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posted by World Vision Youth February 17th, 2014
Join the Reveal Realities Photo Contest to reveal the realities of inequality in our communities and across the Americas. The contest runs through April 30. The top photos will be used to advocate government leaders and the general public on issues of inequality and child exploitation, abuse, and neglect. We will do this through a [...]Continue Reading
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posted by World Vision Youth March 7th, 2014
This International Women’s Day, we honor the strong leaders who are emerging from Typhoon Haiyan’s aftermath. Meet Wilma Paloma. She leads an entire village with more than 600 families. After typhoon Haiyan ravaged their village in the province of Aklan, she is now left with the daunting task of leading her village towards recovery.
Leadership and participation of women in village councils are gaining ground in the Philippines’ most vulnerable and disaster-prone areas. Recognizing their strengths and capabilities, women like Wilma can lead even after a strong typhoon like Haiyan.
According to her, “The relief assistance that we received in the aftermath of the storm sustained us for weeks as we head back to our fields to clear our farms and plant. Now it’s time to harvest and we’re reaping the fruits of our hard work.” (more…)
posted by World Vision Youth March 5th, 2014
When we started the Reveal Realities Photo Contest, on 20 February, our goal was to reach 1000 photos by 30 April. Now, we are at more than 1500 photos!
This is just the first step in starting a movement. After the contest ends (on April 30), we’ll turn the top photos into a touring Exhibit and Calendar to advocate for policies that promote equality and protect children from neglect, exploitation, and abuse.
Each of these photos tells an important story of the realities of inequality in our communities and across the Americas. We have some new photos in our Most Popular Photos Leaderboard. (For the latest tallies, and to vote for your favorites, visit the Most Popular Photos page on the Photo Contest website.) Here are this week’s new entrants:
by Jorge Rivera from Honduras
“The weight of the world.” Vote for this image in the Reveal Realities Photo Contest here.
posted by James Pedrick March 4th, 2014
It’s Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent – a season commemorated through prayer and fasting in preparation of the hope that Jesus Christ has brought to this world through his life, death, and resurrection. Many people traditionally use Lent as a time to give something up, to refocus their faith.
However you plan to use this season, I want to challenge you to keep a certain group of people in your prayers: the children of Syria. On March 15, the conflict in Syria will enter its fourth year. For far too many children, this conflict has meant another year of giving up their homes and education. Far too many children have even witnessed death and bloodshed firsthand, losing their security and innocence.
At times like these, it’s easy to feel hopeless. We can fall to our knees but still not know what to do or what to pray. This is when prayer is needed most.
Fortunately, in the Gospels, Jesus shows us how to pray. We created this video, structured off the Lord’s Prayer, to help mobilize a movement of prayer.
This Lent, I am giving up on hopelessness, apathy, or ignorance. It’s hard to stay put and listen to stories with such hardship, but we cannot afford to lose an entire generation to senseless conflict. When all human efforts seem to fail, all that is left is boldly coming before our Lord – hopeful that God’s peace, mercy, and justice will ultimately reign through us.
Please share this video with your friends. Consider joining others around the world on March 15, the third anniversary of this conflict, by hosting a vigil – either in your church, community, or even with a few friends in your living room. (more…)
posted by World Vision Youth March 4th, 2014
In 12 days, the Reveal Realities Photo Contest has brought in more than 1,500 photos – 1,500 realities of inequality revealed! To celebrate, we asked Alex Herbig, our Visual Storytelling Fellow, to share which photos most caught his attention. Many of the videos you have seen on the World Vision Youth blog are from Alex. He’s also an avid photographer. Here’s what he shared:
I based most of my selections on how the images affected me emotionally. I picked the ones that made me stop and look deeper. I think that is one of the most powerful things an image can do, stop you dead in your tracks and make you think. Many of the pictures ended up being black and white, simply because the absence of color simplifies what you are looking at, making it so you can’t help but be drawn directly into the subject.
These images show the grit and darkness of inequality and reveal the realities that many live in. I hope these images press you deeper into the issue of inequality and help us see more clearly the trials we must overcome to live happy productive lives. After you’ve looked at some of my favorites below, I challenge you to find & vote for your favorites, upload your own, or try one of our 4 activities to help you identify inequality in your own community.
by Jessica Rodriguez Campos from México
Solo Miedo // Only Fear
This image struck me because of how well it captures and makes you focus in on the fear that can plague all of us, especially those living in instable, insecure places. Vote for this photo on the Reveal Realities Photo Contest page (more…)
posted by World Vision Youth March 2nd, 2014
by Rhonda Hirst, Emergency Communications, World Vision Australia
I remember when I was a child and I’d be at my Grandmother’s for Christmas. My cousins and I used to create a tent to get away from all the activity in the house, to have our own privacy away from all the adults. We would have tea parties, and if we were lucky, we would sleep in it overnight.
When I met Mais, I was taken aback by her bubbly demeanour. She would have been that popular girl at school, the one everyone wanted to be friends with. But here, she is a refugee. Here, her brothers search bins in the neighbouring town in hope of striking lucky and finding some additional food scraps, or maybe some clothes someone has thrown out. (more…)