The work we do has a deep and lasting impact on children’s lives thanks to our incredible supporters worldwide. Here are just a few of the incredible success stories we’ve been a part of.
Lives transformed forever - after natural disasters, poverty and abuse
Children caught in emergencies
Angola faced its worst drought in 38 years. Families were struggling to feed themselves and children were starving. Thanks to World Vision supporters, more than 500 Community Health Workers were trained to identify and treat malnourished children, including baby Beto, then just six months old.
Beto’s mum Ndahambelela says, “When Beto was sick, he didn’t laugh, and he didn’t play. He cried a lot back then. He was so unwell and thin and had lots of diarrhoea. He even stopped taking my breast milk. When I tried to give him food, he didn’t really want that either. I was so worried about him.”
“During the drought, some days we ate porridge and local fruit and some days we didn’t eat at all,” shared Ndahambelela.
Health workers gave Beto specially-formulated food, and accompanied mum and baby to the hospital. After treatment, Ndahambelela is overjoyed with Beto's recovery.
Children living in extreme poverty
Not long ago, Susan, who lives in Zimbabwe, struggled to feed her children. To make things worse, women in her community weren’t able to own things.
Then Susan joined a World Vision savings group, which allowed her to buy her first goat — in her own name. Soon enough, she went from owning one goat to 43 goats and a chicken!
After Susan was taught how to breastfeed by a World Vision programme, it wasn’t just her child that benefited. Susan took a leading role with women in her community, teaching them how to look after their children properly and breastfeed.
Now, Susan and her husband, Godfrey, are self-sufficient.
And their children, Melcy, 5, Ruvimbo, 6, Mellyne, 10, Melnicia, 17, Melgine, 23, Melbamore, 26, have healthy food and clean water every day.
Children facing abuse and exploitation
Janvie was abandoned by his parents at an early age and was forced to work in sugarcane fields as a child. He didn’t understand why he was left by his parents to stay in his grandparents' leaky house, with no water or electricity. He couldn’t go to school because he was busy working.
Age seven, Janvie heard about World Vision’s work in his area of the Philippines. His Grandmother was sceptical, but Janvie was determined to have a better life and went alone to ask for a sponsor.
Before World Vision, his only dream was to go to school, but as a sponsored child, the activities he attended and the encouragement in his sponsor's letters gave him even bigger dreams for his life.
And as his grandparents and neighbours were helped to access water and healthcare, the whole community got stronger.
Former sponsored child, Philippines
Without sponsorship, Janvie is certain his situation would have stayed the same - working the sugarcane fields into adulthood. But instead, he now works with the World Economic Forum, travelling the world to consult with governments and other agencies.
And knowing the value of child sponsorship, he's become a child sponsor himself, to 11-year-old Marie Rose.
Together we can transform the lives of the world's most vulnerable children - if you donate today.
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