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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.

Thinking Twice About Syrian Children This World Refugee Day

World Vision | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

On this World Refugee Day almost four million Syrian refugees, equivalent to the populations of Toronto and Montreal combined, are far from home and wondering if they will ever return to the life they knew. The Syrian crisis is the largest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, and its impact is being felt disproportionately by the millions of affected children.

This Father's Day, Let's Honour Dads Around the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

As Father's Day approaches, I wanted to learn how dads around the world encourage, mentor and care for their children. Looking through the World Vision photo database, I found dozens of men who go to immense lengths for their little ones.

No 10-Year-Old Should Work a Dangerous Job

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

I'm sure that many Canadians would feel a similar outrage, if asked what kinds of jobs their kids should be required to do. So on World Day Against Child Labour, World Vision is asking Canadians a simple question: if child labour is not acceptable in Canada, why should it be acceptable elsewhere?

What Childbirth Is Like in the Aftermath of Nepal's Earthquake

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

High atop a mountain, several hours' drive from the nearest tiny village, a young mother named Ganga went into labour. It was just days after the massive April 25 earthquake, and thousands of Nepali families were afraid to go inside their homes for fear the buildings would collapse in an aftershock. Ganga laboured publicly for two full days.

Helping Child Labourers Who Hike for Their Lives

Cheryl Hotchkiss | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Cheryl Hotchkiss

Luisa spends most of her life on a sweltering treadmill, just to help keep herself and her family alive. It's amazing to think that while we take every precaution to make sure our children stay safe and well hydrated on our hikes and walks, there are children whose very lives depend on their making long, dangerous walks.

5 Inspired Ideas for Raising Funds for Earthquake Relief in Nepal

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When the first earthquake rocked Nepal, millions of Canadians were heartbroken by what they witnessed on their screens. It seemed nearly impossible to believe that such a poor, tiny, gentle country could sustain such cruel loss of life and livelihood.

As An Actress, I Saw Real-Life Drama in Kenya

World Vision | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

This winter, I was invited to travel to Africa with World Vision. It was a chance that I couldn't pass up. I had just turned 30 and had been through many things which had changed my life. I wanted to do more to focus on others, to help, and to widen my vision of this world.

My Prayer for Moms Around the World on Mother's Day

Cheryl Hotchkiss | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Cheryl Hotchkiss

On Mother's Day, I look at my kids and think how blessed I am. Not just because I've had a chance to raise them, with all of the love, pride and fun that brings to my life. But because doing so has been a joyful experience. I've been able to nourish them, keep them warm, and send them off to school in the morning.

Nepal Is Years From Recovery, But Full of Hope

Michael Messenger | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Michael Messenger

Life in Nepal is nowhere near returning to normal, and will not be for many years to come. If your house and place of business had crumbled to the ground, and you were sleeping under a tent in the local park, croissants and gasoline wouldn't mean much -- especially if your children were coping with emotional distress like the children in Nepal.

5 Ways to Really Show Mom You Care This Mother's Day

World Vision | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

I imagine there are many moms out there like me who don't want big gifts or a ton of fanfare. But they still want to feel special. I don't really want any one 'thing' for Mother's Day. This may sound sentimental, but it's the truth: I want to relive memories, I want to hear how much I mean to my family, and I want to feel loved.