World Vision Canada

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

Megan Radford | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

I was reminded of my dad's carefully tended garden when we visited a community on the outskirts of the city of Cochabamba. Outside many of the homes we saw were small squares of flourishing green produce. These gardens provide not only sustenance for the whole family, but a source of income.

Haiti Faces A Long Road To Recovery After Hurricane Matthew

Megan Radford | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

When you add in the damage to roads, schools and clinics, combined with the risk of waterborne diseases like cholera that are increasing due to flooding, the people of Haiti are in desperate need. But they are also resilient. These photos tell a story of great tragedy, community cooperation, and the strength of Haiti's people to get up and begin rebuilding.

How To Take Great Food Photographs

World Vision | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
World Vision

Telling a great story should be the goal of every photograph. Food is chock-full of nostalgia and emotion. Photographing a great meal means styling, lighting, and shooting in a way that invokes a specific emotional response from the viewer. Is it a date night? Game day? Thanksgiving dinner? All very different experiences, and your food photo can tell that story.

To All The Girls In The World - Including The Daughter I Never Had

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On International Day of the Girl Child, I think about a little girl I used to know. She was the daughter I imagined I would have. I said goodbye to that girl on a cold, February afternoon, in an ultrasound lab in downtown Toronto. I learned that the child growing inside me was my second, beautiful son. I would never have a daughter.

5 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Thanksgiving

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

In all the bustle of "celebrating Thanksgiving," it's easy to forget everything we have to be thankful for. Not the least of these are the bounty of food, and wonderful people to share it with. A couple of years ago, I discovered the key to gleaning the most from Thanksgiving weekend and in turn, bringing more joy to the table to offer those around me.

Youth Leaders Are Helping Cambodian Children Grow Up Healthy

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

One of the mothers said to me, "As a mother of a malnourished baby, I am so thankful to be learning how to make this porridge!" She was not embarrassed, nor was there stigma, rather, she was thankful that World Vision was there to help.

How Canadians Are Making A Difference In Cambodia

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

As a child advocate, I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia to see some of the work World Vision is doing to make a difference. It was the first time I took my sons to see how many people in developing countries live. I tracked my experience in this travel journal. This is the second of three parts.

Shaky Allegations Shouldn't Derail World Vision Operations In Gaza

Thomas Woodley | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

It may be that Mohammad El Halabi has committed misdeeds -- time will tell -- but why should that derail all of World Vision's operations in Gaza? Before the end of August, World Vision had been forced to lay off all 120 staff in Gaza after the organization's bank accounts in Jerusalem had been frozen by Israel. The organization was simply no longer able to transfer money to Gaza.

Caring For Cambodia's Youngest Citizens

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

As a child advocate, I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia to see some of the work World Vision is doing to make a difference. It was the first time I took my sons to see how many people in developing countries live. I tracked my experience in this travel journal.

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?