Model Jessica Gomes is no stranger to our work. As a World Vision Ambassador, she has joined us in Peru and rallied support for the 40 Hour Famine and Syrian refugee crisis.
More recently, Jessica travelled with Vogue magazine to northern India to visit some of our projects in education, sanitation, family health and women’s empowerment. She saw how even the smallest contribution has the power to change lives – whether through a toilet block, a new borehole or small business training.
Jessica was greeted by a classroom of excited children, many who are sponsored through World Vision, each telling her what they wanted to be when they grew up. Before, these children would be susceptible to sickness from dirty water and poor hygiene, but now they had clean wells and toilet blocks at their school.
“Seeing these kids healthy and living up to their full potential was so inspiring,” Jessica said. “I was so excited to see how something simple like a well or a toilet can be life-changing.”
Young girls earn lower wages and are often seen as a burden, but initiatives like child sponsorship are helping to build confident women of tomorrow.
“You meet the girls who have been part of World Vision and they are so strong and […] they’re so boisterous and they’re not afraid to speak up."
Read more about Jessica Gomes' India trip in the March issue of Vogue.
Seeing these kids healthy and living up to their full potential was so inspiring.