Kim still grieves her husband’s death, but has found purpose in loss, thanks to strong faith, a loving church community, and some generous donors. World Vision and her church provided her with a sectional sofa, two living room chairs, various food supplies, and a dining room table with matching chairs.
Jheyde, 13, is among more than 1 million Venezuelans in Colombia who left because of hunger and poverty. She finally found stability and success in school.
At any given time, Academy Programs houses, feeds, counsels, coaches, and educates about 70 of the toughest, least motivated middle- and high-school students from around the state. Of the 185 students who came through the program in 2018, the average grade-point average was a 1.38 when they entered the school. When they transitioned out, they carried a collective GPA of 3.0, says Principal Matt Kittle. Most incoming students — 84% of them — tested below their grade level in reading, as did 83% of students in math. While here, almost 4 out of 5 students increase their math and reading scores one grade level or more. World Vision helps provide resources for the staff so they can better help kids succeed.
Venezuela is in crisis. The economy has collapsed, and an uprising of political opposition to President Nicolas Maduro has put the country’s leadership in question. Armando is one of more than 4 million Venezuelans — 5,000 per day in 2018 — who have left the country seeking food, work, and a better life.
Kim and Mendy revel in the impact each person makes by hosting or participating in World Vision’s Global 6K for Water. In 2017, Mendy had hoped to get 10 people to sign up. In 2019, she and Kim aim to get 500 participants to raise $15,000 for clean water.
So, you’re interested in sponsoring a child. But you’re on the fence because you’re not sure how it works — or if it works. Here are some basic facts about how World Vision child sponsorship works and why you won’t regret investing in a child’s life.
When you sponsor a child through World Vision, you join a movement of 604,000 people in the United States who give up about $1.30 a day to impact a child for a lifetime. World Vision child sponsorship is Christ-centered, child-focused, and community-based. We’re serious when we say that for every child sponsored, four more experience the benefits.
Jesse, 16, saved his paychecks for nearly three years to build a home for a struggling woman and her children through the World Vision Gift Catalog. He sacrificed himself through physical labor and resisting temptation to spend his hard-earned money so that a family he doesn’t even know could have a better life.