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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.

[Podcast] Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation

Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation | World Vision Blog

Leaders of World Vision Armenia's youth program present their creative initiatives to help build their community. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Paul Turner)

Today is our last day in Armenia. From the hopelessness of poverty to the joy and wholeness that child sponsorship brings to communities, families, and children, we've explored the full impact of World Vision's work here in the land of Noah.

Join us today for a podcast live from Armenia! The latest episode of That God Show brings you the stories of the families we just visited, and how we play a role in God's big story.

When you can’t find the words

When you can’t find the words | World Vision Blog

Brothers Grigor, 2, and Samvel, 3, during the World Vision Bloggers' visit to their family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

As our World Vision Bloggers trip to Armenia nears its end, Juli Wilson describes her struggle to find the right words for her experience, meeting "some of the most overlooked … heroes of the world."

Read how witnessing these stories painted for Juli a picture of faith, family, and God's good plan for us.

Zhanna exists

Zhanna exists | World Vision Blog

Amy with her sponsored child, Zhanna. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Sponsoring a child through World Vision is more than setting up a monthly auto-pay from your bank account. It's a relationship with a child, a real child who lives a real life in a country far away.

Amy Bellgardt of Mom Spark is with us this week in Armenia, and on Saturday she had the chance to meet Zhanna, the little girl she sponsors!

Read about Amy's dedication to Zhanna's life and well-being.

PHOTOBLOG: Secretly incredible people

PHOTOBLOG: Secretly incredible people | World Vision Blog

"If we want to end global poverty, it starts with mothers and children." (Photo: 2014 Branden Harvey)

Last fall, photographer and storyteller Branden Harvey traveled with our Advocacy team to visit our maternal and child health programs in Zimbabwe!

Today's photoblog captures his journey and the "secretly incredible people" he met along the way.


Radio-Active | World Vision Blog

Village health workers gather under a mango tree to listen to an Obbanywa radio broadcast. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is World Radio Day!

See how “Obbanywa,” a World Vision-produced radio program in Uganda, helps to train volunteer village health team members to identify and treat deadly diseases like malaria!

The power of a grandmother’s love

The power of a grandmother’s love | World Vision Blog

Elizabeth with 2 of her 24 grandchildren in Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Collins Kaumba/World Vision)

Elizabeth in Zambia is the matriarch of her family. But this grandmother's primary role isn't only to love and dote on them … she's their provider. And for the past few years, she has struggled.

Through her church and a variety of World Vision programs, Elizabeth can now show her love to her family through food, education, health, and a life transformed out of poverty!

Caring for equality

Caring for equality | World Vision Blog

Traditional Armenian Noury dolls. (Photo: Yeva Avakyan/World Vision)

“Armenia has one of the most imbalanced sex ratios at birth in the world.” (UNFPA)

In Armenia, World Vision is working with men, women, and youth in the promotion of gender equality and prevention of prenatal sex selection.

Yeva Avakyan, our senior advisor for gender and formerly on staff with our office in Armenia, describes prenatal sex selection and how World Vision addresses this issue.

The faces that stay with you

The faces that stay with you | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee Ghaziyye with her one of her 4-year-old twin daughters in Lebanon. (Photo: 2013 Lauren Fisher/World Vision)

13-year-old Oujelan. Ghaziyye and her twin girls. 4-year-old Saad, who's forgotten how to play—these are some of the faces that have stayed with today's writer, Lauren Fisher, who visited Lebanon a year ago.

Today, Lauren reflects on the people she met and celebrates the ways that World Vision's work with the Syrian refugees has helped them and many more, and continues.