World Vision Travels: Nepal
It was supposed to be a holiday, but the fog was heavy and the chill was sub-zero—not exactly my idea of a relaxing vacation. Four days into a Himalayan trek and I felt paralyzed, unable to take another step forward or turn back. And so here we were. On the edge of a cliff mid-trek amidst snow and sleet. I thought about that so-called prescribed vacation that I had mentally turned down. The sunshine. The agenda. It suddenly seemed so attractive; so easy. Why had I changed course? Early mornings also afforded me the opportunity to watch porters (known as Sherpas) scuttling through the village loaded with supplies as they made use of empty paths and clear skies. Porters carry an average of 80kgs on their backs. These packages are delivered to the remote mountain villages the trek leads you through. With no road or easy way to communicate, walking through these villages is like going back in time, but with a dream-like quality of being unable to grasp where in the world you are. But then it happened. Standing...
My trip to India was unforgettable, and so is this shocking fact
Some people hate being in a plane for a long period of time, but I love it: it means you’re off to a faraway destination. Wearing a sari, I was told I “carry it” well: a compliment that stayed with me. I was honoured to take part in such a historic practice, which dates back to as early as 2000 BC. One of the evening events took place on an open plot of land, that was transformed into a wedding venue using carpets and stage lighting. It spilled into the street. I was told to expect hundreds of people, but it was hard to pinpoint the exact number of guests expected, since nobody knew how many people would be walking by and decide to join the party. That’s right: wedding crashers were warmly welcomed. It’s visited by more than 100,000 people each day – all of whom are invited to a shared meal called “langar.” Between two windows each day (12 to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.), meals are served every 15 minutes. It’s a process that’s facilitated by volunteers, who have it down like clockwork. It’s been running for mo...
17 Reasons to Hope in 2017
Hope shines a light in the darkness. It’s infectious, even healing. But what is there to be hopeful for? Let’s look at the year ahead with 17 reasons to have hope in 2017. By the time the world realized the extent of the AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa in the late 1990s, nearly an entire generation had succumbed to the disease in some nations. In Malawi, orphaned children were living alone or with overburdened caregivers. For years, 11-year-old Ruth trekked six times a day down a hill to fetch water from a dirty pond. Poisonous snakes, like the one that bit her sister and nearly took her life, were a constant danger. The family kept sticks along the path to ward them off. Instead of conforming to society’s skewed understanding of a girl’s worth — merely as a profit-and-loss venture — Men Care Groups in Agra, India, educate and equip men on the inherent value of women and girls. Members of this World Vision program also support one another in leading their families with empathy and encouragement, convinci...
Syrian children from Aleppo build snowmen in a displacement camp
In a rare moment of winter cheer, these displaced Syrian children had some fun in the snow, north of the city of Aleppo. To support children and families in dangerous places like Syria, give a one-time or monthly gift to Raw Hope.
3 ways you can remember Syria this holiday
For years, our hearts have been broken by the conflict in Syria. This holiday season, the images of children who have been hurt and even targeted by the violence, especially in Aleppo, seem almost too much to bear. Here are three ways you can help: Since the beginning of the conflict, World Vision has been on the ground, supporting the people of Syria with humanitarian aid. Because of help from Canadians like you, we've provided millions of Syrian refugees with things like clean water, medicine, remedial education, and psychosocial support for children.
5 ways you were a voice for children in 2016
2. You welcomed Syrian refugees 3. You told Canada to increase aid to help the most vulnerable Thousands of Voices members asked for an increase to our foreign aid budget, and to focus on the world's toughest places. Thousands watched our video, and joined the conversation on #MoreCanada. 4. To reduce child labour, you stepped up as conscious consumers 5. You helped grow Voices to more than 73,000 members
Syria, you have not been forgotten
People around the world have been expressing solidarity for those suffering in Syria by lighting a candle in their honour. Here's how people responded to the call... Since the beginning of the conflict, World Vision has been on the ground, supporting the people of Syria with humanitarian aid. Thank you to all of our supporters who have donated to this cause.
5 Training Tips for Polar Bear Dips
Dip Tip #1 : CHILLAX! Don't overthink it, just do it. It's brisk with minimal risk. It's a chance to be a superstar to friends and family and a champion for children at the same time. That's all you need to think about --- so long as a real doctor gives you the thumbs up. To sign up and take the plunge, or to find our more, visit the Courage Polar Bear Dip website.
Light a candle for Syria this Christmas
For years, our hearts have been broken by the conflict in Syria. As we near the holiday season, the images of children who have been hurt and even targeted by the violence, especially in Aleppo, seem almost too much to bear. But we're not. Our voices, our actions, and our dollars can, in fact, offer hope to Syrian families. In this way, we will show the people of Syria, and our government, that we remember, and that we demand peace. Check out the photos and videos of people around the world who have taken part so far.
Just how long is the world's longest line of candy canes?
We're glad you asked! We're so proud of our World Vision Gift Catalogue achievement! While some Canadians scramble to buy loved ones the perfect gift, thousands of other gift givers are choosing to celebrate the holidays and show their love for children around the world by getting them gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalogue . Share love this Christmas by giving #meaningfulgifts !
Heartbreaking destruction in Aleppo, Syria
The ceasefire in eastern Aleppo has shattered, stalling the evacuation plan to get people out of the city on buses. As eastern Aleppo lies in ruins, the reports of violence against the children of Aleppo signal a terrifying new chapter in the Syrian Crisis. All photos/Syrian Relief
How do Canadians give?
Canadians are pretty generous- that's a fact. How do we know? We've got the numbers to prove it! Health is a wonderful gift, and you can give it to people in the communities we work with through Gift Catalogue . Those 2000 goats equal about 3.6 million litres of milk last year, to keep growing kids healthy! Question: What do you do to come up with new ideas? Are some people hard to buy for? We feel you about those tweens, Lee-Ann. Did you know: Question: How important is it that your family gives back this year? Thanks Canada for continuing to partner with us in making communities, families, and children healthy and strong.
This is how children celebrate Christmas around the world
At World Vision we’re blessed to work in nearly 100 countries around the world. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, but there are many, many families who do. We get an inside look at all the different ways people celebrate, and we wanted to share just a few of our favourite stories. The Philippines has the longest Christmas celebration in the world. As early as September 1, you can hear Christmas songs over the radio. People start to put decorations in their houses, commercial and business establishments. Everyone looks forward to the holiday, but children are the most excited. Meet Emu from Bangladesh (on the right). The highlight of her Christmas was a party with her friends. They danced, sang carols, recited poems, and had what she calls “wonderful, creamy” cake. They decorated their home, exchanged gifts and had a big meal together with family – much like many of us in Canada do. Here, sponsored children from Bogota, Colombia gather to draw pictures and sing carols at Christmas. They open presents (clot...
Canadians share joy with kids in Tanzania
In September a group of Canadians (who also happened to be World Vision child sponsorship ambassadors ), collected donations provided by friends, family, colleagues, doctors, and even dentists! There were school supplies , toys, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, soccer balls, ball pumps, stickers and more. Seeing those gifts being enjoyed by kids was an incredible experience. The best part was playing with the kids and their new toys. These two little ones couldn’t contain their smiles when they received dolls hand-made by a group of Canadian retirees who call themselves "The Teddy Bear Ladies". Here, Cheryl from Ontario is playing with the ball she gave to a very excited little girl. Prabhjot, from British Columbia, is teaching a boy how to play frizbee with one of the donated toys. Imagine the wonder and joy of discovering a new game like this! At this school in Tanzania, the kids went crazy when the soccer balls were brought out ! They got a game of hand-ball going and the ambassadors were happy ...
ComiCon for Socially-Minded Investors
Every year in early September, thousands of social finance geeks converge in San Francisco, California for what many would call the ComiCon for socially-minded investors: The Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP). From the four days spent at the conference, here is what I gathered:
These Christmas gifts are 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 our lives for good. For children living in dangerous places, life, liberty, and personal security can often seem out of reach. But, through support to our Raw Hope initiative , children and families are provided with things like clean water, food, remedial education, healthcare, and shelter. It's a difficult reality that in our modern world, children are still enslaved for labour and sexual exploitation. In many parts of the developing world, this can be hard to find. That's why World Vision supports entrepreneurs and artisans through our Gift Catalogue. An education is central to life in all its fullness for children. That's why our Gift Catalogue has an entire section dedicated to educational gifts- from $10-$200 . A well rounded education, complete with music and art , sports , and fuelled by a full belly, makes a world of...
I've seen the future, and it's goat-shaped
We all gathered under a large Baobab tree in the community of Manonga, Tanzania. Before we were to witness the trenches and how difficult it is to dig through hard clay, we were presented with various gifts. Thomas received a Maasai walking stick, and Alison received a goat. Knowing we could not take the goat home with us, we decided to give it to Shija’s family, a sponsored child we were privileged to meet. This goat will transform their lives. From Oct 2014 to Sept 2015, over 12,500 lives have been transformed with goats and other livestock thanks to generous Canadians.
Dark drawings of tanks, warplanes, rockets from refugee kids reveal life under ISIS
Nine-year-old Manal can’t stand the sound of rockets and bullets. She remembers the terror she felt hearing them fly past the houses in her neighbourhood in Mosul, Iraq. But she doesn’t live there anymore. Manal, and hundreds of children like her, now spend their days playing games and sharing their stories through their artwork at a displaced persons camp in Iraq. “When I was in Mosul I couldn’t sleep. I had nightmares,” Manal recalled. “But now, here, I don’t have any.”
HOW NEW TECHNOLOGY IS BEING USED TO TACKLE SLUM FIRES
PICTURE: World Vision Australia A fire detector which responds to rapid rises in heat rather than smoke and which automatically sends out alerts when it does so will be rolled out in a pilot program to help families living in the slums of Dhaka in Bangladesh.
5 things I am learning from wearing one dress all month
Minimalism is a growing trend these days. Basically, it’s the idea that to focus on what’s important, we need to get rid of the unnecessary objects, activities, and baggage that clutter our lives. 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. I may be managing to go a whole month without a full wardrobe, but I always have my warm coat and boots if I need them. I want kids to have that same assurance. 3. I really, truly, do not need more than I have: I love the self-expression of fashion. I always have, and although I mostly only shop at the thrift store, and have tried my best to live a minimal lifestyle, I seem to have an overflowing closet situation. So far, I’ve managed to wear the same dress for 20-something days without repeating a look. That was surprising to me. And, after seeing how versatile my clothes can really be, I have a ...
Your Child Sponsorship Stories- Fall 2016
Every month, we get so many messages about how excited you are to receive updates from your sponsored child. We also receive notes about how sponsorship has impacted your life in little and big ways. Thinking about sponsoring a child ? Find out more!
Christmas sheep bring smiles in Mongolia
Dulamsuren is a 12 year-old girl in Mongolia. She lives with her family in this house, called a ger. A few winters ago, a blizzard devastated her father's herd of sheep and goats. That could have been the end of the story. But thanks to amazing World Vision Gift Catalogue donors, Dulamsuren's family received 20 new sheep. The gift has helped them thrive. One of the benefits of the gift has been that the family flock of sheep and goats has grown! Dulamsuren, her mother Dolgosuren, and her grandmother Surenkhorloo are able to make dried, fermented milk patties from goat's milk to eat and sell. The food is highly nutritious and a source of income for their family. Dulamsuren's family also benefits from a greenhouse set up by World Vision. Here, her father Boldbaatar and World Vision staff member Nasanbayar, enjoy some of the fruits of the community's labour. As a sponsored child, Dulamsuren is getting a quality education that makes the future look bright! The family herd is bathed in the golden gl...
Kelvin Beachum Helps Fight Childhood Hunger
Kelvin Beachum is one of the most feared offensive tackles in the NFL. However, I recently found that the Beachum is more teddy bear than grizzly bear when he’s off the field.
These gifts transformed Rosemary’s family
Here's how... Give a family the life-altering gift of a goat or other farm animal, here. You can donate agricultural gifts for families and farmers, from $10 and up, here. Help children learn, donate education items from $10 and up here. Donate clean water, from $25 and up, here. You can donate a bicycle to help children get to rural schools safely, help parents get to work on time, and development staff get to the communities they serve, here. Story by Megan Radford. Photos by Jon Warren.