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"Do they know it's Christmas?" You tell me!

Image credit: One Difference

This holiday season, as we gather with friends and family, let's also come together for a broader goal. We need to come #Together4Zero and make sure that 2015 is the year that sets the world on the path to ending extreme poverty. 

Christmas is best as a kid - there’s no denying it. The games, the toys, the endless supply of chocolates, the excitement as you wait to hear reindeer bells on Christmas eve. So this holiday season, relive some of that magic with these adorable children from around the world (and check out the beautiful things they’re celebrating). 

Uganda

Image credit: World Vision UK 

How cute is this?! Faith, who is 7-years-old, shows a Christmas card from her World Vision sponsor to her school friends. She says “each time I get one, I like to share it with the whole class.”

West Point, Liberia

Image credit: Katie Meyler/More Than Me

Esther, a 10-year-old girl from West Point, a slum in Monrovia, contracted Ebola but survived! She is looking forward to a bright future at the More Than Me Academy, the country’s first and only fee-free school for girls. 

Orissa, India

Image credit: Love The One

How awesome is this crafty snowman?! Children in Orissa, India attend a Christmas party hosted by local charity, Love The One. They provide free medical treatment for poor and orphaned children in the community - as well as treats like this! 

Ethiopia

Image credit: World Vision

In Ethiopia, Christmas is celebrated on 7th January and it’s a quiet time of sharing and celebrating in groups of friends and family. Known locally as ‘Ganna’, the feasting is even more important because the celebration marks the end of a 40-day advent fast! 
Ermias, a ten year old boy, explains happily, “Holidays mean so much to us. We cannot think of a Christmas without new clothes, and celebrations at school, church and home with our families and friends”. 

Blantyre, Malawi

Image credit: One Difference

This is Samuel, and isn’t he the cutest Santa ever?! He lives in a small community near Blantyre, Malawi, and this year his community was ensured a sustainable supply of clean water when One Difference refurbished a borehole in the area. 

Erbil, Iraq

Image credit: Getty Images

Christians at a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, celebrate with a nativity scene and Christmas parties. Over 3 million Iraqis are internally displaced this Christmas, but this small community of Christians is determined to celebrate.  

Lezha, Albania

Image credit: screenshot from video by World Vision UK

Marko is 7-years-old, and can you guess what his Christmas wish is? He says “this Christmas I’m hoping for a new and beautiful school!” Marko’s wish may just come true - World Vision works in Marko’s community to improve educational facilities so that children can learn in a safe and stable environment. 

Nakuru, Kenya

Image credit: Nakuru Children’s Project

Mary lives in the city of Nakuru, Kenya, and loves to play dress-up at this time of year! Mary’s future looks bright, as her top grades mean she attends one of the country’s top secondary schools. 
In Mary’s community, Christmas is celebrated through family gathering to eat, pray, sing and celebrate. The favoured meal is national dish ‘nyama choma’ - barbequed meat! 

“We wish you a Merry Christmas!”

And finally, take a watch of this fantastic rendition of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’, from communities who benefit from One Difference water projects across Africa! (But they got one thing wrong - there will be snow in Africa this Christmas time!)  
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Zoe Kelland

Where will you be celebrating Christmas this year? Let us know in the comments. Together we can start the conversation of how to come #Together4Zero and finally bring an end to extreme poverty.

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