World Vision Canada

Celebrating 25 Years of Children's Rights

Dave Toycen | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Dave Toycen

Thursday is the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely endorsed human rights treaty in history. The Convention enshrines children's rights to protection, survival, development and participation. For a quarter century it has influenced laws, policies and government priorities in 194 countries. Most importantly, it has changed how children are viewed and treated.

How the Property Brothers Use Their Fame to Help the World's Poorest

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

They're known on television as the Property Brothers. Drew scouts neglected houses and negotiates the purchases, while twin brother Jonathan works magic through renovation. But there's a lot you may not know about Drew and Jonathan Scott and their older brother, JD, including their passion for helping the world's poorest children.

Many of Today's Wars Have Smaller Soldiers

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Today's conflicts are smaller in scale than the world wars on which we normally focus come Remembrance Day. But tragically, so are many of the soldiers. There are some 250,000 child soldiers in the world today, mostly in Africa. Children the age of my school-aged sons are shoved headlong into a hell that's unimaginable for most adults, let alone a child.

Helping Kids Understand the Gift of Food This Thanksgiving

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there's no question that my kids are grateful for the festive food on the table -- an exciting change from our usual meals at home. But like many Canadian children, they have no sense of what it means to be hungry for more than an hour or so.

Canadian Dynamo Emerges from Refugee Camp Childhood

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Jennifer Moonfoxy (right) with the author in Canada. Canada is home to people from all over the world, each with a unique story. Many have endure...

South Sudan: Don't Look Away

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Three years ago today, there was dancing on the streets of South Sudan. A new nation had just been born. Having voted to separate from Sudan, the people were bursting with dreams for a free and independent future. But the anniversary of independence is not being marked today with celebrations.

Helping Kids Build the "Gratitude Muscle" on Canada Day

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

High school students with high levels of gratitude reported having stronger marks, less depression and envy, and a more positive outlook than less grateful teens. But gratitude is like a muscle -- it needs regular exercise.

I Saw Child Labour With My Own Eyes

Rick Campanelli | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Rick Campanelli

I felt sick to my stomach standing at a brick factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. These kids have traded in their childhoods, working seven-day weeks so they can continue to stay alive. Just a stone's throw away was a new luxury housing development. Were these bricks used to build it?

You Might Be Raising the Next Big Thing!

World Vision | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Impact
World Vision

I too started a movement over 40 years ago, when I was in high school. After seeing the devastating images on TV of children starving in Ethiopia, I decided I had to do something. I recruited my friends for what we called a "starve-in." This movement became known over the years as 30 Hour Famine.

How I Remember Rwanda

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Ten years ago at the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide I went to Rwanda with World Vision. I knew it would be a difficult trip, but I had no idea the impact that trip would have on me going forward. Now, as we near the 20th anniversary of the horrific Rwandan genocide, my heart is still broken by the meaningless killing.

A Response to Kristy Woudstra From World Vision Canada's President

Dave Toycen | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
Dave Toycen

It was with much sadness that I read Kristy Woudstra's article published on this site on Thursday morning. While World Vision U.S. has made changes to their policies over the past week, World Vision Canada has not. As a Christian organization, we follow the example of Jesus who reached out to everyone, especially those who were marginalized or left out.

I Was Blocked From Hiring a Gay Person at World Vision Canada

Kristy Woudstra | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Kristy Woudstra

Why do I care about the hiring practices of a Christian international humanitarian organization? Well, I worked at World Vision Canada for nearly 10 years and last week's news brought me back to one incident that still looms large: the time I tried to hire a lesbian at World Vision Canada. As a senior manager, I was hiring for an editorial position. In the final stages of the recruitment, HR informed me that the candidate had shared she was gay. She seemed ideal and I was excited to work with her. Without telling me, HR called the candidate to let her know that she didn't get the job. A senior staff manager told me he had come to the realization that if you're gay, you can't be Christian. And only Christians can work at World Vision, so we couldn't hire her.

After Three Years of War, Syrian Childhoods Are Shattered

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

The war in Syria is about to enter its fourth year. For three years, World Vision staff members have sat with traumatized Syrian refugee children as they struggle to share stories you'll never find in a Canadian picture book. Their hands shake, and the words come out in fits and starts.

Staying Alive: Celebrating Canadian Youth Movements

World Vision | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Impact
World Vision

A movement with real staying power was kick-started way back in 1971 by a Calgary teenager, Ruth Roberts. More than 40 years later, it's still going strong -- not only in Canada, but globally. This annual fundraiser to help children around the world through World Vision has become a world-wide movement: the 30 Hour Famine.

The Donations You Made to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Saved Their Lives

Michael Messenger | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Michael Messenger

Canadians are also helping ensure children and their families don't go hungry, thirsty or sleep out in the open. A child's healing and well-being is about more than just a safe place to play during the day. We know the importance of a warm, dry place to sleep, and a pot of nourishing food bubbling on the stove or fire at day's end.

The Syrians Who Won't Be at This Week's Peace Talks

Tanya Penny | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Tanya Penny

As long-awaited Syria peace talks begin this week, World Vision's Tanya Penny will be watching closely. She has been living alongside Syrian refugees in Jordan for the past two months, telling their stories with words and photographs. Here, Tanya describes the heartbreak that even the camera can't capture.

My First Act This Year Will Be on the Stage of Social Media

Michelle Wright | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Music
Michelle Wright

I love social media. As a recording artist it's a wonderful way to stay connected to the fans. I remember a time when I use to sit in the back of my tour bus and hand write letters back to the fans. I've always enjoyed that connection and social media for me allows the connections to be more immediate and more often.

Top 5 Polar Dip Tips for Your New Year's Day Plunge

Todd and Trent Courage | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Todd and Trent Courage

Every New Year's Day for the past 29 years, we have gathered family, friends and costume-clad revellers at the water's edge of Lake Ontario for the Courage Polar Bear Dip, the largest dip for charity in Canada.

The Brazilian School Kid Who Taught Us the Value of a Dollar

Dave Schram and Jet Black | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
 Dave Schram and Jet Black

Recently we travelled with World Vision to Brazil to see the work they're doing there. We got to meet kids who were involved with a variety of different programs that help build their skills and confidence. One of the programs we were really impressed with was a financial literacy program.

How Canadians Can Help

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Impact

As the Philippines grapples with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, organizations are co-ordinating relief efforts. Canada will provide as much as $...

The Power of Kids

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

I recently spent a Saturday at City Kidz in Hamilton. It's a role-modeling project operated by World Vision Canada made up of children from the lowest income neighborhoods of Hamilton. This is a program that has taken root.

Day of the Girl: Helping Girls Everywhere Overcome Barriers

World Vision | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
World Vision

On the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, let's celebrate the determination of girls everywhere, help them to overcome barriers -- and encourage them to dream big. As progressive as we like to think our society is, there are still barriers to girls realizing their potential.

PHOTOS: Step into Harvests Around the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

As we get ready for Thanksgiving, meet children around the world who help their families harvest fruits, vegetables, grain -- even fish! Learn about their joys and struggles, and how you can help make their crops more bountiful.

Some Kids Don't Have the Luxury of Dreaming

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Before he could ask the street children in Pakistan about their "dreams," World Vision worker Brian Miller had to explain the concept. As a World Vision worker myself, I've met children in situations Canadian parents couldn't bear to imagine for their own children.

Every 48 Hours, a Dominican Man Kills His Wife. How Is This Happening?

Michelle Wright | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada
Michelle Wright

Miguelina Martizez was so afraid of her husband that she'd gone to the country's courts 18 times to ask for a restraining order. In desperation, she even made a video and posted it on YouTube. But the justice system in the DR is slow to protect women, often tragically so. It failed the 31-year-old mother and her four young children, and her husband stabbed her more than two dozen times.