Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 21:20 by Pham Thu Trang
My impression of 28-year-old Thuong can be encapsulated in one word: admiration.
Crushed by the harsh side of life, Thuong has never given up her firmly held belief that she owes life the best of her.
I met Thuong on a drizzly afternoon in a manicure class when I was visiting a livelihoods project of World Vision Vietnam’s urban development program in Ngo Quyen district, Hai Phong city.
Wearing the project’s blue uniform and having all eyes...
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 22:51 by Thabani Maphosa
Cash transfers are one of the most significant innovations in humanitarian assistance in recent memory. They offer greater dignity, choice and flexibility for disaster-affected peoples and an opportunity for us to become better humanitarians. Cash transfers provide a platform for humanitarians to reflect by asking, ‘Are we doing the right things, for the right reasons?’ The ‘right reasons’ must be centred on improving our ability to meet the needs and aspirations...
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 04:37 by Ian Ridley
Despite the changing contexts and challenges of humanitarian action in the 22 years that I have been working in the sector, one thing that has remained constant is the devastating impact natural disasters and conflict have on children. Tens of millions of children are affected by disasters today, with more than 30 million living in conflict affected areas. These children are often robbed of their childhood, their rights are violated on a daily basis, they experience...
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 06:59 by Julian Srodecki
In previous blogs I have talked about how humanitarian action is underfunded globally and about the work that is being under taken to address this. Earlier this week, the 15 largest Government donors, major UN agencies and several NGO networks held their final meeting to agree a “...
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 00:21 by Allan Wekesa
I fondly recall the lessons we learnt at the Sarova LT retreat!
As we set out, the day held great promise, united by a common Leadership bond, called, Leadership. It ended was concluded around the fireplace, with each one, hugging their tea cup or glass of cold water. There was a vulnerability that came with sitting around the fire, which unleashes unrestrained power and gazing into the intensity of the blazing firewood. That in itself, brought on, new perspective....
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 08:03 by Linda Hiebert
My daughter was five-years-old when we discovered her learning disability. She loved listening to books and being read to, but when she tried to read by herself she struggled with even simple words. She was so discouraged that by the time she turned seven she stopped reading. As a mother, I knew that she would not be successful unless she learned to read. I knew that I needed to find a solution for her. Thankfully, I found a reading coach to help my daughter. She continued...
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 04:34 by Johanna Kipkoech
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 17:03 by Dr. Greg Allgood
By Greg Allgood, Vice President, Water, World Vision US
I’ve known for years that when water flows into a community it can lead to transformation, but I’ve never seen this more clearly than during my visit to the community of Gwembe in Zambia.
I spent the day...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 06:58 by Kari Costanza
My mother is wonderful—smart, beautiful, and interesting—but she has a problem.
She cannot resist chocolate.
In high school, I brought home Mozart chocolates from Austria as a souvenir, a beautiful round candy, wrapped in gold foil with a picture of the young composer.
I didn’t plan to eat it. I just wanted to keep it as a reminder of a spectacular trip.
One afternoon my brother David came to me, clearly agitated. David is a good soul.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 11:22 by Sarah M Crass, MPH
By Melanie Boyd, Program Director, Born On Time
What’s the world’s leading cause of death in children under five? It might come as a surprise, but preterm birth – a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the...