World Vision Canada

The Cash-strapped Guide To Charity Giving

Megan Radford | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

Even though I have more than I need, I struggle with making space in my budget for helping the most vulnerable. Maybe you're experiencing similar budget issues. I know from talking to friends that many of them are in the same boat, so I did a little brainstorming. How can we help others when our own purse strings are stretched thin?

5 Ways To Keep Kids Learning About The World This Summer

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

During the school year, my kids learn about a whole spectrum of countries and culture. It seems their world is much broader then, with windows on places from Armenia to Zambia. Yet as the summer passes, I often see my kids' world's shrinking -- particularly since we don't have the budget to travel overseas.

5 Ways To Save Money In The City This Summer

Megan Radford | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

Living and housing expenses in Canadian cities are pretty heavy right now. If you're a Millennial like me, you're likely paying off a student loan, car payments, your first mortgage, or all three. There often isn't much left over at the end of the month to enjoy the much-needed and all-too-fleeting summer sunshine. So what's a thrifty city dweller to do?

Consider The World's Children As You Outfit Your Kids For Summer

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

As you dress your kids for playtime, barbecues and camp this summer, I invite you to consider some new strategies. Does your kids really need closets full of cheap summer items, when a few, carefully chosen quality items would do just as well?

Your Child's Teacher Deserves A Year-End Gift With Heart

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

The gift you choose this week could make all the difference in how your child's teacher feels about the last 10 months. It could help them understand how they've helped your entire family to grow. You know your child's teacher best, but here are some tips shared with me by my boys' homeroom teachers over the years.

Why Parenting In A Refugee Camp Can Be So Tough

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Some mothers feel grateful that they're still alive and at least have their children with them. One mother, who has been raising her children in this tented settlement for the past four years, said she wished they had stayed behind in Syria. She said it would be better to have died than to be living as they are.

Technology Puts Canadians Right Into Refugee Camps

World Vision | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Today is World Refugee Day, a date to remember the plight of refugees everywhere. It's an occasion we've marked five times since the conflict in Syria began. We wanted to find a way to give Canadians a new perspective on the situation.

Think Of Dads Around The World This Father's Day

Megan Radford | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Radford

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 reality is though, that my father has had more opportunities in life than the dads we meet with World Vision. And there's no better time to highlight those dads than on Father's Day.

This Report Gives Canadians A Way To Stop Supporting Child Labour

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Which companies are better at checking their chains for child and forced labour? And what are they doing to respond? World Vision's report helps answer many of these questions. By tracking supply chains of Canadian companies, the researchers identify which have a likelihood of being connected to child and forced labour.

Canadians May Unknowingly Support Child Labour: World Vision

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Business

The organization has pushed the federal government to craft legislation for more than a year.

Soccer Should Not Be The Only Solace For Kids Living In War

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

In places like South Sudan, children are battered by the effects of war, long before they step onto the football field. Soccer, sometimes, is the one good thing in their lives. But no amount of football can change the basic facts of their lives.

How Clean Water Generates Power For The World's Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

I've witnessed the power that water can bring to a community -- not hydroelectricity, but human empowerment. It happens when a single borehole is drilled deep into the ground, and a pump installed. Clean water becomes a source of hydration, refreshment and strength, freeing people up to do great things.

All People Living With ALS Deserve A Standing Ovation

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Mauril Bélanger, MP, was recently named Honorary Speaker for a day in the House of Commons. He had put his name forward for the official position of House Speaker before his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He withdrew after learning of his illness. The House of Commons gave Bélanger a standing ovation for his courage, dignity and pride. And they were right to do so.

Two Weeks To Become A More Conscious Shopper

World Vision | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

While shopping, looking at my purchased items makes me wonder: Where were they made? Who made them? And under what conditions? However, it wasn't until recently that I reminded myself that perhaps the items I was purchasing for myself and my children were made by children themselves.

Children Facing Humanitarian Crisis Reveal What They Need Most

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

Children are the most vulnerable in every situation. When a country is torn apart by civil war, shattered by economic collapse or rocked by a major earthquake, children always hurt the most. They also have the most to lose, with their educations incomplete or barely even begun.

Education Should Be Considered A 'Life-Saving Intervention'

Brett Tarver | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this week, global leaders, humanitarian agencies and the private sector are coming together in search of sustainable solutions to address urgent humanitarian crises. The fate of millions of children, like those I met, literally hangs in the balance.

How To Embrace Conscious Fashion And Style

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Style
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

If your love for style is only matched by your love of making ethical and conscious purchasing decisions, we have some advice for you!

Think About What 'Family' Means Around the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On International Day of Families this Sunday, World Vision honours families everywhere. We think of those surviving against incredible odds. We pray for those dealing with overwhelming loss, or standing strong in the face of disaster. We think of those who adapt, forgive, and grow together.

The Thin Red Line: Family Planning In Fragile Places

World Vision | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Pregnancy during war, natural disaster, or economic collapse isn't simply a time of joy and wonder; it's often tainted with anxiety and fear. For these women, it's more like nine months of holding the thin red line of courage against almost impossible odds. The strength and resilience needed to do this is astounding.

For 48 Hours I Endured The Hunger Many Kids Feel Every Day

Matt Batey | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Matt Batey

Around the world today, nearly 800 million people are without secure, reliable, regular sources of food to eat. I have never gone hungry a day in my life. It was time to experience just a little of what it's like to be desperate for food, but unable to eat.

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

Megan Radford | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Radford

We all have stories of moms who've gone to extraordinary lengths to provide for and protect their children. But we all need a little help sometimes, and often, the most courageous thing many of us can do is ask for it. This Mother's Day, World Vision is asking you to consider helping a mother in need. She might be your next-door-neighbor, or a woman on the other side of the world.

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

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

Mother's Day is this Sunday. In amongst all the details of working, living, and being a mother myself, I'm determined to take time to think about what my mother would really like this year. Thinking about my mother's interests -- and about the memories we share together -- has given me a lot of inspiration for this Mother's Day.

Diarrhea Is The Uncomfortable Conversation We Need To Have

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

In many parts of the world, diarrhea is not about embarrassing conversations between adults, or toddlers licking electrolyte popsicles while watching Max and Ruby on the couch. And it's most definitely no joke. An estimated 30,000 children around the world die each year from diarrhea, a condition which most Canadians see as an inconvenience.

Building Better And Stronger In Post-Earthquake Nepal

Michael Messenger | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Messenger

At these one-year-later moments, headlines inevitably reappear. There's no denying the challenges are real, and there's no doubt we can expect more. But let's not allow ourselves to become cynical. As donors, we need to be patient, flexible and think long-term. To do the most good in the long run, Canadian support needs to allow for the ups and downs of an unpredictable recovery in Nepal.

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

Megan Radford | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

Children under five are more at risk -- they account for 70 per cent of all malaria deaths. More than 300,000 children died last year from an illness that's preventable with things as simple as clean water sources. Let's make sure that kids don't have to fight off a disease that racks their bodies with fever, pain and nausea. Let's stop malaria before it bites.