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2012 Annual Report

Letter from Dave Toycen
Dave answers your questions
Breaking the chains
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Long into the night,

Sreyva's bright eyes meet mostly blank faces. If her begging isn't successful, her mother can't buy rice for the family the next day. If she can't elude the child traffickers lurking around the city, five-year-old Sreyva may never see her family again.

There are many ways for children to be chained, and they're all connected to poverty. It's poverty that forces Sreyva's mother to send her child out onto the street each day — and robs children all over the world of life in all its fullness.

At World Vision, we remember that Jesus stopped all of his other work to sit down on the ground and talk with children. Lifting up the smallest and most vulnerable was His greatest concern. Here's how you helped break the chains of poverty and injustice for children this year:

  • Through child sponsorship. Your monthly support empowered families and communities to provide children with food, clean water, healthcare and education.
  • By influencing groundbreaking Canadian policy to prevent and protect children around the world from human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
  • By equipping communities in West and East Africa to weather the storms of climate change and drought. You provided boreholes for water, drought-resistant seeds, specialized agricultural training, and tree-planting programs to improve soil quality.

You've trusted us to work hard for countless children around the world. We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for looking into their eyes — and not looking away.

God bless you,

The school-aged girls Dave Toycen met in Afghanistan are learning to read and write, gaining valuable skills for a hopeful future.
The school-aged girls Dave Toycen met in Afghanistan are learning to read and write, gaining valuable skills for a hopeful future.


Dave Toycen
President and CEO
World Vision Canada

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