New Growth at Mt. Rainier

New Growth at Mt. Rainier

“It was cold, rainy, and my shoes were so soaked at night that I had to put them by the heater to dry out!” This statement, out of context, would seem like the end to a really bad day. But for 5th grader Wes Kentch, it was a memory from one of the best experiences… Read Full Story

International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl

Today is International Day of the Girl!   A day to remember the 1.1 billion girls in the world, the adversities they face, and the unique potentials they hold for solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.  Pause for a moment and think about the girls in your life.  See their bright eyes, their curious minds,… Read Full Story

Building Relationships in India

Building Relationships in India

Ajitson Justus of World Vision recently submitted this blog from the Vidarbha Farmer’s Livelihood Project in central India, an initiative VHF has supported since 2007.  Entitled “A Farmer is Alone – Why We Need to Form Close Connections,” this story explores deeply held mindsets of farmers in the difficult cotton-growing region of Yavatmal and why… Read Full Story

Ways to Empower Women and Girls

Ways to Empower Women and Girls

Happy International Women’s Day!  To celebrate this important day, World Vision offers seven easy ways to make a big difference in the lives of our daughters, sisters, and mothers, both at home and around the world. Tell the women in your life that you care.  Empowering women starts right in our families, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Write… Read Full Story

NELA Chargers’ Winning Spirit

NELA Chargers’ Winning Spirit

On a gorgeous sunny, spring, Saturday morning in Richland, Washington, the call goes out, “Everybody in here!”  One-by-one a group of seven 1st and 2nd grade students cluster together, putting one hand on top of another.  “Families in here too!” On cue, all parents, relatives, and siblings put one hand in the center as well, hand on top of hand, together.  “Okay,… Read Full Story

Celebrating Mama Maggie

Celebrating Mama Maggie

Stephen’s Children Founder Mama Maggie Gobran was recently recognized with an Arab Hope Makers Award. The award, given by Emirati Vice President, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, recognized five leaders from among 65,000 nominees. The happy news comes as Stephen’s Children finishes a successful academic year in its more than 95 schools, and prepares… Read Full Story

Reflections from Oaxaca

Reflections from Oaxaca

Melanie Lopez-Grewal is a Grants Coordinator for VHF. Following is her reflection on a recent site visit to Oaxaca, Mexico. “True hospitality is welcoming the stranger on her own terms. This kind of hospitality can only be offered by those who’ve found the center of their lives in their own hearts.” – Henri Nouwen As I… Read Full Story

NELA Student Showcase

NELA Student Showcase

Nueva Esperanza Leadership Academy (NELA) hosted our 2nd trimester showcase this month!  Each student prepared tri-fold boards demonstrating an individualized and project-based learning approach and highlighting some of their favorite work.  From lego robotics, to pancake samples, to artwork and essay writing, the gym was full of joy, creativity, and conversation.  As the choir sang and the dance team performed,… Read Full Story

The Call to Community Magazine

The Call to Community Magazine

Vista Hermosa Foundation has just released our first publication, The Call to Community: Fruits of Servant Leadership magazine!  This magazine features stories from all eight members of our PAC Initiative, offering an inspiring look into how these communities have grown and flourished over the years.  Five of these partners are located here in rural communities of southeastern… Read Full Story

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Kashmir APPLE Program Kickoff

Kashmir APPLE Program Kickoff

Wedged between India and Pakistan, Kashmir is a lush, green bowl-shaped valley surrounded by the Himalayas.  While the land is fertile, a protracted political dispute over the region has caused widespread instability as people struggle with unemployment, chronic rural poverty, food shortages, and poor infrastructure.  Potatoes and apples have emerged as two of the most important cash… Read Full Story