Friday, March 17, 2017 - 05:42 by Christo Greyling
The greatness of a people is not seen in our monuments, our accomplishments, or our prosperity. It’s most honestly visible in how we treat the vulnerable, the powerless, and especially children. Tragically, children are the first to suffer under the abuse of power, the distrust of warring factions, the ambition of people, and the greed of human hearts. It’s common at Christmas time to reflect on the massacre of the innocents...
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 14:03 by Kevin Jenkins
Six months after her parents were murdered by sadistic rebels, 16-year-old Gloria tells the story as unemotionally as she can – but still ends in tears.
She had been sent to fetch water while her family worked on their palm oil plantation in verdant, tropical Erengeti, in the “Grand Nord” of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). On her way back, she saw “men...
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 12:46 by Abid Gulzar
Whenever I think about the seemingly impossible task of social change, especially around almost intractable issues, I recall champions who have changed the world. There was (the aptly named!) William Wilberforce, an English politician who challenged the entrenched 18th and 19th century institution of slavery. But Wilberforce saw another reality- one where everyone deserved freedom, dignity and other basic human rights. It was a lonely years-long undertaking, but he turned a...
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 11:31 by Trihadi Saptoadi
One billion children. Every year, one billion children experience violence. They are physically and sexually abused, made to work or marry when they should be in school. Some are forced to take up arms and fight in adult wars. How can we expect them to grow up unaffected? To unleash their potential and realise a better future for themselves, their families and communities?
The sheer scale of this problem can be overwhelming. It’s important to remind ourselves of...
Friday, July 8, 2016 - 16:14 by Mahima Sashank
It's 10am and Kapil* has just woken up. The streets in Central Delhi buzz with activity.
I see men and women leave homes for their day of rag picking while the children left about; some working in shops, some lying down, and very few going to school. I smell the dirt and notice dust fill the environment.
I greet Kapil, 12, as I walk further down the extremely narrow lanes, which resemble a complicated maze. It's easy for anyone to get lost here, especially a...
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 15:50 by Richa Silvia Biswas
Most middle class girls from my community growing up had a typical vision of life- dreaming of finding a good husband and then leading a happy married life.
Once upon a time my imagination didn’t drift beyond this same dream. But now I find it funny, considering what I am doing with my life now. Working with World Vision Bangladesh has opened my eyes to so many things that were beyond my imagination.
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:08 by Mandy Yamanis
By Mandy Yamanis, Child Protection Specialist at World Vision's Middle East and Eastern European Regional office and creator of the Keeping Children Safe Online project.
As parents we often think about our children’s safety and protection in physical terms. We teach them to look both ways before crossing a street, not to play with fire, to wash their hands before eating and not to talk to strangers. In today’s world, that’s not enough.
Predators no longer need...
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 03:03 by Adda Ngoya
At some point in her young life, Martha (not her real name), who lives in Tanga, eastern Tanzania had to work as a housemaid. Because of that ordeal she missed out on the essential parts of her primary education.
But now she is back in school and has successfully completed her final primary year. There is every good chance that she will continue onto secondary school.
According to statistics in Tanzania there are 8,000 children aged between 5 and...
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 16:20 by David Munoz
Two years ago a humanitarian crisis arose as US authorities declared that more than 90,000 children were fleeing from Central America and Mexico towards North American territory and that they would not be able to host this number of immigrants, but far beyond that, there were a large number of children traveling alone.
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 02:46 by Mona Daoud
Saturday, July 25, 2015 is a day I will never forget. My family decided on a big gathering in a village in northern Lebanon; a place we visit every summer. I told them that it might be difficult for me to join. They insisted on my presence. It turned out that they were preparing a small surprise to celebrate my birthday. I promised to join them at night as I had to work in the Bekaa Valley that morning.
In my line of work at World Vision, I interview Syrian refugees in...