World Vision International

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 02:09 by Mario Stephano

Last month, I was in Addis Ababa supporting seven young leaders from Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda who participated in the Pan-African launch of the World Vision campaign to end violence against children.This was my first time in an African country, dealing with different perceptions of childhood and youth, and there are some important things I wanted to share about my experience.

I was amazed to hear their stories and learn about the challenges and problems that...

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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 04:10 by

I have spent the last week in Bogota with 10 children and young people from across Latin America discussing the significance of children’s participation and the impact of violence against children, on their lives and those of their community and their societies more broadly. I am inspired by the way these children represented the views of over 2,000 children from 28 countries, making a series of clear recommendations to policy makers and international...

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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 04:03 by Abid Gulzar

Worldwide, an estimated 230 million children lack birth registration, 135 million of whom are living in the Asia Pacific region. If these unidentified, unregistered children, all under age five, formed their own country, their population would fall between that of the size of Japan and Russia.  The country might even have a flag, or symbols of statehood, but there would be no legal rights, few basic services and little security.

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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 03:51 by Carmel Irandoust

Today, 65.3 million people are on the run in the world.  It’s 65.3 million people labelled as “refugees” “migrants”, “internally displaced”, “stateless”, or “asylum seekers” on the run. Ultimately, it’s 65.3 million HUMANS that are running today. All are trying to save their lives and the lives of their loved ones with the hope that they might have a better, hopeful, dignifying and peaceful future. Nearly half of these 65.3 million humans are...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 17:40 by Esther Lehmann-Sow

When children were asked what they wanted World Vision to do for them to improve their well-being, one of them said: ‘“Can you please tell our parents to put us back in their hearts?”

I don’t think that normal parents would willingly neglect their children. But how easy it is for families and communities to have children feel being left out, estranged or excluded.

In our communities, the stresses of poverty...

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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 06:34 by Tiffany Tao Joiner

A few weeks ago when I was coming out of a local restaurant, I heard a young child give his mother his thoughts on how she should handle a particular situation at the child’s school. Without missing a beat, the mother – clearly exasperated – yelled at her child, “I’m a grown up. I do not need your input!” My heart fell.

By now, much of the development community has grown to understand that “child participation” is about ensuring...

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 03:53 by Shabira Nupur

While thinking about a blog topic to write, I decided to focus on the Child Parliament in Bangladesh. This is, in my opinion, an excellent space for children to make their voices heard in decision-making processes. 

The Child Parliament is the advocacy wing of the National Children’s Task Force, a well-known children’s organisation established primarily to monitor the implementation of the National Plan of Action (adopted in 2002-2006) against sexual abuse and...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 02:30 by Mario Stephano

‘Violence against children’ is a phrase that we often hear. It may affect us for a few moments, allowing us to reflect, feel the pain and regret. It may be just words on paper. It may be statements out of nowhere that have nothing to do with us.

 it is evident that children are putting the issue of violence at the forefront of their concerns. 

However, the phenomenon of violence against children keeps spreading. With the...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 09:46 by Paul Stephenson

World Vision’s understanding of children and development continues to evolve. We’ve moved from needs-based service delivery to a child focused community based approach. We’ve embedded rights-based approaches as a strategy to improve child well-being, and changed our perspective of girls and boys as recipients of aid to active contributors and assets for development.

This shift hasn’t been without its critics. Within an organisation with such diverse faith and cultural...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 09:42 by Patricio Cuevas-Parra

By Nana Berdzenishvili, Youth Empowerment Manager, WV MEER

As a passionate advocate for young people's participation, I was honoured to meet 13 youth representing their peers from seven countries in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Southern Asia. They gathered as part of the World Vision International ART Youth Forum and discussed the challenges that youth face in their countries sharing best practices and future plans in...

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