Rich Stearns reflects on how when you partner with World Vision, you are walking with the poor. Mothers, fathers, and children feel your love and support across the miles. And with that comes a sense of God’s love. Knowing they’re not alone in their struggles lightens their load.
Not many 8-year-olds would use their birthday as an opportunity to give back, but last year, Luke ran World Vision’s 6K for Water with his friends.
As we commemorate World Water Day, March 22, World Vision celebrates reaching its 2020 goal to bring clean water to one person every 10 seconds. Well-drilling teams, engineers, geologists, and community leaders in dozens of countries worked tirelessly through 2016 to accomplish that goal three years ahead of schedule. Ultimately, we hope to provide access to clean water to every person in every community where we work around the world.
The clean water system has paid off more than Julia’s family could imagine. The burden of carrying water for hours each day has been lifted, she has water to grow fruits and vegetables, and her children bathe daily.
A first-year kindergarten student, Cheru walks with her older siblings and other children to dig for water to carry to school. On the way home, she stops to fill her tea kettle with water to carry to her mother. She walks more than 6K (3.7 miles), the average distance women and children walk for water in sub-Saharan Africa.
California mom Kianna Lyons doesn’t take water for granted. But she’s not only concerned about the water shortages that have affected southern California where she lives. She has a heart for moms and children in sub-Saharan Africa who walk 6K (3.7 miles) daily to bring home dirty water, and she’s determined to do something about it.