World Vision International

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 03:26 by Andrea Szekely

Blog and photos by Sacha Myers, Communications Specialist, World Vision International, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Suham tries desperately to stem the tears flowing down her son’s small cheeks. She makes quiet, reassuring sounds. But Mahmood continues to sob.

I try to tell myself it’s normal behaviour for a five-year-old.

But Mahmood’s sobs go far deeper than just...

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Friday, August 18, 2017 - 02:37 by

Every day, millions of civilians are subjected to crimes of war. Tomorrow, Saturday 19th August, marks the World Humanitarian Day themed: You’re not a target! This year humanitarian partners are reaffirming that civilians, who are also humanitarian workers caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Their efforts, willingness to save life and care in

Tomorrow, Saturday 19th August, marks the World Humanitarian Day themed: Not a target! This year humanitarian partners are...

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Friday, August 18, 2017 - 00:13 by

They say that what goes around comes around. I found myself in this situation earlier this year. The people I have served as a humanitarian worker recently reciprocated by giving me food and shelter. 

I joined World Vision in 2013 as part of the food assistance team. At that time, I knew that there was a likelihood of coming face to face with armed conflict. After all, most of the locations served by our team are hard to reach and affected by conflict. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 23:50 by Kebede Gizachew

“Working with refugees is mending broken hearts and restoring lost hopes,” says Tafessech Tessema, a mother of two and World Vision humanitarian working in Ethiopia’s largest refugee camp.

“Every day I travel 50 km drive from Gambella town to Kule camp to visit the refugee community. At the camp I have to walk house to house on my feet to undertake my day to day responsibilities,” says Tafessech, a livelihood specialist.

“This is a disease prone area, when you...

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 18:44 by Cecil Laguardia

By Benson Okabo, Operations Manager, West Nile Refugee Response

It took me a long while to let forgiveness take its course. My first intent was to take revenge. I wanted to act against the people who senselessly killed my father, a Reverend in the Anglican Church. He was helping extremely vulnerable people who were stuck in their houses while others were fleeing violence and armed cattle raids in July 1987. I was then 11 years old...

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Monday, August 14, 2017 - 23:03 by Dan Kelly

All too often humanitarian workers witness the worst that mankind can offer.  More than 30 years ago I encountered a grass-roofed church torched by warring factions in the Sudan civil conflict.  Inside, the imprisoned remains from over 100 women and children.  This was the turning point in my career and I made the commitment to dedicate my life to humanitarian work.


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 16:47 by Kristie Urich

By Robel Lambisso, West Africa Regional WASH Technical Advisor & GI-WASH Team, World Vision Ghana

Since the early 1990s, Ghana’s water and sanitation sector has seen major reforms to address weaknesses. Appropriate institutional, legal and regulatory structures have been put in place, particularly for the urban and rural water supply system.

While the country enjoys a marked success in achieving 89% access to safe water, the same cannot be...

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Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 07:07 by Cecil Laguardia

I met 12-year-old Blessing in Bidibidi. She had piercing eyes. She spoke with seriousness well beyond her years. 

She told me she fled to northern Uganda and left most of her family members in South Sudan. 

“As soon as we heard the gunshots, we just ran. That was how I ended up with my aunt. I do not know what happened to the rest of my nine siblings and my parents,” she said. 

Those eyes then flickered and became misty. 


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 14:05 by Amanda Cupido

By Tamara Tutnjevic

At a time of year when many families are taking their kids to different countries for vacations, it’s irking to think that millions of children are crossing borders for a very different reason.

July 30th marks World Day Against Trafficking Persons in an effort to bring attention to a fact...

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 08:39 by Marie Koona

Fidele Nindaginye, World Vision’s child protection in emergencies specialist for this emergency met with eight-year-old Sadia from Ngagala* community, 120 kilometres from Diffa, Niger. She shares her tribute for the great and life changing work of World Vision’s response staff dealing with the Lake Chad Basin crisis. Below are her words.

One day, I was crying alone amidst a crowd of adults. They did not pay...

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