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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...

Free to Be a Boy
Ronaldo, a proud, beaming teenager, sits on the couch next to his mother in a humble slum that serves as their home. When Ronaldo was 13, he became the sole breadwinner for his mother, father and two sisters. "The family’s... 

Sponsorship Brings Hope for Natalie
Marina* and her daughter Natalie* live in the slums of Mexico. They do not have a luxurious life, but they feel safer than in their home in El Salvador.  Back in her home country, Marina was accustomed to violence. Her ex-boyfriend, the...

Tuul's Recovery
Tuul* is one of seven children in a blended family. Her mother remarried, so she has many half-siblings. Tuul was very young when both her parents died, so her survival story entails a lot of moving in and out of extended family homes. Tuul... 

Support in Family, Support in Education

Niame, 11 years old, was once a borderline street child. Her father, Namakan, lost his left eye and went blind due to a terrible accident a few years ago. As the main breadwinner of the family, his wife and four children still depended...


One School Club Sets an Example
As part of a child protection project facilitated by World Vision, primary school students have formed advocacy and support clubs. The goal? To address low enrollment in classes and low literacy in the community.  One school in particular is...

From Child Labourer to Child Leader
Ericka, a young teacher, wakes up at four o’clock in the morning and walks 90 minutes to get to work. She arrives at the school and prepares early before the 13 preschoolers arrive. 19-year-old Ericka is the sole sister of four brothers,...

"My dream is to become the first village doctor"
Malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea are most common illnesses causing child mortality in Niger. In an effort to decrease these childhood illnesses, World Vision has partnered with World Health Organization to launch a program in 2015, spanning five...

Advisor's Encounter with Youth Sparks Discussion
“I was amazed to hear their stories and learn about the challenges and problems that children from Africa suffer,” says Mario Stephano, a World Vision Child Participation Advisor. He intended to meet young leaders from Ethiopia, Uganda and South...

Recovery Happens in Child-Friendly Spaces
The sound of children singing and clapping their hands echoes in the hallways. Two volunteers are leading activities and playing with a group of children. Elders sit on the tables outside in the shade, wiping their brows under the hot Ecuadorian...

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