Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 07:01 by Kristie Urich
By Dr Fungai Makoni, WASH Regional Programme Director, World Vision East Africa Region
When my daughters were doing their first grade in Harare, Zimbabwe, I went to their schools while I was working for the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development. I worked with the teachers on how to help younger students understand and practice health hygiene behaviours – particularly the importance of washing their hands
The teachers found...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 17:37 by Emmanuel Opong
By Dr Emmanuel Opong, Regional Director, WASH and Capacity Building, World Vision International
What if no one ever washed their hands?
(And, yes, this includes no hand sanitizer.)
How long would we expect life as we know it to persist?
Well, if you live in a developed country, you might expect that life could...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 17:17 by Joseline N. Annan
By Joseline N. Annan and Cynthia Fosuah, WV Ghana
Sherifa is a nine-year-old girl living in a community called Dingoni, in Ghana. This fun-loving girl, only child to her parents, has become a champion for change in her community.
Her school participated in the WASH UP! Programme, an initiative developed through a partnership between Sesame Workshop and World Vision that helps children...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 17:04 by Kristie Urich
By: Precious Sancho, Senior Technical Advisor, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – World Vision US
Little Blessing is truly my blessing! Her smile lights up the room and you can’t help laughing at her hyper child-like innocence. Blessing and her mother, my cousin, arrived in Virginia from Liberia in the fall of 2015. I met her as a bubbly 4-year-old who kept me laughing and on my toes with her child-like antics. We...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 09:25 by Ludovic Wahis
This 25th September, 50 children and youth peacebuilders from more than 30 European countries gathered in Brussels for the first European Union led Youth, Peace & Security event. World Vision, together with 4 other international peacebuilding organisations, UNPBO and UNFPA joined forces to ensure the EU decision-makers act on the first UN Security Council Resolution that shifts the paradigm of young people as agents of peace and not as troublemakers.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 06:00 by
Written by Omar El Hattab, Regional WASH advisor for UNICEF MENA (Middle East and Northern AFrica), Marielle Snel, Regional WASH advisor for World Vision MEERO (Middle East and Eastern Europe) and Anne Lloyd (Consultant)
Although many of the countries in the Middle East region have advanced water and sanitation services; several countries face numerous challenges, such as water scarcity, energy crises, complex social and political...
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 07:28 by
Amidst hurricanes and earthquakes, a paralyzing hunger crisis continues to grip millions of families in eastern Africa.
You could be forgiven if you’ve forgotten about it. In a media landscape dominated by entertainment personalities and natural disasters, the stubborn drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, along with the conflict in South Sudan rarely make global headlines.
Yet, this catastrophe is very real.
A generation of children is...
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 07:15 by
In the past one and a half years, as a communicator and storyteller for World Vision, I have been deployed to emergencies, including floods, cyclones, and landslides. I have met many affected by natural hazards. But this was my first experience in a protracted crisis, something new and different. When I was intimated about my deployment to the Myanmar-Bangladesh refugee crisis, my mind burst with multiple thoughts. My family was concerned, but respected my decision to go. My...
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 04:47 by Meron Belay
By Kebede Gizachew
I can't help but think about my own children as I enter the treatment centre.
The last time my seven-year-old son Eyasu was ill with diarrhea we rushed him to the hospital, clung to his side and searched for a medic to take action. He needed help. We needed him to be free of pain. We needed him to survive.
As the doctors and nurses took over, I carefully watched my son's movements. As he started to recover, I...
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 23:35 by Zipporah Kageha Karani
Just before my heart broke, I was cheerfully chatting with a hospital head nurse.
And then I heard her.
Two-year-old Scholastica shrieking in a high-pitched tone. Her tiny voice doing the only thing it could, cry in pain.
Approaching her metal bed in the Lodwar County hospital, it became apparent something was desperately wrong. Her emaciated body was brittle, she wore the clothes of a newborn, despite being age two.
Her mom told me she could...