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Child Soldiers

Around the world, an estimated 250,000 children—some as young as 7—are involved in armed conflicts. Children are exploited in state-run armies, paramilitaries, and rebel groups. Coerced, enticed or abducted, these children serve as combatants, porters, spies, human mine detectors and sex slaves; their health and lives are endangered and their childhoods are sacrificed.

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Igelo Hellen and baby waiting for medicine at the Kamuda Health Center in Uganda. PHOTO: World Vision
Oct 8, 2015

Bipartisan coalition introduces legislation to save lives of mothers and children

Wednesday, a bipartisan team introduced a bold, bipartisan legislative initiative to dramatically accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn and childhood deaths worldwide.

A former child soldier rests in World Vision's Children of War Rehabilitation Center in Gulu, Uganda.
Oct 1, 2015

Obama Administration continues to waiver on U.S. commitment to ending use of child soldiers

The Obama Administration waivers on U.S.' commitment to ending the use of child soldiers as the White House releases a new list of countries who will continue receiving U.S. military assistance.

Sustainable Global Development Goals
Sep 22, 2015

Real work has only just begun, says World Vision ahead of historic summit to adopt global development goals

Over 150 heads of state will gather in New York from September 25 to 27 to adopt an ambitious agenda to eradicate extreme poverty within the next 15 years.

A Syrian family finds safety in a tented settlement after fleeing to Lebanon.
Sep 4, 2015

European Union obligated to provide special care and protection to child refugees

World Vision is urging the European Union’s interior and justice ministers to make a commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of refugee children at its emergency meeting in Brussels on September 14. 

A congregation member shares information about Ebola prevention and treatment following a church service in Bo District, Sierra Leone. PHOTO: World Vision/Jonathan Bundu
Jul 31, 2015

Effective Community Engagement Helped Contain Epidemic, Protect Children and Families, says Aid Agency

Efforts by faith leaders, teachers, parents and government helped inform citizens about risk factors for Ebola, dispel fear and stigma

Cover of the report 'After the Earthquake: Nepal's children speak out
Jul 25, 2015

New report: children express fears and insecurity following devastating Nepal earthquakes

Children call for better shelter solutions, more education so they are prepared ahead of the next natural disaster.

World Vision 2015 Gift Catalog (cover)
Jun 23, 2015

World Vision Gift Catalog 20th Anniversary

Over the past 20 years 790,000 donors have given life-changing gifts through World Vision's Gift Catalog — such as goats, clean water, food and education — helping 7.3 million people in need around the world.

Children in Sierra Leone report violence and exploitation against girls has increased during the Ebola epidemic, according to new report. PHOTO: Save the Children
Jun 17, 2015

Children report increased exploitation, teenage pregnancies in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone

Children in Sierra Leone report violence and exploitation against girls has increased during the Ebola epidemic, according to new report.

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