WHAT'S GOING ON: THE BLOG
Update; December 6 – 1:30 PST: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just unanimously passed the Education for All Act and it will now go to the Senate Floor! Ask your Senators to vote yes! As Christmas draws nearer and nearer, I feel that we each have two lists. There is that one list that … Read More
I vaguely remember the rise of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. I can recall hearing stories of disease and death, but not really understanding what that meant—the devastation this horrible disease was causing in families and communities. I don’t think the disease became even a little bit real to me until I saw the television movie … Read More
This post was originally published on the Hill. Recently, when talking about development and humanitarian crises around the world, a colleague commented to me, “The world is on fire. Too many of us are watching it burn.” While this may seem like a pessimistic view, the truth is that the world is facing an unprecedented … Read More
At World Vision, we are so grateful for all of you – our donors and advocates – who, partner with communities and families around the world, finding sustainable ways to end poverty by speaking out. To celebrate Thanksgiving, we asked some of you to share how you plan to kick off the holiday season and … Read More
Last February, a standing-room-only crowd of Congressional staff, U.S. government officials, and development and humanitarian practitioners gathered for a briefing in Washington, D.C. entitled “El Niño’s Strength: Smallholder Farmers, Food Security, and Resilience.” At the time of the briefing, El Niño (a naturally occurring weather phenomenon) was already showing indications of its strength and severity, … Read More
Leigh Sides, an advocate from Flower Mound, Texas, wanted to know, “How can I be useful?” She asked God, “Whatever it is you want me to do, I want it to count.” A month later, she received an email from World Vision’s Advocacy team asking her to sign up for an in-district meeting with her … Read More
Additional contributions by Aaron Brose. It is very likely you know someone who has given birth to, or maybe even was, a preterm baby—a “preemie” as they’re affectionately called. In the United States, preterm birth may come with complications, but hospital and medical teams are well-equipped to provide life-saving care and give parents information … Read More
This week, World Vision Advocacy hosted a post-election conference call – What do the election results mean for World Vision programs, the type of work that we do, and our advocacy priorities moving forward? More than 100 people signed up to join the call. If you missed it, listen below! Recording begins at 2:25. Here … Read More
This article was originally published on Time.com by Liz Schrayer is President and CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. There are times when politics and policy making can seem more chaotic than productive, but behind the scenes are real human beings – the men and women who represent us in Congress and at the end … Read More
Poverty-focused foreign assistance
While most Americans estimate that foreign assistance comprises 26% of the U.S. budget, it actually accounts for less than 1% of federal spending — but positively impacts millions who live in extreme poverty globally. Each dollar translates into lives saved for those who live in poverty.
Currently, one in every 113 people in the world is a refugee, and the conflict in Syria has contributed to the largest refugee crisis since WWII. We’re educating members of Congress about the refugees’ realities in the region and working to maximize humanitarian aid to those in desperate need.
Globally, 85 million children are trapped in dirty, dangerous, and degrading jobs – including nearly 8 million in forced labor. We work to promote U.S. foreign policies that protect vulnerable children from exploitation, forced labor, human trafficking, and violence. As a community we speak out to prevent policies that could result in their undue harm to children.
Healthy moms and babies
Every day, nearly 16,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes. Pregnancy and childbirth claim the lives of nearly 300,000 mothers a year. We advocate for U.S. legislation that will help improve the health of mothers and young children where access to life-saving care is limited.
Food Security and Livelihoods
Nearly 800 million people in the world will go to bed tonight without enough food or nourishment. Without this, children cannot grow, learn, or fend off sickness and disease. With the right tools, families and communities can fight hunger. We urge solutions that help families help themselves, and build resilience against future obstacles.