How your gifts of love bring lasting change

When you give any gift from the World Vision Gift Catalogue, you help fulfill a larger plan. Animals, water, education even sports balls are part of a complete solution that helps lift communities up.

The result? Children and families in need can experience fullness of life – and achieve self-reliance – all because with your love, victory over poverty is possible.

Select the missing items in the photo below to see how every World Vision gift contributes to the creation of stronger, healthier communities.
 

Chickens provide eggs and income for families.

Chickens provide eggs and income for families.

Classroom supplies promote learning and bright futures for children.
Classroom supplies promote learning and bright futures for children.

Fruit trees are vitamin-packed blessings that protect children from disease.

Fruit trees are vitamin-packed blessings that protect children from disease.

A hearty goat is a great source of protein-rich milk.
A hearty goat is a great source of protein-rich milk.

Sports balls and equipment bring joy and health to children.

Sports balls and equipment bring joy and health to children.

Water is essential to life. And access to clean, safe water transforms communities.

Water is essential to life. And access to clean, safe water transforms communities.

 

Every day we’re reminded that with love, victory over poverty is possible. Gifts you give from the Gift Catalogue have a real and tangible impact. They help families start a small business, feed their children, send them to school and keep them healthy.

These are all big victories and you make them happen. Keep reading to see some of the ways you’re helping to lift children out of poverty with gifts that make a lasting difference.

Thank you for sharing your love this Christmas and all year long.

 

Seng helps his parents collect string beans on their new farm. With new knowledge and practice up their sleeve, there’s no telling how far they can go.

Photo: Ratha Ung/World Vision

Garden Greens for a Great Future

 

A financially insecure family learns how to thrive by growing their very own garden.

Six-year-old Seng and his parents are considered a ‘most vulnerable family’ in the Borei Chulsar district of southern Cambodia. They make little money to support their day to day living.
 
Seng’s father, Phorn, migrated to Thailand with high hopes for a better paying job. In reality, it was a nightmare.

“I was forced to work very hard with low pay for three years until I got a serious sickness,” says Phorn. “Then I came back home with nothing and owed my friend 270,000 riels [$67.50 US] for transportation. When I arrived home, my son did not recognize me,” the father says with sadness.
 
With the goal in mind to be sustainably independent, World Vision cooperated with local authorities to support Seng and his family.
 
Both Phorn and Seng’s mother, Phally, received agricultural training. They learned how to grow vegetables, like long bean and cucumber, with success and a high yield.

“Now I enjoy working in my small farm,” Phorn says with contentment. “We earn 80,000-90,000 riels [$20.00-22.50 US] per day. I promised my son that I [will] stop migrating to Thailand.”
 
By equipping them with agricultural knowledge, Seng’s parents are now able to contribute to his school fund.

 

Thanks to the income generated from the five goats her family received, Rosemary now has nutritious food to eat so she can excel in school. Thank you for investing in a gift that keeps on giving.

Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision

What Can a Goat Do?

 

A goat isn’t just a goat–it’s a key to livelihood for an entire family, sometimes for multiple generations!

Nine-year-old Rosemary gently tends to her grazing goats. There’s something special about these animals: they are the offspring of the original five goats her grandfather received from World Vision a few years ago.
 
But abundance wasn’t always the reality for Rosemary and her family. When her father, Justine, was in school, he couldn’t concentrate because of intense hunger pains, so he dropped out early. The family went into debt just to afford enough to eat. “Those things enslaved us,” says Danford, Rosemary’s grandfather.

Since the goats were given, things have changed dramatically for the family. Danford says, "When I received the goats, I told myself, here comes the freedom.”
 
They began diversifying their crops and trying new income generation ideas. They’ve purchased other animals like chickens, ducks and cows. They’ve expanded to three acres of land, invested in seed and fertilizer, and watched their maize crop increase. They still have crops leftover from last season’s harvest. They’re even growing a field full of sunflowers in front of their home, and the seeds will be used for cooking oil to use and sell.
 
Rosemary is now at the top of her class. She loves learning about math and science the most.

“Goats actually change everything,” says Patricia, Rosemary’s grandmother. “Goats give health to a family. Goats give education to a family. Goats bring food to a family.”


 

In Uganda, World Vision is helping moms and babies to thrive during the most vulnerable times in their lives. Families are supported with things like medical check-ups, vaccines, deworming medicines and vitamins.

Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision

Health Looks Good on You

 

When you know you and your loved ones are cared for with the proper treatment, the only response is pure, uninhibited joy.

If you were a pregnant or nursing woman in Uganda, you would likely have to walk several kilometers on foot, just to get to a clinic. You may even wait in line for hours with a baby on your back, only to find out that the clinic doesn’t have the proper tools to treat your sick child.
 
This is the reality for many women like Dembe** and her baby Sanyu** in the Hoima district.
 
Because of this, World Vision is increasing its support for Health Outreach clinics. The goal is to reach the entire district by equipping and mobilizing Health Workers to meet women closer to their homes.
 
World Vision’s training program offers Health Workers the supplies they need to treat children and mothers from infections and diseases. In a Health Worker’s supply bag, you’d see deworming medicine, polio vaccines, vitamins and weighing tools, to name a few.
 
Common treatments are doses of folic acid to pregnant women and deworming medication for children. Many mothers benefit from HIV counselling and nutritional advice as well.
 
Health Workers typically treat as many as 45-50 children under five. World Vision is increasing support for health care in this district of Uganda, thanks to donors like you. With your support, we could do even more for mothers and babies in need.
 
**Names changed

 

Naomi’s five-year-old son, Lamayan, can now drink water right from the tap. Not only is water accessible and closer to home, it’s also cleaner and safer. Game-changers like you make this happen.

Photo: Chris Huber/World Vision

Straight from the Source

 

Having a crucial life source in your own home at the twist of a tap is a luxury not every Kenyan has. Giving access to clean water is like giving the gift of liberation.

Naomi, Edward and their three young children rely on healthy livestock to generate income. So, water–for them and their animals–is an especially important part of their lives.
 
Every day, Naomi would walk two or three kilometers only to wait for hours to collect from the nearest water source. With the rugged terrain, she was often overcome with fear at the thought of falling into the pond. “Knowing I had to get water again tomorrow tortured me,” says the mother of three. The water would often make her and her family sick, but they didn’t have a choice but to drink it.
 
Inaccessible and contaminated water is a threat to this family’s livelihood, along with countless others in Kenya.
 
Thanks to generous supporters like you, Naomi’s family now benefits from a borehole, storage tank, water kiosk and pipeline system, all closer to home. Life has even changed for Naomi in unexpected ways. “My personal hygiene has really improved because of water,” she says.
 
Not only does the borehole serve Naomi and her family, but an additional 2,000 people and four schools nearby.