World Vision International

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 09:00 by Cecil Laguardia

For the first time in my more than 10 years of humanitarian emergencies work in World Vision, I will literally be in the eye of the storm. Yes, right in typhoon Hagupit’s path if fate will have it. Only 13 months after braving typhoon Haiyan, I am unbelievingly faced with another super typhoon.

Last night, I talked to Grace, a hotel staff worker who was worried about her family in Tolosa town. She is going home to make sure her family moved to...
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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 04:25 by Bruno Col

It was mid-afternoon when our World Vision team arrived in the outskirts of Moyamba, a town in southern Sierra Leone. We were guided to a small house, surrounded by at least 100 people. A woman named Betty had lived in this house. Here, she had shared food, love and laughter with her two sons and extensive network of family members. And here, Betty had suffered and died after contracting Ebola.

I was here to document the correct steps in a safe and...

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 03:15 by Melany Markham

The more I travel, the more I realise that people are pretty much the same everywhere, but there are some places that attract extremes and experienced aid workers will tell you that South Sudan is the most challenging environment they have ever worked in. Perhaps as a consequence of this, it seems to attract some of the most exceptional people I have ever met – some of whom I am proud to call friends.

Samuel is a trooper. He is at...

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 08:05 by Alexandra Matei

Today, I took part in the Solidari@, an international congress organised by UNICEF Spain. The congress has been organised since 2004 and periodically analyzes the situation of children globally. This forum is a space of reflection and dialogue that focuses on children, their situation, their rights and challenges. 

This year's theme is "promoting innovation" in order to realise children's rights and the promises of the...

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Monday, November 17, 2014 - 03:31 by Alexandra Matei

It was gratifying to follow the Chilean media’s coverage of an important announcement made recently by the President of Republic, Michelle Bachelet. What was the announcement? She had sent to the National Parliament for ratification the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This action...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:40 by Alexandra Matei

Over the past several years I have been encouraged to see the growth of meaningful child participation across our region. The improvement is in part a natural, though long in coming, outgrowth of the fact we are a child-focused organization. More significantly, perhaps, it has been an outgrowth of our commitment an increasing focus on the participation and protection of children as captured in the ...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:38 by Alexandra Matei

So the Convention on the Rights of the Child - the CRC - turns 25 this month. It has reached its mid-twenties. It's not often I choose light the candles to celebrate a Convention but this one's different - it's an unconventional convention...

Why? Because it sets out that all children are created equal - a child born in...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:36 by Alexandra Matei

As the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is vital to remember that child rights are not just the responsibility of organisations working with children. They are the responsibility of everyone – government, businesses, the civil sector and ordinary citizens like you and me.

To protect...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:33 by Alexandra Matei

Twenty five years ago, world leaders agreed on one convention to protect children’s rights globally. Today, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been ratified by 194 countries, making it the most widely endorsed human rights treaty in history. As a child-focused organization and in line with the national Child-Friendly City...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:32 by Alexandra Matei

This year we are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). For children to participate and express their own views is an essential component of the CRC.  As National Director of World Vision Lebanon, I encourage my team to listen to children and youth, to value their contributions and to...

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