World Vision
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.

Entries by World Vision

Celebrating Canadian Humanitarian Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 8:31 AM

By Brett Tarver

A black canvas bag was yanked down over my head. I suppressed an urge to panic as I was suddenly drowned in suffocating darkness.

Someone nearby shoved me to my knees, bound my hands tightly together, and thrust my arms forward in a shoulder-burning stress position....

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Winning An Olympic Medal Comes With Great Responsibility

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 5:20 PM


Canadian athlete Cheryl Bernard is used to delivering world-class performances in cold places. In 2010, she led the women's curling team to silver-medal victory at the Winter Olympics. She recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with World Vision Canada, to raise awareness for exploited children...

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How a Young Humanitarian Is Leaving a Legacy of Clean Water

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 8:55 AM

By Sarah Bartley, World Vision Canada

One year ago this week, Alex Foto, a young woman who was helping change the world, was killed in a tragic accident while riding her bike. But this weekend, Alex's work will continue on through a...

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How This Lawyer Is Helping Change the World

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Dawn Devoe, general counsel for World Vision Canada, has just been named one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for 2015 by Canadian Lawyer magazine.

From a very early age, I understood that one of the toughest things in life was to be poor. I learned...

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Thinking Twice About Syrian Children This World Refugee Day

(5) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 11:59 AM

By Suzy Sainovski, World Vision International

On this World Refugee Day almost four million Syrian refugees, equivalent to the populations of Toronto and Montreal combined, are far from home and wondering if they will ever return to the life they knew. The Syrian...

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

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


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

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.


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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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