Leveraging the U.S. Budget to Fight Child Labor

Leveraging the U.S. Budget to Fight Child Labor

February 26, 2016By Jessica BousquetteProtecting Children 3 Comments

Congress is now considering the President’s budget, introduced in early February, and will begin creating the budget for FY17. Among the many things included in this budget is funding (that has been allocated since 1995) for programs that support and protect nearly 2 million children in or at risk of entering child labor. As Congress decides what programs are funded, your voice is needed.

What Will Happen to Syria’s Children?

What Will Happen to Syria’s Children?

February 24, 2016By Stephanie HammondRefugee Crisis 1 Comment

Nisa held a blue crayon and started to draw on a clean, white sheet of paper. She was surrounded by brightly colored walls, pictures of cartoon characters, balls, bubbles, and dolls in one of World Vision’s child-friendly spaces in northern Serbia along the European migration route. This young girl and her family fled Syria’s violent civil war and were now making their way through Europe to gain refuge in Germany. Little Nisa quietly drew her picture as her family waited at the train station to embark on the next leg of their journey. They had come so far to reach this point, and traveled for nearly a month by the time they reached the Serbian train station. Now they just needed to continue their route from Serbia through Croatia, and then onto Slovenia, Austria, and finally Germany.

Why Do We Need to Care about the Budget Process?

Why Do We Need to Care about the Budget Process?

February 22, 2016By Lisa BosForeign Assistance No Comments

How many of you heard the President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017 came out on February 9? Maybe you read a news story about it or saw something about it on television. Perhaps you are on an email list of an organization that praised or criticized an aspect of the budget, or you saw stories in your social media feeds.

Red Hand Day: “If I run out of food, I will go.”

Red Hand Day: “If I run out of food, I will go.”

February 12, 2016By Jessica BousquetteProtecting Children 1 Comment

Today as we observe Red Hand Day, a day to raise awareness about the use of child soldiers, half of the nearly 60 million displaced people around the world are children. They, like Jeremiah, face risk of abuse, hunger, neglect, exploitation, and other forms of violence as they are separated from their parents or caregivers, as they run out of options for livelihoods and survival, or as education is interrupted by disaster or conflict.