Monthly Archives: September 2012

The fight to end child trafficking continues

One year ago, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act -- the centerpiece of U.S. policies against modern-day slavery around the world -- expired because Congress failed to reauthorize it in time. Since then, concerned citizens and groups who work to protect children have advocated for the reauthorization bill to be passed.

Below is our latest update from Jesse Eaves, World Vision's child protection policy adviser.

Why did I pray?

World Vision's Kari Costanza traveled to Rwanda, where she met Solange, whose life was turned upside-down in a short period of time.

Fighting caused Solange and her family flee their home in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After arriving in Kiegeme refugee camp, Solange lost her 3-year-old daughter, Rebecca.

Kari met Solange in a hospital, where she was staying with her baby, Esther. Kari shares her thoughts on meeting Solange and Esther -- and the tragic news she received after returning to the United States.

PHOTOS: Witness to history

September 22 marks World Vision’s 62nd anniversary of serving children, families, and communities in need.

World Vision photographs document the most tragic crises of the past six decades. Today, many of these places have seen healing and recovery, thanks to the work of nongovernmental organizations.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] When your mother immolates herself

Tony Jones traveled to Sri Lanka with the World Vision blogger team, where he met Simras, an 8-year-old sponsored child.

After the boy's family was torn apart by tragedy, his aunt Sapika and uncle Mohamed took him in as their own. Tony was able to hear some of their story -- and the hopes that Sapika and Mohamed have for Simras.

This post originally appeared on Tony’s blog, Theoblogy.

Morning tea with Kate Middleton

This week, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, visited World Vision's programs in the Solomon Islands as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour.

Koisau Sade, gender issues coordinator for World Vision in the Solomon Islands, had tea with the Duchess and shared about how World Vision is working to put a stop to domestic abuse there.

Sharing my story with the royal couple

Today, Ellison was given the opportunity of a lifetime -- to share with the royal couple how his life has been changed through World Vision's work in the Solomon Islands. Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, are paying a visit to our programs there as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour to celebrate the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

Read on to hear Ellison's story in his own words.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Meeting my O!

September is "Connect With Your Sponsored Child" month. Allison Olfelt was given a unique opportunity to do just that when she traveled to Sri Lanka last month with the World Vision blogger team.

Read on to learn about Allison's experience meeting Odish and his mother -- and learn how you can visit your sponsored child.

This post originally appeared on Allison's blog, O My Family.

A visit from the royal couple

This week, World Vision will receive a visit from the royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. The king-to-be and his wife will be learning about World Vision's work in the Solomon Islands, which is part of the South Asia and Pacific region, where a billion people live on less than $2 per day.

Top five ways to connect with your sponsored child

Sponsorship is about more than just giving money to help people in need -- it's about letting children know they are loved.

Taking time to write letters or send small gifts and cards can create a meaningful relationship with your sponsored child. Many sponsors find that investing in this relationship is more than a blessing for their sponsored child -- it also changes their own life.

Read on to learn how you can create a lasting relationship with your sponsored child.

How child sponsorship through World Vision works

Maybe you've wondered how World Vision's global programs work; why sponsorship is a monthly pledge; or what happens when someone stops sponsoring a child.

During her visit to Sri Lanka with the World Vision blogger team, Laura Tremaine sought answers to these questions, and here, she shares some of her experience.

This post originally appeared on Laura’s blog, Hollywood Housewife.

Mopping up again

Eleven years ago today, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Americans came together to support and care for those whose lives had been torn apart by the incredible tragedy.

Today, in a similar spirit, Americans are coming together again to care for those left devastated by Hurricane Isaac, which swept across the U.S. Gulf Coast in areas severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina just seven years ago.

Hear how people have reached out to care for their neighbors in the wake of the storm's landfall nearly two weeks ago.

More than a dream

Much of World Vision's work involves meeting people's physical needs -- but what can also result is an emotional change.

When people aren't worried about where they'll get nutritious food, clean water, education, or healthcare, they're given freedom to dream about the future. On a trip to Romania, World Vision's Marilee Dunker saw this transformation firsthand.

Read on to find out how one family felt the courage to dream because of World Vision's work.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] I don’t think it’s just the jet-lag talking

Joy Bennett traveled to Sri Lanka with our blogger team last week to experience firsthand how World Vision's sponsorship programs are making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities in need. Along the way, she discovered just how stark poverty can be -- and how blessed we are as Americans.

How does she feel now that she's back in the United States? Read on to find out.

This post originally appeared on Joy's blog, Joy in This Journey.

Let’s show the world our compassion and depth

One of my favorite bands is Band of Horses. I love all kinds of music and listen to different types, based on the mood I am in at that moment -- but I can always listen to Band of Horses. It’s all about their lyrics, which I find creative and often very thought-provoking.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Sewvandi and Mala

During her visit to Sri Lanka last week with the World Vision blogger team, Laura Tremaine met Mala and her daughter, Sewvandi, whose story she shares below. Knowing that education is key to helping Sewvandi escape from poverty, Laura made a special commitment to the girl.

This post originally appeared on Laura's blog, Hollywood Housewife.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] The crowd waiting for us in the street, and my new hero

Shawn Smucker traveled with the World Vision blogger team to Sri Lanka last week, visiting with children, families, and communities whose lives have been changed by our work made possible through child sponsorship.

In this post, he describes his experience receiving a very warm welcome from residents of an area where World Vision is concluding its development work, which has equipped the community to become self-sufficient and sustainable.

This post originally appeared on Shawn's blog.

[Sri Lanka Bloggers] Sri Lanka: A tale of two fathers

World Vision Sri Lanka blogger Darrell Dow compares his own worries and uncertainties with that of another father, whom he met in Sri Lanka while traveling with our blogger team to witness firsthand the impacts of World Vision's child sponsorship programs.

This post originally appeared on Darrell's blog.