World News & Stories

Famine and hunger in East Africa: facts and images

In February, UN agencies declared a famine in parts of South Sudan. They estimated that 100,000 people faced immediate threat of starvation. They also raised a serious alarm that other regions in Africa are at risk of famine.


My pregnancy made me grateful to be Canadian
It was four days after my 30th birthday. Looking down at the two lines on that little stick, I knew that my life had already begun changing in so many ways.

From the Field 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.


How Child Sponsorship Works
Have you ever wondered just how we make sponsorship happen? Watch this behind-the-scenes video that takes you through the steps of child sponsorship. Thank you again for your support!  

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.


Tailor-Made Success
What’s the most important thing in your home? For 44-year-old single mother Ariunaa, it’s her sewing machine, which has transformed the struggling homemaker into a professional tailor. Since World Vision donated an electric sewing machine, Ariunaa...

Co-operatives Help Moms Keep Kids Healthy
Moms in Aicha’s community are resilient, trying hard to provide for their families with very little.  Even so, despite their best efforts, many children suffer from malnutrition. Unemployment, lack of training and few ways to make...

Despite his Disability, Mourtala Loves to Learn
Nine-year-old Mourtala contracted polio, a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system. As a result, he’s unable to stand and walk, but gets around on his hands and knees, despite the pain this causes.   A...

Children Savor the Sweet Taste of Success
Zaza Ivanidze stands before a room full of pupils.He calls out questions and picks out hands.A child goes to the front of the room and is given a honeycomb to hold as Zaza points to different areas.Today’s lesson is on how honey was discovered years... 

Meet Daniel – Wheelchair Athlete and Aspiring Policeman
Daniel’s winning smile and sparkling eyes show no hint of his daily struggles.  Like most 13-year-old boys, he loves sports and playing with his friends. Perhaps unique from the average adolescent is Daniel’s appreciation for what life offers him...

Hygiene and Health for All: A Young Boy Shows How
All too often in Haiti’s rural communities, children fall sick with diarrhea, cholera and parasites. The culprit?  Dirty hands due to a lack of clean water and knowledge of the importance of handwashing. Enter ten-year-old Ricardo. When... 

Good Glasses, Good Grades
Maritza is a sponsored child from San Pedro. Her family makes a living by farming and her mom is a housemaid. She has a sister and two brothers. When Maritza started school at age six, she formed good relationships with her teacher...

A Special Space Helps Kids Love to Read
When Milagros remembers the old room in her house, she sees her notebooks and books lying on the floor, some even with food on them. “Sometimes, I saw the big mess, I did not want to s​tudy or read; I was not comfortable,” she recalls. “It was...

A Little Loan goes a Long Way
“Comedor Casa Blanca” is a place of fond childhood memories for Gloria, the hallways filled with delicious smells wafting from the kitchen. The old property has served the community as a guest house and restaurant for 60 years. Gloria remembers...

Cooking Classes Transform Children's Health
What if the food you had grown up learning how to cook ended up leaving your own child malnourished? Many families in Honduras rely on corn alone for cooking ingredients to feed their children but neglect various nutrients that are...

Sponsored Child Works to Build City of her Dreams
Emily is one of several students who had the chance to attend a youth conference, designed to empower young people to make positive changes in their local community and dream about the possibilities for worldwide change. Emily thrived in this...

From the Field 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.


Water Irrigation Empowers Village Farmers
On the dry and dusty road to Thamsanga Makhuyana’s village, the effect of the prolonged drought is evident — crops, grasses and even trees are yellow and brown. “We’ve experienced drought before, but this year is the worst,” says Thamsanqa....

Solidarity in Uniform
Eight-year-old Mlungisi was ready to enter Grade 2 when he was handed a uniform that had been previously owned by five other children. It was faded, threadbare and ready to fall apart. In South Africa, primary education is free, but school...

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.

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