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Celebrating 25 Years of Children's Rights

Dave Toycen | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Dave Toycen

Thursday is the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely endorsed human rights treaty in history. The Convention enshrines children's rights to protection, survival, development and participation. For a quarter century it has influenced laws, policies and government priorities in 194 countries. Most importantly, it has changed how children are viewed and treated.

How the Property Brothers Use Their Fame to Help the World's Poorest

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

They're known on television as the Property Brothers. Drew scouts neglected houses and negotiates the purchases, while twin brother Jonathan works magic through renovation. But there's a lot you may not know about Drew and Jonathan Scott and their older brother, JD, including their passion for helping the world's poorest children.

Many of Today's Wars Have Smaller Soldiers

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Today's conflicts are smaller in scale than the world wars on which we normally focus come Remembrance Day. But tragically, so are many of the soldiers. There are some 250,000 child soldiers in the world today, mostly in Africa. Children the age of my school-aged sons are shoved headlong into a hell that's unimaginable for most adults, let alone a child.

Helping Kids Understand the Gift of Food This Thanksgiving

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there's no question that my kids are grateful for the festive food on the table -- an exciting change from our usual meals at home. But like many Canadian children, they have no sense of what it means to be hungry for more than an hour or so.

Canadian Dynamo Emerges from Refugee Camp Childhood

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Jennifer Moonfoxy (right) with the author in Canada. Canada is home to people from all over the world, each with a unique story. Many have endure...

South Sudan: Don't Look Away

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Three years ago today, there was dancing on the streets of South Sudan. A new nation had just been born. Having voted to separate from Sudan, the people were bursting with dreams for a free and independent future. But the anniversary of independence is not being marked today with celebrations.

Helping Kids Build the "Gratitude Muscle" on Canada Day

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

High school students with high levels of gratitude reported having stronger marks, less depression and envy, and a more positive outlook than less grateful teens. But gratitude is like a muscle -- it needs regular exercise.

I Saw Child Labour With My Own Eyes

Rick Campanelli | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Rick Campanelli

I felt sick to my stomach standing at a brick factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. These kids have traded in their childhoods, working seven-day weeks so they can continue to stay alive. Just a stone's throw away was a new luxury housing development. Were these bricks used to build it?

I Could Never Have Imagined 32-Year-Old Me Adopting Two Adolescent Girls

World Vision | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living
World Vision

Very shortly after finding out I was approved to adopt, my adoption worker came to my home to tell me about two amazing adolescent sisters: Charity and Emily. I sat at my kitchen table for the rest of the night, staring straight ahead like a deer in the headlights, thinking about everything the worker had asked me to consider.

Harper: Maternal, Child Health A Priority

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - An upcoming Toronto conference on child and maternal health in developing countries, that will bring together international leaders, experts...

How I Remember Rwanda

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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.