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