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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 01.25.2016 | 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.

Make A Bolder, Colder Resolution To Give Clean Water

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

An exasperated mom told them to "go jump in the lake." Todd and Trent Courage did what their mother told them. And three decades later, funds raised by the hundreds of dippers running into Lake Ontario this January 1 are expected to bring the dip's lifetime total to $1.4 million dollars for water projects in Rwanda.

Christmas Is The Same At Heart No Matter Where You Go

World Vision | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
World Vision

Crashing waves, warm sunshine, palm trees lit up with lights and the sound of children laughing as they play soccer in the street. For many Canadians, this may not sound like a typical Christmas scene. But for six years growing up, it was mine.

How To Survive The Holidays From The Comfort Of Your Couch

World Vision | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
World Vision

The calendar is jammed with events and parties. There are all those presents to buy. While this sounds like fun to the busy-bodies among us, it can be a bit of a nightmare for those who default to lazy-mode. By following my couch potato's guide to surviving the holidays, you can do what I did last year, and binge on Netflix.

Refugee Children Face Different Conflicts, Know The Same Struggles

World Vision | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Teresa was forced at gunpoint to leave everything she knew behind, never to return. She endured a long, perilous journey with little to eat and only the clothes on her back. Worst of all, this little girl watched helplessly as her mother died in the long exodus.

How To Connect With Faraway Loved Ones This Holiday Season

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

Like me, you may be struggling this holiday season to show someone very dear to you that you love them -- from thousands of miles away. It's not like you can decorate together, or fill their home with the smells of good things to eat. It's not like you can sit by the fire together, and raise a class of cheer. Or can you?

What's Your Role In Welcoming Syrian Newcomers?

World Vision | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

The first planes filled with Syrian refugees are touching down in Canada this week. We will no longer just be following their heartbreaking stories from a distance. Some of the people caught in this devastating conflict, people who have been so hotly debated about in the media, in workplaces, and around dinner tables, will now have a new home and a new life here in Canada. In order for this transition to happen, the Canadian newcomers will need much more than roofs over their heads and three square meals a day. It's absolutely essential that they feel welcome and supported.

A Look Inside A Wayside Playroom For Syrian Refugee Children

Robert Neufeld | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Robert Neufeld

Here, in this unassuming spot, World Vision would use toys, drawings and games to brighten the lives of refugee children fleeing across Europe to find safety in new homelands. This was the first day of operations for a new child-friendly space in Adaševci.

5 Ways To Dress Up For Holiday Events - Without Breaking The Bank

World Vision | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living
World Vision

With the holiday season come lots of fun events. It's a time of year to get together with friends we might not see that often, for some laughs and yummy treats. But with the many invitations comes the usual question: What on earth will I wear?

6 Myths About Modern-Day Child Slavery

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Abject poverty and a sick father has forced Bithi's family to send their two oldest daughters to the garment factories to sew designer clothes that will be sold in shops in Canada, the United States and other high-income countries. Every day, Bithi helps create a minimum of 480 pair of pants, earning the equivalent of about $1.20.

5 Ways To 'Give Smart' This Giving Tuesday

World Vision | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

For me, Giving Tuesday isn't a stand-alone event. It marks the beginning of my holiday giving, and fits right in with the spirit of the coming season, alongside sleigh bells, choirs, or the laughter of children as they make their annual wish lists.

How A Couple In Their 90s Is Helping To Care For The World's Children

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 11.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

There's nothing I admire more than a couple with an enduring love and a commitment to giving back. Such is the case of John and Olga Gattinger. They are in their 90s and are soon to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary! Perhaps the best part of the story, like most, is the journey.

How To Pack Lunch For Several Thousand Refugees

Robert Neufeld | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Robert Neufeld

The place I'm standing looks like a typical highway service centre anywhere in Canada. There's a gas bar, a small store and large paved parking lot for trucks and trailers -- the kind where you might pull over with your family for lunch at a fast-food restaurant. That's where the similarities end.

Which Child Are You Important To This Universal Children's Day?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On Universal Children's Day, I challenge you to look at the canvas of the world's children, and see where the holes are. Whether it's a refugee child, a child in need of sponsorship, or the child who lives next door -- how might you be important in that life?

'We Want To Work,' Says This Syrian Refugee Father

Robert Neufeld | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Robert Neufeld

In Fahad Tabuck's face, I see a combination of exhaustion, frustration and despair that seems permanently etched into his expression. The 38-year old Syrian refugee looks at least a decade older, having spent the past two years fleeing from his home in Syria with his wife and five children.

A Canadian Visits Syrian Refugees Waiting At The Serbian Border

Robert Neufeld | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Robert Neufeld

World Vision has been on the frontlines near the Serbian border since early in the summer, distributing baby kits, hygiene supplies, raincoats, blankets, food and water, and conducting child protection activities. Thus far, we've reached more than 70,000 refugees.

These Are The Faces Of Resilience In South Sudan

World Vision | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

South Sudan is a tough place to live. The world's newest nation is less than five years old and it's been ranked as the most fragile country on earth for the past two years. Yet the proud people who live there hold great potential and targeted, effective aid is building more faces of resilience.

5 Ways To Love Halloween While Caring For Child Labourers

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

As a mother, I still check my kids' candy each year, just like my parents did. But nowadays, I'm thinking beyond the safety of the children sitting right in front of me. I'm considering the millions of children who helped produce ingredients for the chocolate bars and colourful candy. My heart feels desperately guilty as I remember how they may have been harmed.

Aid Agencies Race Winter's Arrival in Nepal

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Gas shortages have instilled immense fear in families living in Nepal's remote mountain regions -- empty gas tanks mean vital goods can't reach the far-flung the mountain villages. The urgency increases every day as the winter snows approach, cutting off remote communities altogether.

On World Food Day, Treat Yourself While Helping Others

World Vision | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Friday is World Food Day, the perfect day to join thousands of people around the world by treating yourself (and others), to the most expensive and lavish feast you can afford. You deserve it! And here's the best part: you can satisfy that craving -- and be a humanitarian hero at the same time, helping some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.