Meet Raya, a Muppet on a mission

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9-year-old Ngonga hugs Raya, a Muppet on a mission! We've partnered with Sesame Street to teach kids in Zambia the importance of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. And we're bringing this life-saving message to four new schools every day.

Travel to Zambia with Raya and see how she's helping communities be healthier … and have fun!

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What could be more fun that playing with a Muppet! I’m in Zambia to see our latest work with Sesame Street and enjoying my time playing with the kids and a new Muppet named Raya.

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    World Water Day 2016: Together we are greater than unclean water

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    Our goal is for everyone to have access to clean water in every community where we work by 2030. But is this really possible?

    This World Water Day, see why our Vice President for clean water, Dr. Greg Allgood, believes that we can achieve this goal … together.

    *Photo: Claudine in Rwanda receives clean water through World Vision! (Photo: Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

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    The UN’s World Water Day is today, March 22, and this year’s World Water Day is the first since World Vision made a commitment to provide clean water to everyone, everywhere we work by 2030.

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      On the road for World Vision Water

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      Five years ago, World Vision launched a groundbreaking initiative called the For Every Child Campaign (FEC), which aimed to create sustainable change in five strategic areas of our work for 20 million people! This week, the campaign comes to a close.

      Hear from one of our FEC donors, whose passion was clean water, and the project she and her husband are embarking upon today to make an even bigger difference.

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      What changed us? How did we morph, in just the last five years, from casual, inconsistent givers to passionate water warriors? Why are we not only willing to give more, but also eagerly encouraging others to give?

      Answer: World Vision’s For Every Child Campaign.

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        Rainbows and water

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        For people like Molly in Zambia, water is life … and a challenge.

        As blogger Rachel Teodoro walks in Molly's shoes, see how God's "heart breaks for the challenges that these people face" but how He is there, and the transformation already underway.

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        I woke up to rain. A rain that I was quite thankful for because this land is thirsty for it. We are at the tail end of the rainy season. One that hasn't been very rainy. Crops are stunted, rows and rows of maize are brown and wilted. 

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          When life hands you lemons

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          The heat of summer is the perfect time for lemonade stands!

          Blogger Matthew Paul Turner describes what lemonade stands meant for him as a kid, mean to him now as a father, and how they can be a great way to get kids involved with helping others around the world.

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          On a hot summer day when I was 9 years old, my younger sister and I decided that we were going to set up a lemonade stand at the end of our driveway. Upon telling our father about our plan, he grimaced slightly. Now, Dad wasn’t exactly against the idea of Elisabeth and me selling mediocre lemonade to the people who drove by our house, he just worried that our backroad wasn’t an ideal location for that to happen.

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            The support of a mother

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            A Mother's Day message for mothers from bestselling author Debbie Macomber!

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            There's a picture in my baby book of my mother giving me a bath in our kitchen sink. I must have been about nine months old and my face is full of delight as I splash in the water. Although my mother isn't in the photograph, her arm is there supporting my back.

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              Moriah’s child

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              “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.

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              For Moriah Rees, it had been an awkward conversation—one that left her uncertain.

              “Ever since I started working at World Vision, people would ask me, ‘Do you have a sponsored child?’ I tried. I looked on the web and didn’t connect with any of the children. I asked myself, ‘What’s wrong with me?’”

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                Forever changed by clean water

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                This summer, blogger Rachel Teodoro traveled with us to Uganda to dedicate a new clean water borehole for one of our communities.

                Through her eyes, witness the energy and pure joy that the people of this community felt at having clean water, and see how they will be forever changed by it.

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                I was crying before we even got out of the van. The crowd was at least 200 strong. We could hear the singing. We could feel the joy from the songs being sung. Words we didn't know, sounds we weren't familiar with, but smiles and expressions that didn't require the same language to understand that they radiated a thankfulness and joy unlike any I had heard. There were mothers with babies on their hips and children of all ages. Even men stopped their afternoon work and came out to this celebration. They were gathered to dedicate a borehole.

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                  Quenching more than thirst

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                  While traveling in India, blogger Amy Bellgardt visited a World Vision water program and was so inspired that she became one of our World Vision Bloggers!

                  See how clean water is helping to empower women in India … and how these programs inspired Amy.

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                  How many times do you turn on a water faucet each day?

                  Have you ever thought about it?

                  Think about each time you visit the restroom, wash your hands, take a bath or shower, wash food, laundry … the number will likely be quite high. That is just you, too. Factor in your family members and you’ve easily used  gallons and gallons used every single day.

                  The ease and convenience of clean water is literally right at our fingertips.

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                    Benny’s smile

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                    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.

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                    Today I hold a brick in my hands and a smile in my heart. They both come from the same person: Benny Hampande.

                    Benny’s smile is not the kind of smile you often see coming from a man who lives in rural Africa. I’ve met fathers all across Africa and around the world for whom the burden of parenthood is draining. Worrying and working to help a family survive every day can sap a man’s energy and enthusiasm. So can having children who are constantly sick and a wife who is always bone tired.

                    Benny’s life is different.

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