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World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. World Vision provides emergency relief and long-term community development programs in nearly 100 countries throughout Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. The organization also educates the public on poverty- and justice-related issues and advocates on behalf of the poor and children in crisis.

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Why Is the World Abandoning South Sudan?

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 12:50 PM

By Chris Palusky

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"Priests, pastors, old people; it doesn't matter. We kill them all." These words from a boy soldier in South Sudan echo in my mind, as he threatened to kill a pastor and a busload of over 50 elderly...

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You Might Be Raising the Next Big Thing!

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:17 PM

In 1971, Calgary teenager Ruth Roberts and friends staged a 'starve-in' in a church basement. Their goal: to raise funds for children suffering in a continent-wide African famine. That one event has since exploded into World Vision's 30 Hour Famine, a global youth movement raising millions for children in need....

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"Können wir jetzt gehen?" - Ungelernte Lektionen 20 Jahre nach dem Völkermord in Ruanda

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 9:57 AM

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von John Schenk

Wir rochen die Körper, bevor wir sie sahen. Wir näherten uns auf einer Erdpiste, die schlammig war von zwei Wochen Regen. Bäume und hohe Büsche verdunkelten alles bis auf die Spitze des Daches, aber wir sahen ein Kreuz und wussten, dass die...

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Saving the World's "Invisible" Mothers and Babies

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:31 PM

The Afghani teenager laboured for three days, and still the baby wouldn't come. It was Nasrat's first time giving birth -- and she was terrified. As with many women and girls in remote, destitute places, Nasrat had no idea whether her baby would live. Or whether she herself would survive....

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Can We Go Now?: 20 Years After the Rwanda Genocide, Lessons Still Unlearned

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 4:26 PM

By John Schenk, World Vision

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We smelled the bodies before we saw them.

We approached on a dirt track muddy from two weeks of the rainy season. Trees and high shrubs obscured all but the tip of a roof, but a...

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How To Get Started When You're Young and Want to Make a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Canadian youth are notoriously good at starting movements and changing the world.

Just look at Pink Shirt Day (a.k.a. Anti-Bullying Day), started by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Nova Scotia. Another great example is the 30 Hour Famine, which was started by Ruth Roberts of Calgary more than...

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Syria Crisis: 'I Feel Like Nobody Cares'

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 9:38 AM

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By Meg Sattler, Regional Communications Manager, World Vision Syria Crisis Response

"And the course of the Syrian conflict is currently demonstrating the utility of mass atrocities and the relative indifference of the rest of the world." -- Michael Gerson, Washington...

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Staying Alive: Celebrating Canadian Youth Movements

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 1:20 PM

Everywhere you look, a group of some kind is trying to start a movement. A quick Google search will generate a veritable grocery list of call-to-action events. Some have staying power, while others quickly fizzle. There's a big difference between a fad -- a cool new idea that grabs a...

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Trauma mit Plastikpistole: Begegnung mit Ahmed aus Syrien

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Es gibt Worte, die wir lieber vermeiden, wenn wir über humanitäre Hilfe schreiben. „Traumatisiert" ist so ein Wort. Zu viel schwingt mit in diesem Fachbegriff, der in sehr speziellen Zusammenhängen und mit sehr spezifischer Bedeutung eingesetzt wird. Doch als ich diesem Jungen begegnete, fiel mir kein anderes Wort ein.

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The Simple Touch: Children of Syria Continue to Pay the Price for Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 7:33 AM

By Tanya Penny, World Vision emergency communications

There are words we are trained not to use as humanitarian communicators. "Traumatized" is one of them. It's a word with a very specific meaning applied in specific circumstances. But as I looked at this little boy standing with a plastic gun aimed...

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Fighting to Exist in the Dominican Republic

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 8:58 PM

By James Pedrick, Youth Advocacy Manager at World Vision

The late Nelson Mandela once said, "[T]o be free is not merely to cast off one's chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

No one will deny that Nelson Mandela was one...

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The Hardest Days: Winter Brings Fear for Syrian Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 1:40 PM

by Lauren Fisher, emergency communications, World Vision

9-year-old Ayat looks at the blankets in her home — a tent in Za'atari Camp.
Myada and her family are counting blankets.

"During the day it is fine. We have a...

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Helping Victims of Violence Against Women - Like My Mother

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 12:50 PM

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Kristian Foster shares her own story - and describes how World Vision's work is helping change the stories of women and girls around the world.

I first experienced male violence when I was 12 years...

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Day of the Girl: Helping Girls Everywhere Overcome Barriers

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 12:28 PM

On the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, let's celebrate the determination of girls everywhere, help them to overcome barriers -- and encourage them to dream big.

I could have been a great mathematician, if it weren't for a guy named Matt who sat beside me in...

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The Congo War: How Do We Create Order from the Chaos?

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 10:26 AM

In Canada, the "chaos" of our daily lives may lead many of us to feel as though we're hanging on by a thread. It's easy to see that stress in a coffee shop each morning, as people wait in line for the morning jolt that will kick-start them into action...

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The Clintons Support Clean Water and So Should Congress

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 10:51 AM

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Recently, on a trip to Africa, former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, got a personal look at the toll of unsafe water on a community as part of their visit to Groupe Scholaire Camp Kanombe primary school in Kigali, Rwanda.

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7 Ways to Improve a Child's Life

(5) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 10:47 AM

As World Vision's Paul Stephenson tells us, children thrive with opportunities to pursue their passions, and voice their concerns.

Celebrating Father's Day reminds one that parenting a child is one of the greatest joys in life, as well as life's most daunting responsibility.

As father of two children,...

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The Power of a Volunteer

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 5:34 PM

In March, a small team of us from World Vision Canada travelled to Bolivia to visit some of the communities where we work. In one town, I got to meet an amazing group of children aged seven to 12, who had organized themselves into their own action group. Together, they...

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A Tale of Two Syrian Moms

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Do you remember the moment that changed your life changed forever? Perhaps it was saying "I do" to your partner, or hearing you'd landed an amazing new job. In Syria these days, life-changing events are less like dreams-come-true and more like nightmares. Mike Bailey reports, for World Vision.

Muna recalls...

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The Technology Bringing Global Humanitarian Relief

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Three months after Typhoon Bopha battered the Philippines, people in the hardest-hit areas are still struggling to rebuild. Field workers with humanitarian relief and development agency World Vision have found an unexpected ally in the form of a cutting-edge technology. Aaron Aspi, emergency communications specialist with World Vision Philippines, tells...

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