Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 23:50 by World Vision Blogger
By Davit Choun, Creative Youth, World Vision Cambodia
Can you imagine a 19-year-old having their first experience using technology?
“I’ve never touched such things like these. They are awesome. When I heard you would bring us these things, I was dreaming about having chance to use them last night. I am so excited now,” said Sophany, 19.
A couple of months ago, I went to one of our project areas located in Kampong Thom...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 11:31 by James East
Rania, 14, doesn’t like to sleep or play. When she sleeps she wakes up crying. Her dreams are plagued by memories of her flight from home amid gunfire and the terror of neighbours being shot as they fled. Her best friends were among those who died as they ran for their lives.
I met Rania at the UN base in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, where World Vision was distributing food to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The base is only just outside...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:28 by James East
The warnings from the UN and humanitarian agencies are stark. South Sudan is on the brink of a humanitarian food crisis. If the conflict continues, if aid cannot get through to the hundreds of thousands displaced by fighting, if the rains cut off the roads and dirt air strips then 50,000 children aged under five could be dead by the end of the year.
The world's newest nation is on the verge of collapse.
Aid agencies are...
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 23:51 by World Vision Blogger
By Florence Joy Maluyo, World Vision Philippines
They all looked beautiful in white. It was graduation day at Botongon Elementary School.
I watched them arrive, one by one. Some arrived with their parents, some with their siblings, some with relatives. The girls were made-up while the young boys put an effort in their hairstyles. Graduation songs started to play. Parents were smiling.
I looked around. Destroyed classrooms. Scattered boats....
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 07:49 by Jennifer Philpot-Nissen
“We would like to recommend the Government of Albania… raise awareness of a child’s right to participate in the family and in the community.” As the statement was read out, I wanted to shout out loud, to get up and dance, but restrained myself to a slight, UN-appropriate smile. How fitting these words should come in the year we celebrate the 25th birthday of the ...
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 14:18 by Sara Austin
This week at the United Nations, a quiet victory will take place for children. It is a victory that will amplify the voices of children who’ve been ignored, neglected, abused and overlooked. It is a victory with the potential to change their lives.
Thanks to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) — ratified by...
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 21:57 by Alina Shrestha
As a mother of two young children and a development worker in a child-focused organisation, ensuring child well-being lies at the heart of my home and work. Often in my visits to different regions of Nepal I come across children who do not experience the fullness of life we envision for them. There are many reasons for this: poverty and lack of access to much-needed resources are just the beginning.
Poverty might set limitations on child well-being, but parents...
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:42 by Christine Hunt
Thirty weeks’ pregnant with my first child and my midwife asks me the dreaded question, “Have you given any thought to your birth plan?”
Eek. Labour. Childbirth. Things just got very real.
“I’d like a natural birth,” I replied. “With as many drugs as possible…”
What I meant was: Panadeine – yes. Gas – yes. T.E.N.S – yes. Pethidine – yes. Epidural? Yes, please!
Sensing fear she did her best to reassure me, “There’s nothing to worry about. Your body...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 11:42 by Feral Vincent Quitlong
It’s never easy news to deliver.
But with one-year-old Jalrotchen, there was no way to avoid it. Her mom needed to know. The girl was too small, too thin. Even though she played wide-eyed, when I wrapped the measuring tape around her arm, I knew what was going to read.
Red – the danger zone for child malnutrition. The measuring tape has been designed to assess child malnutrition.
Jalrotchen was 14 months and only 5.3kgs, in desperate need of more...
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 10:04 by Bob Neufeld
From a distance, it looks like a white smudge on the horizon.
Azraq Refugee Camp came first came into my view four or five kilometres from its main entrance. Off in the distance, against the harsh brown scrub of the Jordanian desert, I saw hundreds upon hundreds of small, white shelters lined up in straight rows, waiting to provide protection from the hot...