Every day, in every country in the world, girls are confronted by violence, abuse and unequal treatment that continues to rob them of their childhoods and limit their chances. A girl is far more likely to be denied her rights, kept from school, forced to marry and subjected to violence. Such is the story of Pauline, who against all odds had a breakthrough.
Playing sports can be one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. Why? Sports help children learn. Through sports, children can develop confidence, independence, physical skills, concentration and creative thinking. And don’t forget, a healthy diet plays a vital part in helping children enjoy sports. However, good health, nutrition and exercise can seem out of reach for children from underprivileged communities in Malaysia. These children record higher percentages of malnutrition than the national average.
You may have heard of this: "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well." Yes! Food is not just something to fill the stomach. Food can be delicious, inventive, colourful, inspiring, and meaningful to all of us. But did you know that nearly 50 million people are on the edge of famine in 45 countries? Tens of millions of children and their families are confronted with starvation in a massive hunger crisis.
Xa is only 14 years old, but for years, she knew what her future holds: early marriage. Where she lives in Vietnam, arranged marriages are prevalent and most girls are married as teenagers. Both of Xa’s grandmothers married at 15. Her mother married at 17. Her sister married at 19. In her culture, women are the breadwinners of the family. Once, Xa’s mother had to go to the forest to chop down a tree even though she was heavily pregnant.
From a young age, Semira was in charge of the chores around the house. She would fetch water, cook, and collect firewood for her family while her three brothers would spend their time leisurely. None of them thought anything of it – it was just how things had always been in their community in rural Ethiopia.
Just 21, Andreea is one of hundreds of World Vision volunteers working on rotation day and night to support people fleeing Ukraine. Andreea grew up in a small, rural area in eastern Romania. Many children in her community did not have the chance to attend school so they spent their days in the fields caring for animals.
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