World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Stephanie and I sponsor an 11 year old boy named "Gift" who lives in Zimbabwe in a community severely affected by HIV and AIDS.
Our $35/month support goes toward long-term projects with the people in Gift's community. World Vision provides clean water, nutritious food, health care, education, and more. Because of the long-term commitment to aid in the healing of his community, giving to Gift is helping more then just one person. It is an investment in generations to come.
World Vision serves nearly 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. If you have ever considered sponsoring a child, we would strongly recommend doing so. Check out the World Vision catalog for other ideas of giving to people around the world.
Have you ever sponsored a child through World Vision or another organization?
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We use the World Vision catalog for Christmas for people. This year I am hoping to knit little animals or something to be a tangible gift that accompanies our "across the world" gift. We especially like gifts that are specifically women and children related.
ALSO, one of these days I need to tell you all about my husband's new endeavor! It's exciting stuff...
So, we are still waiting to hear about this new endeavor! :)
I have sponsored a child through CFCA (Christian Foundation for Children and Aging) since I was about 16. I am on my second child (the first one graduated from the program) and really do love sponsoring a child. I was very good about writing letters and such with the first child, but have been terrible the past few years. I even went to visit my child through one of their sponsored trips. It was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences of my life. I would love to go back some day, but now is not the time with two young children (and probably more in the future).
Both of my sponsored children have been in El Salvador.
Yes, we sponsored a child from Senegal as our gift to each other for our first christmas married...and of course continue to do so. :)
As Kristen also commented, we like to give gifts through the world vision catalog for Christmas too.
Tim and Stephanie
Great give today and world vision makes it so easy! congratulations on day 21 and your commitment to give everyday. It makes the world a really beautiful place when you take off your rose colored glasses and put on your GIVING glasses! I wish you all the best and maybe we can do a similar give one day so we are giving in Austin and Vancouver in a similar way on the same day!
That would be great to do a similar thing on the same day. We will only be in Austin another week and then we hit the road again. This Fall we will be up near BC.
We love World Vision and regularly contribute to them, although the child we sponsor is through Compassion, International (another amazing organization). The year before I got pregnant with our son (2006), I ran the Chicago Marathon for World Vision and raised over $1,145 (my goal was to raise $1,000). It was my fourth marathon--and my most meaningful. I hope to do it again someday.
We sponsor two boys through World Vision in Zimbabwe...One for each of our boys, so we'll add another boy soon.
Their names are Praise and Witness.
We sponsored children for each of our boys as a gift to Jesus this past Christmas. Did you know that you can search for a child by birth date when you sign up to sponsor? Having the same birthday as our boys gives them a special connection that my young boys consider pretty neat!
Good idea with the birthdays! That would help make the child that much more memorable.
I really like Megan's idea! I was pretty involved with World Vision's 30 Hour famine until recently and so having a sponsored child through World Vision seemed like a natural progression.
I've found it a rather discouraging and impersonal experience for me. Lots of "opportunities" to send completely secular consumerist and dollar store type things to my child at an extra cost. Lots of guilt because honestly I can't stomach sending that stuff, but since I don't want to cause serious trouble by referencing my faith or by unfairly singling out my child with something "too good" - I've sent nothing at all. I do really like World Vision as an organization, and intellectually I understand why they've come up with this approach, but it just doesn't sit right with me somehow.
One of these days I'm going to send something anyway.
We have often given to specific needs at Tupelo Children's Mansion in Tupelo Mississippi, but have never sponsored a child - although they have that option. I would love to do it some day, thank you for bringing the desire back to the forefront of my mind - it's so easy to put those things on the back burner and never actually do them.
If you are in Mississippi and have the time - Tupelo Children's Mansion could be a great stop for you to make! http://www.mansionkids.org/