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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.


From the Field Sri Lanka: the Flood in Photos

Heavy monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have led to massive flooding and landslides. Over 500,000 people have been affected, with 169 dead, 102 missing, and 75,308 have had to flee their homes.


Sponsor Visit Story: Jenny Meets Paul!
Meeting your sponsored child is an incredibly memorable experience. Jennifer Carter, a sponsor for seven years, traveled to Uganda to meet her sponsored child, Paul. Here is Jennifer's story: Jennifer (Jenny) got the trip of a lifetime when...

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.


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...

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... 

Melissa Joins Girls' Club
Melissa, 13, says that before participating in World Vision’s IGATE program, she didn't think she'd reach grade seven. Now she is confident she'll go on to secondary school. Photo: Sibusisiwe Ndlovu/World Vision IGATE stands for Improving... 

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...

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...

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...

"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... 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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... 

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