Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 09:59 by
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:08 by
“I was thirsty”
I sip on a glass of water to satisfy my own thirst, as I reflect on Jesus’ words in Durban, South Africa from the scene of judgement. The water I drink comes from the tap in our church house that is supplied by the local municipality. It is a privilege to easily access clean drinking water. This is certainly not the experience for many South Africans. Currently, some parts...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 15:59 by Jorge Felipe
About 46 kilometers away from Guatemala City, Guatemala, is Caserío San Jerónimo, San Juan Sacatepéquez. Though beautiful, and full of smiling children, the city was hiding a dark secret.
Community leader, María Victoria Pirir, says that there were many cases of familial abuse. “These cases worried us because no one was taking control of the situation. There were many reports of mistreated children.”
Another problem was alcoholism. “Sometimes there were food...
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 05:04 by Patricio Cuevas-Parra
By Agnes Kabonesa, youth activist, Uganda.
Child marriage has been and is still one of the most pressing issues affecting many girls in different communities and societies across the world. It is on the increase and there are threats from countries like Iraq to legalise it. Despite all the challenges, we can stop child marriage and this is only possible if we are able to do many things together to tackle the problem at a social,...
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 01:31 by Aline Rahbany
As the Ending Violence Solutions Summit closes in Stockholm, Aline Rahbany suggests the most effective urban programming solutions should fan out, benefitting everyone.
On my first visit to a vibrant city like Delhi I expected...
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 03:33 by
By Kerin Ord,
Education Global Sector Lead
Recognising faith leaders as vital partners in ending poverty has come late to the humanitarian industry. In many countries, the influence religious leaders have over people can literally save lives. In Sierra Leone, for example, imams persuading families to forgo traditional burial rites for their loved ones reduced infection rates and helped end the Ebola crisis....
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 03:18 by
“His slap was really painful...I almost saw the stars.”
These are not the stars that children gaze at on a summer’s evening.
More than 1.3 billion children are estimated to be seeing these other stars every year around the world, after being hit or slapped violently by an adult as a method of discipline at home. With...
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 03:05 by
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...
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 02:51 by
By Andrew Hassett
Global Campaigns Director, World Vision International
Hain remembers being told to kill or be killed. He was forced into an armed group in Myanmar when he was just 16.
"I shot just over 100 people. There were some people who were the same age as me there. Some even looked younger,” he said. “Whenever I think about those moments, I can’t sleep, I can’t eat and...
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 04:04 by
Written by Maya Assaf Horstmeier, Associate Director for Conflict Sensitivity
Over 530 million children today are living in contexts affected by conflicts and disasters. Beside causing loss of lives, physical devastation, and forced displacement, conflict permeates every facet of a child’s life. It robs them of their friends, families, and communities and affects every aspect of their well-being. The long-term psychosocial and health impact of witnessing conflict and...