[Guatemala bloggers] Speaking love through soccer balls and bear hugs

Our second day in Guatemala, the World Vision bloggers had the amazing opportunity to meet the children they sponsor! We’re here witnessing the ways that World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship.

Shelby Zacharias describes meeting 8-year-old Gerson for the first time.

[Guatemala bloggers] Let's be ordinary. Let's be extravagant.

Yesterday was the World Vision bloggers' first day in the field in Guatemala! We’re witnessing and bringing to you firsthand how World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Micha Boyett reflects on her first in-person, face-to-face experience with World Vision sponsorship.

The post below originally appeared on Micha’s blog.

[Guatemala bloggers] Join me in empathy

Last night, the World Vision bloggers arrived in Guatemala! We're here to see firsthand how World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Caleb Wilde, a funeral director and one of our eight bloggers, invites you to join him in empathy for children in Guatemala.

The post below originally appeared on Caleb’s blog, Confessions of a Funeral Director.

Former sponsored child makes Guatemala's national orchestra

The 2013 bloggers trip to Guatemala is next week! Eight bloggers and I leave on Monday to visit World Vision's programs and witness child sponsorship at work firsthand.

At a community in San Juan Sacatepéquez, we will visit World Vision’s Children’s Center for Artistic Development and music program. As a sponsored child in this program, Hector began playing the cello. Now, he plays with Guatemala's national orchestra!

The project that changed my life

On Monday, September 9, eight bloggers will join writer/photographer Laura Reinhardt and I for a week-long trip to visit World Vision's child sponsorship and community development work in Guatemala!

One of the programs we'll be visiting is the Children Artistic Development Center in San Juan, which incorporates music into its education program. Yolanda plays the double bass in the orchestra. Here is her story.

Syrian children: coping with trauma through drawing

Betsy Baldwin, program management officer for World Vision's humanitarian and emergency affairs team, writes today about a recent trip to Lebanon. Visiting Syrian refugee children who had fled their homes, Betsy witnessed firsthand the effects of the trauma these children had been through. Here, she describes the heartbreaking stories she saw illustrated by these children's hands.

A month among refugees: Coming home from Lebanon

World Vision Australia's social media manager, Joy Toose, spent a month reporting from Lebanon about the Syrian refugees who have sought shelter there from the violence at home. She wrote several amazing blogs for us from Lebanon, but I was curious to get her thoughts on the experience as a whole now that she's back home. 

I wasn't disappointed. Check this out.

Kisongo Trek: The real deal

World Vision Experience provides interactive ways for communities across the United States to share a glimpse into what poverty looks like in the developing world and to understand first-hand the work that World Vision is doing to break the cycle of poverty.

Today, Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., introduces the new World Vision Experience, Kisongo Trek, and describes his visit to Tanzania where that Experience project all began.