“Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” – Isaiah 1:17

Today, February 20, is World Day of Social Justice. As advocates, we talk a lot about poverty, social justice, and God’s call to serve the poor, but what does social justice look like? Join us as we travel around the world looking at successes of social justice, small and large. From a village receiving clean water, to a mother and newborn being provided care, to advocates in the U.S. meeting with members of Congress – social justice isn’t about intangible ideals. It is about real people, with real fears, needs, and dreams. These are the faces of social justice.

Join us as we travel around the world looking at successes of social justice, small and large.

Amos, 9, draws water from a borehole in the Onga community of Malawi. The new access to clean water is keeping children healthy. But the water isn’t just useful for drinking, they are also using the water to mold bricks and construct houses. For women in the community, the borehole has provided huge relief. “We used to spend a lot of time traveling to the river where we then had to wait for some more time for the water to come up and get clean.” Now, this woman can spend that time in other ways such as doing chores or taking care of her family. For these families, the borehole provides more time to nourish their families physically and emotionally. Photo: © 2015 World Vision/ photo by Charles Andrew Kabena

Join us as we travel around the world looking at successes of social justice, small and large.

Mirriam’s literacy (center) has improved following World Vision’s support at her school to enhance literacy levels. She is able to spell words in the local language, which is taught from first through fourth grades before English is introduced, in accordance with the Zambian school curriculum. Her potential is now multiplied with the opportunity she has been given. Photo: © 2017 World Vision/ photo by Collins Kaumba

Join us as we travel around the world looking at successes of social justice, small and large.

With rice in full stock, this daughter and mother duo can cook for their family for a whole year and have some leftover to sell. “Now [that] I have enough food, my family won’t be hungry anymore,” says Sreypov, 10. In 2016, Sreypov’s family was one of the 283 most vulnerable families in their community in Cambodia. Her mother received technical training for their farm, and they are already seeing improvement in their crops. With more crop security, Sreypov’s family can eat and thrive, giving her a chance at a brighter future. Photo: © 2017 World Vision/ photo by Ratha Ung

Join us as we travel around the world looking at successes of social justice, small and large.

At an informal tent settlement for Syrian refugees, near Zahle’ in Bekaa, Lebanon, Syrian refugee children play games they learned from World Vision while waiting for the World Vision bus to come and take them to a Child-Friendly Space. For these children, going to the Child-Friendly Space gives them a taste of normalcy and provides an opportunity for them to express themselves and start recovering from the trauma they have been through. Photo: © 2016 World Vision/ photo by Jon Warren

Join us as we travel around the world looking at successes of social justice, small and large.

Justine Nakigudde, a clinical officer, examines 3-year-old Jonathan Tumuhirwe at Ntwetwe Health Centre IV, while his mother Gertrude, 20, holds him.  Through Citizen Voice and Action, a program that educates citizens on how to advocate for their rights, the government realized the need to improve the Ntwetwe Health Centre IV. Now, it is renovated, has more staff, and holds more equipment and drugs so that patients like Jonathan can be cared for properly.  © 2014 World Vision/ photo by Simon Peter Esaku

Join us as we travel around the world looking at successes of social justice, small and large.

World Vision President Rich Stearns (front), Randy Tift, Joel Johnson, Jeff Moes, and Mike Ayres meet with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst outside of the Senate floor in the United States Capitol during the World Vision Pastor and Influencer Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. In their meeting, they discussed how foreign assistance can play a role in ending extreme poverty, which affects millions of the most vulnerable people around the world. © 2017 World Vision/ photo by Garrett Hubbard 

As you recognize this day and reflect on how you can answer God’s call to be a part of social justice, join us in prayer:

 “Lord, make me an instrument of your Peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Photo: Jake William Cabatingan, 2, bursts into laughter as he watches bubbles floating inside a Child-Friendly Space in northern Cebu, Philippines. © 2014 World Vision/ photo by  Mark Nonkes

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