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World Vision Supporter Magazine

July 2011

The Biggest Loser trainer Tiffiny Hall becomes an ambassador for Team World Vision

Fifteen years of change Pilahuin in transition

Tiffiny Hall Running for real change

A day in the life Myagmargarig in Mongolia

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Contents Features

Inside

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Supporter stories

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Fifteen years of change: Pilahuin in transition

A reflection on hope: Tim Costello

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Our World Vision

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Fifteen years of change: Pilahuin in transition

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A different path: a supporter’s experience of economic development

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Team World Vision: Running for real change

A day in the life: Myagmargarig in Mongolia

40 Hour Famine 2011

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Former sponsored child: Alexander is giving back to his community

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A day in the life: Myagmargarig in Mongolia

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Former sponsored child: Alexander is giving back to his community

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Child Rescue: A safe place for women and children in Sudan

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Child Rescue: Ride2Rescue

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Sponsors share their stories

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What’s on

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Aussie aid helping millions

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Multiplying Gift Appeal: Meeting urgent food needs around the globe

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Child Rescue: A safe place for women and children in Sudan

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July 2011

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The Biggest Loser trainer Tiffiny Hall becomes an ambassador for Team World Vision

Fifteen years of change Pilahuin in transition

Tiffiny Hall Running for real change

A day in the life Myagmargarig in Mongolia

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| Page 10-12

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Supporter stories: 40 years on, Dorothy’s still a proud sponsor Dorothy with World Vision NSW State Manager Jane Ruston.

From Nestor to Prince Philip: A sponsor’s journey takes many twists and turns Dannielle Sanders sponsors an amazing five children through World Vision. Her commitment has grown over time and has been shaped by chance and some uncanny coincidences. Growing up, Dannielle always knew she’d sponsor a child when she started working full time and the stars aligned to make this happen when World Vision representatives knocked on her door the weekend before she started her first job. “That is the day I started sponsoring Nestor, who lives in Colombia,” she recalled. About six months later, she sponsored again – this time a girl called Asmita. Soon after, she attended a prayer breakfast where World Vision CEO Tim Costello was special guest. Inspired by what she heard, Dannielle decided that day to sponsor another child in Zambia.

Children from Tatenda’s village came out to greet Tim Costello on his recent visit to Zimbabwe.

In 2008, she visited Cambodia on a community service trip. “In the area we were working we met a lot of children, who were amazing,” she recalled. “I made close friends with a 10-year-old girl, Horng. On our last day there, she asked me to be her God-sister. When we got home, I started sponsoring Sophors in Cambodia.”

A reflection on hope: Tim Costello

The most amazing coincidence occurred when she decided to sponsor for the fifth time.

Dorothy Davis from New South Wales celebrated her 100th birthday in January. And after 40 years of supporting World Vision and many sponsored children, she remains a committed sponsor to Maria from Ecuador.

“When I turned 18, my Pa gave me a soft toy monkey. I named him Prince Philip because that is my Pa’s name and my Nanny used to read me and my sister Sleeping Beauty every time we stayed there. She used to say that Pa was her Prince Philip,” Dannielle explained.

Dorothy’s birthday celebrations included a phone call from Tim Costello and the presentation of a framed World Vision Certificate of Appreciation to honour her generous and longterm support over the years.

They asked if she’d like to sponsor a child from neighbouring Ghana, and unbelievably, the next child available for sponsorship there was named Prince Philip!

Born in January 1911 in the East End of London, Dorothy grew up in an era when girls and boys played safely together on the street, “with the only traffic being a horse and cart or wheelbarrow”, she recalled.

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Dorothy lived through two world wars and remembers what life was like before all the comforts that we take for granted today.

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She said she first started sponsoring a child with World Vision when she was a member of a Christian ladies group that was sewing to raise funds for charity. “I’ve always had a natural interest in children and helping those in need,” she explained. “It makes me feel privileged to be doing God’s will, looking after others.” Over the years she has sponsored many children from all around the world and at the remarkable age of 100, Dorothy said she has much to be thankful for. “My hands and my eyes are good and I am able to paint, to raise money for my charities.”

Tim and his sponsored child, Tatenda.

Last year, after reading a moving book written by a child soldier from Sierra Leone, she called World Vision and asked if she could sponsor a child from the same part of Africa.

For Dannielle, sponsoring children is an important way to give back. “I want to do my part because I do think that if we all try, one day the world will be free of poverty,” she said. This year, Dannielle will return to Cambodia to meet her sponsored child Sophors and she hopes one day she can make it to Ghana and meet Prince Philip. Dannielle sponsors an amazing five children.

I have been to Africa many times. But my last trip to Zimbabwe just after Easter in early May was something special. I had the opportunity to visit the little girl who my wife and I sponsor. Her name is Tatenda, and she lives in a small village to the south of the capital, Harare. I was welcomed by this gracious family and was once again struck by the extraordinary simplicity of their lives: here was a thatched room where they did their cooking, and another where they all slept, the parents, Tatenda and her two younger sisters. The whole village came out in greeting, and they sang and danced. All because there is now a school where Tatenda and other children who aren’t sponsored can attend, and a health clinic for the village. This is the day-to-day and year-to-year work of World Vision. Beyond the relief we give in emergencies, those occasions when disaster strikes suddenly and we step in to offer the assistance we can, World Vision continues its steady work with hundreds of thousands of children like Tatenda, who live in countless small villages and towns in more than 60 countries around the world. But this year the emergencies just seem to have been endless. Already in our own nation we have witnessed record and devastating flooding in Queensland and Victoria, and our neighbours in New Zealand’s Christchurch suffered a second and more critical blow with the earthquake in February. The sea rolled across northern Japan after a massive quake sparked a tsunami of immense scale and destruction, and tornadoes were unleashed in the southern United States in May. As a global organisation we have been truly shocked at these events, and responded to the humanitarian needs of vulnerable

children and affected families. Still our work continues in these villages, meaning more children like Tatenda will sit in classrooms and learn in a way their parents never experienced, and have the opportunity to live life in all its fullness.

There remain so many communities in need. Yet as the words of our founder Bob Pierce remind me, we “must not fail to act just because we cannot do it all”. As I stood with Tatenda in the door of her home, and watched her parents, what I saw was the incredible pride in what they as a family have been able to achieve. Here was their daughter speaking to me in her broken English – you could just see the faces of the parents beaming – parents of this little Zimbabwean girl taking incredible pride in their children. What they see is hope for the future. And it is exactly the same here in Australia. In every parent I speak with, I recognise that look. Though Tatenda’s parents are poor – the lottery of latitude meant they were not raised in the abundance we share in Australia – they hold exactly the same hopes, the same aspirations as we do. Thank you for continuing your steady support, year after year, for the families of children like Tatenda. Shalom, Tim Costello World Vision Australia Chief Executive

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Dorothy has sponsored children through World Vision for 40 years.

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Our World Vision: A fulfilled life for every child The second is that a child’s wellbeing is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of his or her family, community and area, and that we need to address children’s needs at these levels in order to bring about lasting change. That is why the contributions of child sponsors are combined and used to fund development projects that are designed to enable families and communities to break the cycle of poverty and give children opportunities to fulfil their potential. How do we achieve child wellbeing? To help guide our efforts, World Vision has developed a blueprint for child wellbeing – what it looks like and ways we can achieve it. It’s an approach based on pursuing four fundamental goals.

Life in all its fullness – It’s what every parent, doting nanna and protective aunty or uncle wants for the children they love. To be able to grow up happy and healthy, get a good education, and experience the best of what life can offer are what we ask for our own kids. And this same, almost universal ideal has inspired and motivated World Vision’s work to improve children’s lives for over 60 years. It’s a vision that burned in the heart of our founding father, American missionary Dr Bob Pierce, when on a trip to China in 1947 he encountered one vulnerable little girl, White Jade, who had been abandoned by her parents. When White Jade’s teacher challenged him: “What are you going to do about her? ” Dr Pierce pulled the last five dollars out of his pocket and agreed to send the same amount each month to help care for her. This encounter was the genesis of World Vision Child Sponsorship, a program which was formalised a few years later in response to the needs of children orphaned by the Korean War. Today, there are in excess of 3 million World Vision child sponsors across the globe, including 350,000-plus in Australia, who support child-focused development work in more than 1,400 communities.

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Over six decades, so much has changed both in the world, and at World Vision, but what remains constant is our fundamental focus on the wellbeing of children, especially the most vulnerable.

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What is meant by child wellbeing?

2. Children educated for life – ensuring that children can read, write and use numeracy skills; make good judgements and communicate ideas; and that as they approach adulthood have skills and knowledge to help them earn an income. 3. Children experience the love of God and their neighbours – ensuring that children grow in their awareness and experience of God’s love in an environment that recognises their freedom; enjoy positive relationships with peers, family and community members; that they value and care for others and the environment; and have hope for the future. 4. Children are cared for, protected and participating – ensuring that children have a safe and caring family and community environment; that they are celebrated and registered at birth; and that they are respected participants in decisions affecting their lives. Moses, aged 12, collects water from his village’s new borehole.

When permanent classrooms replaced ‘tree’ classrooms in this Ugandan community, school enrolment shot up by 25 percent and qualified teachers came.

How we go about achieving these outcomes varies from one community to the next and is based on each community’s unique challenges and strengths. We work with community members to understand the root causes of children’s poverty and vulnerability and then develop a mutually agreed program of activities to address these. To ensure that children can enjoy good health, we may work alongside local healthcare providers to establish a program that delivers childhood immunisation, health monitoring for young children and pregnant mothers, as well as disease prevention education. Efforts to improve community access to clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education may also be a part of this. One approach we take to improving child nutrition follows the premise that solutions already exist within communities and just need to be discovered and shared amongst all families. Community nutrition groups bring neighbours together to learn about good nutrition and practical ways they can improve their household diets, such as establishing kitchen gardens.

Our definition of, and approach to child wellbeing has certainly evolved over time. From our earliest efforts to get food, clothing and medicine to war orphans, time and experience have taught us two very important lessons.

On the education front, our approach can involve creating opportunities for teacher training, involving parents and other community members in efforts to improve school environments and learning outcomes, and providing adolescents with access to vocational education.

The first is that achieving child wellbeing requires a holistic approach that not only meets children’s basic physical needs, but that also considers their mental, social and spiritual dimensions as well.

Upholding child rights is essential and we work to raise awareness amongst children, adolescents, parents, community members and leaders about the need to protect and respect them. Some of our programs also focus on

lobbying governments to increase their investment in child development and protection. Children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse and violence within families, schools and communities. So we work alongside local communities to raise awareness about and prevent exploitation, harmful traditional practices, such as early marriage, and violence against children. We also build the capacity of local authorities as well as school and health workers to respond to signs of child abuse and exploitation. Because we know that children can be the catalyst of change, child sponsorship-funded projects aim to develop children’s leadership potential and ensure that their voice is heard in their family and community. See our story about the Pilahuin community in Ecuador on the next page for examples of how we do this. So, 60 years on, children remain the starting point for our work to alleviate poverty and their wellbeing is the primary way we measure whether or not we are making a difference. Together with child sponsors and our other dedicated supporters, we carry the hope and determination to see the day when there will be life in all its fullness for every child.

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Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision.

1. Children enjoy good health – ensuring that children are well nourished; protected from disease, infection and injury; and that their families have access to essential health services.

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Fifteen years of change: Pilahuin in transition

“I have worked here since December 2007,” he says. “The ADP has been operating since 1997, approximately 15 years.” When World Vision began the Pilahuin ADP, communities in the area were living in extreme poverty. Alcoholism, a lack of schooling opportunities for children, lack of access to safe water, poor sanitary conditions leading to health problems, and chronic malnutrition of young children were some of the major issues identified. José believes that one of the causes of poverty in the area is a lack of government support. “The government doesn’t invest in production in the fields and in the people and the talents that the people have,” he says. This neglect could be partly due to the remoteness of the communities, or the fact that the overwhelming majority of people in the Pilhuin area are indigenous. Indigenous Ecuadoreans often experience discrimination, poverty and social and political exclusion. “The people who live here are the ancestral Quichua people,” José says. “They live here organised as a community... they are subsistence farmers.” World Vision adapted its programming to be appropriate to the indigenous culture. “We sensitise people who work here in the ADP,” José says, “teaching them about the culture, customs, history and traditions, teaching them about the development that they have already made”.

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It is also important to include members of the community in the planning and programming. “We put people from the community into the technical team here. In the structure that we have, we empower people ... help them with what they are already doing,” José says.

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As our work in Pilahuin draws to a close, we have begun to prepare the community to continue the journey on their own. This involves making sure that the community can carry on the programs that are currently in place so that the transformation of the community is sustainable. “We work to reinforce the abilities that each individual person has. Now we are helping people to develop their own capacity, so that they can continue their own development after we leave,” José says. Especially important is the building of networks between community leaders and local government to address the neglect that José highlighted as a major cause of poverty in the area. “We know that it’s very important – if we don’t give them the opportunity to be part of local institutions, the sustainability will not be possible. Because we facilitate those associations with local institutions, we know that they can do well without us,” he says.

Community volunteer networks are already in place to carry on programs in education, health and the promotion of child rights, an important focus of the Pilahuin ADP. “One of the best successes would be the promotion of the rights of children,” José says. The youth of Pilahuin agree. Elizabeth, 17, illustrates how the knowledge of child rights affects her community. “When they don’t know we have the right to education, they don’t send us to school, but to work,” she says. Elizabeth participates in a youth radio program and wants to be a professional radio host one day. “We use the radio as a communication tool to promote our rights,” she says. “With the radio, the message reaches the far corners of our community. In this way we help others to learn about their rights.”

José is also very proud of the community’s achievements in health, and particularly the improving health of children. “We can see in the children’s faces the difference it makes when a child has good nutrition and the benefits of early learning. We can really see the change, because they are more active and smart.” Education is another major success. 95 percent of school children now access education services, a huge improvement in a community where education was formerly not viewed as a priority. Children’s skills in mathematics and language have improved, and they are being taught about issues of rights, gender and values. José feels confident that the Pilahuin communities are ready to carry on their development without World Vision. When he talks about the changes that have taken place in the area that has been his home for the last four years, he does not forget the sponsors who have made this change possible. For these sponsors, this is a time to celebrate. “You really are part of everything that we have done here,” he says in a message to the community’s Australian sponsors. “All of what has happened in the community is thanks to you. Every cent that you give us here we try to use in the best way possible, with honesty and transparency, in order to have the best results.” “Thank you very much for your support,” he says. When a World Vision project comes to an end, it is often a sad time for sponsors as they say goodbye to the children they may have sponsored for several years. However, it is also a time to celebrate. You can feel proud that your support has helped your sponsored child and their community reach a point of self-sufficiency. While work in the Pilahuin ADP will continue until 2013, if you have a sponsored child living in Pilahuin and have any questions about the transition, please feel free to call us on 1300 303 440.

Maria from Pilahuin and her 18-month-old son Alex have benefited from improvements in nutrition, education and income generation in their community.

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José Villacrés is preparing for the next phase of his life. He is doing a job he loves – he is the coordinator of World Vision’s Area Development Program (ADP) in Pilahuin, Ecuador – and it will be a bittersweet time for him when the program reaches its natural conclusion in the months ahead, but he is happy when he contemplates what has been achieved in the community.

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A different path: a supporter’s experience of economic development

How did your trip to Kenya with World Vision enhance your understanding of community economic development? It became apparent to me how much the SEE Solutions program is an investment in people, from the business facilitators to the Masters Degree qualified workers who are helping with the water and irrigation. After your visit to Kenya and witnessing SEE Solutions projects firsthand, have you noticed you operate your own business differently? It has challenged me to think about how I operate my business. It made me realise the value of one’s knowledge and that shouldn’t be underestimated. As I grow the company it definitely has made me think about how important the people are that I bring in. When I’m feeling a little bit down or feel that everything is all a little too hard, what helps me lift myself up is realising that what I generate can help the SEE Solutions program. So I’ve gained motivation as well.

What was the most important thing you learned from visiting the SEE Solutions project? It is good to ask me this question now as it is a few months after the trip and I have had time to reflect. I think about elements of what I gained from the trip for the business, to the kids [in Kenya] having to walk 10 kilometres to school, and then when I find myself too busy, not spending enough time just hanging out with people I think of the community members in Kenya and how they really had time for each other. I was exposed to so many things in my four days there; it was quite a big reality hit. My values sharpened after the trip, the way that I think about people and the way that I react and connect with my clients and my obligation in the work place. If a friend asked you about World Vision’s SEE Solutions program, how would you explain it? I would explain it as an investment in intellectual property. People from all business backgrounds understand the value in that; it is why they go and get educated. The SEE Solutions program provides a panel with a proper charter and constitution on how to run their company in each of the different villages that the World Vision satellite offices are connected with.

Richard visits the local primary school where Kenyan children can learn English, Swahili, maths and science.

I think about elements of what I gained from the trip for the business, to the kids [in Kenya] having to walk 10 kilometres to school, and then when I find myself too busy, not spending enough time just hanging out with people I think of the community members in Kenya and how they really had time for each other.

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Did you witness many parallels between the SEE Solutions project and your own business?

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There were lots of parallels, such as setting goals and objectives: where do you want to be in five years time? If you go down one path what are the consequences you face? Will it really lead you to where you want to go? And other parallels, like trying to find a need in the community and better position yourself to satisfy that need. How do you utilise the brand to grow your business?

Richard, with the Chemi Chemi Women’s Group, at the water pump that irrigates the crops.

I saw the advantage of having a stable, proactive government to help facilitate infrastructure and the impact that has on business, especially agricultural business. You can see how infrastructure plays a part in improving their situation. Even in our more developed economy we should never be complacent with the level of infrastructure in place, in particular places such as NSW. Infrastructure impacts business in numerous ways from simple things such as time

to get to work, to transport costs and self-sufficiencies. In our country you might see a marginal change over the year, and more meaningful changes over decades, but in a place like Kenya given it’s starting from a low base, you want the government to support that framework that the community is developing and requiring to improve their economic competitiveness; if the people are demanding something you hope the government is responding to that demand. SEE Solutions pushes the community along, which will then put demand on the government to get their act together. SEE Solutions projects may involve microfinance and microloans, skills training and development, business empowerment projects and agricultural training. For more information on SEE Solutions and how to give communities a hand up, visit worldvision.com.au/SEESolutions or call 1300 303 440.

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SEE Solutions is a World Vision program designed to raise incomes and empower communities to work their way out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. World Vision donor Richard Korkor visited a SEE Solutions project in Kenya and saw the progress that has been made thanks to the Ndabibi Business Empowerment project. We asked Richard to reflect on his time in Kenya and what similarities, as a business owner, he sees between the Kenyan microentrepreneurs he met and his own business in Australia.

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Former World Vision employee Kelly Ross met Beauty and Belinda from Zimbabwe earlier in the year.

Tim Costello and World Vision employees are up for the challenge.

Loading sacks of food onto trucks to prepare for a food distribution in Zimbabwe.

Why run? Every day, 925 million people wake up without enough food to eat for the day. Every six seconds a child dies from hunger. (World Food Programme, 2011)

Team World Vision is a new initiative in 2011. It’s a fun and easy way for people to participate in running events around Australia while raising funds to help deliver food and relief essentials to desperately hungry children and their families. Funds raised by team members will go towards World Vision’s Multiplying Gift Appeal. Through this appeal, every dollar raised enables World Vision to deliver up to 10 times its value in food aid and relief essentials.*

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Go to page 25 to read more about how the Multiplying Gift Appeal makes a difference to the lives of those in need.

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Team World Vision is not just for elite athletes; it’s for everyone from beginners to experienced runners who want to find that extra reason to run. It’s also a great way to get fit, bring your friends and family and have fun running while making a real difference! World Vision employees are getting in on the action and loving the opportunity to show their support by participating in these events. Groups of staff are creating teams, training and fundraising together and looking forward to race day. World Vision CEO Tim Costello has also risen to the challenge and signed up for the Run Melbourne event, par ticipating with other World Vision employees and suppor ters.

He says, “Team World Vision is a great way to combine two of my great passions, sport and social justice. To have a goal that is bigger than just fitness gives me a greater motivation to succeed and I’m hoping World Vision supporters will jump at the opportunity and join ‘The Team’.” If you’re interested in joining Team World Vision you can sign up to participate in one of the following events: 17 July ......................................... Run Melbourne 14 August ................................ Sydney City2Surf 28 August ............................... Perth City to Surf 11 September ........................ Bridge to Brisbane 18 September ........... Adelaide City Bay Fun Run 18 September ............... Sydney Running Festival 9 October ............ Melbourne Marathon Festival Visit worldvision.com.au/teamworldvision for more information and join us today.

The United Nations reports that around 925 million people wake up chronically hungry each day. Given that the Australian population is around 22 million, this figure is incredibly hard to comprehend. Joining Team World Vision is a great way to respond to this global problem. You can participate in making a difference by signing up and raising funds, or if you don’t want to run, consider donating to someone who’s taken up the challenge!

To find out more about Team World Vision visit worldvision.com.au/teamworldvision. To support Tim Costello in his run, go to teamworldvision.com.au/tim_costello. Team World Vision ambassador and The Biggest Loser trainer Tiffiny Hall.

Biggest Loser trainer on board Tiffiny Hall is a best-selling author of Weightloss Warrior, journalist, 5th Dan black belt in Taekwondo and ninja trainer on The Biggest Loser Families. She successfully challenges, motivates and inspires people to fight for their health every day, so when World Vision approached her about supporting the new Team World Vision initiative, she didn’t hesitate. Tiffiny said, “The opportunity to combine my passion for health and fitness with a great cause was too good to pass up. Team World Vision participants get fit and healthy, and they take it one step further by raising funds that give people in developing countries access to life-giving nutritious food. A gift of health is the best gift you can give! Helping others is the essence of a true health ninja.”

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Team World Vision: Running for real change

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6. Hydration You need to consistently hydrate your body with water. And don’t wait until you begin exercising to start drinking water. You should not only be drinking water regularly throughout each day, but in the lead up to any run to prevent dehydration. Waiting until you are thirsty is normally a sign that you are already dehydrated – and dehydration will mean that you aren’t able to run as well. 7. Eat quality food Your body relies on a regular supply of nutritious foods to provide it with the necessary fuel to function at its best. Vegies, lean protein, whole-grains, fruit and complex carbohydrates are the best options. Eating breakfast is vital and don’t skip meals. Stick to my warrior code – eat naked! Only eat foods that are not packaged or processed. All nude foods help to improve performance. 8. Sleep

1. Join a training group Training in a group not only ensures that you are following a specific plan to prepare in the best way possible, but you are also enjoying the experience with others. It is the best way to make yourself accountable to completing the necessary training for the event. Everybody needs a support network. 2. Consistency Consistent training is the absolute key to improving your fitness and preparing yourself for the fun run. A casual run here and there will likely mean that you will struggle on the day of the event. Alternatively, committing yourself to regular training sessions with others will result in significant increases to your running capacity and have you primed for the event. A mantra I live by is the martial arts philosophy of KAIZAN, which means constant and never-ending improvement. 3. Build strength in your legs outside of running The stronger your legs are, the longer they will be able to carry your body as you run. Too many people train only by running and whilst their endurance improves, you also need to develop strength in your legs to cope with the wear and tear of the kilometres you will be taking your body through. Try some light weight sessions on your legs or even better, try Taekwondo – it’s the absolute best work out for your legs. Kick your way towards the finish line. Be a ninja!

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4. Strengthen your core

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Your core provides the foundation for all movement and helps your body to function at its optimum. A strong core and strong back will enable you to hold your chest high and keep your shoulders back and relaxed, promoting a more efficient running action. A strong core will also reduce stress through your lower back during your running. 5. Stretch, stretch, stretch Stretch your chances of success with yoga once a week. Consistent running over long distances is going to cause your muscles to tighten up. So do yourself a favour and stretch before and after any running session. It will help you prepare for a run, but will also help you avoid cramping and tightening during and following a run.

Avoid too many late nights and consistently aim for 7+ hours per night. Doing the necessary training to prepare for a fun run is obviously important, but so is giving your body rest from a completed training session to help your body recover and prepare for the next session.

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9. Footwear Your feet will hit the ground thousands of times during a running session, resulting in significant force going through this part of the body (and then referred on to other parts of the body). Having the correct footwear for your type of foot will minimise this stress and provide greater comfort when running. 10. Taper By the time you get to one week away from the fun run, you should have already completed the necessary training. Therefore the final week should be used for tapering with some lighter exercise to have you well rested and relaxed for the event. And enjoy yourself...

Training for a fun run is a great way of improving your fitness quickly whilst also providing you with the very rewarding experience of completing a personal challenge alongside friends and others – all supporting a fantastic cause – good luck warriors!

Right now there are 925 million* chronically hungry people in the world. Less than 600km from Australia there are children who are so chronically malnourished that more than half of them have stunted growth.** They live in East Timor, an hour’s flight from Darwin. They are our closest neighbours, and they are hungry. Abito is seven. His favourite thing to do is play with his slingshot. It’s hungry season in East Timor, and there is not much food to eat until the next harvest. So for now Abito’s family eats nothing but sago trees.

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They grind up the trunk of a sago palm tree and mix it with water to make a kind of paste, which they cook and eat. They call it akar. Eating akar every day fills him up, but it doesn’t provide Abito with enough nutrients for a balanced diet. It’s hard being a kid when you have to eat sago trees just to survive. By doing the 40 Hour Famine, you can raise funds that go towards helping people who are chronically hungry and living in poverty.

As part of her support of Team World Vision, Tiffiny and her publishers, Hardie Grant, have generously donated five signed copies of her latest health and fitness book ‘Weightloss Warriors’, worth RRP $34.95. The first five people to sign up for Team World Vision using the word ‘Warrior’ in their page title or team name will receive a copy to help them get their health and fitness kick started.

40 Hour Famine funds support projects that fight hunger in East Timor, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, Tanzania and Kenya, and help World Vision respond to emergencies and other needs around the world. The 40 Hour Famine is also a community education initiative. We are committed to raising awareness about poverty and empowering young people to make a difference for the world’s poor.

*More information about World Vision’s Multiplying Gift Appeal can be found at worldvision.com.au/tentimes

Find out more and sign up at 40hourfamine.com

World Vision Australia reminds you that you are responsible for your own health and safety when training for, and participating in, any Team World Vision event (as set out in the terms of membership of Team World Vision).

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*Source: ‘World Hunger’, United Nations World Food Programme **Source: UNICEF

during the hungry season, abito and his family have nothing but akar to eat, every single day.

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Tiffiny’s Top Ten Training Tips for Team World Vision

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A day in the life: Myagmargarig in Mongolia Myagmargarig is 10 years old and lives with his sisters, parents, cousins and grandfather in a sparsely decorated house in Selenge province, Mongolia. It’s another chilly morning as Myagmargarig’s grandfather Orgodol puts more wood into the stove to heat up the house. At 8:35am, Myagmargarig gets up from the mattress on the floor that he shares with his cousin Temuujin. He wraps up the bed sheets, neatly puts them in the wardrobe and dresses quickly.

At 5.30pm Myagmargarig finishes school and joins his cousins and grandfather to collect wood to burn in the stove. After a quick hand wash and a snack, he begins his homework. His sisters’ fever has improved, and they disturb his studies with constant questioning. Yet Myagmargarig still completes his assignment before dinner.

Myagmargarig’s house has no sink, so he washes his hands and face using the bucket.

There is no bathroom or sink in the house. Instead, a big bucket sits by the front door to keep water for hand washing. Myagmargarig pours water on his hands to clean his face. Myagmargarig’s mother Ariunjargal usually prepares his breakfast. But today she had to take his little sisters to the doctor in a hurry as they had a high fever the night before. So Myagmargarig cuts a few slices of bread and butter and boils herbal tea. After eating, he turns on the television. “I like cartoons, I like Simba (The Lion King), and Barbie, because they are excellently drawn,” he says. He grabs his backpack and checks it contains his favourite pen, the one he plans to use to write to his sponsors in Australia. He’s still working on his handwriting, so his grandfather Orgodol has been writing the letters for him, but now that his handwriting is improving, he wants to write the next letter himself. World Vision Mongolia has built a dormitory near Myagmargarig’s school in cooperation with the local municipality. “It’s a great investment,” said Gantsetseg Dolgorsuren, the school principal. The dormitory is open to students from rural areas, who cannot attend school regularly due to the distance from their homes. Currently, 80 students from 1st to 12th grade reside in the dormitory during the school term.

He walks to school past some cows.

Myagmargarig is in 4th grade and there are 24 children in his class. He studies Mongolian, mathematics, physical education and science. Today in one of his classes he’s playing chess. He has three wins and two defeats.

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At 5pm Myagmargarig’s mother prepares dinner with the help of his grandfather. She and her husband grow and sell vegetables for income. When they first moved in together their vegetable crop failed. “We didn’t know what we were doing. We didn’t have the technical skills for planting,” she says. That’s when they turned to World Vision Mongolia’s Selenge Area Development Program, which organised training programs on how to grow vegetables. “This is how we learned to plant all the vegetables we have now,” she says.

In maths class, he gets a mark from the teacher for correctly drawing an isosceles triangle.

He now gets lunch at school.

Myagmargarig and his cousin help their grandfather by collecting wood.

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After class, it’s time for lunch. A new law has been introduced recently, and now all school children receive lunch at school, paid for by the state. Myagmargarig has a bun and tea.

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Former sponsored child: Alexander is giving back to his community

Alexander was one of the first children sponsored through the Nayuchi Area Development Program (ADP) back in 1998. Alexander’s father was a fisherman, while his mother grew rice, maize and vegetables for food. He still remembers the house where his family of eight lived; it was crowded, as the total size was just five square metres. “The house I grew up in was very small,” Alexander says. “It was made out of mud bricks and its roof was thatched with grass.” But his most vivid childhood memory is of contracting measles at three years old. “My parents took me to a traditional doctor who gave me the wrong medication. From that time my legs were paralysed.”

In 1999, World Vision organised for Alexander to undergo an operation in the city. “After the treatment, I started feeling well,” he says. “Currently I do limp when walking but my legs are now very fine. I am able to ride a bicycle, which I could not do in the past.” Alexander is grateful to his sponsor for the opportunities he and other children in his community received and the changes he saw take place because of World Vision. For example, newly drilled boreholes meant that all the children in the community could drink safe water. “Before we used to drink water from unprotected wells and often suffered from diarrhoea,” he says.

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He recalls other changes that took place through the ADP. The community built schools and upgraded learning materials, health clinics gained access to medicines and families working in agriculture built up their livestock, so that all children, both sponsored and non-sponsored, could lead healthier, happier lives. Alexander says World Vision also “helped to address issues relating to HIV and AIDS and trained community members in different areas”.

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to complete my high school education and obtained the Malawi School Certificate of Education (equivalent to Year 12). I have also attended training through my job as a Health Surveillance Assistant. Some of the trainings that I have attended include HIV testing and counselling, cholera preparedness and prevention, and water and sanitation.” Through study and hard work, combined with the opportunities available in his community through World Vision’s ADP, Alexander has lifted himself out of poverty. He proudly lists the facilities that the house he lives in has: a lounge, a toilet, a bathroom and a kitchen. A well-respected and responsible member of his community, he says, “I feel I am giving back to my community through the services I render. I joined this profession to save peoples’ lives and improve their living conditions”.

“For the future, I would like to go back to school and attain high level qualifications. I would like to be a Clinical Officer or Medical Doctor and treat people who have bone related problems. World Vision has given me a foundation to achieve this dream through a series of trainings.” Alexander rates food security, improved literacy and the reduction of cholera in the area as the greatest improvements that World Vision’s presence in the community facilitated, and he is grateful to his sponsor for the role they played in this improvement. “Sponsorship tremendously improved my life and also brought hope. I was always excited to receive Christmas cards and letters from my sponsor. In my mind, my sponsor was a good person – caring and loving. “To those who would like to sponsor or are already sponsoring children, I would say to them that the support the children receive brings great transformation,” he says.

His family benefited from livestock and agriculture training, and successfully reared goats. “The goats multiplied to 14,” he says. “They helped me pay my high school fees, improved nutrition at our home, and also contributed to the availability of manure which we used to apply in our maize garden.” Despite his family’s poverty, Alexander managed to realise his dream of working in the field of health. “I listened attentively to my teachers and also studied at home. This made me excel in class,” he says. “I was determined to work hard in class through the support I was getting from the child sponsor. I managed

Left: Alexander at home with his wife Evinesi, daughter Prisca and younger brother Tiyanjane. Main: Alexander vaccinates a patient at the health centre in Malawi.

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Alexander and his wife Evinesi both work as Health Surveillance Assistants at Nsanama Health Centre in Malawi. They live with their nine-year-old daughter and Alexander’s 12-year-old brother Tiyanjane in a two bedroom house in a rural town of the Machinga district.

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Child Rescue: Ride2Rescue

Children play at a World Vision-run Child Friendly Space in Darfur.

Every day, children all over the world are tricked, forced or sold into slavery, hazardous labour, combat and prostitution. Many of these children are forced to work in brothels, factories, sweatshops and private homes. It’s a violation of human rights that World Vision’s Tim Holman is passionate about ending, and it’s the reason he’s embarking on the ride of his life, cycling 26,000 kilometres through 26 countries to support World Vision’s Child Rescue. “Slavery and trafficking are violations of an individual’s human rights. It’s a problem that is exacerbated by the demand for cheap goods or commercial sexual exploitation,” Tim explains. The purpose of Ride2Rescue is to raise awareness of child labour and trafficking and raise funds to combat it. The ride will see Tim and his team cycle from London to Melbourne over 18 months. “As I work for World Vision, I’ve become educated and enlightened on the issue of child trafficking. A passion has stirred inside me for wanting to make a difference to the lives of these kids. I saw this as an opportunity towards reaching a unique audience and combining my enthusiasm for adventure and tackling child trafficking,” he says.

Child Rescue: A safe place for women and children in Sudan

The conflict has created countless orphans and widows and brought untold suffering to thousands of families. To assist survivors at Alsalam Camp, World Vision runs two Child Friendly Spaces and two women’s centres with support from Child Rescue.

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Child Friendly Spaces provide a safe place for children to connect, play together and continue an informal education. They are a great help for children who missed school because of the war or simply could not afford to go to school. More than 650 children have already learned to read and write in this environment.

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Along with being taught basic writing and reading skills, children are encouraged to develop their hobbies such us drawing, music and playing. This year, 150 children have been enrolled into basic education in Alsalam Camp. As well as receiving education, the centres’ activities help children to come to terms with their experiences and give them a chance to hope and dream again. Many of the children in Alsalam Camp have lost friends and family members. In the safety of the Child Friendly Spaces, the activities help children regain a sense of normality and receive psychological support.

“The ultimate message is to let people know the decisions we make here can have a positive or negative impact on what happens overseas. Want to cut slavery? Demand fair trade,” he says. So why are children so often the victims of exploitation? “Ultimately it comes down to a lack of choice,” Tim says. “Most of these children will be uneducated and living in extreme poverty, forcing them or their parents to take risks and entrusting them into the hands of individuals for the hope of a better life. They are then taken, tricked and exploited for the purpose of labour, sex or war.” His arduous cycling journey is dedicated to those children who have no choice. Eighteen months away from family and friends is a long time, but Tim and his team are well prepared for the ups (and downs) on this incredible journey. “Life’s an adventure and boring without adrenaline and pushing yourself to be your best. I tend to thrive on challenges that test your both your physical and mental ability,” he says. “My parents, brother and sister I will miss incredibly. I also have an aunty who is battling cancer. Being away from them and knowing that my mum in particular will be constantly worried about me is a really heavy burden to carry and one that will take its toll on me at times I’m sure. Ultimately though, I know that as hard for them as this is, I have their support and it’s just as important to them as it is to me to finish this journey.” World Vision’s Child Rescue works to protect children from suffering, danger and abuse. To support Child Rescue, visit worldvision.com.au/childrescue or call 1300 303 440.

World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello chats with Tim Holman before he sets off on his journey. Children have a chance to learn at Alsalam camp.

At the women’s centres, women have the opportunity to interact with one another and are provided with regular activities that aim to empower their lives in different ways, such as income generating activities, literacy classes, handicraft and cooking classes. These activities are clearly improving the lives of these internally displaced people. One example is 36-year-old Khadija, a mother of six, who took cooking classes through the women’s centre. “I really benefited from the training that equipped us with important knowledge about food processing. Before the training I used to cook only traditional meals like porridge and local soup, but now I can cook many sorts of highly nutritious foods. I thank World Vision for the training,” she says. Since 2004, World Vision has been meeting the needs of war-affected women and children in Darfur, providing food, water, shelter, medical care, relief supplies, education and psychosocial support. To donate to Child Rescue or read more about World Vision’s work to protect children from suffering, danger and abuse, visit worldvision.com.au/childrescue.

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Alsalam Camp is home to more than 65,000 internally displaced people who have been forced to flee their homes because of violence in Darfur, Sudan. Many were previously farmers, growing a variety of food such as millet, sorghum, maize, groundnuts, sesame and pumpkins on their ancestral land. The violence has not only forced them from their homes, but has also taken their livelihoods and independence.

“In Australia everyone is a consumer – individuals, businesses and our governments. Consumer demand for low prices in places like Australia ultimately leads to constant demand overseas for making consumables as cheap as possible. The cheapest way to make something is to have the lowest overheads. By trafficking children to work, organisations

ultimately cut the cost of labour to deliver goods at increasingly cheaper prices.

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Sponsors share their stories: Emily Jade O’Keefe in Peru

go home and thank all of Australia for them because without us they would still be living with no running water and poor drainage which causes illnesses like constant diarrhoea. And the whole time I had a little warm sweaty hand firmly clasping mine. She was determined to not let go. If our hands got too slippery she would quickly let go, wipe her hand down the side of her jeans and just as quickly as she had let go, she would grab hold again and look up at me with those big brown eyes and smile the biggest smile ... And of course my heart broke a million times over.

Meeting “Gloria Estefan” Like a lot of generous Australian families, my husband and I have spent the best part of four years sponsoring a little Peruvian girl who wears a big pair of old man shoes. Her name is Cloristefani, if you say it fast it sounds like Gloria Estefan, you know, like the Spanish singer, so that’s what we affectionately called her. It was a joke and we would laugh when we would tell people her name, but the sad little girl with the big old shoes and the pop star name seemed so far away.

A message from our team My name is Manuela, I’ve been working in World Vision’s Supporter Service Team for many years now.The best part of my work is interacting with our wonderful supporters every day and hearing firsthand how much joy their child sponsorship brings to them. Those sponsors lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit their sponsored children often have amazing and inspiring stories to tell. I’d like to share a couple of these with you here, and hope that by reading them you gain an insight into how your support is making a difference in children’s lives.

The hardest thing was when it was time to go. But before we parted I asked little Cloristefani’s dad how she came about her name and he said ... through the interpreter... “Well I am a big fan of Gloria Estefan, and so I combined her first and last name and came up with ‘Cloristefani’.”

So I did what a lot of sponsors dream of, I got on a plane to her country with the intent to meet her and see if I had made as much of an impact on her life as she had made on mine. The first thing I packed ... a new pair of shoes ... actually three pairs of new shoes.

Gold, absolute gold ... And so we left laughing with a new photo to stick on the fridge, my very own little Gloria Estefan now has big shiny happy eyes, a radiant smile and a pretty pair of brand new pink shoes.

My husband and I were picked up from our hotel, which was in a nice part of town, and driven with our World Vision escort to the not so flashy part of town, the part the tour guide had neglected to show us in the two days we had already been there. We were taken to the World Vision office and it was nice, not like the offices we are used to in Australia, it has a bit of graffiti on the front, but inside it was nice and clean. It was all very formal and I have to admit at that moment I got really nervous. Would she like me? Would travelling all this way be worth it?

– Emily Jade O’Keefe is a breakfast announcer on Triple M in Brisbane.

Cloristefani and her sister gave Emily Jade a warm welcome.

Then she walked through the door with her dad and she walked straight up to me and gave me a huge hug, then her dad gave me a huge hug, then her sister gave me a huge hug. Then we all stood there staring at each other with big stupid smiles on our faces not sure of what to say, but just really happy to be staring at each other.

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Then we went to her mission, or suburb, I guess. Before World Vision was there it had no clean running water, no sewage system, not even a playground for the children. Through World Vision a proper pipe system was being laid, a playground had just been built and a new church/meeting hall was in its final stages.

Cloristefani in her Sunday best to meet her sponsor, Emily Jade O’Keefe.

As we walked the streets people came out of their homes to shake our hands and thank us for our help, we were being treated like rock stars or royalty but we felt so humbled, I mean we only spend $400 a year [the cost of sponsoring a child is $516 per year] and these people were basically begging us to

Cloristefani showed Emily Jade around the area where she lives in Peru.

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She was so clean, her clothes, probably her absolute Sunday best, were all neatly pressed and her hair so glossy it practically glowed. And her smile was just radiant, I was so happy to see that she did actually smile.

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Sponsors share their stories: Tania Ingerson in Vietnam

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Run to make a difference in the lives of those in need. See page 10 and choose a fun event to take part in between now and October.

What can we do with our small change, the coins handed to you after paying for a cappuccino, a can of coke or a can-not-do-without item? My small change falls to the abyss at the bottom of my handbag, where I am sure, are also lost pens and lipsticks! What if small change could make a difference in people’s lives? My husband and I four years ago decided to use our small change to sponsor a child through World Vision. A little girl Thi, she lives in a poor farming community in Vietnam. A picture of Thi is proudly displayed on our fridge as part of our family; we talk about her all the time. This year we traveled to Vietnam and met Thi in her village with World Vision. It was dry, dusty and hot when we arrived at the village. In the centre of the village was a long stone building with bright blue timber windows. This was the school. Dry and dusty dirt was the playground with sounds of laughter and games like any other schoolyard. We were greeted by Thi’s mother, teacher and school principal with a prepared spread of local fruit and bottled water on a decorative tablecloth. It all looked out of place like silver service at a homeless shelter. This was a big occasion. Thi walked into the room so shy and nervous with a prepared welcome for us. Thi took us to her classroom to meet her classmates. I had wondered before leaving Australia and had even joked that we would probably be the topic of their morning talk. We were. We sat at the front of the classroom with Thi on a long rickety wooden bench.

The children sang songs with smiles beaming at us. We clapped with as much appreciation as we could and in English spoke to the children about our travels and Australia, translated to Vietnamese so we made sense.

The children were asked, what are your dreams? They proudly stood up one at a time ... to be a teacher, to be an interpreter, to travel. We saw the water purification project; a cement tank with layers of sand and rock, filtering polluted water from the nearby river to give clean safe water. It was their stone age Puratap. World Vision coordinates a monthly women’s group; here the women discuss better farming practices and community issues. I was included in the meeting. They work each day to feed their families for the next day, only just surviving. Not only do they work for their own survival but that of the community as well. You could see hope and gratitude from the women for World Vision. It was time to leave, time to say our goodbyes. As we drove off the children ran behind laughing and waving. We waved and laughed with them. We sat silent for a long time; we could not find words that could describe how we felt so we didn’t say a word, we didn’t need to. Our small change along with many other people’s small change was making a difference. Our small change will give the children a chance to live their dreams. Our small change is giving hope for a better life.

Visit worldvision.com.au/teamworldvision for more information and join today. Join Team World Vision today!

Connecting Lives Exhibition Connecting Lives is a World Vision interactive exhibition that lets you experience what it’s really like for a child living in poverty. Authentic landscapes, stunning visuals and real life environments take you into the heart of Africa for an unforgettable experience. This free exhibition is showing until October 2011 in Sydney at 134 William Street, Potts Point, Sydney. Visit connectinglives.com.au to find out more. Experience what it’s like for a child living in poverty at Connecting Lives.

Do the 40 Hour Famine On the weekend on 19-21 August 2011, around 300,000 people will take part in the 40 Hour Famine to fight global hunger.

together We can defeat hunger!

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– Tania Ingerson lives with her family in South Australia. Tania and her husband met the whole class of children, who told them about their dreams for the future.

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Aussie aid helping millions: Australian aid dollars are working A recent World Vision Australia report Effective Aid: Helping Millions, shows that Australian aid is helping to fight poverty. The report reveals significant milestones in combating poverty, including declines in child deaths, gains in school enrolments and the provision of clean water and sanitation for the world’s poorest people. And all these improvements have been achieved despite the fact that the world spends more on soft drink each year than aid. World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello says Australians should be confident that their aid dollars are going to good use. “According to the report, since 1990, global aid efforts have helped prevent 45 million child deaths and an additional 1.8 billion people have gained access to improved water sources. “Australians understand the importance of aid and are among the world’s most generous private donors to overseas causes, yet the generosity of our government aid ranks just 15th out of the 23 industrialised economies,” he said. Until the 2011 Federal Budget, the Australian Government’s contribution meant just 33c in every $100 of our national income supported aid programs. While the Australian Government and Opposition have previously committed to increase this to 50c in every $100 by 2015, this agreement has not gone unchallenged. But this year’s Budget figures confirm the government is on track to allocate 0.5 percent of Australia’s national income to overseas aid by 2015. The recent announcement shows it’s unnecessary to decide between the needs of Australians and the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty – we can do both. Effective development assistance can have a dramatic impact on the lives and future prospects of children like Francisca (second from right) and her siblings in East Timor.

Our contributions are achieving significant wins and it’s important that Australia continues to fund programs to help our neighbours. While your support for World Vision helps communities survive and then thrive, government aid helps poor countries provide essential infrastructure such as roads, bridges and hospitals. Aid helps bring stability and provides opportunities for people. As a valued World Vision supporter, your partnership with us prioritises the needs of the world’s poor. Whether you respond financially or through actions, you’re helping to combat poverty. And that makes it important you know the real facts about overseas aid and its value to the global community. The evidence from World Vision’s work and the Effective Aid report is clear: aid works. • T he Effective Aid report is available as a downloadable PDF from the Reports, Research and Publications section at worldvision.com.au/Learn

Aid works! Every day, World Vision sees aid in action. Since the year 2000: • an extra 40 million children are now in school • annual child deaths have dropped from 10.2 million to 8.1 million • death from measles has been cut by 80 percent

Multiplying Gift Appeal : meeting urgent food needs around the globe At World Vision, our ultimate goal is to enable families and communities to become self-sufficient in the long term. But at the same time we are compelled to respond to urgent needs and alleviate the suffering of people who have been affected by circumstances beyond their control. Natural disasters, conflict and changes in the global economy can have a devastating impact on food availability in poor communities where families already live on the knife edge of survival.

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Whilst the estimate for the number of people who do not have enough to eat has fallen slightly from a peak of more than one billion in 2009, there are still 925 million*, or one in seven of the world’s people, who will go to bed hungry tonight.

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With global food prices on the rise again, and with predictions that climate change may add another 10-20 percent to the total of hungry people**, providing food aid will remain an essential part of World Vision’s work to address poverty in the years ahead. Since 1996, the Multiplying Gift Appeal has provided Australians with a highly effective way to support the provision of food aid and other relief essentials to hungry children and families around the world.

Funds raised through this appeal are used to support food aid programs that World Vision undertakes in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme. The food is provided by the World Food Programme, but World Vision must cover the costs involved with distributing it, which include logistics, warehousing and staff.

Every $1 donated to the Multiplying Gift Appeal enables World Vision to deliver food aid and other relief essentials up to the value of $10. In 2010, we were able to raise $5.2 million which helped to provide food aid for over one million people in 16 countries including Mozambique, Lesotho and Myanmar. In Lesotho, we provided monthly rations to some 82,000 people, with a focus on children and families whose health and livelihoods have been affected by HIV and AIDS. In Myanmar, funds were also used to assist more than 15,000 people facing acute food shortages because of erratic weather conditions and a lack of income opportunities. This year we are again partnering with the World Food Programme to deliver food aid to communities in countries including Zimbabwe, Kenya, Northern and Southern Sudan, Uganda, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Myanmar and Cambodia. To find out more about the Multiplying Gift Appeal, visit worldvision.com.au. * Source: State of World Food Insecurity, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, September 2010 ** Source: Parry et al, ‘Climate Change and Hunger: Responding to the Challenge’, World Food Programme 2009


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