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Diarrhea Is The Uncomfortable Conversation We Need To Have

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.28.2016 | 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.

Your Purchasing Decisions Are Felt Around The World

World Vision | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

I know that global trade is critical to raising many poor families out of poverty -- as in the Bangladeshi families noted above. But the economic model I want to see more of is one where strong local economies around the world are meeting people's needs in a sustainable and healthy way.

Helping Children Be Children After Ecuador's Earthquake

World Vision | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Many of the children our teams meet want little more than to just 'be kids' for a few hours. Our staff provide activities, like the chance to draw or play with toys, or an opportunity to join a game or some singing. For the children who are ready and interested, we offer help in keeping up with schoolwork.

A Long-Term Community Partnering Approach To Poverty Reduction

Development Unplugged | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

World Vision (WV) has been contributing to the improvement of children's well-being in different parts of the developing world for a very long time. We do this mainly through the "development program approach," which has been rooted in decades of field experience.

How Canada Provides Life-Giving Water To Iraqi Families Forced From Their Homes

Brett Tarver | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

Like many Canadians, I have struggled to understand the importance of something as seemingly mundane as water. With our Great Lakes and mighty rivers, we're used to seeing water everywhere. I began appreciating how critical water is to survival when visiting the Kurdish region of northern Iraq with World Vision last month.

Let's Dare To Dream Of A World Of Healthy Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

I was fortunate to have a happy, healthy childhood. I had nutritious food, a comfortable home, and an endless supply of clean water. But on World Health Day April 7, I think of children whose experiences couldn't be more different than mine.

Harlem Globetrotters Go All The Way For Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

They began in 1926 as a basketball team called the Savoy Big Five. Ninety years later, the beloved Harlem Globetrotters are dunking, spinning and bouncing their way into the hearts of a whole new generation of Canadian children.

Juno Contenders The City Harmonic Live What They Sing

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Music
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

One of the contenders in this category is Hamilton, Ontario's own band The City Harmonic. The band is composed of four worshipers from four small churches who began by singing hymns and spiritual songs. Since then, The City Harmonic is no stranger to success, having won its first Juno in 2013.

When Waterborne Illness Got Real For Me

Megan Radford | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

On the mountainside, listening to the World Vision Bolivia staff who guided us explain just how many kids get sick, and even die from the same disease I had suffered from, I wanted to cry. Children all over Bolivia battle this kind of illness every day. Little kids, especially those under five years old, undernourished already and with developing immune systems, are struggling to stay alive just because of the basic human need for water. Waterborne illness is easy to catch, as I discovered. But for children all over Bolivia, it is very difficult to get rid of.

Witness The Power Of Clean Water Around The World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

This World Water Day millions of people who share our planet are constantly thinking about water. How could they not be? Their children die from waterborne illnesses, because the local stream is contaminated. Others forfeit their schooling to trek long distances for water each day.

How Canada Is Helping Preserve The Future For A Generation Of Syrian Children

World Vision | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

This week marks five years since the start of the Syrian conflict. The war has inflicted a devastating toll on millions of desperate Syrian families, resulting in a humanitarian crisis that has rippled throughout the region. More than 4.3 million Syrian refugees are now trying to piece their lives back together in neighbouring countries. That's where the No Lost Generation project comes in. It's a global initiative, supported by donor countries and non-governmental organizations, to help save the future of displaced Syrian children. The goal is to provide safe education and psycho-social support which includes protecting children from exploitation, abuse and violence.

If You Had To Live From A Backpack, What Would You Bring?

Megan Radford | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

There are times where living out of a backpack is forced upon us. Homelessness, war or even a mundane loss of luggage in transit make our backpacks less of an accessory and more of a lifeline. When I was living with my family in Senegal in 2012, I almost had one of those circumstances happen to me.

This International Women's Day, Think Of Syria's Mothers

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

"Bravo, sister. I honour you. I would do anything to take away some of the pain that you've experienced. And I know that I'll never understand what you carry around inside. But your children -- they're so beautiful. And you've used all of your resources -- your love, your patience, and your creativity -- to keep them alive and healthy. You've taught them when there was no school and comforted them when there was nothing comforting to say. You've made 'home' in camps, tents, and on the side of the road. I will do whatever I can, through my donations, through my prayers and through my writing, to help carry your children to safety and happiness."

Why Solutions For Syria Need To Involve Youth

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

Any meaningful and inclusive peace process entails the inclusion of young people. That's why World Vision Canada is urging the Government of Canada to focus on ensuring their voices are heard. Let's involve them in the discussion. By doing so, I'm convinced we will arrive at sustainable solutions we could never have imagined without them.

A Simple Snow Angel Can Show Your Support For Peace In Syria

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Could you take a few minutes to make a Snow Angel for Syria? It might seem like a small thing, but you'll be part of a national gesture of solidarity and support for the children of Syria.

It Makes Sense To Help Children In The World's Toughest Places

World Vision | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Millions of children in countries such as Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan live and die never having officially existed. Their communities are riddled with conflict, rocked with instability or dispirited by isolation. Their governments are either unwilling or unable to provide even basic health care.

Generosity Is An Attractive Quality Anyone Can Fall In Love With

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

I fell for my husband the day he took a homeless man to lunch. Before then, my future mate had been a smart, funny, slightly older guy in the CBC newsroom where we both worked. But when I learned about his kindness to someone in need, David became "the one."

How Canada Is Helping Women Overseas Deliver Their Babies On Time

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

In Canada, many pregnant moms have the excitement of tracking their baby's development in the womb week-by-week. In many parts of the world, this scenario is completely different. In places like Zambia, the weeks leading up to pregnancy are a montage of mysterious symptoms and, sometimes, tragic consequences. A global lack of proper nutrition and healthcare during pregnancy contributes to many of the 15 million babies that are born preterm on a yearly basis.

5 Ways To Plan Early For A Meaningful Valentine's Day

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

We've all had the feeling of rushing to the chocolate shop just before closing time, picking through the last dismal cards on the rack, or sending panicked flowers and praying they're delivered on time. This year, why not show you've given some real thought to the gift -- and get it organized ahead of time?

Syrian Refugees Experience 'The Psychological Warfare' Of Winter Cold

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Millions of Syrian families are experiencing living conditions too cold to be believed. It may come as a surprise to many Canadians that places like Lebanon and Turkey actually get extremely cold in the winter months, making life even more miserable for people who have fled conflict to live in refugee camps.

I Understand What It's Like To Live On The Move

World Vision | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

I know the uncertainty and pain of saying goodbye, not knowing when or if you will ever see your home and friends again. But I don't know what it feels like to flee with just the clothes on your back and a small bag of essentials. As hard as moving is, it is nothing compared to the trauma and constant upheaval of living as a refugee.

A Letter Of Gratitude To My Canadian Sponsors

Annie Kashamura Zawadi | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Annie Kashamura Zawadi

My children and I were strangers, and you welcomed us. I will forever be grateful to you all. And as we see thousands of Canadians doing what you, my sponsors, did for my family, I can only be grateful to all of them as well, and tell the new Syrian refugees that they are in good hands.

The Chilly Shelter Of An Iraqi Family Forced From Home

World Vision | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

For the past two weeks of school vacation, many Canadian children have enjoyed lingering in bed in the mornings, snuggled under the covers. But for children forced from their homes by violence in Syria and Iraq, warm blankets are more than a holiday luxury. On some mornings, it's just too cold to leave their beds.