Archives For World Vision & Child Sponsorship

The Sewing Machine

andyallen —  November 23, 2011 — Leave a comment

Sewing machines seem to be back ‘in’ these days.
There are sewing clubs in the city and groups on Facebook.
But sewing machine’s are more than a hipster trend, they can change someone’s life.
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It’s incredible to me that for the princely sum of $400 the course of Jacqueline’s life shifted. And not only her life, but the lives of her employee’s and ultimately their community.

So…what are going to invest in this year?
What gifts will we give on Christmas that will matter?
In this world…there are good investments…and then there are great investments!

Two things changed her life…a loan and a sewing machine.

Vision Fund International is part of World Vision and provides Micro-Loans to entrepreneurs. These small loans empower people to run their own businesses, earn their own income, stimulate their local economy, and become respected members of their communities.

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Food…Two Stories

andyallen —  October 16, 2011 — Leave a comment

Today is World Food Day.
I’m remembering how my cupboards are never empty…even when my bank account is.
I’m remembering how scarce food is for my friends in Africa.
Two stories come to mind…

On our first trip to Africa we were nervous about going through customs in Johannesburg. Pam had bought an orange in the Atlanta airport but hadn’t eaten it when we saw signs forbidding bringing fruit through customs. Not wanting to draw any attention to herself she quickly ducked into the women’s restroom and tossed the orange into the trash.

There was a cleaning attendant working in the restroom who immediately rushed to the trash and rescued the orange. She had a confused look on her face and asked in her best broken English, “Why do you throw away food?” There wasn’t an answer to be given, really. We’re Americans…we discard things that are perfectly good when we don’t want them any more…right?

School Lunch in Lesotho, Africa

We were traveling to some remote communities in Lesotho, Africa. The workers from the hosting office had packed a lunch of sandwiches and cold fried chicken, something we could easily eat out in the field. When we stopped for lunch, it was quickly apparent that only enough food had been purchased and brought along to feed the Americans. The local team was to go without.

This struck me as unconscionable. How could we, the overfed Americans, eat this lunch while African volunteers and community workers were to entertain us and go hungry. It proved to be very difficult to share our lunch with them because we were their guests and…this part killed me…they said they were used to going without food. Eventually we convinced them to share lunch with us, but only after many objections.

Today is World Food Day.
Let’s remember that we have more in America than we possibly need.
Let’s remember to help our friends around the world who are hungry today.

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Right now there is an extreme drought in the Horn of Africa…the worst in 60 years. This has created a famine that leaves some 12.4 million affected people in that region.

30,000 children have already lost their lives.

With 35% of all children in the region now facing emergency levels of malnutrition and disease, starvation is a real threat.

“I have not cooked anything today,” says Lochoro, a mother of five living in Uganda. “I don’t even know what the kids are going to eat.”

World Vision has assisted communities in the Horn of Africa for 3 decades and with the increased need they are reaching out…asking for your help.

Money is needed to provide food, water, blankets and other critical life-saving essentials to the most vulnerable children and families.

There are couple quick ways you can donate and help right now:

Text “FAMINE” to “20222” to give $10
Click HERE to give online
Go to to find out more

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World Vision started working to specifically address the HIV/AIDS pandemic in 2001.  I remember being immediately moved by the needs of people affected by HIV/AIDS and specifically to advocate for the children who find themselves vulnerable because of this horrific disease.

The Hope Initiative became the avenue through which World Vision began it’s work to alleviate the suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.  There are currently 14 million orphans in Africa because of HIV/AIDS and many more adults and children around the world living life at risk because of it’s spread.

World Vision recently published a report titled What Difference Does a Decade Make? While progress has been made in helping people dealing with poverty and disease, it’s findings sadly imply that after ten years, the children most affected by HIV/AIDS actually remain just as vulnerable and neglected in the communities where they live.

“While commendable progress has been made, orphans and vulnerable children in many contexts still receive significantly less support than children in the same communities who are not deemed as vulnerable.”
Stuart Kean, senior HIV and AIDS policy advisor for World Vision International

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Journey To Jamaa

andyallen —  June 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

One thing I love about working with World Vision is that they are always looking for innovative ways to raise awareness for the causes they’ve committed to.  This year World Vision is rolling out a new film entitled Journey To Jamaa.  I am currently one of only 4 artists helping bring this award winning film to communities in the U.S. and I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity.

Journey To Jamaa is the true-life story of two orphans from Uganda who loose both of their parents to HIV/AIDS.  It chronicles their harrowing trek across Uganda to find family that they can live with.  Ultimately it ‘s a narrative parable of hope and represents the journey of countless children like them.

The film itself is a powerful presentation of the world so many African children face today.  Having seen situations like this first hand on my trips to Africa, I believe Journey To Jamaa is a great way for us to individually connect to the realities that 14 million orphans are experiencing daily.

I would love to bring Journey To Jamaa to your church and/or community…..FREE!

Here are a few ways we can bring Jamaa to your church and community:

  • A Special Event Featuring Journey To Jamaa
  • A Film-Based Interactive Weekend Worship Service at your church
  • A Small Group Screening in a home
  • A Youth Group, Men’s & Women’s Group, or Missions Ministry Event

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