On this World Refugee Day, we must protect education for all refugee children. Last week, Linda Hiebert, World Vision International’s partnership leader of education and life skills, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee about the barriers to girls’ education around the world. Linda focused on children affected by conflict and the difficulties that adolescent … Read More
Jana Mastrogiovanni is a wife, a professional, an athlete, a Christian, and a mother. Motherhood is something that bonds millions of women around the world, yet no one is ever quite prepared for the way it consumes your life with love and chaos — a universal experience no matter where you are from. Contemplating a to-do list not … Read More
Last month we asked you to submit your questions about Syria and the refugee crisis. We were in Washington, D.C., with colleagues from Jordan who see first hand the effects this situation is having on children. After we returned to our D.C. office one afternoon, Frances Charles, Advocacy Director for World Vision International’s Syria Crisis … Read More
Stephanie Hammond, World Vision policy adviser for global conflicts and natural disasters, recently returned from Serbia where she visited World Vision relief programs along the Balkan refugee migration route. Walking down the row of buses in Šid, I noticed a refugee mother and her young child getting water at a pump attached to the back … Read More
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.
Gracious Lord, awaken us to the needs of Syrian children and their mothers and fathers. Let us not grow weary in doing what is right and good in Your eyes. Remind us to engage on their behalf as we would if it were our own families who were suffering. Help us be advocates for peace … Read More
More than four years in, and there’s still no peace in Syria. And 2014 was the worst year yet for Syrians, with children being the most negatively impacted. World Vision’s Syria Response Director Wynn Flaten was just in Washington, D.C. to highlight the impact of the conflict on Syria’s children. During one meeting with senior … Read More
“I dream about delicious food; to have a proper meal, I wish rats won’t eat our bread and clothes, and millipede won’t crawl on my back when I sleep. I wish I have games. I wish I can go back to my room in Syria; I wish for the situation to calm down.” – Mohammed, 7 … Read More