Christmas around the world in photos

by Church Resource Team on November 7, 2017

Ecuadorian sponsored children say “Feliz Navidad” to their sponsors from afar. (©2010 World Vision)

Every year, as child sponsors, you bring the spirit of Christmas to children all around the world who might not otherwise experience the joys and festivities of the holiday. We do the leg work — planning parties with games, songs, cake and presents — but your commitment to sponsorship makes it all possible.

From us here at World Vision, we wish you a very merry Christmas and thank you for partnering with us to bring joy to children like these all around the world.

Albania: Ersjona carefully adds ornaments to a Christmas tree at the Christmas party World Vision threw at her school. Christmas is Ersjona’s favorite time of year. She loves the snow, presents, and food, but more than anything she loves how it brings her family together. Her father works in Greece during the year, but comes home to be with the family every Christmas. (©2014 World Vision/photo by Klevisa Breshani)

Armenia: For World Vision sponsored children in Gavar, in central-eastern Armenia, this Christmas celebration was arguably the brightest and most colorful of all. A theater performance around the Christmas theme brought children together to perform Christmas songs and dances. At the end, they received gifts from World Vision. (©2009 World Vision/photo by Anahit Shirinyan)

Philippines: At a World Vision Christmas celebration, two friends excitedly tear open packages from World Vision and partners. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Lanelyn Carillo)

Ethiopia: Christmas, known locally as “Genna”, is one of the big festivities in Ethiopia. Different from the rest of the world, Ethiopia celebrates Christmas on January 7 every year. The preparation for the celebration of Christmas begins some weeks before. On the eve of Christmas, mothers prepare all sort of food to be eaten on Christmas. On the early night of the eve of Christmas, people go to church for prayer. In this photo, bread prepared for Christmas is sliced at a Christmas party for sponsored children. (©2010 World Vision/photo by Aklilu Kassaye)

Cambodia: Young women and girls who are victims of human trafficking and exploitation prepare to exchange Christmas gifts with World Vision staff at our Trauma Recovery Center in Cambodia. (©2014 World Vision/photo by Sopheak Kong)

Columbia: In a small dining hall in Caracoli town, Columbia, World Vision supports the feeding of more than 300 sponsored children daily, helping them to maintain optimal nutrition and health. But on this day, the children received a little more than just a meal. World Vision threw a Christmas party for the children. They drew pictures and sang carols, and each child received gifts—clothing, toys, and candy. “Thank you, World Vision and our sponsors for inviting us to share in this celebration. I love you!” said one sponsored girl, 10-year-old Lorena. (©2014 World Vision/photo by Juan Sebastián Gutiérrez)

Myanmar: The Hlaing Thar Yar West sponsorship community celebrated Christmas with a handwashing festival, which was both fun and life-saving, with 11,000 children present. (©2010 World Vision/photo by Jenny Macintyre)

United States: On a cold, rainy day in Tacoma, Washington, 2,000 parents and young children arrive at “The North Pole” at the Tacoma Christian Center. The church’s sanctuary and halls have been decked into a Christmas wonderland. Here, World Vision partners with the church to bring a little extra Christmas cheer to children of poor families in the community. The families receive new clothes, toys, and presents—provided by World Vision. The families get their picture taken with Santa, enjoy a delicious meal, play games and participate in arts and crafts. (©2011 World Vision/ photo by Andrea Peer)

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