World News & Stories

Voices Child soldier: Lionel's story
Lionel became a soldier at age 11. He did it to stay alive. The soldiers who gunned down his terrified community members, killed is parents. Lionel was alone in the world. 

 

Voices Child soldier: Marie's story
It was evening in Marie’s village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Supper was finished. Families enjoyed the cool of the evening, lingering around the lantern, laughing and telling stories. Suddenly, gunfire pierced the night. And Marie’s life was split in two.  

 

Voices Child marriage: Benesh’s story
Benesh was married at age 11 in exchange for a "bride price". Ongoing conflict and drought left her family with few options. Now at 14, she has a son and is pegnant with her second child. 

In the News 10 of the most dangerous places to be a child
Being a kid should be magical, filled with wonder, adventure and fun. But for millions of children living in the world’s most dangerous places, childhood is often the first thing to go. Here are 10 of the most dangerous places to be a child:

In the News Plight of the child soldier: facts, foundations and how to help
1 in 6 children—that’s 357 million girls and boys—live in areas of the world affected by war or armed conflict. Many are recruited to be child soldiers. Learn why children are the target of armed forces and what you can do to help.

From the Field How World Vision field staff go above and beyond
Get to know a few of our dedicated and devoted colleagues working on the front lines, often going above and beyond to serve the needs of the most vulnerable children, in some of the most challenging contexts.

Change Makers Changing lives - starting with theirs
After a trip with World Vision to Honduras in 2015, mother-daughter duo Monica and Carolyn embarked on a mission to bring ethically-crafted items to the Canadian market. 

From the Field How a chicken co-op created a safe space for teens
In a community where gang violence is prevalent, a chicken coop gives youth a chance to dream of a better future. 

In the News Child labour: facts and how to help
Canadians might categorize child labour as something that happens in the dark corners of far off places, but the reality is, child labour remains a rampant issue today, both at home and abroad.
 

Voices Child marriage: facts and how to help
At its core, child marriage is a fundamental violation of human rights. Whatever the cause, early marriage compromises a child’s development and severely limits her opportunities in life. Get the facts on child marriage and learn how you can help.

Voices The 14-year-old charcoal maker
Robert’s favourite video game is League of Legends. Like most 14-year-old boys, he could spend countless hours playing it. But there’s one big thing that sets Robert apart from other boys his age — he makes charcoal for a living. 
 

From the Field Our favourite photos of 2017
Check out this year's seasonal snapshots: World Vision Canada's highlight reel!

Voices 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.


Voices Coffee, brought to you by child labour

Meet Melvin. He’s only 11, but he says he can’t remember the last time he played as a child. As a worker on a coffee farm, Melvin let go of childhood a long time ago.


Voices My trip to India was unforgettable and so is this shocking fact
Everyone knows Indian weddings are extravagant, colourful and dazzling. When I received the invite from one of my best friends to attend her “brother’s” wedding in India, I couldn’t say no.

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 For girls in India, a simple trip to the washroom can be life-threatening

In many urban areas of India, families live in old, one-room houses. The houses do not have toilets, so everyone is forced to rely on public toilets that are shared by several families. The lack of dignity makes using these facilities a harrowing experience for young women.


From the Field 5 Ways to Get into the Soccer Spirit
I’m not afraid to admit that I’m in love; even though I’ve been playing for nearly two decades, soccer and I are still in the honeymoon phase. Sure, like every relationship, we’ve had our ups and downs. But there is something magical about soccer that brings people together. That’s what I can’t get enough of.

From the Field 12-years-old and homeless: Sonia's story

Young Sonia works long hours every day, hoping to make enough money for a few vegetables. She’s homeless and sleeps wherever she can, covered only in a thin sheet. Recently, she’s been unable to see at night – a symptom of malnutrition – and fears going blind altogether. Not to mention all the other reasons a girl on her own has to be afraid of.


From the Field Backbreaking labour: Srey's story

Srey Neang packs 4000 heavy bricks onto a truck every single day. It’s backbreaking labour, work not meant for a 13-year-old girl. In fact, she spends more time working than she does in school, making her dream of becoming a teacher seem like an unlikely reality. 


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