Photos and stories contributed by Laura Walls in Stories from the Field
Ever wondered what it would be like to go on a Vision Trip?
Pull up a chair and ride along with us to Nicaragua - land of lakes and volcanoes. Click through the slideshows below and meet some extraordinary people. You'll have some new stories to share with family and friends about the power of World Vision sponsorship!
The Basket-weaving Family
The Importance of Volunteers
Teachers and Schools
The "Entrepreneur's Bakery"
THE SPONSORED CHILD VISITS!!!
Other Stories to Share
Angelica has served as a World Vision staff member for the past four years. She was once a sponsored child and, though her sponsor didn't write a lot and even discontinued the sponsorship after a couple of years, she still described her sponsor " ...as a friend, like someone you're close to - like a family member."
Though Angelica's contact with her sponsor didn't continue, it wasn't a negative experience in her life. Even without a sponsor, she was able to be part of World Vision programs in her community. "It's one thing to say you have a sponsor. But with World Vision, you have a network of sponsors." And without that, "I never would've acquired the skills I have today."
And not just Angelica, the whole community has been helped. "All of these strategies benefitting and giving back to children, without World Vision, they wouldn't have taken place."
Rafael describes his family as "very humble." He and his sister were raised by their grandparents. Like many rural families, his grandparents didn't see the value of an education beyond elementary school. World Vision helped their family to see the benefit of Rafael and his sister continuing in school.
He and his sister were sponsored by the same donor. She encouraged them to dream and set goals for their futures. When he wrote that he would like to become a civil engineer, she said she would like to help him achieve that goal and fulfilled her promise by helping him pay his way through college.
"Thanks to her, I am now an engineer and working for World Vision. I can actually say that, 'I know that World Vision changes lives' because I was once one of them."
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.