Photos from Iraq: Overwhelmed by hope

Photos from Iraq: Overwhelmed by hope | World Vision Blog

Zaina was born while her family was displaced by conflict in Iraq.
(Photo: 2015 Christine Anderson)

Writer and photographer Christine Anderson recently traveled with us to Iraq, where she met baby Zaina and her family, who have been displaced by conflict.

Journey with her to meet the people she encountered along the way, and see the hope she discovered there for Iraqis struggling to survive.

UPDATE: Our Zika virus response

UPDATE: Zika virus outbreak | World Vision Blog

Television update in Honduras. (Photo: Kari Costanza/World Vision)

An update on the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas: what’s happening, how World Vision’s expertise with Ebola supports our response and prevention efforts, and what you can do today to help make a difference.

The hidden side of humanitarian crisis: Gender-based violence

The hidden side of humanitarian crisis: Gender-based violence | World Vision Blog

Photo: Ralph Baydoun/World Vision

During humanitarian crises like armed conflict and natural disasters, violence—especially against women and girls—has been shown to increase. This culture of violence can be one of the greatest challenges for people like refugees who are affected by crisis.

In these situations, some parents marry their young daughters off early to protect them … but in reality, child marriage is just another form of this violence. Our gender expert explains:

What do we know about preventing human trafficking?

What do we know about preventing human trafficking? | World Vision Blog

In Laos, trafficking survivors release balloons that carry written messages they want to communicate to family and friends. (Photo: 2015 Nila Douanesouvanh/World Vision)

If you knew the risks of human trafficking, would you still take those risks to provide for your family?

New research suggests that people in Southeast Asia do. See these surprising results and how we can help prevent trafficking.

12 steps to a deeper relationship with your sponsored child

12 steps to a deeper relationship with your sponsored child | World Vision Blog

A World Vision sponsor meets her sponsored child in Guatemala. (Photo: 2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

What if the best New Year's resolution you can make for 2016 isn't even about you?

This 12-step guide from blogger Rachel Teodoro outlines monthly fun and creative ways that will help you build a deep relationship with the child you sponsor throughout the year!

Struggling to keep warm in winter

Struggling to keep warm in winter | World Vision Blog

Hasmik's mother rubs her hands to warm them. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

How do you survive a seven-month winter when you have next to nothing?

See how Hasmik's family survives in wintry Armenia, and how World Vision is helping to keep families like theirs a little warmer this winter.

Follow the Goats 7: The meaning of Christmas

Follow the Goats 7: The meaning of Christmas | World Vision Blog

It’s nighttime in Zambia. Billy and Grampa Goat are resting in a goat shelter after a long day spent with Lita Munkombwe and her three goats, Mama, Maria, and Mbuzi.

What is the meaning of Christmas … for goats? Today, at the end of their journey around the world, Grampa Goat explains to Billy the importance of that starry night many, many years ago. Read the conclusion of their adventure!

Making a difference, two gifts at a time

Making a difference, two gifts at a time | World Vision Blog

Women at God’s Ranch, a safe home near Tacoma, Washington, received Hope Kits last fall from Thirty-One Gifts and World Vision. (Photo: 2014 World Vision)

Through our partnership with direct sales company Thirty-One Gifts, this Giving Tuesday we're making a difference for families in need two gifts at a time!

Read more about our partnership, the impact we're making around the world together, and how tomorrow your gift will make twice the difference.

Why goats and goatees?

Why goats and goatees? | World Vision Blog

Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin is growing a GOATee for a Good Cause! (Photo: Harlem Globetrotters)

Throughout November, six of our friends at the Harlem Globetrotters have been growing GOATees for a Good Cause … for goats!

Today, hear from Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin about his experience, and why goats and goatees this Giving Tuesday.

My favorite conspiracy

My favorite conspiracy | World Vision Blog

Pastor Greg Holder visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley last month. (Photo: 2015 Chris Huber/World Vision)

What could happen if we invited our churches to celebrate Christmas differently?

Read about the "Advent Conspiracy" — a movement to make Christmas a revolutionary event by worshiping fully, spending less, giving more, and loving all. 

And … see how next week you can make twice the gift and send twice the love to families in need!

The right wheelchair means a full life for Shelby

The right wheelchair means a full life for Shelby | World Vision Blog

Shelby in Kenya received a new wheelchair customized to suit her specific needs. (Photo: World Vision)

Five-year-old Shelby in Kenya has cerebral palsy, and for a while she and her mother Anne didn't have the support that Shelby needed.

Through our USAID-funded ACCESS wheelchair program, not only does Shelby now have a wheelchair, she has ongoing clinical and social support!

Read Shelby's and Anne's story, and see the transformative difference the right wheelchair has made in their lives as well as across their community.