We won’t stop until trafficking is history In Nepal, children are sometimes treated as a commodity. Some parents are taken in by traffickers’ promises. Others know the ugly truth, but agree to it because they know the money will feed the family. Fifteen-year-old Leli travelled to the city in the hope of escaping poverty at …


Making child protection a priority when disaster strikes Today’s world is volatile, with disasters linked to conflict and climate change happening all too often.  Each time, children are amongst the most vulnerable. When Typhoon Haiyan hit her village in the Philippines, Joyice’s father moved her up on to the roof to escape the huge waves …


The transforming power of education What single thing can you do to reduce infant mortality, combat poverty and prevent disease? Educate girls. Research shows that investing in girls’ education is crucial. But in Uganda, fewer than one in five girls makes it to secondary school, forced to drop out early because of poverty, discrimination or …


Keeping children safe from violence Murder rates in Central America are the highest in the world. Violence has become normal, and this tragically even extends to children in their own homes. Helena is 11, the oldest of three children whose daily lives have been defined by violence, volatility and sexual abuse at the hands of …

The extraordinary everyday in Lebanon

Viva’s Kezia M’Clelland writes from Lebanon about noticing the beauty in hard places and recognising the quiet, steady ways in which refugee children’s lives are being changed – often unnoticed.

A firm foundation for Harare’s carers

Against a backdrop of relentless poverty for most of the population, and with a ‘drought disaster’ recently declared in rural areas, Viva Network Zimbabwe (VNZ) is increasingly recognising the need to provide quality, lasting support for those who care for children.

Restoring hope in Bolivia

Carmen Alvarez, Viva’s Director for Latin America, explains how partner networks in Bolivia are bringing about a better life for abused children and their families – like that of a girl called Brenda.

Will Ugandan voters choose Museveni again?

Uganda goes to the polls this Thursday (18 February) and President Yoweri Museveni is expected to extend his 30-year rule in spite of strong opposition from other candidates.

Journeying together

Stuart Pascall reflects on the valuable time that international staff spent together last month – the latest waymarker on a journey, guided by God.

Giving children a voice

There is something beautiful about watching a child help another child, or a child learning something and re-teaching it to others.