The Seeds of Generosity
Cambodian teenager Khna Ny proudly displays some of the vegetables his family can now enjoy thanks to agricultural training and seeds provided by donors like you.
A family of five turns a few seeds into better nutrition, improved education and a much brighter future
For many grandparents, gardening is a hobby for retirement. For 14-year-old Khna Ny’s grandparents, gardening was an attempt to stave off starvation and poverty
Despite having little money of their own, the Cambodian grandparents took responsibility for raising Khna Ny and his two younger brothers when they lost their mother and were abandoned by their father.
Life was hard. The family farmed a small plot of land to grow food for themselves, but meagre harvests left them malnourished. And a lack of funds for school fees threatened the boys’education, putting their future at risk.
Then World Vision stepped in and the generosity of donors like you made all the difference.
Local World Vision staff invited Khna Ny’s grandparents to agricultural training where they learned to diversify their crops and maximize yields. They were also provided with seeds to start new crops of rice and a variety of vegetables.
The results have been life changing. The family’s first harvest with seeds and training from World Vision produced an astounding 750 kilograms of rice—enough to feed the family of five for a whole year!
World Vision also gave the family seeds to grow pumpkins, morning glory and eggplants. Khna Ny now helps his grandparents tend the garden which now features spinach and lemongrass.
The garden not only provides enough to feed the family; it also yields enough vegetables to sell at the local market. The income is also enough to pay for the boys’ school fees and supplies.
The Heroes of this Story are the Goats
9-year-old Tassy hugs one of the goats that has made it possible for her to dream of a future as a nurse. Five goats were given to her family by World Vision and donors like you.
Actually, the true heroes are World Vision donors like you who changed the life of a young girl
It’s hard to imagine a small herd of farm animals as heroes in anything except a fairytale. But that’s exactly what five ordinary goats turned into for 9-year-old Tassy and her grandparents.
Young Tassy has been cared for by her grandparents, Nelson and Jerecy, since she was just a year old. They are the only parents she has ever really known.
The situation, however, was precarious. There was little money for food and school supplies, jeopardizing both Tassy’s health and her future. Even worse, her grandparents are HIV positive, and without medical treatment they were extremely susceptible to falling seriously ill with AIDS.
The situation changed for the better when this family received a gift of five goats from World Vision and the small herd became the start of something big.
Utilizing the animal husbandry training they received with the goats, Nelson and Jerecy soon grew the herd and began generating income.
Tassy’s grandparents were able use the funds to increase the size and productivity of their vegetable patch, providing nutritious food and additional income for the family. With this income Nelson and Jerecy were able to afford the medication needed to maintain their health.
The additional funds have also helped Tassy continue her education, she now aims to become a nurse. But Nelson has even bigger dreams for her — he wants her to continue her education until she graduates as a doctor.
Five simple goats are a perfect example of the powerful positive impact you can have through the World Vision Gift Catalogue. As Jerecy says, "We are what we are today because of those goats."
A Special Kind of Pilot Project
Despite never having seen a real airplane up close, 11-year-old Christian Dave dreams of the adventures he will have one day as a pilot. Enabled by donors like you, World Vision’s work in the boy’s community have made his dreams possible.
A fisherman’s son now dreams big, thanks to a better education
Beyond his new love for school and dreams of becoming a pilot, perhaps the most important change in young Christian Dave’s life is his outlook on the future. As he puts it, “Nothing is impossible!”
The 11-year-old child’s story begins in the fishing village of Himaya, located in Philippines’ Misamis Occidental province. Access to a quality education was simply out of reach.
The youngster’s father is a fisherman with an unreliable income. When bad weather kept him ashore or catches were low, there was no money for food, let alone books and school supplies for Christian Dave and his siblings.
With the support of donors like you, however, World Vision helped open the possibilities in Christian Dave’s life.
World Vision provided desperately needed books and learning materials for the schools in Himaya to improve the overall quality of education. For Christian Dave this has made a huge difference. “I love to read stories and my favourite subject is math,” says the budding aviator.
World Vision also helped villagers set up a community savings group. They can now pool their resources to help each other in times of need while saving funds and creating dividends for the future.
Now, when Christian Dave’s father cannot fish, the family can borrow money from the savings group until he can get back out on the ocean. And each year the family now has money set aside to support their children’s education.
"I will do my best to fly my own airplane soon," says Christian Dave, folding a paper airplane and dreaming of the possibilities.
HEALTH & NUTRITION
Malaria No More
Steven, 7, sleeps safe and secure under a mosquito net provided by World Vision thanks to donors like you. Today his family is malaria-free at last.
"Malaria is truly a terrible disease," says Mercy, 27, a mother of five in southern Zambia
For years, her family was tormented by chronic sickness. Whenever Mercy fell sick, she would get seizures. “We never had two weeks of being well,” she says. “We thought we were bewitched.”
Mercy wasn’t the only suspicious one. Her seizures drew stares from her neighbours and caused rumours in the village.
Then one haunting day, Mercy recognized those same symptoms in her young son.
“Steven was experiencing a high body temperature. I took him to the hospital,” she says. “They gave him an injection and then sent us home. I put him on the bed to sleep. I saw his eyes turn upside down.”
By the time they made it back to the hospital, Steven had shut down completely. “He didn’t shake or make noise,” Mercy remembers. “I was frightened. I thought he was going to die.”
For two weeks Steven slowly recovered in the hospital. “It was painful. I would feel body pains,” he remembers. “He could not move his body, his hands or legs. But when he ate food, I knew he would survive,” says Mercy.
Soon after Steven’s episode, World Vision distributed mosquito nets in their village and trained people to use them properly. They’ve made a world of difference.
"Now we no longer suffer from malaria,” say Mercy. “There’s more dignity to my life."
Today Steven is a healthy 7-year-old boy. He’s shy and sweet. And thankfully, since the family sleeps under the protection of mosquito nets, there have been no more trips to the hospital.
Kids Say the Darnedest Things
Young Amanuel samples a glass of clean water from the brand new well that supplies his community. This is the day we get divorced from the pains and sufferings of waterborne diseases once and for all, he exclaimed colourfully.
A World Vision staff member recounts the excitement surrounding a new well through the eyes — and delightful declarations — of a child
Over six months, World Vision field reporter Aklilu Kassaye paid several visits to an Ethiopian village where the organization was drilling a well. He formed a friendship with a boy named Amanuel during that time. Below, Aklilu recounts Amanuel’s excited reactions to the activation of the new well.
It's hard to imagine a boy in all of Ethiopia more excited — or verbose — than precocious young Amanuel. Clearly excited, he proudly declared, "This is the day that I am departing from the agony of diarrhea!"
I stopped to chat with my young friend on the day World Vision activated a new well in his village.
After years of contaminated water, the benefits of clean, accessible water for his family were not lost on Amanuel.
"My dad will not waste his time and money medicating us," he told me. And he had high hopes for his studies, too. "I will never quit school as before due to waterborne diseases. My school performance will definitely improve very soon."
The installation of the well has even changed Amanuel’s career aspirations.
"Starting from the day World Vision began drilling clean water, I have changed my dream from becoming a medical doctor to a water engineer,” said the young man. “This is because drilling one water source will save thousands of people from waterborne diseases."