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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.
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Teaching Kids What Hunger Really Feels Like

My son, Derrick was one of thousands of Canadian youth who went without food for 30 hours this past weekend, as part of World Vision's 30 Hour Famine. In school hallways and church basements from Toronto to Medicine Hat, kids banded together to put up posters, plan activities, and talk about what hunger feels like.
04/17/2013 05:08 EDT
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Winning the Global Lottery

It's not often that you think of children in Ethiopia as "privileged." Yet on the eve of World Health Day this Sunday, girls and boys in Ethiopia are among the developing world's most fortunate. Here's what World Vision is urging the Canadian government to do.
04/06/2013 11:33 EDT

CIDA's Merge Is a Lot Like My Son's Allowance

Each week, I give my two children a small allowance. Since I'm trying to teach them about managing money responsibly, their coins are automatically divided among three different jam jars: Spending, saving, charity. This week, Canada's federal government announced the amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT. What will happen when the two jars become one?
03/22/2013 05:28 EDT
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What Girls Sold into Marriage Are Up Against

In Canada, most teenage girls are busy going to school, making friends, dreaming of the future. In the world's poorest countries, one in every nine girls is married by the age of 15. A new World Vision report explores the devastation this can cause in a young girl's life.
03/18/2013 12:11 EDT

The Child Behind the Soccer Ball

I clicked on the National Geographic photographs of children holding soccer balls crafted from old shopping bags, bits of twine and torn-up strips of old clothing. I marvelled at the variety, each ball as unique as its designer. On my desk here at World Vision, I have a soccer ball just like those.
01/25/2013 05:27 EST

Giving Refugee Children a Holiday to Remember

The little girl from Iran was ready to meet Santa. She had heard all about the jolly man in a red suit, but never actually seen him in person. Anahita Azita emerged from the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre in Toronto, dressed in a princess costume someone had donated. Her face was a picture of joyous anticipation.
12/24/2012 12:17 EST

Three Canadian Celebs Give the Greatest Gift

In the Christmas story, three wise men journeyed over great distances to bring gifts to a child. Meet three caring Canadian celebrities -- Colin Mochrie, Rick Campanelli and Tyler Medeiros -- who have dropped everything to travel overseas with World Vision Canada, using their fame to bring hope to millions of children around the world.
12/05/2012 05:06 EST

An AIDS-Free Generation Is Within Our Reach

Sitane Diamini is no stranger to pain and hopelessness. Her album of family memories includes a scene at the local medical clinic in her home country of Swaziland, on the day when both she and her husband tested positive for HIV. Then she became pregnant. For someone reading this story 20 years ago, what happened next might have seemed nothing short of miraculous.
11/30/2012 12:20 EST

Giving Two Ways this Holiday Season

A poll for World Vision Canada indicates that 63 per cent of Canadians plan on giving to charity this holiday season. But many also want to buy gifts for loved ones. Learn how you can do both at the same time -- even with limited funds. This tough global economy is one of the reasons why so many children around the world need help this holiday season.
11/23/2012 05:45 EST
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Talking to Your Kids About Hunger

Kids are naturally inclined to want to help. But when it comes to something as massive as world hunger, it's hard for young people to believe they can make a difference -- especially when adults don't seem able to solve the problem! Here are five ways you can get your child involved.
11/07/2012 08:12 EST

The Kids Who Really Pay for Your Cheap Beach Vacation

As the outdoor temperature starts to fall, many Canadians plan their winter escapes. Most look for someplace warm. Canadians are generous, caring people, and that doesn't change when we go on holiday. But surely we can't cure all a country's problems in the one week we are there! There's nothing we can do to change things for the children, right? Actually, there's a lot we can do.
10/23/2012 05:20 EDT