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A Life I Can't Imagine For My Son: Seafood Diver

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Here in Canada, children learn to scuba dive for fun. But in Honduras, Ariel's work is largely invisible. Tourists tucking into a seafood meal just down the shore from his boat -- perhaps raising a glass of wine at sunset -- likely have no idea who hauled up their dinner from the ocean floor. 

Sewing Memories This Mother's Day

Megan Radford | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

As Mother's Day approaches, I've been thinking about the role my mom has played in my life. So when I stumbled across a photo of a little boy in Northern Armenia with a toy sewing machine, it took me straight back to sitting at the kitchen table with my own model, as my mother carefully pieced together a fabric masterpiece. 

You Don't Have To Be A Runner To Race For Clean Water

Megan Radford | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

In many parts of Africa and Asia, walking takes on a whole different meaning. That's because many women and children in these developing areas have to walk six kilometres every day to get water for their family. It's not a stroll in the park, or a breezy city walk -- it's a dangerous, hot, painful journey to provide for the needs of their families. 

Why I Give: Volunteering Is A No Brainer

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

It seems like a no brainer. Supporting charitable organizations and doing acts of kindness is the right thing to do. Most people get that. My family and many Canadians are very privileged. I feel we have an obligation to give back, to "pay it forward."

Staying Alive Is A Full-Time Job For Children In Bangladesh

Brett Tarver | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

Despite some earnest progress, workers, including children, are still being exploited. Big factories that supply major brands are better regulated, but many of the smaller operations -- just one link down in the supply chain -- are still engaging children in some of the worst forms of child labour.

Planting Seeds Of Hope This Easter Weekend

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

It's not so easy in countries ravaged by the El Nino weather phenomenon. Most rural families work a garden or field to produce enough for the year ahead. When the rains don't come as usual, everything changes. Children must lug dead-weight water jugs over huge distances to keep their crops alive.

Fighting For Access To Education For Girls Around The World

Megan Radford | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

On Wednesday, April 12, Prime Minister Trudeau will present that citizenship to Malala Yousafzai. For young women across our country, it will be a moment of pride and hope. Her fearless stand is something Canada applauds. But recognizing her passion is not all Canada is doing to improve the lives of girls around the world.

Tackling Mental Illness In The World's Toughest Places

Megan Radford | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

Mental illness takes a significant toll on your ability to function in any job. When you're a single mom and have the added pressure of being the sole breadwinner, depression, anxiety and PTSD can cripple your ability to cope.

Transforming Communities Through The Power Of Grandmothers

Development Unplugged | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Grandmothers across the globe play a far more important role than the go-to babysitter on date night. As it turns out, we've learned that grandmothers are vital to not only caring for young children but also advising and educating younger women in their communities on all aspects of family well-being.

My Pregnancy Made Me Grateful To Be Canadian

World Vision | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Parents
World Vision

It was four days after my 30th birthday. Looking down at the two lines on that little stick, I knew that my life had already begun changing in so many ways. What I could not have anticipated were all of the challenges I would face in my pregnancy. Around the 30-week mark, I found out I had gestational diabetes, a disease that affects two to four per cent of all pregnancies in Canada. Although gestational diabetes is fairly common, I was devastated.

Fighting 'The White Plague' In Drought Ridden Somaliland

Brett Tarver | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

"I was certain that I was going to die," said 25-year-old Ifrah in Somaliland, of her battle with tuberculosis. It's not something we should be hearing in 2017. An illness old enough to have been known as 'consumption' or 'The White Plague' should have its place in medical history -- not claiming 1.8 million lives a year.

Here's Photographic Proof That Clean Water Changes Lives

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Each year on March 22, UN-Water calls on people everywhere to help tackle the global water crisis. It's a great goal -- but can feel like a pretty tall order. More than 663 million people have no safe water supply close to home. That's way more people than occupy all of North America.

Watch: The Biggest Fears Of Kids From War Zones Vs. Safe Countries

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada

The differences are stark.

Even After 6 Years Of Violence, Syrian Children Won't Be Forgotten

Megan Radford | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

After six years of violence, Syrian children need us to believe in them more than ever. We must to ensure that an entire generation of children with dreams for the future doesn't get lost in the rubble. I have been allowed to grow up in peace into a future that allows me to work for my dreams. Syrian children deserve the same.

6 Years Into War, Syria's Children Are Still Dreaming

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, World Vision has released a report, comparing the fears and dreams of Syrian children with those from other countries. We wanted to get a better understanding of how violence might affect a child's view of the world.

In A World With Excess, Why Are There Still Famines?

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

"Famine" is a word that's rarely and cautiously used by the international aid community. It's reserved for describing the very gravest of human suffering. For the U.N. to declare "famine," a great many people must be dying of starvation. Hunger, even lots of it, isn't enough for an official declaration.

Freeing Girls From A Deadly Tradition In Kenya

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Despite being outlawed in 2011, girls in remote Kenyan communities are still undergoing [female genital mutilation], most often during the December school holiday. But some people are working hard to change this rite of passage.

The First Faces Of Famine In Somalia

Brett Tarver | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

I've come to Somalia with World Vision, to meet children living on the brink of famine. The United Nations issued the warning last week. If the rains fail again, and if international aid is not taken, Somalia could see a repeat of the 2011 famine which killed more than 250,000 people.

What Happened When I Learned To Read My 'Mother Language'

World Vision | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Impact
World Vision

In my classroom, there were a few precious books available in my local language. Those stories profoundly touched my heart, and I loved reading time at primary school. Children love stories, you see. Stories are the virtual window to their world of fantasy and reality. Children do not want to read just any story book, but story books that are engaging and connecting to their passionate souls.

How I Fell In Love With A Man -- And His Country

Megan Radford | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

I may have never been to South America, but in many ways my whole life has been spent hopping from one place to another. With all that in mind, and the research I did on Bolivia, I landed in Cochabamba on September 28, 2015, fully expecting to fall in love with the people and culture. What I didn't expect was to fall in love with a man -- but that's just what happened.

Turning Roadside Stalls Into Booming Businesses

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

In developing countries around the world, small business owners with dreams of doing more for their families and communities find themselves in this impossible situation.

No Refugee Child Should Have To Sleep In The Snow

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

The cold truth is this: Europe's winter weather has set in quicker than its leaders were able to make decisions on how to protect these people. For many migrants and refugees, the shores of the Mediterranean aren't just arrival points. They have actually become semi-permanent homes.

My Trip To India Was Unforgettable And So Is This Shocking Fact

World Vision | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Some people hate being in a plane for a long period of time, but I love it: it means you're off to a faraway destination. When I booked my 15-hour direct flight to India to attend a wedding, I was excited. The long flight also meant I would have enough time to watch at least five Bollywood movies.

Somali Children Need Our Immediate Help To Weather Looming Famine

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

A looming famine threatens the survival of many, particularly children, as 5 million face starvation in Somalia. There's no time to mull this over, considering whether or not to respond. The stark fact is that hundreds of thousands of children need immediate help if they are to survive.

Keeping New Year's Resolutions Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

World Vision | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Last year, I ran the Boston marathon with Team World Vision to raise money for clean water projects in developing countries. I'm planning on doing so again this year. Training for marathons requires discipline and motivation over a long period of time, much like what's required to form any new habit or routine.