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Debbie Wolfe

World Vision

Debbie Wolfe worked as a journalist with the CBC for 10 years. She now works for children, through international aid and development agency World Vision. Debbie helps convey the stories of girls and boys around the world who are battling poverty and injustice. She has two sons of her own, and lives in Toronto.
A Life I Can't Imagine For My Son: Sugar Plantation

A Life I Can't Imagine For My Son: Sugar Plantation Labourer

No parent dreams of their child working at a young age, missing out on school. But for Mark and his family of seven children in the Philippines, one income wasn't enough to provide for their basic needs. At seven years old, his son Paul carried the burden of work to give his other siblings a better chance in life.
05/31/2017 12:04 EDT
A Life I Can't Imagine For My Teenage Son: Shoe

A Life I Can't Imagine For My Teenage Son: Shoe Maker

Here in Canada, we know the importance of protecting children, so they have a chance to be children. But in many parts of the world, a child Derrick's age would already be working 12-hour shifts through pain, exhaustion, and abuse.
05/25/2017 10:35 EDT
A Life I Can't Imagine For My Son: Seafood

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

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. 
05/18/2017 04:53 EDT
Planting Seeds Of Hope This Easter

Planting Seeds Of Hope This Easter Weekend

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.
04/13/2017 02:17 EDT
Here's Photographic Proof That Clean Water Changes

Here's Photographic Proof That Clean Water Changes Lives

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.
03/21/2017 03:54 EDT
6 Years Into War, Syria's Children Are Still

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

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.
03/14/2017 10:13 EDT
Freeing Girls From A Deadly Tradition In

Freeing Girls From A Deadly Tradition In Kenya

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.
03/08/2017 08:22 EST
Somali Children Need Our Immediate Help To Weather Looming

Somali Children Need Our Immediate Help To Weather Looming Famine

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.
01/20/2017 11:20 EST
Having The Courage To Hurt At

Having The Courage To Hurt At Christmas

The trouble is, darkness doesn't go away during the Holidays. If anything, it can feel deeper, more acute. Perhaps that's why we work so hard to brighten things up with lights and candles, and reach out to those who are in need. Sometimes, a little extra care can make all the difference to a friend or neighbor in need.
12/21/2016 07:43 EST
Is It Possible To Do Christmas Without

Is It Possible To Do Christmas Without Gifts?

One month until Christmas -- and the countdown begins! November 25 is when I typically shift into full tinsel mode. But here's the twist. We've been asked to reign in the gift-giving this Christmas. Can I really do like the people in the movies, and remember the meaning of Christmas without gift-giving?
11/25/2016 10:17 EST
Let's Remember The Child Survivors Of

Let's Remember The Child Survivors Of War

The children of war will never forget what they've been through. When that minute of silence has ended this Remembrance Day, please keep the world's child survivors in front of you. Then reach out to help them.
11/11/2016 08:16 EST
'Location' Really Matters When Natural Disaster

'Location' Really Matters When Natural Disaster Strikes

We've all heard the real estate mantra: "Location, location, location." It means that two identical homes can have completely different value, depending on where they're situated. Location is everything. Millions of the world's poorest children know this all too well -- especially when natural disaster strikes.
11/08/2016 10:20 EST
Carve Some Love Into Halloween This

Carve Some Love Into Halloween This Year

Our early Halloweens were a time of love and closeness. My dad, who mainly stood back from our activities, put his engineering expertise to work on our costumes. This year, try to put some of the love back into Halloween, while continuing to have fun too. Here are a few suggestions.
10/25/2016 03:38 EDT
To All The Girls In The World - Including The Daughter I Never

To All The Girls In The World - Including The Daughter I Never Had

On International Day of the Girl Child, I think about a little girl I used to know. She was the daughter I imagined I would have. I said goodbye to that girl on a cold, February afternoon, in an ultrasound lab in downtown Toronto. I learned that the child growing inside me was my second, beautiful son. I would never have a daughter.
10/11/2016 10:34 EDT
5 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of

5 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Thanksgiving

In all the bustle of "celebrating Thanksgiving," it's easy to forget everything we have to be thankful for. Not the least of these are the bounty of food, and wonderful people to share it with. A couple of years ago, I discovered the key to gleaning the most from Thanksgiving weekend and in turn, bringing more joy to the table to offer those around me.
10/03/2016 03:42 EDT
Breaking Through The Hunger Barrier So Kids Can

Breaking Through The Hunger Barrier So Kids Can Learn

It's hard to focus on math when your head is pounding. Or decipher complex instructions with your stomach gurgling. And essays are a write-off if you have no fuel. Children filled with nutritious food -- and enough of it -- are fortified to learn. Children who've eaten well can concentrate better and perform better in class.
09/21/2016 01:51 EDT
What's To Be Done About The World's

What's To Be Done About The World's Refugees?

Many of the world's most powerful landlords are meeting for the Refugee and Migration Summit. Heads of state from all over the world, including our own Prime Minister Trudeau, will discuss the fate of more than 21.3 million refugees -- more than any time since the Second World War.
09/19/2016 12:01 EDT