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Fighting 'The White Plague' In Drought Ridden Somaliland

Brett Tarver | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

"I was certain that I was going to die," said 25-year-old Ifrah in Somaliland, of her battle with tuberculosis. It's not something we should be hearing in 2017. An illness old enough to have been known as 'consumption' or 'The White Plague' should have its place in medical history -- not claiming 1.8 million lives a year.

Here's Photographic Proof That Clean Water Changes Lives

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Each year on March 22, UN-Water calls on people everywhere to help tackle the global water crisis. It's a great goal -- but can feel like a pretty tall order. More than 663 million people have no safe water supply close to home. That's way more people than occupy all of North America.

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

Megan Radford | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

After six years of violence, Syrian children need us to believe in them more than ever. We must to ensure that an entire generation of children with dreams for the future doesn't get lost in the rubble. I have been allowed to grow up in peace into a future that allows me to work for my dreams. Syrian children deserve the same.

6 Years Into War, Syria's Children Are Still Dreaming

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, World Vision has released a report, comparing the fears and dreams of Syrian children with those from other countries. We wanted to get a better understanding of how violence might affect a child's view of the world.

In A World With Excess, Why Are There Still Famines?

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

"Famine" is a word that's rarely and cautiously used by the international aid community. It's reserved for describing the very gravest of human suffering. For the U.N. to declare "famine," a great many people must be dying of starvation. Hunger, even lots of it, isn't enough for an official declaration.

Freeing Girls From A Deadly Tradition In Kenya

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Despite being outlawed in 2011, girls in remote Kenyan communities are still undergoing [female genital mutilation], most often during the December school holiday. But some people are working hard to change this rite of passage.

The First Faces Of Famine In Somalia

Brett Tarver | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

I've come to Somalia with World Vision, to meet children living on the brink of famine. The United Nations issued the warning last week. If the rains fail again, and if international aid is not taken, Somalia could see a repeat of the 2011 famine which killed more than 250,000 people.

What Happened When I Learned To Read My 'Mother Language'

World Vision | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Impact
World Vision

In my classroom, there were a few precious books available in my local language. Those stories profoundly touched my heart, and I loved reading time at primary school. Children love stories, you see. Stories are the virtual window to their world of fantasy and reality. Children do not want to read just any story book, but story books that are engaging and connecting to their passionate souls.

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

Megan Radford | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

I may have never been to South America, but in many ways my whole life has been spent hopping from one place to another. With all that in mind, and the research I did on Bolivia, I landed in Cochabamba on September 28, 2015, fully expecting to fall in love with the people and culture. What I didn't expect was to fall in love with a man -- but that's just what happened.

Turning Roadside Stalls Into Booming Businesses

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

In developing countries around the world, small business owners with dreams of doing more for their families and communities find themselves in this impossible situation.

No Refugee Child Should Have To Sleep In The Snow

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

The cold truth is this: Europe's winter weather has set in quicker than its leaders were able to make decisions on how to protect these people. For many migrants and refugees, the shores of the Mediterranean aren't just arrival points. They have actually become semi-permanent homes.

My Trip To India Was Unforgettable And So Is This Shocking Fact

World Vision | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Some people hate being in a plane for a long period of time, but I love it: it means you're off to a faraway destination. When I booked my 15-hour direct flight to India to attend a wedding, I was excited. The long flight also meant I would have enough time to watch at least five Bollywood movies.

Somali Children Need Our Immediate Help To Weather Looming Famine

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

A looming famine threatens the survival of many, particularly children, as 5 million face starvation in Somalia. There's no time to mull this over, considering whether or not to respond. The stark fact is that hundreds of thousands of children need immediate help if they are to survive.

Keeping New Year's Resolutions Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

World Vision | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Last year, I ran the Boston marathon with Team World Vision to raise money for clean water projects in developing countries. I'm planning on doing so again this year. Training for marathons requires discipline and motivation over a long period of time, much like what's required to form any new habit or routine.

Why Not Celebrate National Spaghetti Day?

World Vision | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Living
World Vision

We all love spaghetti, but who would think it has a national celebration? Well, it does! January 4 is National Spaghetti Day. Spaghetti Day is more than just a clever marketing gimmick. For those of us who dig the twirly stuff, it's a day to reflect on the history, evolution and universal appeal of spaghetti and other lengthy pastas.

The Polar Bear Dip Is A Truly Canadian Rite Of Passage

Brett Tarver | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Brett Tarver

I was convinced it would be a cold day in hell before I would even think of doing one. But that all changed suddenly last year. I allowed myself to be swept up by polar bear dip fever at work. It was fun, kinda like pledging for a fraternity. It took me back to the carefree days of my youth.

Tanzania Burst My Heart Wide Open

Kristian Foster | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Kristian Foster

Visiting Tanzania in September changed my perception of what it's really like to go without. The people we met survive with the bare necessities. A roof over their heads, basic clothing and just enough food to survive. Yet, we witnessed such joy and hope in them, and for this, I fell in love with Tanzania.

Having The Courage To Hurt At Christmas

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

The trouble is, darkness doesn't go away during the Holidays. If anything, it can feel deeper, more acute. Perhaps that's why we work so hard to brighten things up with lights and candles, and reach out to those who are in need. Sometimes, a little extra care can make all the difference to a friend or neighbor in need.

What I Learned By Teaching A Class Of 104 Children In Tanzania

World Vision | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

As a Canadian, it's hard to believe it's possible for teachers to successfully educate 104 children of different grades in a single classroom. Where children sit on a dirt floor, have an empty stomach, don't have sufficient school supplies for their needs. Children excited to be in school, no matter how far they had to walk under a blazing sun.

Giving Gifts That Honour Human Rights

Megan Radford | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

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 hope for a better future to children in need overseas.

Every Child Deserves A Gift At Christmas

World Vision | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada
World Vision

In 2013, when the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, thousands of people were made homeless and to this date, still can't celebrate Christmas like they used to. But despite poverty and hard times, Filipinos always find a way to give gifts and celebrate. Many charities, like World Vision, continue to work with the people in the country to rehabilitate and rebuild.

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

Megan Radford | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Style
Megan Radford

This fall, I decided to challenge myself. I set out to wear one black dress the whole month of November, and, in the process, create awareness about how important having the right clothes for inclement weather truly is. Here are five things I've learned from this experiment.

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

Megan Radford | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

This Giving Tuesday, for the fifth year in a row, Canadians have an opportunity to double their gift when they donate two hens and a rooster. Burnbrae Farms, a 5th generation family-owned company, will match your gift up to $10,000.

Is It Possible To Do Christmas Without Gifts?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

One month until Christmas -- and the countdown begins! November 25 is when I typically shift into full tinsel mode. But here's the twist. We've been asked to reign in the gift-giving this Christmas. Can I really do like the people in the movies, and remember the meaning of Christmas without gift-giving?

Why Does The World Still Need 'Universal Children's Day'?

Michael Messenger | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Messenger

Each year around this time, I find myself frustrated that the world still needs to observe Universal Children's Day on November 20th. Don't get me wrong, kids are worth celebrating. As someone who has dedicated my life to serving children, I believe that at my core.