Laura Blank, 646.245.2496
Lusaka, Zambia, Dec. 7, 2009—Since November 19, World Vision and thousands of people around the world have been traveling the globe in search of the Christmas spirit as part of the Christian humanitarian agency’s “Spirit of Christmas” tour. The month-long tour features interviews and stories with children and families in the United States, Ecuador, Cambodia, Zambia and Ethiopia. In the past three weeks, World Vision’s team has been highlighting both the heartbreaking circumstances of the poor and the inspiring impact even small donations of a few dollars can make in helping families provide for their children.
“We are more than halfway through our around-the-world tour, and the response from people worldwide has been incredibly inspiring,” said Devin Hermanson, campaign manager for World Vision’s “Spirit of Christmas” tour. “Whenever the red-eye flights, long car rides to remote villages, and unusual meals like guinea pig for Thanksgiving start to tire our team, we remember the brave people we’ve met in every country along the way. Their tireless perseverance in the face of adversity gives us the inspiration and strength to continue our journey and spread the word about the powerful impact the Gift Catalog can have.”
The team has traveled to New York City, Quito, Ecuador, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The team left Cambodia on Saturday, December 5 and traveled to Lusaka, Zambia. There the team will learn more about malaria, the number one killer of children under five in Zambia. They will meet one family who suffered from malaria for years before World Vision gave them bed nets to protect themselves. And they will see how simple gifts like goats and seeds and tools for farmers are making life-changing differences in communities throughout the country.
Fast facts about the “Spirit of Christmas” tour in Lusaka, Zambia:
As part of the “Spirit of Christmas” tour, the organization seeks to raise a record-breaking $25 million through the World Vision Gift Catalog to help provide these communities with much-needed resources like water, livestock, medicine, and agriculture – assistance that could change the lives of nearly 625,000 people. If World Vision meets the Gift Catalog’s financial goal this year, it would be far more than the aid agency has ever raised during the holiday period, making it a truly extraordinary response in extraordinary times.
World Vision launched the Gift Catalog in 1996. A gift given through the catalog significantly improves the life of a child or family in need by providing tools and opportunities to overcome extreme poverty, while at the same time honor your friends and loved ones. There are more than 100 gifts (many under $35) to choose from. To order, visit our website at www.worldvisiongifts.org or call toll-free 1 (888) 511-6511. All items are tax-deductible.
Note: The “Spirit of Christmas” World Tour Schedule
Bronx, New York: November 17 – 22, 2009
Quito, Ecuador: November 22 – 27, 2009
Phnom Penh, Cambodia: November 28 – December 5, 2009
Lusaka, Zambia: December 6 – 13, 2009
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: December 13 – 17, 2009
Bronx, New York: December 18 – 23, 2009
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. We serve the world’s poor --regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.worldvision.org/press.