Monday, May 19, 2014 - 23:51 by World Vision Blogger
By Florence Joy Maluyo, World Vision Philippines
They all looked beautiful in white. It was graduation day at Botongon Elementary School.
I watched them arrive, one by one. Some arrived with their parents, some with their siblings, some with relatives. The girls were made-up while the young boys put an effort in their hairstyles. Graduation songs started to play. Parents were smiling.
I looked around. Destroyed classrooms. Scattered boats....
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 21:57 by Alina Shrestha
As a mother of two young children and a development worker in a child-focused organisation, ensuring child well-being lies at the heart of my home and work. Often in my visits to different regions of Nepal I come across children who do not experience the fullness of life we envision for them. There are many reasons for this: poverty and lack of access to much-needed resources are just the beginning.
Poverty might set limitations on child well-being, but parents...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:00 by World Vision Blogger
By Feral Vincent Quitlong, Health and Nutrition Facilitator, World Vision Haiyan Response.
It’s never easy news to deliver.
But with one-year-old Jalrotchen, there was no way to avoid it. Her mom needed to know. The girl was too small, too thin. Even though she played wide-eyed, when I wrapped the measuring tape around her arm, I knew what was going to read.
Red – the danger zone for child malnutrition. The measuring tape has...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:00 by
In Vietnam, many people are crazy about football.
In 2003, the streets of Hanoi were crowded with a sea of people and flags, celebrating when Vietnam beat Malaysia in a semi-final football match at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which was held in the capital city.
Riding a motorbike slowly along a road to the national stadium, my friend gave high-fives to every person standing along the road. I remember that my friend’s watch stopped working...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:00 by
I recently joined one of World Vision’s assessment teams as they went to evacuation centres following the devastation caused by flooding in the Solomon Islands. Walking up to the evacuation centre at Mbokonavera School in central Honiara, the smell of sewage was unmistakable. Around 500 people fled their homes to this evacuation centre following days of heavy rain in early April which caused flash flooding and landslides. Many peoples’ homes were awash with heavy, sticky mud...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 01:52 by World Vision Blogger
By Dr. Mary Dunbar
What does every mother hope for when she thinks about the delivery of her baby?
It’s almost certain she wants to deliver her baby with a person she trusts, who is kind and has the skills to ensure her safety.
She wants to be treated with dignity and respect, and with consideration of her culture and beliefs.
She hopes to be kept informed of her progress in labour and have a choice about what happens to...
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 10:00 by Crislyn Felisilda
By: Feral Vincent Quitlong, Health and Nutrition Facilitator, World Vision Haiyan Response, Philippines, with Crislyn Felisilda, Communications
Luckily, I was one of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
I used to work as a nurse in one of the private hospitals in Tacloban City and I was on duty when the super-typhoon hit our hospital. Haiyan brought winds that screamed and a wall of ocean water – a storm surge – came gushing inside our hospital. ...
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 18:40 by
I meet Soknang, who is living in a temporary shelter made of different slices of tarp and no doors or windows under a huge tamarind tree and surrounded by bushes and stinky piles of waste such as cloths and can waste. He is living in an abandoned boxing yard in Battambang town.
There are around twenty families in the same situation in the boxing yard. They would be asked to move to other different places.
Two mosquito nets are hanging from the fences above...
Monday, December 9, 2013 - 09:00 by Hasanthi Jayamaha
By Arniel Anasco, with Hasanthi Jayamaha
Monday, November 04: It is the first announcement. PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) announced of a newly-formed cyclone named Haiyan in the Pacific Ocean and it’s gradually intensifying. They say it might grow into a Typhoon.
We are advised to monitor and to be on alert. Everyone is listening to the news reports almost every hour to find out...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 09:00 by
Five mothers walk side by side, laughing and talking as they reach the gate. Today, they’re celebrating – a new centre is about to open.
The mothers are wearing their best clothes, sleeveless dresses of blue, red and black cotton and have carefully tucked their long hair behind their ears. These women, and the other residents I meet, are smiling widely with anticipation – it’s almost a carnival feeling.
But there are no acrobats or magicians in this...