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Brett Tarver

Advocate for the world's most vulnerable children

Brett is a former television journalist, who now focuses on stories about the world’s children. As manager of advocacy communications for World Vision Canada, Brett shares his perspectives about how Canadians can help improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children. He lives with his wife and two school-aged daughters in Toronto.
Fighting 'The White Plague' In Drought Ridden

Fighting 'The White Plague' In Drought Ridden Somaliland

"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.
03/24/2017 01:21 EDT
This Surgery Is Helping Restore Women's

This Surgery Is Helping Restore Women's Lives

The impact of a fistula can be nothing short of devastating. Women are unable to control their flow of urine or feces, sometimes, both. A woman is aware of the resulting odour, and she feels ashamed -- often to the point of denying herself food and water to stem the flow. Malnutrition and dehydration can result.
03/06/2017 11:02 EST
The First Faces Of Famine In

The First Faces Of Famine In Somalia

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.
02/24/2017 09:18 EST
The Polar Bear Dip Is A Truly Canadian Rite Of

The Polar Bear Dip Is A Truly Canadian Rite Of Passage

I was convinced it would be a cold day in hell before I would even think of doing one. But that all changed suddenly last year. I allowed myself to be swept up by polar bear dip fever at work. It was fun, kinda like pledging for a fraternity. It took me back to the carefree days of my youth.
12/28/2016 12:15 EST
Canada's Foreign Aid Spending Doesn't Match Generous

Canada's Foreign Aid Spending Doesn't Match Generous Reputation

We're the nation that opened our doors to Syrian refugees, aren't we? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared in his speeches that "we're Canadian and we're here to help." Generosity and giving are fundamental Canadian values -- and the world knows it.
11/15/2016 03:40 EST
Education Should Be Considered A 'Life-Saving

Education Should Be Considered A 'Life-Saving Intervention'

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.
05/23/2016 01:49 EDT
How Canada Provides Life-Giving Water To Iraqi Families Forced From Their

How Canada Provides Life-Giving Water To Iraqi Families Forced From Their Homes

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.
04/12/2016 02:39 EDT
How Canada Is Helping Preserve The Future For A Generation Of Syrian

How Canada Is Helping Preserve The Future For A Generation Of Syrian Children

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.
03/15/2016 04:55 EDT
Refugee Children Face Different Conflicts, Know The Same

Refugee Children Face Different Conflicts, Know The Same Struggles

Teresa was forced at gunpoint to leave everything she knew behind, never to return. She endured a long, perilous journey with little to eat and only the clothes on her back. Worst of all, this little girl watched helplessly as her mother died in the long exodus.
12/16/2015 11:52 EST
On World Food Day, Treat Yourself While Helping

On World Food Day, Treat Yourself While Helping Others

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.
10/16/2015 08:00 EDT
How Canada Is Helping Children in the World's Most Fragile

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

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.
10/03/2015 08:23 EDT
Celebrating Canadian Humanitarian

Celebrating Canadian Humanitarian Heroes

On World Humanitarian Day, August 19th, the United Nations asks us to "recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others." There are many Canadian humanitarians working with aid agencies to help people in desperate need all around the world.
08/19/2015 08:31 EDT