World Vision Canada

Breaking Through The Hunger Barrier So Kids Can Learn

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

It's hard to focus on math when your head is pounding. Or decipher complex instructions with your stomach gurgling. And essays are a write-off if you have no fuel. Children filled with nutritious food -- and enough of it -- are fortified to learn. Children who've eaten well can concentrate better and perform better in class.

What's To Be Done About The World's Refugees?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Many of the world's most powerful landlords are meeting for the Refugee and Migration Summit. Heads of state from all over the world, including our own Prime Minister Trudeau, will discuss the fate of more than 21.3 million refugees -- more than any time since the Second World War.

No Place Should Be Too Fragile For Canada's Care

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

More than half of the world's child deaths occur in fragile places like South Sudan and Afghanistan. Yet Canada only commits 25 per cent of its official development budget to these areas. To go the distance to reach the world's most vulnerable people, the figure needs to change.

Reaching The Final Frontier In The Fight Against AIDS, TB And Malaria

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

According to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 45 per cent, malaria death rates are down by 60 per cent and tuberculosis mortality has diminished by 47 per cent. These are exciting achievements, but not nearly as exciting as the possibility of ending those diseases for good.

How To Build A Reading Corner In Your Home

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

Thursday is International Literacy Day, a chance to celebrate the power of reading in children's lives. If you're a book-lover yourself, you may remember curling up with your latest childhood treasure (it was Anne of Green Gables for me!)

Remembering Alan Kurdi In My Own Way

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Today, the world remembers a child who never had the chance to seize life at all. His name was Alan Kurdi. You'll recall him as the little Syrian boy who, was found dead on a beach in Turkey the morning of September 2, 2015. He had stepped into a crowded inflatable boat with his family the night before, in a desperate attempt to each Europe in safety. Alan's death rocked people everywhere -- from families in their homes to leaders in the halls of power. When children like Alan reached out for help, we didn't reach back.

Consider Thrift Shops For Back-To-School Outfits

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

People shop at thrift stores for many reasons. I hail from Britain, where second-hand clothing was not a source of shame but a way of life. Here in Canada, our family has a limited budget for clothing, preferring to pay for canoe trips and soccer programs. But the best reason for thrift shopping has less to do with how we look -- and everything to do with the lives we touch.

What Peace Means To Children Living In South Sudan

World Vision | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

It has been one year since South Sudan signed a peace deal to end 20-months of conflict in the world's newest country. But with renewed violent clashes in July and mass internal displacement, long-term peace and stability remains uncertain. These South Sudanese children share what peace means to them.

Honouring Our Humanitarian Heroes This World Humanitarian Day

World Vision | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

For Canadian humanitarians working in the field, the security threat has never been more serious. There are more attacks on aid workers than ever before, which is why today, World Humanitarian Day, we highlight the personal sacrifices they make to lift up the world's most vulnerable people.

Are Your Kids Ready To Read Again?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

If reading has lapsed in your household, you're definitely not alone. And take heart: August is a great time to get kids reading again. The growing boredom of unstructured time can actually work in your favour. And young minds are well-rested by this stage, offering a fresh capacity to think outside of themselves.

Facing Zika Is A Choice For Olympians, But Not For Brazil's Women

World Vision | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

If only Zika was a two-week stint like the Olympics. Sadly, after Olympians go home and the buzz in the Olympic village dissipates, mosquitos carrying the Zika virus will remain, and those living in their midst have no choice but to stay.

Canada's Humanitarian Action Must Be Feminist And Principled

Development Unplugged | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Global humanitarian need is on the rise. The UN estimates that 125 million people need humanitarian relief and more than 60 million people are displaced from their homes. The Government of Canada's international assistance review could not have come at a more critical time. Disasters do not discriminate, but ultimately due to structural gender inequalities kill more women than men, and affect women's livelihoods hardest. Sixty per cent of all maternal deaths take place in humanitarian settings and all forms of gender based violence against women and girls spike during disasters and conflict.

How Tree-Planting Brings Life To The World's Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Ten years ago, World Vision started working with people in Humbo, Ethiopia, to plant trees. The organization funded the project by selling 'carbon offsets' for the roughly 22,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide that those trees mop up each year. Before planting began, the region's mountainous terrain had been severely degraded.

Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Disaster Deserve Protection

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Picture calling your child aside for a private conversation. Look into their eyes, and take a big breath. Now imagine asking your child to leave. Not for a few days, and not to visit Grandma. Ask your son or daughter to walk until they find food or work. Just keep walking, even if it takes days, weeks or months.

Skin-To-Skin Contact Can Save A Newborn's Life

Rachel Schrader | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Schrader

For me and Ellie, who was born at term, kangaroo mother care worked to calm us both down and kick-start our breastfeeding journey. But for moms who don't have access to a hospital, it can take the place of a life-saving incubator. Kangaroo mother care can literally be the difference between life and death for a baby.

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.