Thank you for giving life changing support to so many children through Essentials. Here's the latest update so that you can see what a blessing you have been to children living in some of the world’s poorest communities.
UPDATE FROM INDIA
Going to school gives Preeti hope for the future
Preeti, nine, lives with all her family in a suburb of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, in the North of India.
Every school day, Preeti meets up with her friends Kiran and Roti to walk to school, 20 minutes away from her home.
Om, Preeti’s dad, earns a living by making leather whips to sell to tourists outside the Taj Mahal. Providing for his family is a daily struggle but he knows that education will give Preeti a better life. “Education is providing a way to improve life,” he says.
He didn’t always believe this to be the case though. Poor families are more likely to marry off their daughters at a young age. But thanks to people like you, Om has learned that school will give Preeti the chance to have a better future.
“School life is a better life,” says Preeti. Her favourite subjects at school are Hindi, maths, and English. With marriage far from her mind, she dreams about helping others and becoming a teacher. “Once I grow up, I want to improve my community,” Preeti says.
Thanks to you, children like Preeti have the chance to study and get a better life.
UPDATE FROM SOUTH SUDAN
Rhoda is now strong enough to play and laugh
As well as living through a horrific civil war, many families in South Sudan also face food shortages. This means that babies like Rhoda aren’t getting the nutrients they need to grow up healthily. Children are more likely to get ill, and when they do, they struggle to get better without a healthy diet.
But thanks to your support, nutrition centres have been built, so that mothers can get their babies checked and get the help they need to make sure their children grow well.
When 13-month-old Rhoda first arrived at the nutrition centre, she was one of the many malnourished babies wrapped on their mothers’ back. “She got malaria, she was refusing to eat, she had no appetite anymore,” Rhoda’s mother said.
Since arriving at the centre, Rhoda’s been fed ‘plumpy nut’, a peanut paste that has got her back to a healthy weight. She’s now strong enough to play and laugh, and enjoy life.
Thanks to you, more babies like Rhoda are getting the food they need to grow up healthy and strong and have a better start in life.
See the challenges that children like Rhoda face: click below to watch a video of Selasi, from the Great British Bake-Off, as he tries to cook for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, using only the ingredients available there.
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UPDATE FROM TANZANIA
Help for her family gives Khadija the chance to achieve her dreams
Khadija, 14, lives with her mum, dad, brothers and sister in Kisiriri, Tanzania. Life was hard for her family.
They struggled to grow enough food to feed the family, let alone earn an income from it. When things got very bad, Khadija’s brother Ibrahim went to live with his grandmother. Although Khadija loved school, her parents couldn’t always afford to pay. So, she had to stay at home and help with chores like fetching water from miles away.
Now, thanks to you, Khadija’s enjoying her studies again.
Her mum and dad joined the local savings group where they were able to borrow money to improve their farming. They now have plenty of food for the family to eat, and enough left over to sell, helping them pay for their Khadija’s school fees.
And a new borehole was built just 15 minutes away, meaning that Khadija now has time to study.
Khadija says "The borehole being near gives me enough time to study, unlike my friends in other villages who have to walk for hours."
Khadija’s now one of the top performers in her class. She says, “My favourite subject is Science and I am truly inspired to be a teacher when I finish school.”
Thank you for giving Khadija the chance to realise her dream.
UPDATE FROM ALBANIA
"Now, me and my brother are relieved. We don’t need to work any longer.”
Klodi, 15, lives with his parents, grandma and four siblings in Lezha. When disaster hit their family, his father could no longer work. They couldn’t afford electricity and lived in one cramped room.
Klodi and his brother started working to support their family, eventually dropping out of school. He explained, “I have worked as a shepherd for my neighbours, I have sold corn, I have gathered grapes, but I have never earned more than £5 per day. I was happy when I could give money to my mum so she could buy flour, oil, rice.”
Klodi’s dad wrote to us, asking for help to get his sons back into school. Your support helped us advocate for Klodi’s family, calling a meeting with the local government and social services. Klodi’s family are now included on the city’s Vulnerable Family List, which means they get affordable electricity and financial help to buy food.
“Now, me and my brother are relieved. We don’t need to work any longer. We can go to school and I can pursue education and work towards my dream of becoming a lawyer. One day I dream to protect the rights of the poor.”
Thank you for bringing hope to Klodi by lifting the burden to provide for his family and helping him back into education.
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UPDATE FROM SIERRA LEONE
"Life feels good now. Food is no longer my problem."
Siaka (bottom right), 10, lives with his mum, dad, sister and brother. His community struggles to grow enough to eat and many children are acutely malnourished. The Ebola outbreak made everything worse.
‘’If there was anytime I felt hungrier, it was during Ebola. There was no food in our entire community. Getting a day’s meal was almost impossible,’’ says Siaka
Your support has given Siaka’s parents, and their farming collective, cassava processing machines and equipment. Not only are their crop yields higher, the group now processes cassava to make garri, which they can sell.
Siaka explains, “[We make garri] by peeling the cassava, then it is washed and put in the processing machine where it is crushed into wet cake. The wet cake is put in a bag and compressed so that the water is drained completely. Afterwards, the dried cake is sieved and then patched in a tray under hot fire.
Siaka now has enough to eat and his family has a sustainable income. “I’m happier in school now my concentration level has increased. In the past, I came to school on an empty stomach. We didn’t eat food until evening time when my family cooked and shared whatever little we had.’’
Thank you for helping Siaka and his family build their business, earn enough to support themselves and have enough nutritious food to eat.
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UPDATE FROM UGANDA
Clean water means Sandra can go back to school
Sandra, 13, from Ntwetwe, Uganda, dropped out of school to care for her younger brothers and sisters.
At home, one of her main jobs was getting water for the family. It was difficult – she had to walk a very long way, and even then, the water came from dirty ponds that were shared with animals which made her ill.
Now, thanks to your support, there’s a borehole in Sandra’s village. Sandra says that she and her family no longer get sick since they started drinking water from the borehole. And she’s very happy that she no longer has to spend hours each day walking to fetch water.
Sandra says "Since there’s water near home now, I get more time to cook food, fetch firewood and look after my siblings"
This means she’ll also be able to return to school and get the education she needs to become a nurse. "I would like to complete my studies," she says.
Thank you for making sure that girls like Sandra have hope for a brighter future.
UPDATE FROM CAMBODIA
"We got diarrhoea because of the unclean water”
Theary is 10 years old and lives with her parents and three siblings in Sot Nikum. Twice a day, Theary and her sister walked through muddy jungle and paddy fields for two hours to collect water. Each time they brought home one hundred and twenty litres of water, about half a wheelie bin.
Theary explained, “While I was carrying water on my shoulders, I sometimes slipped on the way home. I fell because my sandals got wet. It hurt my shoulders and hip so much.”
About 130 families in Theary’s village depend on the pond for drinking, cooking, washing clothes and bathing. It’s a life source but, as the water’s not clean, it causes illness and infections too.
Theary remembers, “The doctor said I had a serious skin infection and he told me to wash my body everyday with soap and not to play with dirt.”
Your support has brought water into Theary’s village and helped raise awareness about hygiene. You’ve also given Theary’s family two water jars and a water filter, to make sure the water she drinks is clean. Theary no longer needs to carry water from the pond and she doesn’t have to fear hurting herself, when she slips.
Thank you for giving Theary clean water and keeping her safe from illness.
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UPDATE FROM SOMALIA
"Most families have no access to food and clean water… I don’t know what we’d do if we didn’t receive World Vision’s help.”
Nimo, 30, lives with her three children in Somalia. They’ve watched the landscape turn drier and dustier over the past months. With no rain in sight for the second year, rivers have dried up across the country. Plants, crops and trees – many people’s only access to food – have succumbed to the scorching sun.
Your support is helping Nimo to survive the drought and continue to feed her family. “When my husband passed away, World Vision started supporting me by offering training and providing me with seeds and faming tools. After two failed rainy seasons, I am still able to provide for my family because of the water pump and education I have received. I am now able to irrigate our vegetable patch.”
Selma, 5, often joins her mother in the morning and helps to water the fields. “I like to drink the fresh water, and the plants like to drink it too,” she says.
Somalia is on the brink of yet another famine. The UN warns there are over 6 million people in need of immediate emergency assistance. Many families worry that starvation will kill their livestock, and eventually their children. But with your support, we’re reaching 530,000 families like Nimo’s.
Thank you for keeping Nimo, Selma and their family safe from famine and malnutrition.
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