Debbie Wolfe
Debbie Wolfe worked as a journalist with the CBC for 10 years. She now works for children, through international aid and development agency World Vision. Debbie helps convey the stories of girls and boys around the world who are battling poverty and injustice. She has two sons of her own, and lives in Toronto.

Entries by Debbie Wolfe

Children Facing Humanitarian Crisis Reveal What They Need Most

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 4:46 PM

Many of the world's most powerful leaders gathered in Istanbul this week for the World Humanitarian Summit. Good things were accomplished, with Canada alone pledging $331.5 million in humanitarian aid.

But despite strong representation from government, big business and some of the world's most...

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Think About What 'Family' Means Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 4:49 PM

What makes a family? There are so many answers to that question. The dictionary definition of family is "people related by blood or marriage." But in countries around the world, family can mean many different things.

On International Day of Families this Sunday, World Vision honours families everywhere. We think...

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Don't Leave Mother's Day Until The Last Minute

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 11:51 AM

The day I became a mom, I had plenty of company at the hospital. There were lots of visitors, two bouquets of flowers, and several blue teddy bears to welcome our newborn son. But that night, everyone went home. I was alone with my new baby.

My little boy was...

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Diarrhea Is The Uncomfortable Conversation We Need To Have

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 4:30 PM

I still remember the first time my son had diarrhea. My memories of the experience are especially vivid, as I imagine they are for many parents.

"What... again?" I recall my husband asking when I requested yet another run to the drug store for diapers. "You've got to be...

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Let's Dare To Dream Of A World Of Healthy Children

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 4:26 PM

As a child visiting family in Zimbabwe, my memories are like a dream.

I remember sitting on the garden path, lost amongst the flowers, my bare toes wriggling in the sunshine. Barbecued lamb chops so succulent my mouth starts watering at the memory. A crystal blue swimming pool sparkling...

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Harlem Globetrotters Go All The Way For Children

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 4:13 PM


The Harlem Globetrotters' 'Thunder' Law couldn't wait to start meeting kids Sunday, when the legendary team arrived at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum on their 90th anniversary tour. All photos by World Vision

They began in 1926 as a basketball team called the Savoy Big...

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Witness The Power Of Clean Water Around The World

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 8:08 AM

Here in Canada, we turn on our taps and clean water comes out. Simple as that. It's always clean, always plentiful, and unless we have long-showering teenagers in the house, usually the temperature we want it.

This World Water Day, however, millions of people who share our planet...

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Try Comparing Your Canadian Classroom With This Syrian One

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 11:54 AM

Before Ms. Bethanis moved in, my son's Toronto classroom was little more than an empty shell. Our new teacher was hired late last August, just days before her students would burst through the door of Room 103.

With almost no time to prepare, Ms. Bethanis spent her last week of...

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This International Women's Day, Think Of Syria's Mothers

(35) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 3:28 PM

Mother Bareaa, her husband, Hisham, and their daughters Sedra and Judi, couldn't wait to connect with other Syrian families. World Vision Photo

I recently finished reading the book Room on which the Academy Award-nominated film was based. In it, a mother raises her young son under unthinkable circumstances: a tiny...

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Why Solutions For Syria Need To Involve Youth

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 1:21 PM

Who made the decisions when you were a child? My home was something of an 'oligarchy' with a very small group (Mom and Dad) calling all the shots. I remember my father saying, when my brother and I tried to weigh in, "this isn't a democracy, kids!"

I chuckle to...

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A Simple Snow Angel Can Show Your Support For Peace In Syria

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 10:12 AM

It was my first week in Canada, and I was seven. We had arrived in winter, and the new tights my mother had bought for me were baggy. I felt them wrinkling up around my feet as I sunk into my desk at the new school. Just one more reason...

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Generosity Is An Attractive Quality Anyone Can Fall In Love With

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 10:42 AM

I fell for my husband the day he took a homeless man to lunch. Before then, my future mate had been a smart, funny, slightly older guy in the CBC newsroom where we both worked. But when I learned about his kindness to someone in need, David became "the one."

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How Canada Is Helping Women Overseas Deliver Their Babies On Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 11:25 AM

In Canada, many pregnant moms have the excitement of tracking their baby's development in the womb week-by-week. With joy, they might tell their friends that "his spine is fully formed now" or "she has fingernails this week!"

In Canada, women are...

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5 Ways To Plan Early For A Meaningful Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 2:00 PM

There are several theories around who St. Valentine was, and how he got his reputation for love. According to one story from the third century, the roman emperor Claudius II tried to bolster his army by forbidding young men to marry. Valentine, it is said, performed marriages in...

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Syrian Refugees Experience 'The Psychological Warfare' Of Winter Cold

(6) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 11:42 AM

In my third year of university, the only apartment I could afford had ice on the inside walls. The winter temperature in Kingston, Ontario, regularly plunged to -20 C. The bedroom had no insulation.

Each night, I slept in sweats, heavy socks, a hat and mitts. Even with a...

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Make A Bolder, Colder Resolution to Give Clean Water

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 1:59 PM

Sitting around the fire with my family this week, warm and contented and full of mince tarts, I proudly announced one of my New Year's resolutions:

"I will enter a five-kilometre run this spring to raise money for charity." I declared. It felt good to get it on the...

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How To Connect With Faraway Loved Ones This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 10:01 AM

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I've missed the overseas mailing deadline for a Christmas package to Singapore. I was hoping to send a package to my brother, one of my best friends in the world.

It's not like I just missed the deadline...

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6 Myths About Modern-Day Child Slavery

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 7:13 AM

The little girl walked into the huge factory for the first time, leaving her childhood outside forever. "'I was too small,' she remembers of that day. "And I cried.'"

On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the quote is both heartbreaking and appropriate. Three guesses where...

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Which Child Are You Important To This Universal Children's Day?

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 9:00 AM

When I tell you today is Universal Children's Day, what comes to mind?

I remember how my hard-working Dad used to groan that "every day is children's day!" I admit that with all the cooking, driving and shopping I do for my kids, it's easy to feel that...

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5 Ways To Love Halloween While Caring For Child Labourers

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 1:40 PM

When I was a kid, I used to love flopping down on the living room floor after trick-or-treating, to sort my candy into piles. There was one pile for chocolate, one for licorice and one for lollipops. And one for those chewy molasses things with orange and black wrappers --...

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