World Vision

Education Should Be Considered A 'Life-Saving Intervention'

Brett Tarver | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this week, global leaders, humanitarian agencies and the private sector are coming together in search of sustainable solutions to address urgent humanitarian crises. The fate of millions of children, like those I met, literally hangs in the balance.

How To Embrace Conscious Fashion And Style

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Style
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

If your love for style is only matched by your love of making ethical and conscious purchasing decisions, we have some advice for you!

Think About What 'Family' Means Around the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On International Day of Families this Sunday, World Vision honours families everywhere. We think of those surviving against incredible odds. We pray for those dealing with overwhelming loss, or standing strong in the face of disaster. We think of those who adapt, forgive, and grow together.

The Thin Red Line: Family Planning In Fragile Places

World Vision | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Pregnancy during war, natural disaster, or economic collapse isn't simply a time of joy and wonder; it's often tainted with anxiety and fear. For these women, it's more like nine months of holding the thin red line of courage against almost impossible odds. The strength and resilience needed to do this is astounding.

Racing Toward The Day All Kids Have Access To Clean Water

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

This is a running program that helps train people through supportive groups and provides a common goal for us to run, for clean water for kids. Water fundraising also makes a lot of sense to me as a runner. Runners are so aware of how much they depend on water, so it seemed like a natural fit.

For 48 Hours I Endured The Hunger Many Kids Feel Every Day

Matt Batey | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Matt Batey

Around the world today, nearly 800 million people are without secure, reliable, regular sources of food to eat. I have never gone hungry a day in my life. It was time to experience just a little of what it's like to be desperate for food, but unable to eat.

5 Ways To Help A Mom in Need This Mother's Day

Megan Radford | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Radford

We all have stories of moms who've gone to extraordinary lengths to provide for and protect their children. But we all need a little help sometimes, and often, the most courageous thing many of us can do is ask for it. This Mother's Day, World Vision is asking you to consider helping a mother in need. She might be your next-door-neighbor, or a woman on the other side of the world.

Don't Leave Mother's Day Until The Last Minute

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

Mother's Day is this Sunday. In amongst all the details of working, living, and being a mother myself, I'm determined to take time to think about what my mother would really like this year. Thinking about my mother's interests -- and about the memories we share together -- has given me a lot of inspiration for this Mother's Day.

Diarrhea Is The Uncomfortable Conversation We Need To Have

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.03.2016 | 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.