World Vision International

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 11:41 by Eugene Lee

Written by Elizabeth Hendley, Photography by Eugene Lee

Nineteen-year-old Shivani Swaroop works in a small cubicle at a travel agency in Delhi, her phone buzzing nonstop with calls from clients or hotels. Like many interns her age trying to land a job in a desirable industry, she puts in long hours and takes on extra assignments to learn as much as possible.

Though she spends her days thinking about luxury hotels, plane reservations, and travel...

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Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:45 by Laura Reinhardt

Written by Laura Reinhardt, Photography by Eugene Lee

“I started as the poorest of the poor,” says Phocas Bagiruwigize.

Phocas used to work in other people’s fields to support his family of six children. They lived in a remote area down in the valley that was prone to landslides during the rainy season. They lived in a small shelter, not a house. 

Then in 2006, World Vision’s Karaba AP asked him to work on their sponsorship committee. That...

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 16:54 by Jon Snyder

Widowed in 1986, Huoy Choeum (age 56), had to become mother and father to her four children.

Sometimes they didn’t have enough food. She tried farming, growing corn and beans, but says the crops weren’t a good quality.

Even though Huoy’s village is near the mighty Mekong River, she couldn’t access the river water, just 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) away, to help grow her crops.

When World Vision came, staff set up an irrigation system for the community. That...

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 16:13 by Eugene Lee

Written by Eugene Lee

Felisa Ramos Valencia, 28, knows the importance of having a dream. She also knows the importance of having people to support those aspirations—and in giving back once the dream is fulfilled.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 07:59 by Marian Roberts

Gift Notification (GN) received by sponsored children brings hope and happiness to their families, the neighborhood and the entire community in which they live. Families that benefit from gift notification always feel cared for and loved.

Gift Notification is when a sponsored child receives a gift in a form of letter, money, greeting card, or item directly from their sponsors. Each time a GN is received by a child in the form of...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 01:51 by Phoebe Naw

After my one and a half hour flight from Yangon, I arrived in Mandalay, the second biggest city in Myanmar. A short drive later, I arrived in a community where many sponsored children live, part of a World Vision programme area.

Although some well off families live in big compounds along the main road, this isn’t the case for the nearby homes I visited. From the busy main road, our car turned onto a small, crowded lane. Bricks were piled up on a few sidewalks, waiting...

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 11:56 by Kevin Jenkins

Charles Dickens wrote his masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, to explore the real meaning behind Christmas at a time when a whole host of new traditions – including Christmas trees and cards – were being introduced.

Watching his contemporaries celebrating the season with present-buying, excessive food and increasing selfishness, he juxtaposed their attitude with the needs of society’s...

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 16:32 by Marie Cook

It seems pretty likely that in the lead up to Christmas, things will get a little too busy, and we will start to feel more stressed than excited, and more frenzied than peaceful. 

Sometimes it takes a child to remind us of what this time of year is really about, and it's never about making things perfect. These children completely understand what is important about this holy season.  

1. Being together

Erisjana, 9, is from Albania...

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