News & Stories



Facing responsibility: The face of a refugee child

In 2013, World Vision President Rich Stearns met 10-year-old Haya in Jordan. The song she sang to him that day became a pivotal moment in his life: “Do you ever think of the children of Syria?” Hear from Rich about the impact of that moment, and three and a half years later, join us in reconnecting with Haya.


Our humanity brings us together

World Vision U.S. President Rich Stearns reflects on how we may seem worlds apart from our global neighbors, but we are not as different as we may think. He shares 10-year-old Haya’s song; the lyrics describe the loss, pain, and hope of Syrian refugees.


My encounter with a child of Syria

For three years, the children of Syria have have borne the brunt of violence and tragedy, while millions have been forced to flee. Today, meet Ola, a child of Syria whose laughter would give way to tears without warning.

Special Features

Crying for their country

FEB. 1, 2014, JORDAN AND SYRIA — Of the 8 million people displaced by Syria’s war, more than half are children. Many arrive in neighboring countries with little more than the clothes on their backs and memories of friends and home. Here in Jordan, they take refuge with their families in a crowded camp or suffocating accommodations, mourning lost loved ones and yearning for their former lives. Each child has a story.

From the Field

2013 life frames: Storytelling from World Vision photographers

World Vision’s award-winning photographers travel around the world every year, capturing moments of God’s grace and faithfulness as we follow Jesus’ example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed. They bring back stories that inspire us to action and compassion.