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Jaciele gets by with a little help from her friends

When the start of the school year rolled around in Brazil, six-year-old Jaciele was excited to begin her education. Her mother, Marizete, was less thrilled. Learn more.

From the Field One stitch at a time
Yupida empowers six other women to join her in a new business endeavour, while their husbands give their time to take over household duties.
From the Field Generosity runs in the family
Two sisters training for the 100-metre dash barefoot, now train with proper equipment thanks to a gift delivered by World Vision.
From the Field Latrines help restore dignity for girls like Nimco

13-year-old Nimco lives in the Baki district of northwestern Somalia, an area of the country that’s been devastated by years of civil war. Her village had a serious shortage of latrines. Until recently, 70 per cent of people were relieving themselves outside, causing sanitation issues that led to sickness and even death.

Change Makers Actress Laura Vandervoort launches jewelry line

In early 2015, Vandervoort went on the journey of a lifetime to Kenya, to see the different projects that World Vision offers the community.

Overwhelming generosity from Mina's sponsor

At 14, Mina has a kind smile. On a visit to Butwal in April, I had the privilege of spending some time with her family. They haven’t had it easy. Read more.

Mothers on a mission
Learn how women operate savings groups and business ventures with one mission: to remove the barriers that prevent girls from staying in school. Read more.
Gultaz Beats the Odds
Once unable to read or write, baffled by basic arithmetic and hiding the truth, Gultaz has changed her family's fate and given her children a chance to dream.
From the Field "Unsafe water keeps my friend from school."

But sometimes Otília is too weak to play soccer…or go to school. This happens when she has diarrhea caused by the water the family drinks from the stream.

From the Field For girls in India, a simple trip to the washroom can be life-threatening

In many urban areas of India, families live in old, one-room houses. The houses do not have toilets, so everyone is forced to rely on public toilets that are shared by several families. The lack of dignity makes using these facilities a harrowing experience for young women.

From the Field Access to feminine hygiene helps girls get an education

I remember missing a few days of school over the course of my education. Seeing me doubled over with cramps, my mom would take pity on me and sign me out of class.

From the Field "I feel like I can fully participate in life again"
Justine, 31, is a wife, mother and rape survivor from the Eastern DRC who found purpose after joining a savings group, supported by generous donors like you. This is her testimony.
Eggs for Sale!
Eight-year-old José lives in Arani with his father and two older brothers, Wilder and Ilber. José never knew his mother, but thankfully he has the care of his grandmother and aunt, who live with the family and make sure the boys are well... 
Voices Girl Rising: Education is an ally to girls

My first public screening of the film Girl Rising was in Seattle. The theatre was sold out. The energy was electric. Despite five years of work on the film and a huge campaign to support it, I wasn’t nervous. I was more curious to see how people would respond to the stories on the screen.

Families Seek New Homes in Lebanon
Syrian children are living a nightmare, as the largest humanitarian crisis in the northern hemisphere continues. Many have lost relatives and friends, and are fleeing violence.
From the Field Syria's moms: Real heroes

This Saturday, I got to meet real-life superheroes. They were refugee mothers, recently arrived from the Middle East having escaped Syria. All of them had come to a giant playdate organized by World Vision and the Mennonite Central Committee for their families. 

In the News Who can afford to marry my daughter?

One hundred dollars a month: that’s the price Amira is paying for the small one-room shack her family is living in off of a main street in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. It’s an exorbitant price for Syrian refugees. And one Amira isn’t sure she can continue to afford.

From the Field Forced into sexual slavery by poverty

For fifteen-year-old Mao, poverty turned an innocent sleepover at a friend’s house into a childhood trapped in Cambodia’s sex trade.

A tale of two women
Two continents and 7,000 miles can’t break the bond between these women who believe in the life-changing power of educating girls.  
From the Field Tackling gender-based violence in the world’s largest refugee camp
At 19, Smirna was a widow living in the world's largest refugee camp in southern Bangladesh.
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