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When you give through the Gift Catalogue, you’re providing opportunities for children to reach their fullest potential. Livelihoods that help parents care for their families. Resources that help communities build up their infrastructure, economy and resilience.

Below are stories from real people whose lives have changed thanks to gifts they received from generous Canadians like you.
A little girl from Zambia proudly shows off the vegetables she harvested from her garden.
Joyce proudly shows off the vegetables she harvested from their garden.

Photo: Laura Reinhardt

 

Growing a Better Future

 

Garden helps parents plant seeds of hope for their children.

This year, the garden has become more important to Milton’s family than ever before. Drought caused his usual cash crop of maize to wilt before it could be harvested, causing Milton, 40, to worry. How would he feed his family or send his children to school? 

But Milton has been trained in high-yield agriculture and knows how to work with the soil during drought conditions. By only clearing where he plants, Milton helps the soil retain the moisture it needs to feed his crops, which now include rows and rows of ripe tomatoes, beans and lush collard greens. 

Milton shares his love of gardening with his nine-year-old daughter Joyce. After school every day, Joyce stops at home, puts down her books and goes straight to the garden to help with watering. “I like to stay here at the garden. I water and I help to keep animals out of the plants,” she says. She likes the collard greens best, but when there are ripe tomatoes, she loves to pick and eat them right there in the garden. “It’s nice to have this good food. Others don’t have such good things to eat.”

Everyone in the family enjoys spending time in the garden. Joyce’s mother Seida, 37, says she spends her days at the garden and even cooks meals there. 

“My husband and I work hard at this because we want our children to go to school. We want them to reach their full potential and be independent,” says Seida. “If they get an education, they can choose what they want to do.”    

A young boy from Zambia carries a young goat on his shoulders.
Just two kids hanging out! Nathan enjoys helping his family raise goats, which are an incredible source of ongoing nutrition and income.

Photo: Laura Reinhardt

Raising Animals, Raises Hopes for a Better Future

 

Goats: a family’s gateway to prosperity

Before they raised goats, Eunice, 35, and her husband Diyo, 45, watched helplessly as their children starved. Their jobs working on other farms as day labourers in Moyo, Zambia barely earned them enough money to feed their children, much less send them to school. And without an education, Eunice feared that early marriage was the only option available for her children – but that road leads to no options at all.

That all changed when Eunice and Diyo received four goats through World Vision, as well as training on how to care for them. The goats not only provide the family with an ongoing source of food and nutrition, they also help Eunice and Diyo earn a viable income so they can send their children to school. “Before we got goats, the children had no milk and sometimes we went to bed hungry,” says Diyo. “Because of these goats, I am confident. I can provide for my family.”

Two years after being blessed with their precious goats, it was time for Eunice and Diyo to share their four-legged blessings with other families in need. “When we passed them along,” Eunice says, “we also shared about the benefits we get from goats, like the manure.”

Today, Eunice and Diyo have diversified their sources of income. They now sell chickens, eggs, fish, tomatoes, greens and onions which they harvest from their thriving vegetable garden. Thanks to the gift of goats, they look forward to the day when they can build a bigger house and expand their farm to include even more animals. 
 

Three female students wash their hands at a school handwashing station in Siayan, Philippines.
It took over 50 years to bring water to this school in Siayan, Philippines. Now, students can safely use the washroom, wash their hands and drink clean water.

Photo: Florence Joy Maluyo

Let Good Health and Opportunities Flow

 

A community’s long wait for clean water finally ends.

Imagine being a student in the village of Siayan, Philippines. Your school supplies include the usual items that Canadian students also need – textbooks, paper, pencils. But there’s another very important item that students in Siayan bring to school every day that Canadian students don’t: a gallon of water, which they collect from a communal source on their way to school. That is because their school toilets don’t have enough water to properly flush, leaving girls and boys to choose between going to the bathroom anywhere or holding it in. Neither is a healthy or safe option.  

“Lack of access to clean water, whether in school or at home, exposes a child to an unclean environment,” says World Vision’s Program Manager Manuel Lim. “He or she cannot practice proper hygiene. It also puts children at risk of water-borne diseases such as diarrhea.” 

After the education department declared that all schools must have daily access to clean water in 2016, World Vision partnered with the local government, school and community to help address this concern. With the installation of water pipes to bring water from its source to the school, a tank to house the water and a hand pump in case of a power outage, things began to look up for everyone in Siayan.

Judith, the village’s chieftain, remembers the hardships she also endured as a student without access to clean water in her school. “For the longest time, we have been hoping for a safer way to get clean water,” she shares. “I am now 50-years-old so that’s how long I have been waiting. I am grateful that the younger generation won’t have to go through what we did.”  

A female student from Zambia
Mary used to walk long distances just to get to school. But thanks to the bike she received through World Vision’s Gift-in-Kind program, Mary’s academic dreams are well within her grasp.

Photo: Agatha Mali

Riding Towards a Bright Future

 

Mary’s bicycle is her vehicle to academic success.

Mary’s day starts unusually early for a 14-year-old. She wakes up at three a.m. to help with household chores before setting off for school in Chipapa, Zambia – it takes her four hours to complete the seven-kilometre walk. 

“I usually fall sick and struggle to walk and at times, I felt discouraged whenever I thought of the distance and decided to stay home from school,” Mary explains sadly.

But Mary knows the opportunities that education can bring and so, she persevered through all the challenges. She braves all kinds of hazards to and from school, like inclement weather, thorny paths, fatigue and illness – and the lingering fear that one day she might be raped or killed along the way. 

Her commitment to school paid off when she received a bicycle through World Vision’s Gift-in-Kind program – opening doors and a new chapter in Mary’s life. “In the past, I did not have enough time to study because I always reached home very late and tired. At the same time, I had to help my mother with house chores,” she says. “But ever since I received the bicycle, I get home on time and I have enough sleep to help mum with work and study.”

Today, Mary no longer fears the long walk to school and her path is crystal clear. “I am grateful to the people who thought of me. This bicycle is going to take me a long way. Every time I am cycling to school, I feel like I am cycling to my bright future.” 

A little girl, carried by her mom, receives medical treatment from a health care professional in a clinic.
The Katunda Health Centre in Luampa, Zambia sees patients from all walks of life, including little Bertha who is sick with multiple illnesses. Her mother, Purity, is with her.

Photo: Eugene Lee

Healthy Clinics Mean Healthy Communities

 

A well-stocked clinic is vital to improving community health.

In many ways, life in Zambia is tied to the rainy season, which lasts from November to April. The rain nourishes the soil, which grows the crops that humans and animals depend on for their survival. At the same time, the life-giving rainy season can also increase the risk of malaria and pneumonia – illnesses that can be life-threatening without immediate and adequate medical treatment.

That’s why the Katunda Health Centre is such a blessing for the people of Luampa district. The government serves 9,000 people in this community, but they supply medicine for less than half the population. This means that critical drugs are often in short supply as the number of illnesses rise with the season. As the community’s only clinic, many of Katunda Health Centre’s clients walk up to 20-kilometres from their homes for medical attention for either themselves or their loved ones.

One of the clinic’s patients is a three-year-old child named Bertha. Worried about her daughter’s cough, fever, diarrhea and vomiting, Purity brought Bertha to the clinic where they received painkillers and antibiotics to help the little girl recover. 

The World Vision gift-in-kind program helps rural clinics like the Katunda Health Centre by providing most-needed drugs such as acetaminophen, antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS, antimalarials, deworming tablets, vitamin supplements, antibiotics and more. 

“These drugs will also help address where the government (supplies) can’t reach,” says Bridget Kashweka, the clinic’s managing nurse. “We are so happy (that) our clients will now have the drugs and no longer have to go buy them (on their own). They will be cured.”