A not-so-simple cup of tea

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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.

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I had a delicious cup of tea last summer, the memory of which I will hold for the remainder of my days. It wasn't an ordinary tea bought in a store. This was a special tea called Kenya Tea. I went to great lengths for that simple cup of tea, lengths that included a trip halfway around the world.

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    Pleading for clean water

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    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!

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    The place: southern Zambia. We’d spent the day at one of the most hideous water sources I’d ever seen.

    This water was dirty.

    A dog had recently drowned there, drinking water from the hole. No one knew it had happened until dog fur floated to the surface of the water. That’s when villagers poked around the bottom of the hole with a long stick and found the remains of the dog, caught under a tree root.

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      The hard questions

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      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."

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      Some things are hard to understand. For example, a boy who has difficulty walking and can’t play his favorite game of soccer or the grief of a woman whose daughter drowns in an open well. During a recent trip to Malawi, I witnessed both of these tragedies. This is the story of Julius, whose mobility was affected by a childhood illness, and Doreen Sakala, a mother who lost her 13-year-old daughter.

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        A prayer for Munang’andu

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        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.

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        I cover many sad stories for World Vision, but the ones that hurt the most involve the loss of a child.

        For a mother, a father, a family, there is nothing more heartbreaking.

        From experience, I know this is true.

        My family lost a child: my oldest brother, Bill. At 13 months, he died of a brain tumor. Bill’s loss devastated my parents. He’d been crowned “Baby of the Year,” the first child born that January in our town.

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          Transforming lives with clean water

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          Today, Dr. Greg Allgood—World Vision USA vice president for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene—reflects on a recent trip to the village of Duke in Malawi.

          See how clean water transformed the lives of the people of Duke, from "I didn't think we were going to make it" to "a little piece of paradise"!

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          Transforming lives with clean water | World Vision BlogOn a recent trip to Malawi, I experienced the transformation that takes place when water comes to a village.

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            10 transformative benefits of running with Team World Vision

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            A New Year … a new you! What are your resolutions for 2015?

            Check out ten ways that running with Team World Vision can help transform your life!

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            This New Year, I am committing to a healthier and more purposeful 2015. How about you? To be honest, I have a rather poor track record for sticking with my resolutions. I’m not alone. University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year goals.

            But don’t fall into despair and think, “Why bother?” This year can be different.

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              Clean water for everyone in more than 2000 villages

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              This month, World Vision Water announced a major accomplishment and something of a miracle: this year, we’ve provided clean drinking water to every man, woman, and child in 2,416 villages in Africa!

              Read about our ambitious plan for universal coverage with clean water!

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              World Vision has been investing with our partners in providing clean water to villages in Africa for decades because we know that clean water changes everything for people who suffer from water-related diseases and spend much of their day hauling water for long distances. So what is new about this announcement?

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                Claris shines

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                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…

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                In August, I spent the day at one of the most hideous water sources I’d ever seen. This water was dirty.

                A dog had recently drowned there while drinking water from the hole. No one knew it had happened until dog fur floated to the surface of the water. That’s when villagers poked around the bottom of the hole with a long stick and found the remains of the dog, caught under a tree root.

                They were sickened.

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                  One-millionth person reached with clean water

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                  Celebrate with us today as we mark the one-millionth person to receive clean water through our water programs this year!

                  We're also announcing a new partnership to provide communities with solar-powered water pumps to help provide sustained water supply in developing communities!

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                  We’re celebrating today … Fridah, a ten-year-old girl in rural Kenya, is the one-millionth person to receive clean water through World Vision’s programs this year!

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                    Running for life

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                    Every day, our amazing supporters – like Lopez Lomong, Daniel Bauer, and Kristy Everard – overcome their own challenges to help people in need around the world by running for Team World Vision.

                    Today, read about our fourth and final runner, Tammy Kasal, and how she overcame her "fear of failure and desire to control my life" and said "Yes" to God's call!

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                    I work as a healthcare IT analyst and live in St. Paul, MN with my husband and three kids (ages 3, 4, and 5). I have been overweight or obese for as much of my life as I can remember. My highest weight was 385 pounds at the end of my first pregnancy in October 2008. I was addicted to food, and losing hope of ever being healthy.

                    As I faced motherhood and found myself responsible for three precious gifts in the span of three short years, I knew I needed to change.      

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