Your love makes a difference in this world


When you give a gift from the World Vision Gift Catalogue, you’re giving a meaningful, practical gift that directly improves the lives of children and families in vulnerable communities.

You make it happen with support for one or more of the following five areas: agriculture, animals, clean water,  education and health and nutrition. Together these gifts help lift families out of poverty and achieve self-reliance.

Select the missing items in the photo below to see how.

Chickens provide eggs and income for families.

Chickens provide eggs and income for families.

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

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.

 

Real impact. That’s the effect your gift can have. These gifts help families start a small business, feed their children, send them to school and keep them healthy

The true-life stories you can read below are proof of the power of your love.

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

A beekeeper in full white beekeeping gear, including protective hood, stands outside a trio of hives and holds a honey frame in gloved hands.
Ernest, a beekeeper in Burundi, verifies the bees in improved hives provided with assistance from World Vision. This kind of high-value farming helps families thrive and improve food security.

Photo: Inès Kidasharira

The Buzz of a Better Future

 

Beekeeping—and the tools and training to match—helps improve a family’s livelihood.

At 6 years old, Ernest was handling hives full of bees. Honey cultivation was how his family earned enough money to survive in Mbuye, Burundi. Three decades later by age 34, he had taken up carpentry and farmed a small plot of land to help support his wife and three children.

But the small plots simply weren’t enough to provide for a family. Income and food insecurity continued to be issues, both root causes of poor child wellbeing. So Ernest revisited the profession of his youth.

However, even this fell short. World Vision has since provided assistance to improve beekeeping and group practitioners into associations. Two associations received 50 beehives and materials including wax sheets, smokers, bee suits and brushes.

By making beekeeping more efficient, honey production has risen to 1,500 kg annually from 80 kg annually. In a country where over 70% of the population lives on less than $1 a day, improved beekeeping is helping to alleviate poverty by producing honey that can generate $300 in a single harvest.

And it has brought another welcome transformation: women and girls are now becoming involved in beekeeping. Before, traditional beliefs about menstruation hurting honey production kept women away. Today Ernest smiles at his 8-year-old daughter Benita and says, “If I had equipment of her size, I would be taking her so she gets familiar with bees at an early age.”

By providing tools and training to vulnerable communities, you help empower people to build better futures for themselves.

 

A young girl in a green and red dress kisses the head of a black and white baby goat.
Outside their home in Zambia, Obby’s daughter Debby plants a kiss on the forehead of a baby goat. A goat provides a great source of income for a family and can drive self-sufficiency.

Photo: Laura Reinhardt

 

One Goat Changes Lives

 

A goat paves the road to a better livelihood for vulnerable families

For years, Obby, 52, and his family of seven have struggled with food insecurity and health issues in Zambia. The few small goats they had didn’t bring in enough money. Cholera claimed his older sister and diarrhea took his 6-year-old son.

“We never had resources,” Obby laments.

That changed after World Vision assisted with the provision of five goats and the drilling of a borehole for water in the village. Obby’s family received one male and four female goats. Says Obby, “The breed which World Vision brought was a different breed. They were big goats. The cross-breeding made our traditional goats bigger. They make more money.” Even his children, including daughter Debby, have taken to the new goats.

With the increased income from goat herding, the family’s future has taken a positive turn. This has included the building of a sturdier home with a tin roof rather than a leaky, grass-thatched roof, and access to clean water.

And Obby himself has paid it forward: He’s since become a caregiver and looks after 120 sponsored children. Pointing to the borehole, he adds, “A lot of children who are not sponsored benefit from the children who are sponsored.”

This is how a simple act can bring transformative change. And you can help achieve it when you provide a goat to a vulnerable family.


 

A young girl in a blue uniform smiles into the camera as she stands in a washroom doorway.
Harpal from Faridkat, India, is standing in the doorway of a washroom as she dreams of one day becoming a judge. Access to clean water and washrooms are critical to making that happen because it opens the door to both education and better health.

Photo: Mridula Narayanan

The World’s Greatest Resource

 

Water. Without it, nothing else is possible. And clean water is the most precious gift of all.

When girls are allowed to dream, they dream big. But in some places around the world, circumstances, tradition or both, prevent girls from pursuing their dreams. In some places that circumstance is lack of access to clean water.

This was the challenge facing young Harpal in Faridkat, India. How? Because the education she needs to pursue her dream of becoming a judge depends partly on access to washrooms. And washrooms need water.

Without proper washroom facilities girls are less likely to attend school. If washrooms don’t exist or go unmaintained (such as missing roofs or broken toilets) girls can feel unsafe. Or they may go home to use a washroom and not return to class. And a lack of clean water increases the risk of infection and disease among girls. Says Harpal, “We used to think, ‘Oh no! What is this? We hope no one looks at us from above’. We used to feel really dirty.”

But through programs such as Rise Up Daughters of India, World Vision has helped communities and girls like Harpal by building latrines with roofs, working toilets and, most importantly, access to clean water.

“Earlier, the washrooms were not clean,” Harpal recalls. “But now, taps have been fixed in them and dustbins are kept. This has been done so that there’s no problem for girls. Now, there are also good facilities for cleanliness and water is always available. This has been a huge change.”

Providing a resource as basic, yet as precious, as water makes a difference in the health and fortunes of vulnerable girls and communities.

A group of smiling children sit at their desks in a wooden schoolhouse with pens and notebooks.
Tax (at right) and his classmates in Xonnabouly District in Laos are getting the education they need to transform their lives and their communities.

 

Expanding Minds

 

An educated child is a child with unlimited potential. Helping them learn and grow is an opportunity that should never be missed.

Eleven-year-old Tax, from Xonnabuly District in Laos’ Savanakhet Province, has always understood the value of an education. But he hasn’t always had the resources available to take advantage of it.

Just a few years earlier, Tax and his schoolmates didn’t spend much time on their education because there simply weren’t enough learning materials, such as reading books, and other activities in their school. 

But this has changed with World Vision helping to provide the learning material young, developing minds need, Tax’s situation has changed—and with it his prospects for the future. He describes himself as highly motivated to learn (after he finishes his housework, of course!). “I have more opportunities to read since World Vision has provided learning materials and reading books to our school and encouraged us in our reading activities,” he says.

World Vision support has also been provided to train and improve the skills of existing teachers so students can be better educated.

Even at such a young age, Tax is forward thinking with plans to make education a centrepiece of his community’s development by becoming a teacher himself. Says Tax, “My dream is to continue my studies in Teachers’ College. And then come back to be a teacher in my own community as the school lacks teachers now.”

With the support of generous donors like you, children like Tax can go on to make a difference in their own lives and in their communities.

A young girl dressed in a pink shirt and green skirt is eating biscuits.
Rose feeds her 3-year-old daughter, Betty, with high-energy biscuits at a refugee camp in Uganda after fleeing their native South Sudan. This kind of food is the difference between life and death in the first days of an emergency.

Photo: Moses Mukitale

Make Healthy Children a Priority

 

Good health nourishes mind, body and soul.

When the children arrive at the refugee camp in Uganda from their native South Sudan they’re sick and frail. This was how 27-year-old Rose arrived with her three children after a week on foot.

Jonas, 10, Joel, 9 and Betty, 3, are feeble and drowsy when they waddle into the camp’s verification room. Says Rose, “We’ve been eating raw cassava tubers from people’s gardens along the way. That’s all we could find. For water, we took from open streams along the way. We drank any kind of water we found because the children would get so thirsty.”

All it takes to bring the spark back to their eyes are a few high-energy biscuits, food World Vision has partnered with the World Food Program to deliver at four border posts. Fortified with vitamins and minerals, they’re distributed in the first few days of an emergency when cooking facilities are scarce. (The biscuits pack 450 calories and up to 10 grams of protein per 100 grams.) World Vision also provides new arrivals with hot food including beans, maize meal and porridge.

“Once we give them these high-energy biscuits plus water, they quickly change,” explains Rahima, a World Vision distribution assistant. “All of a sudden the children begin to run around, to play, and they respond to questions.”

The food helps Jonas regain his strength and soon he’s drawing a picture of his home in South Sudan. Out of school for years and without a home of their own, Jonas and his siblings still face steep challenges, but for now the family is out of danger. With your support, more families and children like Jonas can receive the essentials they need to survive.