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How your gifts of love are changing the world

Select the missing items in the photo below to see how every World Vision gift contributes to the creation of stronger, healthier communities where children can thrive and realize their full potential.

Animals, water, education - even sports balls - are part of a complete solution that helps lift families out of poverty and achieve self-reliance. And YOU help make it all possible.

African village with tree, hut, and family walking. African village with tree, hut, and family walking. African village with tree, hut, and family walking.
A water pump - selected A water pump

Water is essential to life. And access to clean, safe water transforms communities.

A graduation hat - selected A graduation hat

Classroom supplies promote learning and bright futures for kids.

A soccer ball - selected A soccer ball

Sports balls and equipment bring joy and health to children.

A chicken - selected A chicken

Chickens provide eggs and income for families.

A tree - selected A tree

Fruit trees are vitamin-packed blessings that protect children from disease.

A goat - selected A goat

A hearty goat is a great source of protein-rich milk.

Love is changing the world. Gifts given from the World Vision Gift Catalogue are helping children learn, filling hungry bellies, quenching thirst, healing the sick, providing incomes and building bright futures.

Thank you for honouring your loved ones with meaningful gifts. Read on to see the kinds of changes they’ve brought—and the lasting difference they’ve made—for children and families in need.

AGRICULTURE

Seng holding string beans.

Seng helps his parents collect string beans on their new farm. With new knowledge and practice up their sleeve, there’s no telling how far they can go. Photo: Ratha Ung/World Vision

Garden Greens for a Great Future

A financially insecure family learns how to thrive by growing their very own garden.

Six-year-old Seng and his parents are considered a ‘most vulnerable family’ in the Borei Chulsar district of southern Cambodia. They make little money to support their day to day living.

Seng’s father, Phorn, migrated to Thailand with high hopes for a better paying job. In reality, it was a nightmare.

“I was forced to work very hard with low pay for three years until I got a serious sickness,” says Phorn. “Then I came back home with nothing and owed my friend 270,000 riels [$67.50 US] for transportation. When I arrived home, my son did not recognize me,” the father says with sadness.

With the goal in mind to be sustainably independent, World Vision cooperated with local authorities to support Seng and his family.

Both Phorn and Seng’s mother, Phally, received agricultural training. They learned how to grow vegetables, like long bean and cucumber, with success and a high yield.

“Now I enjoy working in my small farm,” Phorn says with contentment. “We earn 80,000-90,000 riels [$20.00-22.50 US] per day. I promised my son that I [will] stop migrating to Thailand.”

By equipping them with agricultural knowledge, Seng’s parents are now able to contribute to his school fund.

6,587 FARMERS LEARNED TECHNIQUES to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.* *Based on World Vision Canada’s programming efforts from October 2015 to September 2016.

Drawing of a farmer

Thank you. The World Vision gifts you give help change the lives of children in need.

To change more lives, donate today through World Vision Canada’s Gift Catalogue.

ANIMALS

Rosemary holding a goat.

Thanks to the income generated from the five goats her family received, Rosemary now has nutritious food to eat so she can excel in school. Thank you for investing in a gift that keeps on giving. Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision

What Can a Goat Do?

A goat isn’t just a goat–it’s a key to livelihood for an entire family, sometimes for multiple generations!

Nine-year-old Rosemary gently tends to her grazing goats. There’s something special about these animals: they are the offspring of the original five goats her grandfather received from World Vision a few years ago.

But abundance wasn’t always the reality for Rosemary and her family. When her father, Justine, was in school, he couldn’t concentrate because of intense hunger pains, so he dropped out early. The family went into debt just to afford enough to eat. “Those things enslaved us,” says Danford, Rosemary’s grandfather.

Since the goats were given, things have changed dramatically for the family. Danford says, "When I received the goats, I told myself, here comes the freedom.”

They began diversifying their crops and trying new income generation ideas. They’ve purchased other animals like chickens, ducks and cows. They’ve expanded to three acres of land, invested in seed and fertilizer, and watched their maize crop increase. They still have crops leftover from last season’s harvest. They’re even growing a field full of sunflowers in front of their home, and the seeds will be used for cooking oil to use and sell.

Rosemary is now at the top of her class. She loves learning about math and science the most.

“Goats actually change everything,” says Patricia, Rosemary’s grandmother. “Goats give health to a family. Goats give education to a family. Goats bring food to a family.”

21,875 GOATS, CHICKENS AND OTHER ANIMALS were distributed to families so they can better provide for their children.* *Based on World Vision Canada’s programming efforts from October 2015 to September 2016.

Drawing of a person holding a goat

Thank you. The World Vision gifts you give help change the lives of children in need.

To change more lives, donate today through World Vision Canada’s Gift Catalogue.

EDUCATION

Singobile reading a book.

“The books given to us make us understand various topics so easily,” Singobile explains. With the right tools at his fingertips, this young student can more clearly see a future ahead of himself. Photo: Leonard Makombe/World Vision

Books that Bridge the Gap

Imagine a yearning to learn without the means to get there? A new supply of textbooks changed the course of a young student’s education.

Singobile, a 17-year-old from Hurungwe in Zimbabwe, dreams of becoming a doctor one day.

But not long ago, his school had a shortage of learning materials. His family was unable to help with school expenses, which made his studies extra difficult, if not nearly impossible. At the time, it seemed he was being held back. What was an aspiring student to do?

Supporters like you responded through World Vision by sending learning materials to Singobile’s school.

“They have helped us with books, soccer balls and equipment for use with practical subjects,” says Singobile. “The good thing about World Vision is that they have seen some of the challenges we face and they come to our rescue.”

The teen appreciates that the supplies are tailored to student’s learning needs. For him, the text books have been especially helpful.

“World Vision has made learning at this school quite enjoyable,” Singobile says. “In addition, they are preparing us for life after school.”

392,927 BOOKS WERE DISTRIBUTED to support children’s learning and development.* *Based on World Vision Canada’s programming efforts from October 2015 to September 2016.

A pile of books

Thank you. The World Vision gifts you give help change the lives of children in need.

To change more lives, donate today through World Vision Canada’s Gift Catalogue.

HEALTH & NUTRITION

A mom holding her happy child

In Uganda, World Vision is helping moms and babies to thrive during the most vulnerable times in their lives. Families are supported with things like medical check-ups, vaccines, deworming medicines and vitamins. Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision

Health Looks Good on You

When you know you and your loved ones are cared for with the proper treatment, the only response is pure, uninhibited joy.

If you were a pregnant or nursing woman in Uganda, you would likely have to walk several kilometers on foot, just to get to a clinic. You may even wait in line for hours with a baby on your back, only to find out that the clinic doesn’t have the proper tools to treat your sick child.

This is the reality for many women like Dembe** and her baby Sanyu** in the Hoima district.

Because of this, World Vision is increasing its support for Health Outreach clinics. The goal is to reach the entire district by equipping and mobilizing Health Workers to meet women closer to their homes.

World Vision’s training program offers Health Workers the supplies they need to treat children and mothers from infections and diseases. In a Health Worker’s supply bag, you’d see deworming medicine, polio vaccines, vitamins and weighing tools, to name a few.

Common treatments are doses of folic acid to pregnant women and deworming medication for children. Many mothers benefit from HIV counselling and nutritional advice as well.

Health Workers typically treat as many as 45-50 children under five. World Vision is increasing support for health care in this district of Uganda, thanks to donors like you. With your support, we could do even more for mothers and babies in need.

**Names changed

96 MILLION DOSES OF MEDICATION were provided to help children and families fight diseases and to stock medical clinics.* *Based on World Vision Canada’s programming efforts from October 2015 to September 2016.

A medical supply bag

Thank you. The World Vision gifts you give help change the lives of children in need.

To change more lives, donate today through World Vision Canada’s Gift Catalogue.

WATER

Lamayan drinking water

Naomi’s five-year-old son, Lamayan, can now drink water right from the tap. Not only is water accessible and closer to home, it’s also cleaner and safer. Game-changers like you make this happen.Photo: Chris Huber/World Vision

Straight from the Source

Having a crucial life source in your own home at the twist of a tap is a luxury not every Kenyan has. Giving access to clean water is like giving the gift of liberation.

Naomi, Edward and their three young children rely on healthy livestock to generate income. So, water–for them and their animals–is an especially important part of their lives.

Every day, Naomi would walk two or three kilometers only to wait for hours to collect from the nearest water source. With the rugged terrain, she was often overcome with fear at the thought of falling into the pond. “Knowing I had to get water again tomorrow tortured me,” says the mother of three. The water would often make her and her family sick, but they didn’t have a choice but to drink it.

Inaccessible and contaminated water is a threat to this family’s livelihood, along with countless others in Kenya.

Thanks to generous supporters like you, Naomi’s family now benefits from a borehole, storage tank, water kiosk and pipeline system, all closer to home. Life has even changed for Naomi in unexpected ways. “My personal hygiene has really improved because of water,” she says.

Not only does the borehole serve Naomi and her family, but an additional 2,000 people and four schools nearby.

20,488 CHILDREN AND FAMILIES now have access to safe water thanks to new or repaired water sources.* *Based on World Vision Canada’s programming efforts from October 2015 to September 2016.

A water pump.

Thank you. The World Vision gifts you give help change the lives of children in need.

To change more lives, donate today through World Vision Canada’s Gift Catalogue.