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Elephants, Geckos and Rough Roads in Zimbabwe

Samantha shares Days 2 to 4 of her trip to Zimbabwe.

Lopez Lomong: I did not know it at the time – but my childhood had just ended

Lopez Lomong, who was kidnapped from a Sudanese village aged just six, will run the 5,000m for Team USA at the London 2012 Olympics. This is just part of his story.

Big Changes in Zimbabwe… But Still No McDonalds

Samantha Turvey, an enthusiastic World Vision supporter, is in Zimbabwe with her family and is blogging about her experiences and how this amazing country has changed since her last trip 6 years ago.

Lopez Lomong: he ran for his life, now he’s running in the Olympics

Lopez Lomong, who was kidnapped from a Sudanese village aged just six, will run the 5,000m for Team USA at the London 2012 Olympics. This is just part of his story.

Your reactions: ‘What childhood means to me’

Your answers to 'What does childhood mean to you?’

Children Speak about Monsoons and High Hopes in India

Steve Richards, World Vision UK Children's Communications Specialist, shares stories from the children of India about monsoon season.
World Vision UK It’s monsoon season in India right now and … Communications Specialist with World Vision UK. He seeks to give the children we work with

Indian Sponsored Children proclaim “Education is our Right!”

Steve Richards, World Vision UK's Children's Communication Specialist, is in India hearing stories from the children of their desire - no, their RIGHT - to education.
World Vision UK I’ve spent the last week and a half … Communications Specialist with World Vision UK. He seeks to give the children we work with

Building safety nets to catch children before they fall

Ann Graham shares a personal story of why the West Africa Crisis is so important for us all to take note of and give help to, through the story of one mother's success.

Meeting My Sponsored Child in Sierra Leone

Mia grew up in Sierra Leone, but now lives in London. In this blog she talks about the emotional experience of returning to her homeland to visit her sponsored child.

Lost Childhood

What is it like to be a child without a childhood? Sent away from home to beg, pulled out of school to support family or too hungry to play – what does it mean to lose your childhood?

Guest blog: “I know it’s my problem too”

Merry Raymond, one of our #ShareNiger bloggers and here she shares how her experience with the campaign helped her realise that we can all play our parts, no matter how small.

Life on the border – one year on

Amanda Koech, a Communications Officer for World Vision Somalia, describes the scene at a border town in the south-west of the country – and asks how the situation has changed one year after a food crisis was declared in East Africa.

Bolivia, Stories From the Children

Steve Richards, World Vision UK's Children's Communication Specialist shares some favourite stories and songs from the children he's recently been working with in Bolivia.
World Vision UK I’ve just returned from Bolivia where I’ve … Communications Specialist with World Vision UK. His work seeks to give the children we work

The Reason Your Sponsor Letters Can Take a While to Arrive…

Ever wondered why the letters from your sponsored children can take a while to arrive? Well I’ve just spent the last two weeks in Bolivia and have seen firsthand the terrifying roads, high mountains and wide rivers sponsor’s letters have to traverse before they arrive. So next time you hold one of those letters, please take a moment to appreciate the journey it took!
Communications Specialist with World Vision UK. His work seeks to give the children we work

An amazing last day with World Vision in South Africa

Well, here we are, our last day at Kodumela! We have talked water, fed children a wonderful meal, seen the good that World Vision’s facilitating does, been sang to by old and young, and met a wonderful little boy in red.

Meeting the Sponsored Children Who Grew Up Alongside My Children

Today was a long and emotional day, but in the best possible way. Today my family and I met the two South African sponsored children who have been a part of our family for many years. It was such a wonderful experience and one that I really wanted to share with other sponsors.

My 40th Birthday in Senegal

Today was my 40th birthday. I remember my Mum and Dad heading out to dinner to celebrate Mum’s 40th, when I was just 11. They seemed so old! I don’t feel old at all, and funnily enough, I no longer think they are either. Today I shared my birthday with an elderly Village Chief in a remote village in Senegal, a village that his father established in 1957. He reminisced with me about the good old days. And, I met some confident Senegalese children who had a different tale to tell! This is indeed a suitable 40th birthday story…
World Vision UK’s Head of Supporter Experience.

Niger, how Child Sponsorship is bringing Hope

Mark Bulpitt, Head of Emergencies, blogs from Niger.

Update from Niger: How your donations are being used

I’m writing from Niger, the country worst affected by the West African food crisis. Yesterday I visited a World Vision supported health and feeding centre in the outskirts of the capital city, Niamey. I wanted to share with you what I have seen of the work being done here – lives are literally being saved and if you’ve already donated to the World Vision appeal, you’ve helped make it possible.
Head of Humanitarian Emergency Affairs for World Vision UK.

Inspiring Armenian Projects

We left Sisian today, on a rutted road littered with herds of sheep and cattle, not a beautiful smooth dual carriageway in sight! After visiting my sponsored children yesterday I am now going to look at some of the income generating projects I am helping to support. I really believe that funding projects which enable people to help themselves is the best way of helping vulnerable families to climb out of the situations which they find themselves in.