World News & Stories

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.  

What is the cycle of poverty?
The cycle of poverty is about more than a simple lack of resources. It’s a complex issue that requires digging a little deeper for sustainable solutions. Read more... 

From the Field A mother's strength and hope
Olivia wants the best for her two children, Julio and Tito. Julio wants to be a teacher one day and it is Olivia’s dream to see her son achieve his goal.

Four things I learned from spending Christmas far from “home”
A sandy Christmas can look pretty different from a white Christmas. But the spirit of giving and spending time with family is the same wherever you are.

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. 

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.


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. 


From the Field Equipping teens for adulthood in El Salvador

I was in El Salvador when I met Edwin, who is not much younger than my own son Aidan. Although the two boys have similar commitments to their education, I quickly realized as I listened to Edwin’s story that the hurdles he faces to achieve this basic right were far different than my son’s.


From the Field A father's love: fighting gender discrimination in India

In India, a father is one of the biggest advocates a girl can have.


From the Field Prarthana’s wish: story of a young teacher
Prathana (13) gives her time and skills reading to children in her neighbourhood, to help improve their reading skills and provide mentorship.

From the Field Jaciele gets by with a little help from her friends

Though her family could not afford uniforms and books, a generous donation of school supplies helped send young Jaciele to school.


From the Field Strength in heroic kindness
Hamza's dark and violent war stories are transformed into stories of kindness when his teachers at the early childhood education centre show him what it means to belong.

From the Field A world of classrooms

As Canadian children get ready for back-to-school next week, they’re joining millions of children who are learning all around the world. Some study in school buildings with desks and chalkboards. Others learn under a tree, on a mountaintop, or in a refugee camp.  


From the Field How to build a reading corner in your home

You can make a reading corner in your home in three simple steps.


Access to feminine hygiene helps girls get an education

I remember missing a few days of school over the course of my education. Seeing me doubled over with cramps, my mom would take pity on me and sign me out of class.


Change Makers 5 ways to donate school supplies for kids

September marks the return to school for millions of children around the world. For some kids, the transition back into the classroom is easier because they have the supplies (things like books, notebooks, pencils, and backpacks) they need to enter the school year with confidence. 


From the Field 5 kids' unique journeys to school

For these five children, getting to school is no simple matter. But mountain ranges and rivers won’t stop them from getting an education. And, like their commitment to learning, our admiration for them knows no bounds. 


Hope through education in India’s slums

They’re known on television as the Property Brothers. Good-looking and confident, they stride into millions of Canadian living rooms each week with real estate and design advice. But when World Vision’s brand new ambassadors, Vancouver-born twins Drew and Jonathan Scott, stepped into a one-room hut in Delhi, India, they were clearly treading new ground.


Girl Rising: Education is an ally to girls

My first public screening of the film Girl Rising was in Seattle. The theatre was sold out. The energy was electric. Despite five years of work on the film and a huge campaign to support it, I wasn’t nervous. I was more curious to see how people would respond to the stories on the screen.


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