World Vision staff member, Ms. Nirumon Sawaengvit, visited one of our Phuket retailers, Gloss, and presented Chandra Yoga & Active Wear with a poster to thank us for sponsoring 725 meals for children. For those paying close attention, yes, I am almost 7 months pregnant in the picture. ;-)

World Vision began in 1950 in the United States and expanded internationally in 1966. During the 1970s, World Vision began training families to build small farms by teaching agricultural skills aiming to make lasting effects in the communities they were helping by promoting self-reliance and they began installing water pumps for clean water in communities which caused infant mortality rates to drop. Volunteers now use the fresh water to teach communities gardening and irrigation and promote good health.

During the 1990s, World Vision International began focusing on the needs of children who had been orphaned in Uganda, Romania, and Somalia in response to AIDS, neglect, and civil war. They began educating other African communities on AIDS after realizing its impact and they joined the United Nations peacekeeping efforts to help those affected by civil war.

World Vision is one of the world's largest charities with a revenue of nearly 1 billion US dollars, according to Forbes magazine. Their activities include emergency relief, education, health care, economic development, and promotion of justice. The organization has consultative status with UNESCO and partnerships with UN agencies like UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR and ILO. Its approach to aid is to first help people and their communities recognize the resources that lie within them.

World Vision runs a child sponsorship program which aims to help needy children, families and communities access clean drinking water, sanitation, education, skills for future livelihood, nutrition, health care and participate in development processes. They operate on the theory that by changing the lives of children, the program facilitates overall growth and development in the community, as it helps communities to build a better future through empowerment, education, income generation, and self-sufficiency.

Whenever you make a purchase from Chandra Yoga & Active Wear, you are also giving back to those in the community who need it through World Vision donations. Therefore, looking good can also truly help those in need.

Sincerely,
Cindy