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Megan Radford is a Millennial who grew up in Senegal, West Africa. After working as a freelance journalist in West and North Africa, she now writes and edits for World Vision Canada, telling stories that can make a difference. Find her on Instagram @megradford

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Sewing Memories This Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2017 | 4:25 PM

When I was a little girl, one of my favourite toys was an electronic "sewing machine" that stitched yarn through pieces of paper. 

The toy let me pretend to be "just like my Mommy", like so many little girls dream of being. My mom was an avid seamstress, and as...

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You Don't Have To Be A Runner To Race For Clean Water

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2017 | 5:44 PM

I'm not a runner. Despite my brief stint on the grade five track team, I've always known that running was not my sport.

What I do love is walking. If I have the time, and it's a beautiful day, most of the time I will choose to walk over taking...

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Fighting For Access To Education For Girls Around The World

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2017 | 11:25 AM

"Malala" is a name that needs no introduction for thousands of Canadians. The story of this international activist's fight for educational justice in Pakistan, even after she had been targeted with a bullet by the Taliban, has held us all enthralled. Soon, she will also hold an Honourary Canadian Citizenship....

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Tackling Mental Illness In The World's Toughest Places

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2017 | 3:47 PM

This year's World Health Day theme is Depression: Let's talk. As someone who has survived a mental illness, Megan Radford is glad the conversation is beginning -- especially for women in the world's toughest places.

Crying on the floor in my bathroom was not the end I envisioned...

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Even After 6 Years Of Violence, Syrian Children Won't Be Forgotten

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2017 | 9:32 AM

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Refugee children wait out the years at a makeshift refugee camp in Lebanon. (All photos: World Vision)

With files from Josephine Haddad

For many of us, Syrian children have become representatives of displacement, hunger and hardship. I know they have for...

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How I Fell In Love With A Man -- And His Country

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 7:12 AM

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In Bolivia, meeting children served by World Vision. All photos: Megan Radford

If you love to travel, you know that any place you haven't yet been is like an itch in your shoes. For me, that was the entire continent of...

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The Minimalist's Guide To Holiday Giving

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2016 | 12:05 PM

Christmastime can bring quite a lot of gift-giving angst for many. Whether you have a receiver who says "I really don't need anything this year" or you are just stuck for ideas, it can be hard to shop for all the people on your list.

Before you make yet...

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Giving Gifts That Honour Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2016 | 10:50 AM

Gifts are often something we think of as meaningful, but mostly superfluous expressions of our love for each other. But in some cases, gifts can be blessings that change the course of people's lives for good.

As Human Rights Day approaches, I've been reflecting on ways to offer...

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Life Lessons From Wearing The Same Little Black Dress For 30 Days

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 9:41 AM

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(All photos: Megan and friends)

With the weather getting colder, the author kept thinking about children who don't have warm winter clothing. To draw attention to their needs, Megan Radford challenged herself to wear the same little black dress

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On Giving Tuesday, Consider This Chicken-And-Egg Situation

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 3:14 AM

One of my favourite childhood memories is of my dad making my sister and I breakfast when we were little. His specialty was scrambled eggs with cheese. Although he had an aversion to the healthy meal himself, he somehow found a way to make them delicious every time by adding...

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Something As Simple As A Kitchen Garden Can Lift An Entire Family

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 5:48 PM

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In Bolivia, Franklin gets to run through a potato field on his way to school. "In our garden, I help plan potatoes and onions," he says. (Photo: World Vision)

When I was three years old, my family lived on the coast...

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Haiti Faces A Long Road To Recovery After Hurricane Matthew

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2016 | 5:43 PM

On October 4th, my colleagues and I anxiously followed the news as Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti. Though all of us were hoping and praying the damage would be minimal, the storm was deadly.

In the days before the hurricane, our staff in Haiti had amassed emergency supplies in...

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The Cash-strapped Guide To Charity Giving

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 9:41 AM

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It's me again, your friendly neighbourhood broke girl. I felt guilty even typing that, because I am blessed to have an incredible job, and more than I (should) need.

But when your husband lives almost 7,000 kilometres away,...

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5 Ways To Save Money In The City This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 12:02 PM

I wrote recently about my decision to take World Vision's #consciousconsumer challenge for ethical and environmental reasons. Well, as life would have it, I'm now facing the task of taking that challenge a little further.

Living and housing expenses in Canadian cities are pretty heavy right...

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Think Of Dads Around The World This Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 11:54 AM

As a teacher, my dad has worked hard to instill in me a love of language and learning. Now, as a writer and editor with World Vision, I get to hear lots of stories of dads who, like mine did, are building a foundation for their children's futures.

The...

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5 Ways To Help A Mom in Need This Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 12:50 PM

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Akook and her little son in South Sudan remind me of a family I met a few years ago. They are doing much better since caring donors reached out to help. Photo/World Vision

When I lived in Senegal, my...

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I Don't Want Children to Suffer From Malaria Like I Did

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 10:08 AM

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In Rwanda, Sandrine has a better chance of avoiding malaria-spreading mosquitoes, now that she has clean water close to home and can avoid the stagnant pond where the insects breed. Photo/World Vision

When I was 10 years old, I got malaria....

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When Waterborne Illness Got Real For Me

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 4:23 PM

My ears popped as the truck travelled up, up into the mountains outside the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. The buildings faded behind us and were replaced by rolling green mountains with sparse, lonely trees dotting the tops.

Stepping out of the truck, the air felt significantly colder than the...

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If You Had To Live From A Backpack, What Would You Bring?

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 4:17 PM

If you had to live out of a backpack, what would you bring? I've had to ask myself that question quite a few times in my wandering life. Recently, I found myself asking it again, as I sifted through photos and stories of Syrian refugees and the few belongings they...

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I Understand What It's Like To Live On The Move

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 9:42 AM

By Megan Radford, World Vision Canada, with files from Kathryn Reid

When I was a kid, my family had a long-standing joke that we never lived in a house more that two years. I've now lost track of the number of houses and apartments I've called home....

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