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We cannot do everything…

posted by August 19th, 2014

by Paul Newnham, Global Youth Engagement Director for World Vision International

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

As we arrived in El Salvador after 3 days of meeting with communities in Honduras, my head was swirling with all I had heard. Stories from people who each day lived in fear of the violence and poverty that had taken over their reality.

The communities from which so many children are fleeing are dangerous.

As a parent with kids the same age as many who are fleeing, I was challenged by the painful choices parents were faced with trying to protect their children. Sending them to the United States involved all kinds of risks, but staying was a major risk itself where children were targeted and threatened. (more…)

VIDEO: Sofia’s Story – Children Fleeing Violence

posted by August 14th, 2014

After receiving threats promising the kidnapping and killing of her two sons, Sofía was forced to send the boys to the U.S. to live with their father. Even so, the heartbroken mother is still being threatened – this time with the loss of her 1-½ year-old daughter and her house – for monthly payments of $500, hardly possible in a country whose economy has left little work for anyone.

Sofía is one of many Salvadorans suffering from gang violence and threats, leaving them with a choice between staying home and staying safe – a choice that has caused thousands of children in Central America to flee their homes in search of asylum in other countries.

Ways you can help

  • Sponsor a child today in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador. One of the best ways to keep a child safe from exploitation and violence is through child sponsorship, which provides a safety net of basics like safe shelter, nutritious food, clean water, education, medical care, spiritual nurture, and more.
  • Advocate. Please sign our petition to governments in Central America and the United States to protect children from violence.
  • Pray for children in Central America who face violence daily. Use our prayer points to help guide your prayers. (more…)

Helpless is Not Powerless

posted by August 13th, 2014

by Meredith Hastings, World Vision Youth

Meredith Hastings from the World Vision Youth team recently traveled to El Salvador and Honduras to investigate why children were fleeing violence and migrating to the U.S. border. In the wake of one particularly challenging interview, Meredith didn’t know how to respond. The combination of injustice and powerlessness was overwhelming, and she wondered how she could be part of a potential solution for innocent people suffering so greatly.

I suppose I looked normal enough, like any other tired person riding a ferry on her way home, but truthfully, I was in a nightmare of mental numbness and hyperactivity.

I kept seeing her face. (more…)

She Made Us Believe, That A Better World Is Possible.

posted by August 12th, 2014

Dear World Vision Youth Community, Friends and Supporters,

It is with tremendous shock and sadness that I write this note to you. On August 7th, 2014 a bright light was taken from our world, youth community and family. Alex Foto (19 years old) was killed in a tragic accident in London, Ontario when a cement truck collided into her as she was biking. We are in shock and our hearts are broken, but I believe that Alex is at peace right now as I write this. (more…)