper. (Photo: 2014 Mark Nonkes)

After Typhoon Haiyan, Lorelyn’s family had lost not only their home in the storm, but their means of earning an income: only 4 of their coconut trees remained. The future seemed impossible.

But then her daughter, 12-year-old Lovely, remembered the letters from her World Vision sponsor: letters of encouragement and hope. When she pulled the letters from the wreckage of their former home, life started to change.

Mothers and the magic of number 5

Mothers and the magic of number 5 | World Vision Blog

(Photo: Paige Ferrari)

Many children can't survive past the age of 5 without a mother figure. And sadly, every day 18,000 children don't.

But many of these deaths are preventable … so we can do something about it! Stand with us this week and support child and maternal health.

Blogger Paige Ferrari explains how.

[Video] Meet a sponsored community in Bangladesh

[Video] Meet a sponsored community in Bangladesh | World Vision Blog

3-year-old Brishti in Bangladesh. (2009 Amio Ascension/World Vision)

Agoilijhara is one of the communities in Bangladesh that sponsors from the United States help support.

Watch today's video to experience the everyday sights and sounds in Agoilijhara, and learn more about both the challenges the people of Agoilijhara face as well as the ways that sponsorship touches their lives.