In the News Rohingya Crisis: fast facts and how to help
The plight of Rohingya refugees has been at the forefront of international news here in Canada, but you may still have questions about the Myanmar and Rohingya crisis. Here are some fast facts to help you better understand what is happening in Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh.
 

Special Features The little blue dress that changed how I see child labour

This World Day to End Child Labour is a poignant one for me. It’s been over three years since I started living as a more conscious consumer, by educating myself about child labour in the products I buy and use. That all started with a little blue dress I bought in England.


Jenny Fights for Child Rights
When she was just 10 years old, Jenny noticed her friends were being treated unjustly. She didn’t understand why kids in the neighbourhood were severely punished by their parents. Witnessing deprived education, withholding food and aggressive lashes...

Mrs. Mokubung Paints Orange Farm Green
Mrs. Doris Mokubung is a community member in Orange Farm who refuses to be intimidated by the erratic weather patterns that have tormented the area for the past ten years. She’s one of six members in the Perseverance Cooperative. The group started...

Child Marriage: Mulenga's Story
Mulenga got married when she was 14 to a man who was 25. She didn’t even know the man she was marrying, let alone what marriage was. Photo: Agatha Mali/World Vision Mulenga* lived in extreme poverty with her single mother. She traveled... 

Poverty Doesn't Define Her
Meet ZamZam: an ambitious 12-year-old girl who hopes to become a doctor someday. Zamzam is studious and hard-working. She hopes that one day she can support her family. Photo: Lena Renju/World Vision Her father was the...

More Than Just a Blanket
Purple, white, grey and blue: Peter’s got a blanket, and it’s warm, too!  Peter sitting on his bed, proudly displaying his cozy new blanket. Photo: Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision The nights are chilly, but little six-year-old Peter stays...

A Story of Transformation
Local leader Jose Matias, 72, remembers the time when everyday life was a struggle. Basic services were scarce and social problems widespread.  “When I moved to Ventanilla in 1999, every day was a shocking reality,” said Jose. “I was particularly...

A Mother's Courage for Justice
My name is Anna*: I’m 37, and a mother of five children. Anita*, is my only daughter. When she was born, we treated her like a princess. She was an answered prayer because it was my wish to have a daughter. Anna remains strong for her daughter...

The Boy Who Doesn't Exist
Matei is 14 years old, born in August, 2002. At least, that’s what his parents told him. But there is no way to know for sure, since he wasn’t registered at birth. To the government, Matei doesn’t exist. And because he doesn't exist, he has...

Shining a Light on Learning
Two years ago, Marie Angel was struggling in school. Although she loved her classes, she couldn’t do her homework at night because there was no light in her home. Everything changed, however, when her parents decided to participate in a household...

Brave New Girl
A forum was held by World Vision for all ages on the rights and responsibilities of the child. Among them stood Farmata, a 12-year-old girl with a strong message to deliver on child protection. Despite her trembling hands, Farmata asked...

After-Effects of Ebola: Salmatu's Story
The Ebola virus has had far-reaching effects in the lives of Sierra Leoneans.  Children, especially girls, have suffered. Many became pregnant during the school closures, others have been sexually harassed by men. These girls are left even more...

"I have a dream!"
Children in Latin America have dreams, just like children all over the rest of the world. “My dream for the place I live is that nothing bad happens, I want good things to happen,” says eight-year-old Tadid. Children...

Salvadorians Working Together for Greater Good
“A clean community, free of diseases, and with well-nourished children is the community we all dream of and for which we work”, says Clara, a 27-year old woman who works with the food program, run by World Vision. Following a drought,...

For the Love of Reading
Isaias is a 12-year-old boy who recently discovered his love of reading. Upon reaching the sixth grade, he joined World Vision’s reading comprehension program. Something awakened in Isaias, as he was finally given the tools and... 

Young Boy, Wise Man
In crisis or conflict, children’s drawings tell the tale of what they have lived through. They also reveal how kids look back at their land of origin. Drawings can reveal problems they’ve had to face, such as insecurity, fear and anxiety stemming... 

Clean Water Made Accessible
Not long ago, the lack of clean water was a major concern to the Nadowli community. As their major source of water was not suitable for consumption, schools, households and farms were affected. Clean water means a lot to this community of...

Providing Education: You Can Help
At the age of 14, Belinda is a primary school dropout. “I was in class four... and because I could not read, I was taken back to class two.” Feeling defeated, the young girl dropped out of school. Kenya’s low literacy rate continues to...

Salamita: Mother and Mentor
“I come from a modest family. Due to our difficult situation and the absence of financial support, I had to drop out school,” says 23-year-old Salimata. Unfortunately, this is the case for many other young men and women in the Kankossa...

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