World News & Stories

In the News Microfinance and its world-changing potential
Microfinance offers key financial services to some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Millions of women and men are not viewed as valuable clients by traditional banks and consequently, lack access to services.
Change Makers 'Girls Power Group’ on the front lines preventing child marriage
'Girls Power Groups' in India have helped to stop 13 child marriages in the first two months of the pandemic alone.
In the News Child marriage and COVID-19: What happens when no one’s looking?
A World Vision report predicts a sharp increase in violence against children and child marriage , as a result of COVID-19. At least four million more girls could be married in the next two years. Find out why.
In the News Northern Triangle: terrifying to live in, dangerous to leave
Each year, 500,000 people risk their lives migrating from the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – fleeing the cruelty of gangs.
In the News Climate change can drag families deeper into poverty
Floods, droughts, cyclones - climate change is hardest on the world’s poorest people, as weather patterns turn deadly, destroying homes and disrupting livelihoods.
Voices 5 ways to celebrate your mother – from at least two metres away
COVID-19 has changed how we do most things including how we celebrate Mother's Day. Here are five safe, virtual ways to celebrate the mom in your life.
From the Field Hitting 'Send' on digital emergency aid during COVID-19
From her home in Canada, Elizabeth Araniva is helping World Vision teams in Venezuela to ramp up an emergency response approach proven to work – even from a distance: cash transfers.  
 
From the Field The power of a bar of soap in the world's largest refugee camp
Simple soap and water are one of the best defences against COVID-19. But, without soap, children aren’t amply armed to ward off deadly viruses like the novel coronavirus.
From the Field The DR Congo Crisis: many tragedies combined
The Democratic Republic of Congo crisis is no single disaster. Conflict fuels the fires of poverty, rape and the deadly Ebola virus. And that’s just the start of what people here endure. You can help through Raw Hope.
Voices The endless benefits of volunteering
The benefits of volunteering can be physical, emotional, social and professional. Learn how your life can get more fulfilling when you become a volunteer.
In the News Fair trade: what you need to know
The products we buy are sourced all over the world. Without fair trade, we could be contributing to the exploitation of workers – including children. Learn more.
From the Field Why goats make the greatest gift
Goats are a popular pick with Canadians when it comes to charitable giving. Goats nourish children, grow gardens, start businesses and even save lives. Learn more.
In the News Why do we need International Literacy Day?
International Literacy Day is September 8. Literacy is a human right and transforms children’s futures. What happens to a child’s prospects when he or she is illiterate?
Voices Refugee: Nesadin’s story
Nesadin and his family escaped conflict in Sudan for a refugee camp in Kenya. But what does the future hold for a boy growing up on the run?
Voices Refugee: Shames’ story
17-year-old Shames and her mother lost everything when they fled civil war in Syria. Now they live as refugees in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. She worries about her mother's health, and how they will make ends meet from day to day. One day she hopes to return to Syria and complete her education, but for now it's out of reach. 
Voices Child labour: Shahid’s story
Nine-year-old Shahid started working nights with his dad when his parents could no longer afford school fees. He's angry and scared about his future, but what choice does he have? 
Voices Violent conflict and disability: Raja’s story
Ten-year-old Raja was badly injured by a bomb during the battle for Mosul. She lost her left hand and is unable to walk. How will she overcome the physical and emotional scars of war? 
Voices Drought and malnutrition: Amina’s story
Amina is just two years old and severely malnourished. Her family lost everything in a drought that began long before she was born. Read her story.
Voices Refugee children: Jehovanise, Rebecca and Diane’s stories
Jehovanise, Rebecca and Diane fled conflict, malaria and flooding in Burundi. They lived in Tanzania for three years, but life in the refugee camp is hard. They've returned to Burundi seeking hope for a better future, but is it too soon? 
Voices Child soldier: Agnes' story
Even before her abduction, Agnes’ childhood had already been shaped by war. Millions of South Sudanese children endure chronic hunger in the chaos wrought by violent conflict. They’ve endured illness, gone without schooling, grown up in fear. 

 
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