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Posts : June, 2013

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Travelling Latin America on a mission
29th Jun, 13 | Posted by Serena Star-Leonard
Travelling Latin America on a mission

It was this time last year when it all started! My husband Johnny and I sold up and left Australia for three years of travel. The rough outline was one year in Latin America, one year in Asia and one year in Africa. I have always had a passion...

Bangladesh factory collapse: Why what we buy matters
25th Jun, 13 | Posted by Ruth Dearnley
Bangladesh factory collapse: Why what we buy matters

You may have seen the harrowing images of the aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse on Four Corners. Many Australians want to do their part to stop this happening again. But what does this mean? We should only buy local? We should boycott global products? World Vision's Ruth Dearnley...

Syria: A generation on pause
19th Jun, 13 | Posted by Joy Toose
Syria: A generation on pause

I worry that without education, these children will be a forgotten generation, just surviving, waiting out the war. Their whole life paused, except that they are still getting older. Some of them will be adults before this conflict is over.

Why I’m saying no to boycotts
17th Jun, 13 | Posted by Ruth Dearnley
Why I’m saying no to boycotts

At first, boycotting a bad company or industry seems like a good solution. But is it a case of problem solved? Unfortunately, I don’t think so. In most cases, I think it’s ineffective – and at worst, harmful.

Syrian crisis 101: Three things you should know
13th Jun, 13 | Posted by Joy Toose
Syrian crisis 101: Three things you should know

There's been a lot said about the ongoing conflict in Syria, but not as much about the refugee crisis that's seen more than 6.5 million people forced to flee. World Vision's Joy Toose writes from Lebanon.

Syria – the country that’s disappearing before our eyes
4th Jun, 13 | Posted by Joy Toose
Syria – the country that’s disappearing before our eyes

This is a photo of my brother Matt (second from the left) in 2000. He’s with his girlfriend Alison and two friends in Palmyra, Syria. It’s been over a decade since this photo was taken and things couldn’t be more different. In those 13 years, my brother has married Alison...