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...
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 !
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
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.
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...
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 ...
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:
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...
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.”
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.
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 ...
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!
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 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.
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.
Growing up in Senegal, I went to school with kids from all over the world. In that environment, surrounded by the poverty of our host country, my parents taught me to value the cultures and traditions of people from all walks of life, to practice compassion for all, and to celebrate the things that made each of us unique. For me, that meant being fiercely proud of my Canadian citizenship. When I was home with Jesse, he would sit with me for hours explaining the merits of different 1940s tanks and warships. I once edited an essay from him that I’m sure showed a greater understanding for tactical battles than most army officials (although I am slightly biased). But as I thought about it, I realized that his sense of justice, honour and duty are the same driving force behind my work with World Vision. Our different paths point to the same goal: to make the world a safer, fairer, better place. With all the pain the world is enduring, today my brother reminds me that hate has always existed in the world, and th...
Laura Vandervoort is a Canadian actress, best known as Elena Michaels on SPACE's hit TV series "Bitten," her dynamic role as 'Supergirl' on Smallville, and 'Lisa' on ABC's series 'V'. In early 2015, Vandervoort went on the journey of a lifetime to Kenya, to see the different projects that World Vision offers the community.
Here at World Vision Canada, our staff are pretty proud of our kids. When the chance to bring them to work with us came, of course we said yes! But we also wanted to prove to ourselves (and the world) just what they're made of. Use our World Vision Snapchat filter: And some more fun from the day!
I’m consistently asked how I keep a foot in two contrasting worlds – one in the entertainment industry, predicated on wealth and indulgence, and the other in humanitarian work. To me, it’s less of a question of how can you do this, and more a question of how can you not?
With the military offensive approaching Mosul, scores of children and their families from outlying villages are already fleeing to the overcrowded Debaga Camp near Erbil in northern Iraq. Aid agencies predict that up to 600,000 children could eventually flee the main city. World Vision staff are at the camp and providing relief. The families fleeing Mosul need our support. Help provide things like:
DEVELOPERS have teamed up with World Vision, the world's largest international children's charity, to pioneer a new mobile gaming app that hopes to harness the power of the gaming community to help fight global poverty.
Haitians are ready to rebuild their country in the wake of this storm, but without the resources to do so, the next months and years could be desperate. You can help provide emergency essentials like clean water, blankets, hygiene kits and more . Despite the horror of an emergency like this, I am grateful that World Vision will be there in Haiti, as we have been for 38 years, to help farmers replant, families rebuild their lives, and children get back to learning. We're planning to help 75,000 farmers with agricultural recovery, and to distribute roofing kits to another 75,000 people, among other interventions.
25 Years On The Highway, a World Vision documentary about Tom Cochrane, had its premiere screening at the Fermenting Cellar during the party.
Itasu and her friends don't look at all intimidating at a first glance, but when they get to business, they certainly are. "The perpetrators try to get away fast, but in the last month, we were faster several times and brought three men behind bars. Having these men locked away in prison is one of our main goals. We do whatever we can to chase them, sometimes on foot and other times on a motorbike, if we have one available. It's all about being proactive and acting fast. We won't stop until we reach justice," says Itasu.
Lusaka - Zambia: WORLD Bicycle Relief (WBR), in partnerships with World Vision and the Ministry of Education, has donated 2,400 bicycles to schools in the Namwala District. The bikes are just the beginning of a plan to help children who have to walk long distances to get to school.
I was reminded of my dad's carefully tended garden when we visited a community on the outskirts of the city of Cochabamba. Outside many of the homes we saw were small squares of flourishing green produce. These gardens provide not only sustenance for the whole family, but a source of income.
Damage to roads, schools and clinics, combined with the risk of waterborne diseases like cholera that are increasing due to flooding, mean that the people of Haiti are in desperate need. But they are also resilient. These photos tell a story of great tragedy, community cooperation, and the strength of Haiti's people to get up and begin rebuilding.
Through the generosity of our donors and dedication and tenacity of our staff, World Vision has protected children, provided meals and housed families. Learn more about our work in Haiti.
You know the ones: people with Instagram feeds so full of beautiful, delicious food they make you want to run out a buy some Le Creuset cookware and start chopping up a storm. The event was held at the Berkeley Field House in Toronto, and the decor was simply beautiful. Guests arrived dressed to the nines, and ready to eat! Everyone enjoyed the signature mocktails and making new friends in the courtyard. Sitting down to a beautiful table, we anxiously awaited the meal...and the story. Dennis the Prescott , Instagram chef extraordinaire, had carefully selected his favourite food memories for us. It looked like this... and this... and this... As we ate, Dennis shared his memories of cooking in Kenya. His memories and vision for a world where every child gets to enjoy their favourite food inspired and moved us. There is enough food in this world to feed 1.5 times our population. So what can we do about it? 1. Celebrate food by choosing a meal, a coffee-date, or a your grocery bill as a...
In all the bustle of "celebrating Thanksgiving," it's easy to forget everything we have to be thankful for. Not the least of these are the bounty of food, and wonderful people to share it with. A couple of years ago, I discovered the key to gleaning the most from Thanksgiving weekend and in turn, bringing more joy to the table to offer those around me.
By: Daniel Wilcox, Advocacy Campaign Coordinator, World Vision Canada, with files from Jillian Zieske Here are 3 things I’ve learned about the importance of green bins: Let’s stop wasting food while others go hungry. Take action towards a hungerfree world by hosting a Meaningful Meal this October.
Capturing wonderful images of food is one of the ways we can celebrate a meal with friends and family. Food writer and photographer (And Hungerfree spokesperson) Dennis the Prescott knows a thing or two about fab food photography. If you are considering hosting a Meaningful Meal , use these tips to capture the meal, then share it using the hashtag #HungerFree. 2. The Hero. Every epic story needs a hero. Deciding on the hero element in the shot, be it a basil leaf on a 15 pound turkey, is essential in choosing your focus point, your overall composition, and ultimately where you hope to draw the viewers eye. 3. The Composition. Now that you've chosen your hero, it's time to consider the composition of the entire photograph. Composition fosters visual interest in photography. It helps to create drama, mood, and draw the viewers eye from one place to another as they study the image. Using odd numbers (3 basil leaves, 5 strawberries, 3 drinking glasses etc) and capitalizing on leading lines, like the tomatoes b...
Remember those little bricks from your childhood – red, yellow, blue and green? Piece by piece you could build anything with them. From cars to castles and from buildings to boats, they were a staple in millions of children’s toy boxes. But no matter what you built, each creation had at least one thing in common. They were built using the same bricks – the same essential elements. Here are 8 essential building blocks of food systems that help make a hunger-free world possible: If we use these 8 building blocks, the essential foundation of a hunger-free world will be sound. In this way, World Vision believes that we can, and must, deliver enough of the right food for today, enough food for tomorrow and sustainable food for the future. Let’s invest in future generations, who could someday be future Olympians, by making sure everyone has access to the right foods, enough nutritional food, and sustainable food resources for the future.
More than half of the world's child deaths occur in fragile places like South Sudan and Afghanistan. Yet Canada only commits 25 per cent of its official development budget to these areas. To go the distance to reach the world's most vulnerable people, the figure needs to change.
As classes begin again next week, we thought we’d pass on some study motivation from the kids we partner with around the world. Here’s how they study for that next big test. No matter where you live, getting an education matters for your future. To help kids whose opportunities to go to school are limited, donate to World Vision Education.
It has been one year since South Sudan signed a peace deal to end 20-months of conflict in the world's newest country. But with renewed violent clashes in July and mass internal displacement, long-term peace and stability remains uncertain. These South Sudanese children share what peace means to them.