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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.

Give Premature Babies A Chance To Experience Life And Hope

Rachel Schrader | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Schrader

My thumb covered his entire hand. There he was, my brand new nephew -- yet it was heartbreaking to see him for the first time. Tubes and wires surrounded Aidan's tiny body as he lay in his incubator. Weighing only 1.96 pounds, he was fighting for his life.

Canada's Foreign Aid Spending Doesn't Match Generous Reputation

Brett Tarver | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

We're the nation that opened our doors to Syrian refugees, aren't we? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared in his speeches that "we're Canadian and we're here to help." Generosity and giving are fundamental Canadian values -- and the world knows it.

Let's Remember The Child Survivors Of War

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

The children of war will never forget what they've been through. When that minute of silence has ended this Remembrance Day, please keep the world's child survivors in front of you. Then reach out to help them.

'Location' Really Matters When Natural Disaster Strikes

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

We've all heard the real estate mantra: "Location, location, location." It means that two identical homes can have completely different value, depending on where they're situated. Location is everything. Millions of the world's poorest children know this all too well -- especially when natural disaster strikes.

Animal Poop Is Changing Lives

Kristian Foster | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Impact
Kristian Foster

Since travelling to Tanzania this September I have a more useful way of looking at addressing food scarcity. I got to see World Vision at work providing communities with the tools necessary to create a sustainable living. We met fish farmers, bee farmers, food and milk processing workers, and saw water projects that helped farmers feed multiple communities.

Carve Some Love Into Halloween This Year

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Our early Halloweens were a time of love and closeness. My dad, who mainly stood back from our activities, put his engineering expertise to work on our costumes. This year, try to put some of the love back into Halloween, while continuing to have fun too. Here are a few suggestions.

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.