Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 20:59 by Jon Snyder
From Intimidated to Integrated: How one World Vision project director learned that collaborating with technical experts is key to improved services and disability inclusion
By Chandra DeNap Whetstine, ACCESS project director
It is a beautiful spring morning in 2014, and I find myself sitting in a conference room in Washington, DC, looking across the table at representatives from some of international development’s leading experts in...
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 07:26 by
The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2
What particular light do we see in the birth of Jesus? What can we as Christians, as churches, as persons in search of authenticity in our lives, find in his birth to light our way this Advent?
In my work for the World Council of Churches, I see an evolving concept and reality of the long-sought light of...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 20:48 by Jon Snyder
It shouldn’t have happened that way—under the coffee tree.
“My neighbor told me to push,” says Janet Namugga, a 33-year-old mother in Uganda. “I kept pushing. God helped and the baby came out,” she says.
The baby was still.
“I touched the baby,” remembers Janet, “but the baby didn’t move. I put the baby to my breast but the baby didn’t suck.”
Janet’s baby hadn’t survived birth under the coffee tree.
Uganda’s newborns are its...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 20:31 by Jon Snyder
Early in the morning, while the fog from the valley still covers the rolling hills of the Cangahua area, the family of Pilataxi Avles Dionisio work their land. Pilataxi (28-years-old), his wife Rosa (23 years old), and their four children (ages 6-18 years old) are bearing the rain and cold to keep up their farming business, which supports their family.
They are a dedicated clan. Hardworking like you’ve never seen. With smiles larger than the sunrise, which on a...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 15:18 by Jon Snyder
Growing up in Trans Nzoia, Kenya, my greatest wish was to escape the harsh reality of my family’s poverty. I dreamt of becoming a pilot, traveling the globe and being the person that would bring hope to my village. My parents struggled to make enough money to provide food and other basic needs including school fees. To augment my father’s meagre income as a watchman, my mother worked a neighbour’s farms.
Reading provided an escape from my family’s difficult life....
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 16:12 by Jon Snyder
Supporting cocoa farmers in Vanuatu leads to community impact and international success
By Terence Malapa, communications officer, World Vision
Today, Moli, 44, is one of the most successful cocoa farmers on the island of Malo, Vanuatu, but this wasn’t always the case.
Back in early 2000, with limited knowledge of modern farming techniques or farm management skills, Moli planted 300 cocoa plants, but the plants did not flourish as he had hoped. By...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 04:46 by Alexandre Gassama
Hi there. My name is Fatou Bintou. I’m 17 and I’ve just received my A levels!! I live in a place called Mabo, in the region of Birkelane in the western part of Senegal. My Mum is at home with my two sisters, one brother and myself and my Dad works in Dakar.
Thanks to one of my teachers in school, M. Senghor, I have been working with and supporting World Vision for about 4 years now. I am a peer educator in their child protection programme and also am lucky enough to be...
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 06:41 by Stephanie Cully
World Vision Communicator, Kate Shaw is currently in the Kasai Region where militia attacks and army reprisals have uprooted 1.4 million people.
Tshibola has such a great big smile as she comes into the room and sits down, I have trouble believing I’ve heard her correctly. How can someone smile like that and have done the things she's telling me about? Why would she join the people who killed her family?...
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 03:58 by Amanda Cupido
By Elena Gaia
World Vision Senior Advisor - Policy & Partnerships - Violence Against Children
We hear a lot of excuses to justify child labour.
“The economy in some countries would crash if children weren’t working.”
“Children are learning skills that will help them when they’re older.”
“When I was young, I spent time helping with my...
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 04:56 by Susan Umazi Otieno
By World Vision Kenya Communications Officer, Susan Otieno
As is common with most young children, two and a half year old Jemimah is at first shy on seeing visitors in their humble rented brick home in peri-urban Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya. However, it does not take too long to have her curiosity piqued as she notices a camera in the room and wants to have a feel of it.
Her parents, Pastor Willy Chelang’ and Irene Cheboi’s...