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Growing up isn’t always easy. But girls in the developing world face challenges many of us can’t even imagine. Sampatya arrived home from her Compassion centre in Bihar, India one afternoon when she overheard her parents talking about her. Listening in, she realized with horror that they had arranged for her to marry a man […]
Today is World Day of Social Justice. According to the United Nations, “We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” You might […]
Near the Ecuadorian border with Colombia, there is an island so remote that villagers can only reach the mainland by a 45-minute canoe ride. Here in Pampanal de Bolivar, wood homes balance on stilts to protect from monthly flooding. Under the homes, children play amidst trash stuck in the mud and muck—there is no trash […]
Shamim wasn’t always deaf. Her mother abandoned her when she was one and a half years old. She grew up under the care of her grandmother in Luwero, Uganda. Shamim’s grandmother worked as a peasant farmer. When she wasn’t toiling in the fields she was working in the stone quarries. But her meagre income wasn’t […]
In April, 1994, extreme Hutu nationalists began what became known as the Rwandan genocide – the mass murder of around 800,000 people, mostly Tutsi minority. April 7th marks the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Rwandan Genocide. 20 years later, Delphine shares how she discovered God’s grace amid the horror and suffering. When […]
Growing up wasn’t easy for Patrick. His father was a violent man. He drank a lot and beat Patrick’s mother. When Patrick grew older, he got tired of the battling, tired of watching his father hurt his mother. He tried to defend her. Any time he did, his father threw him out of the house to […]
January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Every year, thousands of children, youth and adults are forced into bondage. Fortunately, there are organizations that are working tirelessly to fight against human trafficking and bring justice to its victims. One of those organizations is International Justice Mission. We spoke with Petra Bosma, Public Affairs Manager for […]