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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.

What Happens When Girls Flee Conflict Zones

World Vision | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

As a little girl growing up in the 1980s during the final years of Lebanon's 15-year civil war, my family often had to take shelter underground from these attacks. I can remember the sting of my fear, how I could almost smell it in my mother and father and siblings.

How Canada Is Helping Children in the World's Most Fragile Country

World Vision | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

South Sudan has been ranked the most fragile country on earth for the past two years. On a recent trip to remote Warrap State, I witnessed targeted Canadian investments improving the health of moms and babies. There are long-term, sustainable efforts to strengthen the health system taking root in South Sudan that go above and beyond much-needed emergency relief -- and they are paving the way for a better tomorrow.

My Responsibility as a Millennial to the World's Children

World Vision | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

We Millennials have grown up. We've gone from passionate teens to professionals, flexing our leadership muscles in the workplace. We still carry the idealism of our younger years, but, with our new roles as movers and shakers, the stakes for our involvement are much higher. This is our world now -- and we need to be ready to help take charge. This week in New York City, the United Nations will adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals, a set of goals and targets designed to end extreme poverty over the next 15 years. They're universal, and so are expected to guide the policies and practices of all countries, not just the developing ones. As a Millennial, I'm keeping a watch on what our governments and organizations do, and looking for ways to help.

The Odyssey of Syrian Children Heading for Europe

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When I see the faces of Syrian children in the news these days, I think of my little brother. I remember the confusion and terror he felt on a very deep level -- even with a bed to sleep in, food to eat, and the comfort of his family. Not to mention the pink bunny with stripy pants, to which Graham clung in the dark while my mother calmed him at night.

Canada Must Take Strong Action to Help Save Syrian Children

Michael Messenger | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Michael Messenger

I am unwilling to shake off the horror of seeing Alan Kurdi lying face down on the beach. If it were just one child, just one death, the story would still be heartbreaking. But the outraged conversations across Canada have quickly expanded to include Canada's wider response to this terrible conflict.

What Age Is Best for Kids to Walk to School Alone?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

Like many parents, I wonder if I'm too protective. "How can I learn to be safe if you go everywhere with me?" asked Gavin yesterday. He had a point. Especially since I had just read a page on World Vision Canada's web site highlighting the incredible journeys made by children around the world, as they travel to school alone.

Winning An Olympic Medal Comes With Great Responsibility

World Vision | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

What most athletes don't think about as they're competing is our responsibility after the big win. I didn't realize at the time that an Olympic medal would mean I could one day make a difference in the world, just by lending my name to a cause.

Life Threatening Temperatures Are Putting Iraqi Children At Risk

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Temperatures in Iran and Iraq were predicted to hit an apocalyptic 70 degrees Celsius this week. For Iraqi families who've been forced to flee their homes by recent violence -- and are now crowded into tents and metal containers -- the temperatures are life threatening. Children are in the greatest danger of all.

How a Young Humanitarian Is Leaving a Legacy of Clean Water

World Vision | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

One year ago this week, Alex Foto, a young woman who was helping change the world, was killed in a tragic accident while riding her bike. But this weekend, Alex's work will continue on through a dream she had: to hold a Canada-wide fundraiser to provide people around the world with clean water.

How This Lawyer Is Helping Change the World

World Vision | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

I went to law school to equip myself with the tools to make a difference in the world -- something that many of us want for our lives. Some people do it through teaching, others by volunteering, and others by the way they run their businesses. I do it through practicing law.

Kids Are Still Recovering From the Nepal Earthquake

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

There's no question that children are resilient, and are often able to laugh and play under seemingly impossible circumstances. But as we've learned at World Vision, they are also far more vulnerable to pain, abuse and terror than most of the adults around them.

How Your Morning Coffee Can Change Someone's Life

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

What's a cup of coffee anyway? Well in Canada, adults drink 2.8 cups per day on average. Worldwide, coffee is a multi-billion dollar industry that supports the livelihood of countless families. Our choices affect real people.

How Children's Sense of Fairness Can Change the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Kids' demands for fairness can be the ultimate challenge for any tired adult, especially when they can't see how all the pieces fit together. But their inherent sense of justice can also be a real gift, especially if we can show them how fairness can change the world.

Sports Can Give Girls Around the World the Chance to Succeed

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

There's no question that sports can play a critical role in boosting girls' self-confidence and determination. Many of us have known the girl who claims to be "totally uncoordinated," only to score the winning point for her basketball team. Or the shy, uncertain child who had trouble speaking up in class and now kicks butt in karate. Here's a photo gallery of the transforming effect sports can have on girls, no matter where they live.

How Kids Can Make a Difference

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Study after study indicates that parents, schools and community members all have a role to play in developing caring, ethical children. But how do we do that in a way that's less about layering on the duty and obligation? How do we nurture a child's own instincts about what's needed in the world, and help them find their own unique way to give?

Five Ways to Honour That Special Teacher This Week

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

No matter who that special teacher is, they've likely received their fair share of mugs, wine and chocolates over the years. This year, what about something a little more meaningful? Here are five suggestions for meaningful teacher gifts.