Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:17 by Alexandra Matei
On 24 September 2014, the Child Rights Action Group (CRAG) of which World Vision is an active member, convened 5 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from different political groups to discuss how to fully mainstream child rights in the European Parliament’s agenda.
The MEPs present at that event, who had also signed the Child Rights Manifesto, support the idea of creating an...
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 01:58 by Mauricio Otasevic
The most important qualitative change generated by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was the shift in the way children and adolescents are viewed. There was a shift from being previously viewed as passive objects of government care and services to human beings with a set of rights. Children became recognised as agents of their...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 21:57 by Sunjuli Kunwar
I had seen floods in pictures, but never in person. I can still say that I haven’t seen a flood, but I have seen the devastation one caused in Bardiya district during my recent visit. For me, it proved how strong the power of nature can be.
With the very first glimpse of the Rapti river from the plane, I could easily see how much the river had cut through the land.
Once on the ground I could see the fields drying after the flood. The mud was smooth and beginning...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:11 by Paul Newnham
WE CANNOT DO EVERYTHING, AND THERE IS A SENSE OF LIBERATION IN REALISING THAT
As we arrived in El Salvador after 3 days of meeting with communities in Honduras, my head was swirling with all I had heard. Stories from people who each day lived in fear of the violence and poverty that had taken over their reality.
THE COMMUNITIES FROM WHICH SO MANY CHILDREN ARE FLEEING ARE DANGEROUS
As a parent with kids the same age as many who are fleeing, I was...
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 02:22 by World Vision Blogger
By: Ajitson Samuel Justus, World Vision India Communications
Living in the middle of the forest may not be something new if you were born there. Generations are spent acclimatizing to the weather conditions, getting used to the long walking distances and living without electricity.
But what if you were not? What if you grew up in the city all your life? Kherring is a World Vision field worker who answers these questions with the story of his...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 21:20 by Yohoshu Ghising
Our driver pointed into the distance – to the end of the curve in the road.
“There is a woman,” he told us.
She lay by the side of a dusty road. We stopped and were quickly told by a woman kneeling beside her that she was about to have a baby. There was no one who was able to help, she said.
This was supposed to be just another regular field visit. But today was different. It was a once in a lifetime chance to serve as a development/social worker. Beside...
Friday, August 8, 2014 - 03:20 by World Vision Blogger
By Lily LI (World Vision communicator)
It was bound to be a day full of aftershocks. I met a group of lovely children when our relief team arrived at Laowuji community in Lijiashan Village, Huodehong Township. Despite having lost their homes in the recent earthquake that shock Yunnan Province, these children were playing around the heaps of ruins, smiling at when their eyes caught my camera. They were excited to receive the child friendly...
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 00:32 by World Vision Blogger
I learned about the Yunnan earthquake from the internet that afternoon. It was reported as a 6.5 magnitude, a rather destructive one in the province! My mind raced with questions - "Zhaotong is a relatively poor area, will houses there withstand such strong earthquake?". Death toll was climbing up, more and more houses have collapsed and knowing these numbers gripped my heart.
I have never been involved in disaster relief work at this scale in the...
Monday, August 4, 2014 - 15:46 by Alex Snary
By Alex Snary, National Director, World Vision Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza
Beit Hanoun's once vibrant agricultural community, known locally as 'Kfar Shalom' in Hebrew because of their peaceful attitude to the Israelis, lies in ruins.
Massive Israeli artillery bombardment has destroyed entire neighbourhoods, blanketing everything in a layer of grey cement dust. The smell of death, the bodies of loved ones...
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:42 by Alex Snary
Alex Snary is National Director of World Vision Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza office.
As civilian casualties continue to mount in the Gaza Strip, opinions vary greatly on the causes of the current round of conflict. Yet there’s one thing most would agree on: children have played no role in creating this discord. And children, whether Israeli or Palestinian, should not be harmed as a result.
Yet the children are being deeply harmed. ...