World Vision

How I Remember Rwanda

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 04.10.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 03.11.2014 | 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 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.

Getting to Meet the Child I Sponsored for Nine Years

Dave Schram and Jet Black | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
 Dave Schram and Jet Black

Earlier this fall, Amazing Race Canada fan favourites Jet and Dave travelled to Brazil with World Vision Canada to meet children whose lives are changing thanks to Canadian donors. While there, Dave got a big surprise: a visit with the girl he's been sponsoring through World Vision for nine years.

An Investment Today Could Save a Generation of Syrian Children

David Morley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Impact
David Morley

UNICEF, Save the Children and World Vision are urging the global community to commit US$1 billion to provide the education, protection, and support Syrian children need to fulfill their potential, and to develop the skills their societies need to create a more sustainable future. This investment could well save a generation.

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.

Helping Children With Disabilities Around the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On the International Day of People with Disability, December 3, World Vision notes that an estimated 98 per cent of children with disabilities worldwide are excluded from education. Many of these children are also hidden away due to stigma and shame.

What We're Doing to Help Children in the Philippines

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

All of these children have been badly needing food and water, and aid agencies have been working hard to meet those needs. But it's also easy to see why they need chances to begin learning again as soon as possible. This is why World Vision is planning to set up child-friendly spaces in as many communities as possible.

Here Are My Five Favourite Things

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Thank goodness there is more to talk about than Rob Ford and Miley this week -- I refuse to give either one of them air time (even though I just did, right there). I found a really cute Etsy video, a delicious quinoa snack (to buy, not make), some amazing gift-wrapping ideas for the holidays, a revealing video and suggestions on how to help people in the Philippines.

I Was Fast Asleep When a 7.2-Magnitude Earthquake Hit Us

Mai Zamora | Posted 12.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Mai Zamora

Heading downstairs, I felt the room shake violently. The walls were swinging. Everything around me was plunging down, including the TV set, books and cabinets. My housemates all looked so scared and shivering. We were still wearing our sleeping clothes. The strong quake lasted over a minute. It sounded like bulldozers demolishing houses.

Is Your Kid a 'Positive Deviant' When it Comes to Food?

Britt Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Britt Hamilton

In some parts of the world, being the parent of a child who deviates from the norm can be a great thing. In countries where malnutrition is a major problem, there are still some healthy kids around. Despite poverty and food scarcity, some parents find ways to raise well-nourished children.

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.

Celebrating Young Women of the World This October

Erin Farrar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Erin Farrar

October is Women's History Month -- a chance to highlight the past and present contributions of women. We recognize their achievements as a vital part of our Canadian heritage. It gives us the chance to reflect on how we've benefited from women activists in the fight for women's equality. Most importantly, it gives us a sense of pride in our historic origins, while providing role models for Canadian women everywhere.

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.

The Congo War: How Do We Create Order from the Chaos?

World Vision | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Only six months had passed since thousands of families were forced to flee the Democratic Republic of Congo. Families don't know when or how they'll be able to go home. But one thing is certain: The World Vision DRC staff is now equipped to do the best job possible for those in need.

Turning Tragedy Into Inspiration

Krista Noack | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
Krista Noack

There is a saying out there that goes, "Everything happens for a reason." There are some things in life that this statement can apply to, but sometime...

The New Abolition Movement

Brian Stiller | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Brian Stiller

Just because William Wilberforce brought British slavery laws crashing down in the early 1800s, we assume slavery has ended. Not so. Children as young as six are forced by their impoverished parents to go into the streets and press anyone to give them money. Some children are forced to carry their newborn brothers and sisters into traffic, zigzagging between stopped cars in traffic jams while pleading for small change.

"Fashion With A Heart" Celebrates The Kol Hope Foundation For Children

Ramp1885.com | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Fashion With A Heart. By: Hina P. Ansari Photography by Candice Kaye /CPFW In mid-June, the uber sexy Thompson Hotel played host to ...

How We Can Take Action Against Child Labour

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Isn't it our responsibility to try to help, to protect youth, to afford them some level of hope so that they may have opportunity for health and happiness in their lives? After all, a child is a child no matter where you go and they are all precious. No child should ever be for sale.

Winning the Global Lottery

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

It's not often that you think of children in Ethiopia as "privileged." Yet on the eve of World Health Day this Sunday, girls and boys in Ethiopia are among the developing world's most fortunate. Here's what World Vision is urging the Canadian government to do.