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A Story of Transformation
Local leader Jose Matias, 72, remembers the time when everyday life was a struggle. Basic services were scarce and social problems widespread.  “When I moved to Ventanilla in 1999, every day was a shocking reality,” said Jose. “I was particularly...

Brave New Girl
A forum was held by World Vision for all ages on the rights and responsibilities of the child. Among them stood Farmata, a 12-year-old girl with a strong message to deliver on child protection. Despite her trembling hands, Farmata asked...

Shining a Light on Learning
Two years ago, Marie Angel was struggling in school. Although she loved her classes, she couldn’t do her homework at night because there was no light in her home. Everything changed, however, when her parents decided to participate in a household...

The Boy Who Doesn't Exist
Matei is 14 years old, born in August, 2002. At least, that’s what his parents told him. But there is no way to know for sure, since he wasn’t registered at birth. To the government, Matei doesn’t exist. And because he doesn't exist, he has...

A Mother's Courage for Justice
My name is Anna*: I’m 37, and a mother of five children. Anita*, is my only daughter. When she was born, we treated her like a princess. She was an answered prayer because it was my wish to have a daughter. Anna remains strong for her daughter...

Young Boy, Wise Man
In crisis or conflict, children’s drawings tell the tale of what they have lived through. They also reveal how kids look back at their land of origin. Drawings can reveal problems they’ve had to face, such as insecurity, fear and anxiety stemming... 

An honest talk about Mother’s Day, and how you can make it count
As a mother myself, I can tell you that I don’t need bubble bath, a box of chocolates or any more candles. But I would love to know that another mother’s life has been changed, even just a little, because of me. And that’s why I’m asking you to consider honouring a woman in your life this Mother’s Day, by helping a mother in need.

Safe Haven at Sangilwa Dispensary
In September 2016, Markham, Ont. resident, Cheryl Pitchford, traveled to Tanzania as a World Vision Child Sponsorship Ambassador. Here she met children and families whose lives were transformed with help from Canadian sponsors.  In the community of...

Change Makers Running for water, on water: No excuses for the Global 6K
As the director of a church charity that has sponsored water projects in Africa, Ed says he is "aware of the incredible benefits of safe water." So when Ed and Dyanna's church was hosting a Global 6K walk for clean water, for them, there was no excuse not to participate. Not even the fact that they'll be at sea on the date of the event.

To me, sponsorship is giving moms a helping hand
With just one glance, Safira, with her cherub cheeks and pouty lips, took up residence on our fridge, and in my heart. And with each new similarity I discovered, it became more apparent that God had placed Safira in my life for a very distinct purpose.

Young Girls Speaking Out
18-year-old Manisha*, keeps a pendant around her neck called ‘Jantare’. It’s made of herbs and coated in copper, signifying protection: a physical reminder of an invisible grace that she carries with her everywhere. Manisha shows the...

Salamita: Mother and Mentor
“I come from a modest family. Due to our difficult situation and the absence of financial support, I had to drop out school,” says 23-year-old Salimata. Unfortunately, this is the case for many other young men and women in the Kankossa...

Clean Water Made Accessible
Not long ago, the lack of clean water was a major concern to the Nadowli community. As their major source of water was not suitable for consumption, schools, households and farms were affected. Clean water means a lot to this community of...

Providing Education: You Can Help
At the age of 14, Belinda is a primary school dropout. “I was in class four... and because I could not read, I was taken back to class two.” Feeling defeated, the young girl dropped out of school. Kenya’s low literacy rate continues to...

World Vision vs. Zika!
In the wake of the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America, World Vision has pulled together with community members and field staff to provide an emergency plan. Thanks to sponsors like you, we have a means to act. World Vision staff have..

From Street Kid to Shining Star
The streets are dense, dusty and dirty. People hurry to the stations, boarding trains and busses to get to work on time. Amidst the hustle and bustle, a five-year-old girl sits quietly on the pavement beside mother. No one pays them...

Freedom from Fear
Asti recalls the day her future was determined for her.  Three years ago, at the age of 16, her parents accepted a dowry for her marriage. It was a dark day for Asti, as her dream to continue in her high school education was pushed aside to make... 

From Danger to Dreaming: Karan's Story
Karan shares a one-room apartment with his mother. The space holds a kitchen and bedroom for both of them to sleep in, and they share a bathroom with other tenants. Since the passing of his father due to a terminal illness, 12-year-old Karan works..

Hope is Contagious for Farming Family
Glenda comes from a poor, hard-working family of field workers of two parents and eight siblings. She loves everything about her hometown: the people, the mountains, the streams, the timberlands. But there are very little resources, like clean...

A Committed Church in Action
In a community that typically suffers from broken family relationships, many fall prey to alcohol and drug additions. For those seeking good moral guidance to a healthier life, a committed church community supports its members in many ways: living...

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