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Embark: Travel the World Through These Photos

Let these photographs transport you to four countries where World Vision works: Zambia, Bangladesh, Ecuador, and Mongolia.

Zambia:  In June 2016, photographer Jon Warren captured this picture of 11-year-old Ruth, who, six times a day trekked up and down this hill to fetch water from a dirty pond. “We find dead snakes, dead snails, and dead insects [in the pond],” says Ruth. The family keeps sticks along the path to ward off snakes they encounter along the way. Diarrhea from dirty water kept Ruth and her siblings out of school for long periods. “I used to send them to school, but they just decided to stop on their own,” says her father, Stancelas Kombe. 
World Vision water engineers changed the end of this story just a month after this photo was taken. In July 2016, they drilled a borehole near the Kombe family’s home. “I no longer have headaches,” says Ruth, who used to carry two heavy buckets of water on her head. Now she can go to school and fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse.
(Photo: ©2016 Jon Warren/World Vision)
Bangladesh: A colorful tangle of wires, rickshaws, and people, Dhaka is home to World Vision’s largest development project in Bangladesh. Poverty looks different here than in rural areas, as rapid urbanization creates dangerously dense living conditions. Sponsorship in Dhaka anchors work in education and child protection, and partnership with community-based organizations.
(Photo: ©2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)
Ecuador: During a routine visit to Miriam Alvarez’s home in Otavalo, midwife Mercedes Muenala, 53, gently examines Miriam, who is 34 weeks pregnant with her second child. One of 50 midwives who serve the area, Mercedes has been a midwife for years, supported by World Vision to provide care for expecting mothers. She also provides guidance to both mothers and fathers to develop in their roles as parents.
(Photo: ©2016 Chris Huber/World Vision)
Mongolia (above and below): When a severe winter— known as a dzud—killed this family’s animals, they were forced to leave their nomadic lifestyle to find work in the closest city. With the gift of animals through World Vision’s Gift Catalog, they repopulated their herd and returned to the steppe with their livelihood intact. See more photos that show what life is like for them now.
(Photo: ©2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)
(Photo: ©2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

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