World Vision International

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 21:51 by Seung Eun Lim

 
When Australian doctor Jerry Schwarz was last in Timor-Leste, the country was just emerging from 24 years of conflict and a violent independence referendum.
 
“I came as a voluntary doctor,” Jerry explained. “There was absolute chaos. There was no medical system or anything.”
 
In 1999, Timor-Leste voted for independence from Indonesia, a result that sparked mass violence and widespread destruction....
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 03:55 by

By Andrew Clucas
Senior Advisor, Quality and Innovation - Education, World Vision International

I take the ability to read for granted. Growing up in Australia, all the kids at my school learnt to read. It was like running around in the playground and kicking a football. It’s just what kids did.

Govinda, on the other hand, probably had a different childhood experience to mine. He grew...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 19:04 by Coumba Betty Diallo

"My name is Hawa, I am 14 years old and I am attending my first year of middle school. During this past year, I joined Bababé's school where there was a reading and literacy boost camp. I was preparing for the college...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 07:48 by Mark Nonkes

40-year-old Zenebech’s pensive look cannot be missed. Her eyes are filled with worry and fear wondering whether they will ever return to their home. Together with her seven children, they are sheltering in a church compound in Kochere, Ethiopia’s SNNP region. They fled when renewed fighting broke out in their hometown in June. 

Inter-communal violence in West Guji (in the Oromia region), Gedeo (in the SNNP region) and parts of the volatile Somali region has ...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 03:17 by Mark Nonkes

40-year-old Zenebech’s pensive look cannot be missed. Her eyes are filled with worry and fear wondering whether they will ever return to their home. Together with her seven children, they are sheltering in a church compound in Kochere, Ethiopia’s SNNP region. They fled when renewed fighting broke out in their hometown in June. 

Inter-communal violence in West Guji (in the Oromia region), Gedeo (in the SNNP region) and parts of the volatile Somali region has ...

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Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 14:07 by Amanda Cupido

Earlier this year, Juliana’s life was in danger.

She lives in South Sudan: a country that's celebrating its seven-year anniversary on July 9th, yet has people worried for their safety because of an ongoing conflict.

The instability has led to other risks in addition to violence; right now 1.1 million children under the age of 5 are acutely malnourished. Juliana was one of them.

Her mother, Grace, was worried she would die. 

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 06:40 by Amanda Cupido

By Ermenda, 16, Young Leader from Albania

I would like to share with you some very sad stories of Albanian children, which are true and also widespread throughout my country. I come from a village in one of the poorest regions of Albania and others call us “Maloke” which means people who live in mountains. But actually, it is used to describe us as "wild people." And you know what, it might be true, but not only for my village, nor my city. Many Albanian...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 03:37 by

“It only takes a spark, to get the fire going…”

The words of this old hymn come to my mind every time I think of the number of children and families on the move.

I have often wondered whether the person that set the spark off – that triggered a conflict or escalated tensions in communities – had any idea how destructive that spark would be as it uproots families and children from their day to day routines, altering their futures forever.

Many children,...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 07:13 by Amanda Cupido

By Suelv, aged 14, Young Leader from Albania

Hello, my name is Suelv, I am 14 years old from Albania. I live in the coastal city called Vlora. I want to talk about ending violence against children especially physical, psychological and verbal violence. I would like to emphasize the importance of child participation in making a change in children's lives and especially in empowering girls.

Ending violence against children

My friends...

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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 08:34 by Amanda Cupido

Denisa, 15, is engaged to a 28-year-old man. It’s not her choice, it is her family’s pressure from her family.

“At first it was like a bomb”, says Denisa from Albania. “My family was trying to convince me. It was like my body was there but my head and heart wasn’t… I can’t believe that at this age I have to take such a decision for my life.”

Denisa’s friend...

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