17 Reasons to Hope in 2017
Hope shines a light in the darkness. It’s infectious, even healing. But what is there to be hopeful for? Let’s look at the year ahead with 17 reasons to have hope in 2017. By the time the world realized the extent of the AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa in the late 1990s, nearly an entire generation had succumbed to the disease in some nations. In Malawi, orphaned children were living alone or with overburdened caregivers. For years, 11-year-old Ruth trekked six times a day down a hill to fetch water from a dirty pond. Poisonous snakes, like the one that bit her sister and nearly took her life, were a constant danger. The family kept sticks along the path to ward them off. Instead of conforming to society’s skewed understanding of a girl’s worth — merely as a profit-and-loss venture — Men Care Groups in Agra, India, educate and equip men on the inherent value of women and girls. Members of this World Vision program also support one another in leading their families with empathy and encouragement, convinci...
Syrian children from Aleppo build snowmen in a displacement camp
In a rare moment of winter cheer, these displaced Syrian children had some fun in the snow, north of the city of Aleppo. To support children and families in dangerous places like Syria, give a one-time or monthly gift to Raw Hope.
I've seen the future, and it's goat-shaped
We all gathered under a large Baobab tree in the community of Manonga, Tanzania. Before we were to witness the trenches and how difficult it is to dig through hard clay, we were presented with various gifts. Thomas received a Maasai walking stick, and Alison received a goat. Knowing we could not take the goat home with us, we decided to give it to Shija’s family, a sponsored child we were privileged to meet. This goat will transform their lives. From Oct 2014 to Sept 2015, over 12,500 lives have been transformed with goats and other livestock thanks to generous Canadians.
Christmas sheep bring smiles in Mongolia
Dulamsuren is a 12 year-old girl in Mongolia. She lives with her family in this house, called a ger. A few winters ago, a blizzard devastated her father's herd of sheep and goats. That could have been the end of the story. But thanks to amazing World Vision Gift Catalogue donors, Dulamsuren's family received 20 new sheep. The gift has helped them thrive. One of the benefits of the gift has been that the family flock of sheep and goats has grown! Dulamsuren, her mother Dolgosuren, and her grandmother Surenkhorloo are able to make dried, fermented milk patties from goat's milk to eat and sell. The food is highly nutritious and a source of income for their family. Dulamsuren's family also benefits from a greenhouse set up by World Vision. Here, her father Boldbaatar and World Vision staff member Nasanbayar, enjoy some of the fruits of the community's labour. As a sponsored child, Dulamsuren is getting a quality education that makes the future look bright! The family herd is bathed in the golden gl...
These gifts transformed Rosemary’s family
Here's how... Give a family the life-altering gift of a goat or other farm animal, here. You can donate agricultural gifts for families and farmers, from $10 and up, here. Help children learn, donate education items from $10 and up here. Donate clean water, from $25 and up, here. You can donate a bicycle to help children get to rural schools safely, help parents get to work on time, and development staff get to the communities they serve, here. Story by Megan Radford. Photos by Jon Warren.
Haiti Earthquake Response Five Years On
Through the generosity of our donors and dedication and tenacity of our staff, World Vision has protected children, provided meals and housed families. Learn more about our work in Haiti.
First in, Last out
World Vision is often one of the first responders to natural disasters and emergencies. But that doesn't mean that we simply dump our aid supplies and leave. Our specialty is helping communities rebuild and become self-sufficient, long after the news media has moved on to the next crisis.
In the Philipines, Kaye rises above the storm
By Mong Jimenez and edited by Megan Radford Kaye has a smile that puts you at ease right away. The 14-year-old student made friends easily when she transferred to a new school several years ago. Smart, driven, and kind, she was an instant favourite with teachers and her peers. One day a huge storm broke out across the Philippines. Kaye’s community was one of the affected areas, and residents did all they could to keep families and properties safe. But nothing could stop the waters of one of the town’s rivers from swelling through the streets and flooding houses. Property was swept away, and so was the community’s hope. When school resumed, students eagerly looked for their friends’ faces. Everyone seemed to have regained some of their joy- everyone except Kaye. The girl who was everyone’s friend had changed. Her bubbly, happy-go-lucky personality was dampened by silence and withdrawal from school activities. Kaye had reason to be grave. When the storm approached, she and her younger sister retreated to the...