Recent Posts By Kari Costanza

Debbie Macomber: A love story

Debbie Macomber: A love story | World Vision Blog

Debbie Macomber is welcomed at the St. Elizabeth's school for girls in Kenya. (Photo: 2014 Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

Over the course of her illustrious career, best-selling author Debbie Macomber has written hundreds of stories. Today, she is the main character.

The supporting characters of this story are a Microsoft VP, World Vision, and the girls of a school in Kenya.

Read our story of determination, passion, and heart!

Humanitarian heroes

Humanitarian heroes | World Vision Blog

World Vision staffer Madeleine Bilonda with displaced children in South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Thirteen years ago today, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad. In remembrance, August 19 was declared World Humanitarian Day to honor all those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires people to serve.

With 45,000 people serving World Vision in nearly 100 countries, today we honor those who work in the hardest places. Read the stories of three humanitarian heroes working in the newest and most fragile country in the world: South Sudan. After decades of fighting for independence, South Sudan became a country in 2011 and has been embroiled in a civil war since 2013.

I wish I could take you with me

I wish I could take you with me | World Vision Blog

Sonali (means "golden") enjoys learning and playing at World Vision's Child-Friendly Space in Bangladesh. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When our writer/photographer team Kari and Jon travel to the field, their mission is to capture amazing stories so they can virtually take you with them to those places.

Through the World Vision Experience, see how an interactive tour brings their stories of children like Sonali in Bangladesh even closer! And how you can experience it, too.

Our mother died because she ran too slow

Our mother died because she ran too slow | World Vision Blog

World Vision Staff member Michael Angkok with 4 orphaned siblings he helped unite with relatives in South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is World Refugee Day: a day of awareness and renewed committments to help those displaced by conflict and disaster.

Our team recently traveled to South Sudan, where they met a family of four siblings, orphaned and displaced by war.

Read their story.

Malaria: The phone call that wasn’t

Malaria: The phone call that wasn’t | World Vision Blog

World Vision videographer Tom Costanza on a visit to Rwanda. (Photo: Lisa Berglund/World Vision)

Malaria hasn't existed in the United States since 1949 (CDC). But half the world's population remains at risk of this mosquito-borne disease (WHO).

This World Malaria Day, let's take a moment to see firsthand how awful this disease is … and the difference a simple bed net can make.

South Sudan: An invitation to pray

South Sudan: An invitation to pray | World Vision Blog

Dr. Joel Smith spoon feeds a starving baby in a World Vision feeding center. (Photo: 1998 Jon Warren/World Vision)

After a severe famine in 1998 and a 2011 war for independence, the people of the new South Sudan remain in extreme vulnerability through renewed conflict and food insecurity.

On Sunday, our writer/photographer team Kari Costanza and Jon Warren fly to Juba to visit our work among the families displaced by conflict.

See what they're expecting and hoping to find on this visit, and how you can help support them.

Moriah’s child

Moriah’s child | World Vision Blog

Moriah with photos of her new sponsored child, Claris. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

“The Easter story is a story of justice and the length that someone would go to bring justice to the world.”

See how a brand-new child sponsorship is helping to bring justice, happiness, and joy to a little girl in Zambia this Lenten season.

Benny’s smile

Benny’s smile | World Vision Blog

Benny Hampande in Zambia making bricks for their new church. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Meet Benny in Zambia … a father who smiles because his family no longer has to worry about dirty water!

Read his story and see how clean water is helping this community expand their church.

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!

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.


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!

When Moses got milk

When Moses got milk | World Vision Blog

Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision

Our writer/photographer team Kari and Jon are in Rwanda this week! On Tuesday, they met 11-year-old Moses, an orphan who was brought back from the brink of death by milk.

See how cows and a pay-it-forward spirit are helping to transform Rwandan communities and young lives.

A second chance at Christmas

A second chance at Christmas | World Vision Blog

5-year-old Sona was a sponsored child in Gyumri, Armenia in 2003. (Photo: 2003 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is Christmas in Armenia!

The land where Noah's Ark came to rest after the flood in Genesis, Armenia has long been a land of second chances. See how today, Armenia is getting a second chance after the fall of communism, and how World Vision is helping through child sponsorship and more.

Claris shines

Claris shines | World Vision Blog

6-year-old Claris (right) in Zambia shines now that she has clean water! (Photo: 2014 Kari Costanza/World Vision)

When World Vision staff writer Kari Costanza met 6-year-old Claris in Zambia last August, she met a very sad, tired little girl. Her weary mother told Kari, "She has to fetch water. She's a girl."

But just last Wednesday, Claris's community received the miracle of clean water for the first time — and Claris began to shine! See her now…

Early Adopters

Early Adopters | World Vision Blog

Miychele with his family in Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When staff writer Kari Costanza visited sponsored child Mutinta's family in Zambia, she witnessed their vibrant transformation through World Vision's programs. Not only had they received clean water, livestock, and school supplies, her father Miychele had planted a huge orchard!

Read how Miychele's early adoption of farming techniques helped keep his family healthy and happy!

Coffee love

Coffee love | World Vision Blog

Christine working on The Good Coffee farm with her baby girl, Christella, on her back. Christine was 5 when the genocide began. (©2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Happy International Coffee Day!

Read how a World Vision cooperative coffee growing program helped transform the hatred caused by the Rwandan genocide into forgiveness and love.

Jennifer’s gift

Jennifer’s gift | World Vision Blog

7-year-old Steven in Zambia and the malaria net that now helps keep him safe from malaria. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Often in the communities where World Vision works, blessings abound.

Two weeks ago, our writer Kari Costanza discovered a new blessing: Mercy, a young mother in Zambia whose village believed her possessed because she had malaria so often, her 7 year old son Steven, and their whole village no longer get malaria!

Kari also discovered that the American couple that sponsors Steven are her friends! And the greatest gift to Mercy and Steven. Read their story!