Fighting 'The White Plague' In Drought Ridden Somaliland
"I was certain that I was going to die," said 25-year-old Ifrah in Somaliland, of her battle with tuberculosis. It's not something we should be hearing in 2017. An illness old enough to have been known as 'consumption' or 'The White Plague' should have its place in medical history -- not claiming 1.8 million lives a year.
"My pregnancy made me grateful to be Canadian"
It was four days after my 30th birthday. Looking down at the two lines on that little stick, I knew that my life had already begun changing in so many ways. What I could not have anticipated were all of the challenges I would face in my pregnancy.
Latrine helps restore dignity in a camp for Syrian refugees
World Water Day is about more than clean water. It's also about sanitation and hygiene, since proper sanitation and hygiene (in conjunction with clean water, of course) can help reduce the risk of deadly diseases. That is why toilets, or latrines as they are called in some countries, are so important.
How one community has replaced FGM with a positive rite of passage
Traditions are strong among the Pokot people of northwest Kenya. But one tradition — female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as cutting or female circumcision — can be deadly. It is the practice of cutting off a girl’s external genitalia for nonmedical reasons. Done with a razor blade or knife — often with no anesthesia and no disinfectant — “the cut” can cause severe pain, bleeding, and swelling that may prevent passing urine or feces.
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...