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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.

Helping Children With Disabilities Around the World

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.
12/03/2013 12:22 EST
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What We're Doing to Help Children in the Philippines

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.
11/16/2013 02:45 EST

Helping the Children of the Philippines

As Typhoon Haiyan carved a ruthless path across the Philippines Friday, World Vision staff watched in horror. They imagined what might be happening to the children, especially in remote regions. World Vision has decades of experience protecting and providing for children and their families in emergency situations like this. As always, children will be the main focus.
11/10/2013 02:48 EST
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Getting a Grip Before the Holiday Chaos

Because I work for the aid and develpment agency World Vision, we've always had the World Vision Gift Catalogue around the house. You might have seen it? You choose a specific gift for a family in a poor community overseas, and give it in honour of someone you love or admire.
11/07/2013 11:59 EST

Some Kids Don't Have the Luxury of Dreaming

Before he could ask the street children in Pakistan about their "dreams," World Vision worker Brian Miller had to explain the concept. As a World Vision worker myself, I've met children in situations Canadian parents couldn't bear to imagine for their own children.
09/30/2013 12:58 EDT
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Back to School: Classrooms Around the World

For a moment, I could have been back in a Canadian classroom -- minus the posters, bookshelves and iPads. It's a peak into just one of millions of classrooms around the world. Here's a look at learning around the world, from World Vision's photo library.
09/03/2013 12:23 EDT

Syrian Children Were Always "Defenceless"

Earlier this week, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden decried the use of chemical weapons on "defenceless men, women and children" in Syria. As someone who works for an international aid and development agency looking out for children, something is deadly certain to me: Those children have been defenceless ever since the war in Syria began.
08/30/2013 12:36 EDT

Join Hands Around the World for International Day of Friendship

On July 30, the International Day of Friendship celebrates unlikely friendships with the power to change the world. Children's empowerment is exactly the kind of thing UN leaders had in mind, when they said "yes" to the idea of an International Day of Friendship. The date places particular emphasis on involving young people as future leaders.
07/30/2013 12:19 EDT

For Some Children, War Is No Video Game

"But all my friends have them!" implored by 11-year-old son Derrick, arguing once again for the purchase of M-rated video games (for "Mature"). How do I explain that there are children all around the world who don't play games like these -- their actual lives read like an ESRB warning?
07/23/2013 12:17 EDT

Canadians' Choices Can Help End Child Slavery

Most Canadians have never personally met a child slave. Yet 89 per cent of Canadians are willing to pay more for products guaranteed to be free of child labour. What's more, Canadians are looking for more information to make informed decisions about the products they purchase.
07/18/2013 12:13 EDT

How to Keep Your Child Writing This Summer

My seven-year-old son struggles to put pencil to paper. Even with all the encouragement I could muster, completing his Grade 2 writing homework often reduced Gavin to tears. The assignments were miserable for both of us, and often took much of the weekend. Then, one day in April, it actually happened.
07/04/2013 06:06 EDT
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Syrian Refugee Children Need More Than Just Food and Water

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries is expected to reach two million in the coming weeks. Approximately half of these human beings are children. In some ways, helping the Syrian refugee children is remarkably simple. But what do you offer a child who wakes screaming in the middle of the night, reliving a rocket attack on his house?
06/26/2013 05:30 EDT

Don't Let the Child Slavery Conversation Die

As we mark the World Day Against Child Labour, more than 115-million children are forced to work in jobs that are dirty, dangerous and degrading. World Vision is fighting to keep the conversation about child slavery going strong. Wednesday in Toronto and Vancouver, we staged potentially shocking events in store windows to generate discussion about child slavery.
06/13/2013 10:46 EDT
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Is the Product of Child Slavery on Your Dinner Plate?

At an age when Canadian teenage boys are downloading songs on iTunes, Bounmy left his village in Laos to find work next door in Thailand, which he did on a fishing vessel. Little did he know he would be kept on that boat for nine years with no pay. And the fish he hauled out of the water may well have been appearing on Canadian dinner tables.
05/29/2013 07:47 EDT
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The Brutal Life of a Child Miner

Far too many children do work in mines in developing countries around the world. I'm not talking about adult children, as my dad was, but boys and girls as young as six. In a report released today, World Vision explores the harsh reality of children mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
05/22/2013 12:15 EDT
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Imagine Hearing Your Kids Cry, Helpless

I'm a mom who happens to work at an international aid agency. I regularly read stories about mothers overseas that bring me close to tears. I try to imagine seeing my children vulnerable, suffering, nowhere near realizing their true potential. And on Mother's Day, these women are very close to my heart.
05/10/2013 12:09 EDT
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So You Think You Know Malaria?

On World Malaria Day, it's important to remember that half a million children die each year from malaria -- through no fault of their own. Those under age five are especially vulnerable, as their bodies haven't yet developed immunity to deadly infection.
04/25/2013 12:38 EDT