Hope Restored


Rahima was 14 and illiterate when she was forced to marry a 50-year-old man in Afghanistan. After four of her children died of pre- and postnatal problems, she feared losing her son, Belal, to malnutrition.

World Vision’s health program saved him. Rahima dictated this letter of gratitude:

“I want to thank you for contributing to the health of mothers and children in villages of Afghanistan. I am a mother who, one year ago, didn’t have any hope for my young son’s survival. I lost two children during delivery and two other children after delivery. I had lost my hope and thought I would lose Belal, my youngest child, because of malnutrition. I thought those were the last days of his life.

“I enrolled my child in the World Vision nutrition program in the clinic. When my Belal came back to the house, he was much better, and mobile teams [came] to my house, advising me on important things like vaccines, deworming, food quality, clean water, and using the latrine. I learned a lot of things.

“Today, Belal is alive and healthy because God sent you to help us in order to learn more about health. Some of our neighbors and relatives also have participated in the World Vision programs, and they are also happy like me.

“May God bless and protect you in all that you do. Thank you so much for your willingness to serve needy people.” 

Photo©2015 World Vision, Narges Ghafary

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