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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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As An Actress, I Saw Real-Life Drama in Kenya

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 5:20 PM

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Laura Vandervoort is a Canadian actress, best known as Elena Michaels on SPACE's hit TV series "Bitten," and her roles as Sadie Harrison in the television series "Instant Star" and Arla Cogan in the sci-fi crime series "Haven." Here, she shares the powerful...

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5 Ways to Really Show Mom You Care This Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 5:16 PM

By Genevieve Handler Barber

When I woke up on Mother's Day last year, I was full of excitement. As a new Mom, it was my first Mother's Day. And after four months of craziness my new baby was finally sleeping in long enough stretches that I felt vaguely human again....

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How to Help Your Young Person Become a Leader

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:37 PM

By Ruth Roberts, World Vision Canada volunteer

You'd never know it to look at me, but more than 40 years ago I started a global movement.

After seeing the devastating images on TV of children starving in Ethiopia, my heart was broken. My friends and I...

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Dear Baby Daughter, Here's What I Want You to Know About Life

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 5:31 PM

By Jaimie Clark, World Vision Canada

This past year, I became your mother. As I watch you grow I'm amazed by the things you are learning, and the unique and spunky little person you're becoming. Already, I see you picking up so much from me and others around you,...

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Celebrating the Water We Often Take for Granted

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 9:39 AM

By Genevieve Handler Barber, World Vision Canada

This Sunday is World Water Day. We're pretty lucky in Canada -- we don't really have to think about fresh water. When we need it, we turn on the tap and it's there. In summer we can jump into it and run...

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Strong Women, Strong World

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 8:17 AM

"Don't wait. Just find something you can do, and move forward."

These words could easily have been spoken by any of the women sitting with me in the Toronto banquet hall last fall. We had just been named Canada's Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network, an honour...

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Picture Winter in a Syrian Refugee Camp

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 5:07 PM

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Five-year-old Khalil gave his boots to his younger sister because he's 'the man of the house' and can bear the cold more easily. Photos by Ralph Baydoun

"It really gets cold in winter," a colleague had warned me, as I prepared to leave...

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Why It's Great to Tell Your Teens to "Go Jump in a Lake"

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 12:11 PM

By Jermaine Hylton

Three decades ago, an Oakville mother whose sons were laying around during the Christmas holidays, suggested in exasperation that they "Go jump in the lake!"

You know what? They did it. Oakville brothers Todd and Trent Courage took their mother Gaye's words literally, and plunged into the...

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Think of Children Who Aren't Going Back to School This Year

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 4:56 PM

By Teriano Lesancha

Recently, I heard a news report that Canadians will spend an average of $669 per child on "back-to-school" purchases this fall. I did a Google search of "Back to School" which brought up everything from fashion tips to the perfect lunch box contents. But in my...

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Child and Maternal Health: Canada Must Reach Further

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:37 PM

*By Sara Schulz, World Vision Canada

I'm hoping not to give birth in Toronto, where I've travelled this week on important business. Two years ago, our son arrived several weeks ahead of schedule, so there's a chance that the little girl I'm carrying could also come early.

I...

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I Could Never Have Imagined 32-Year-Old Me Adopting Two Adolescent Girls

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Today is International Day of Families -- and I'm about to have one. At the age of 32, I'm preparing to adopt two adolescent girls through the Children's Aid Society. This isn't something I would have pictured for myself as a child. But as the adult I've grown to become,...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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