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World Vision Magazine: Article Wins Folio Award

"Afghanistan: Battle-Scarred Courage" serves as a tribute to females — key to this war-weary nation's survival — who are overcoming steep odds to obtain education and employment with World Vision's help.

October 25, 2007


Kari Constanza walks with three children during a recent reporting assignment in Rwanda. Constanza authored an article in the Spring 2007 issue of World Vision Magazine about the plight of girls and women in Afghanistan. The article was the recipient of a first-place Eddie Award in the Association/Non-Profit category. © 2007/World Vision staff
"After breakfast one morning, Sara decided she couldn't take it anymore. She doused herself with gasoline and lit herself on fire. With the strike of a match, Sara became one of hundreds of women who decided last year that self-immolation was preferable to life in western Afghanistan."

So begins "Afghanistan: Battle-Scarred Courage," Kari Costanza's gritty, realistic snapshot of the suffering many women and girls continue to endure in this storied, battle-weary nation.

Ultimately, though, the article, published in the Spring 2007 issue of World Vision Magazine, is a compassionate portrait of females in post-Taliban Afghanistan. It expands into a larger-than-life illustration of hope through stories of girls and women who are courageously conquering formidable obstacles with World Vision's help. Their goal: obtaining an education and finding a job in this beleaguered place.

Article Takes Top Honors

In a tribute to the article's courageous subjects — whom Costanza maintains are the key to Afghanistan's survival — "Afghanistan: Battle-Scarred Courage" won a gold, first-place Eddie Award in the Association/Nonprofit category at the 2007 Folio: Awards.

The Folio: Awards is the premiere competition for the magazine publishing industry, with 3,000 submissions from across the United States and around the globe. This year, it was held in New York City on Sept. 23-26. Last year, World Vision Magazine won a bronze award for feature design.

Entering competitions such as this one allows us to spread awareness about World Vision's mission. We are 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.

Learn More


>> Read "Afghanistan: Battle-Scarred Courage," Kari Costanza's award-winning article.

>> Check out the new Winter 2007 issue of World Vision Magazine.

Two Ways You Can Help

>> Please pray for girls and women worldwide who lack access to literacy and education opportunities, one of the best means to help them break free from poverty and exploitation.
>> Help provide girls with an education. Education represents the best hope to break a vicious cycle of poverty and despair .

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