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More from Mozambique…

photo courtesy Sandy Grubb

photo courtesy Sandy Grubb

In August, a team from WOV Columbia-Willamette traveled to Mozambique to view the WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) projects they’ve been funding and praying for. We’ve shared impressions from their trip before (from Sandy, from Nancy). Today we’re sharing a few more pictures and impressions from some of the travelers.

We’re delighted that this trip was a perfect mix of the life-changing work World Vision is heading, and the experiences each women took away and will always treasure.

“We were climbing back up from the old bore hole as the hot mid-day African sun was beating down on us. A young mother’s hand (who was already loaded down with a child on her back)… reached out to me and firmly gripped mine, when she saw that I had nearly lost my balance due to the sweat that was stinging and nearly blinding my eyes. Her grip was firm, she never let go…until we finally made it back to the top. World Vision is much like these helping hands…holding on tight, in partnership and helping each other while making a difference on both sides of the world.”
-Sandy Hiatt

“We spent an afternoon with amazing children with a beautiful zest for life! I asked one of the children who had helped me out during a playful afternoon to draw a picture for me. He preferred to write his name along with another child and they pointed to themselves. They continued to write the names of all their family. They did what was important to them. I can’t pronounce all the names but I never will forget them. Pray for these children as they learn to stand strong and advocate for the children in their community.”
-Ann Zelenka

“I never understood or appreciated how far-reaching and effective World Vision’s work is in helping to transform entire communities and individual people. Meeting people living in deep poverty in the rural areas strengthened my resolve to better understand and appreciate people who are different. ‘People everywhere are real!’ They want a better life for their families and themselves and need to live with hope for a better future.”
-Kathy Wong Fisher

“I was so impressed with the teaching drama World Vision presented to the villagers in Mozambique about sanitation and hygiene. The need for latrines and washing hands is so basic that it is hard to think of the people just free ranging. Getting latrines and tippy taps for washing hands into a village rests on the leaders of the village committing to be involved in the building of these things so the people take ownership and are more likely to use them. It just reminds me that World Vision is about giving a hand up rather than just a hand out.”
-Sandi Baumchen

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