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Change Makers What my time in Ghana taught me about resilience

Ten years ago, my life completely changed while working in Buduburam Refugee Camp, Ghana. To have the opportunity to return to Ghana last fall, once again changed me forever. As a child sponsorship ambassador, I am privileged to share these stories.


Change Makers Meghan Markle: Humanitarian and Global Citizen
Meghan Markle has long been involved in humanitarian efforts and charity work – from volunteering in soup kitchens as a teenager, to advocating for gender equality with the UN and raising awareness for the world’s most vulnerable children.  

In the News Tackling mental illness in the world's toughest places

As someone who survived a mental illness, I'm glad conversations around mental illness are beginning—especially for women in the world’s toughest places.


Change Makers A world-changing idea: the Live Like Alex Water Walk

She led a life dedicated to making the world a better place. Though I never met Alex, I still consider her a role model of mine. Because of this experience, I've become inspired to make a difference in our world- and you can too. 


From the Field Get a goat give a goat: Rosemary's gifts keep giving

You may remember that last year we shared the story of Rosemary, a plucky sponsored child whose life was changed when her family received goats through World Vision’s gift catalogue. Well, her story didn't end there!


In the News The F-word: What is famine?

In Canada, where most families have enough to eat, it’s easy to become complacent about the idea of hunger.  It’s not uncommon for people to say “I’m starving!” when they’re running late for dinner.
But in the humanitarian world, there are terms we approach with extreme caution. Starving is one of them. And famine is another. 


From the Field A nutritionist’s take on Somalia

I’m travelling along a jagged road in Puntaland, Somalia in a landcruiser. My companion is a nutritionist from World Vision Somalia. His name is Mohammud.  


Change Makers What food insecurity means to teenagers like Jennifer

It was at a youth forum where I met Jennifer, a World Vision Kenya volunteer. By the age of nine Jennifer was expected to work every day or go hungry. This Day of the Girl, I’m remembering Jennifer’s courageous commitment to a Hunger Free world, and I’m even more determined to join her in making that a reality. 


From the Field What happens when refugees are given land instead of tents

More than a million South Sudanese refugees have poured into Uganda in the last year, forming the biggest refugee settlement in the world. But instead of tents being closely compacted together in a grid, they dotted the landscape organically with vegetation filling the gaps in between.


From the Field Young woman starts program to feed 1,200 schoolchildren
Wawira’s story began with a single realization, “What did I do to deserve a better life than other kids around me?” While she grew up with comfort and three meals a day, there were those in her community of Ruiru, Kenya who didn’t have access to nutritious food or quality education. 

From the Field We pray for rain: Drought & hunger in Somalia
I've never seen a place so dry. “You have places like this in the U.S.?” asks Mohammud, a nutritionist with the Somali team. “Kind of,” I say. “There’s a place they call Death Valley.”
 

Change Makers Dennis the Prescott: Food Is Community

Dennis is that guy from Instagram that makes you drool on your phone- chef, author and all-around nice East Coast guy. He’s also a change-maker who believes a hunger-free world is possible.


From the Field African Hunger Crisis Keeping Kids from School

The place my nephew was born in enables him to get excited about lessons of math and reading, about lunchboxes with sandwiches and fruit and playground games of tag.
In other corners of the world, children are not so lucky.


From the Field Portable information technology lab gives literacy a boost

For students in remote areas of Kenya, a portable learning lab could be the boost they need on the road to literacy.


From the Field What the new school year will bring for these two girls

Eight year-old Maddy is pretty excited about back to school in Canada. In Ethiopia, the hunger crisis has stolen that joy from 10 year-old Marta. 


Change Makers Running for water, on water: No excuses for the Global 6K
As the director of a church charity that has sponsored water projects in Africa, Ed says he is "aware of the incredible benefits of safe water." So when Ed and Dyanna's church was hosting a Global 6K walk for clean water, for them, there was no excuse not to participate. Not even the fact that they'll be at sea on the date of the event.

Voices Early Marriage, Fistula & FGM: 3 Women Defy the Odds

The days seem few and far between where I don’t read a story in the news about a woman being oppressed or exploited somewhere in the world.


From the Field Not your average grandmother
A widow at 50, Workayehu entered the workforce to support her family. With World Vision’s help, she’s now a successful farmer.

From the Field New home, new heart
Newlyweds Aimé and Bébé dreamed of starting a new life. But 10 years passed and still no house of their own. Until World Vision stepped in.

From the Field 17 reasons to hope in 2017

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.


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