Globally, 11 percent of girls are married before they are 15. This often means that they drop out of school, don’t work, and are at greater risk of complications due to pregnancy and childbirth. But World Vision is working to stop this through local advocacy programs that educate communities about the harm early marriage causes … Read More
Officially, there are over one billion reasons to come together to end violence against children. Over half of the world’s children are affected by violence, and every one of these more than one billion children deserves a life where they can thrive and reach their full potential. Violence against children includes abuse, exploitation, forced labor, … Read More
Lisa Anderson is a mother, advocate, and part-time writer for World Vision. In her work, she sees the stories of children in some of the worst circumstances, which inevitably causes her to reflect on the lives of her own children. She lives in Gig Harbor, WA with her husband who is a captain with Seattle … Read More
By Leovigildo Pedro “Dear mom and dad, we are very much aware of the tough society that we are living in lately: the tough struggles you have to go through to make ends meet among other needs you may have to look after for the sake of your children, particular[ily] ours, as girl children. But we … Read More
Together with you, World Vision has been working on a goal—to ensure children are protected from exploitative child labor through strong U.S. government support. This is a big goal, but one we believe we can—we must—achieve. As with any large goal, we break it up into smaller goals and inevitably see progress along the way. This summer … Read More
Call your Representative to help fight child labor. Eighty-five million children around the world are in dangerous, dirty, and degrading jobs around the world. Of these, 5.5 million are in forced labor. When a child works, they miss out on education, play, and a part of their childhood — their physical, mental, and social development is negatively affected. … Read More
Yesterday, Sunday June 12, was World Day Against Child Labor, a day created to help bring attention to the 168 million children who are working instead of going to school, playing, being in a safe place, and simply enjoying childhood. Of those, 85 million children work in hazardous and unsafe labor conditions and 5.5 million … Read More
Earlier this month, Relevant Magazine interviewed Jessica Bousquette, World Vision policy advisor for child protection, about the state of South Sudan amidst a conflict that has been going on since 2013. Since the conflict began, there has been much violence displacing over 900,000 children within South Sudan, keeping them from school and putting them at greater risk for malnutrition and exploitation, including child soldier recruitment. Over the past two years, over 400 advocates have send messages to the President to bring awareness to this conflict and the impact it is having on children.
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.
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.