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Megan Radford

Megan Radford is a Millennial from Senegal and Canada who writes stories about the amazing kids and communities World Vision works with.

Megan Radford is a Millennial who grew up in Senegal, West Africa. After working as a freelance journalist in West and North Africa, she now writes and edits for World Vision Canada, telling stories that can make a difference. Find her on Instagram @megradford
This Little Blue Dress Taught Me The Tragic Cost Of Fast

This Little Blue Dress Taught Me The Tragic Cost Of Fast Fashion

This World Day Against Child Labour is a poignant one for me. It's been over three years since I started living as a more conscious consumer, by educating myself about child labour in the products I buy and use. That all started with a little blue dress I bought in England.
06/12/2017 09:26 EDT
Sewing Memories This Mother's

Sewing Memories This Mother's Day

As Mother's Day approaches, I've been thinking about the role my mom has played in my life. So when I stumbled across a photo of a little boy in Northern Armenia with a toy sewing machine, it took me straight back to sitting at the kitchen table with my own model, as my mother carefully pieced together a fabric masterpiece. 
05/10/2017 04:25 EDT
You Don't Have To Be A Runner To Race For Clean

You Don't Have To Be A Runner To Race For Clean Water

In many parts of Africa and Asia, walking takes on a whole different meaning. That's because many women and children in these developing areas have to walk six kilometres every day to get water for their family. It's not a stroll in the park, or a breezy city walk -- it's a dangerous, hot, painful journey to provide for the needs of their families. 
05/04/2017 05:44 EDT
Fighting For Access To Education For Girls Around The

Fighting For Access To Education For Girls Around The World

On Wednesday, April 12, Prime Minister Trudeau will present that citizenship to Malala Yousafzai. For young women across our country, it will be a moment of pride and hope. Her fearless stand is something Canada applauds. But recognizing her passion is not all Canada is doing to improve the lives of girls around the world.
04/12/2017 11:25 EDT
Tackling Mental Illness In The World's Toughest

Tackling Mental Illness In The World's Toughest Places

Mental illness takes a significant toll on your ability to function in any job. When you're a single mom and have the added pressure of being the sole breadwinner, depression, anxiety and PTSD can cripple your ability to cope.
04/06/2017 03:47 EDT
Even After 6 Years Of Violence, Syrian Children Won't Be

Even After 6 Years Of Violence, Syrian Children Won't Be Forgotten

After six years of violence, Syrian children need us to believe in them more than ever. We must to ensure that an entire generation of children with dreams for the future doesn't get lost in the rubble. I have been allowed to grow up in peace into a future that allows me to work for my dreams. Syrian children deserve the same.
03/15/2017 09:32 EDT
How I Fell In Love With A Man -- And His

How I Fell In Love With A Man -- And His Country

I may have never been to South America, but in many ways my whole life has been spent hopping from one place to another. With all that in mind, and the research I did on Bolivia, I landed in Cochabamba on September 28, 2015, fully expecting to fall in love with the people and culture. What I <em>didn't</em> expect was to fall in love with a man -- but that's just what happened.
02/14/2017 08:12 EST
The Minimalist's Guide To Holiday

The Minimalist's Guide To Holiday Giving

Christmastime can bring quite a lot of gift-giving angst for many. Whether you have a receiver who says "I really don't need anything this year" or you are just stuck for ideas, it can be hard to shop for all the people on your list.
12/15/2016 01:05 EST
Giving Gifts That Honour Human

Giving Gifts That Honour Human Rights

Gifts are often something we think of as meaningful, but mostly superfluous expressions of our love for each other. But in some cases, gifts can be blessings that change the course of people's lives for good. As Human Rights Day approaches, I've been reflecting on ways to offer hope for a better future to children in need overseas.
12/09/2016 11:50 EST
Life Lessons From Wearing The Same Little Black Dress For 30

Life Lessons From Wearing The Same Little Black Dress For 30 Days

This fall, I decided to challenge myself. I set out to wear one black dress the whole month of November, and, in the process, create awareness about how important having the right clothes for inclement weather truly is. Here are five things I've learned from this experiment.
11/30/2016 10:41 EST
On Giving Tuesday, Consider This Chicken-And-Egg

On Giving Tuesday, Consider This Chicken-And-Egg Situation

This Giving Tuesday, for the fifth year in a row, Canadians have an opportunity to double their gift when they donate two hens and a rooster. Burnbrae Farms, a 5th generation family-owned company, will match your gift up to $10,000.
11/29/2016 04:14 EST
Something As Simple As A Kitchen Garden Can Lift An Entire

Something As Simple As A Kitchen Garden Can Lift An Entire Family

I was reminded of my dad's carefully tended garden when we visited a community on the outskirts of the city of Cochabamba. Outside many of the homes we saw were small squares of flourishing green produce. These gardens provide not only sustenance for the whole family, but a source of income.
10/18/2016 05:48 EDT
Haiti Faces A Long Road To Recovery After Hurricane

Haiti Faces A Long Road To Recovery After Hurricane Matthew

When you add in the damage to roads, schools and clinics, combined with the risk of waterborne diseases like cholera that are increasing due to flooding, the people of Haiti are in desperate need. But they are also resilient. These photos tell a story of great tragedy, community cooperation, and the strength of Haiti's people to get up and begin rebuilding.
10/13/2016 05:43 EDT
The Cash-strapped Guide To Charity

The Cash-strapped Guide To Charity Giving

Even though I have more than I need, I struggle with making space in my budget for helping the most vulnerable. Maybe you're experiencing similar budget issues. I know from talking to friends that many of them are in the same boat, so I did a little brainstorming. How can we help others when our own purse strings are stretched thin?
07/21/2016 09:41 EDT