Improving reading – gaining confidence

It’s now two years since Typhoon Haiyan brought devastation to the Philippines, affecting 14 million people. Amidst the rebuilding in East Samar, the country’s poorest district, has been a real need to help children who had fallen behind in their education. Continue reading

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Making home hygge this Christmas

Maybe you’ve already come across the word hygge. It seems to be in fashion right now and lots of blogs and magazines are talking about it.

But what does it actually mean? And how easy is it to make home hygge?

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Ending the legacy of violence in Costa Rica

seliaymiwellEach day in Costa Rica 150 children suffer from domestic violence.

This staggering statistic from UNICEF is supported by new figures released by the National Children’s Hospital in the capital city San José which reports that, over the course of the last year, the average number of cases of violence against children has almost doubled. The hospital also states that these types of cases have increased four times over the last decade. Continue reading

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Scaling the heights of Kili

This December a team of 15 Viva staff and supporters will undertake an immense challenge to help bring lasting change to children’s lives. Continue reading

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Never give up: A safe place for children in Syria

“It was a hard time for me when ISIS came near…Every time this happens we start thinking we’ll have to go away – we don’t talk about it but we know it – this was very difficult for me.”

These are the words of one of the team of young leaders I met in Lebanon this week. They are running a child friendly space (CFS) for children in a conflict-affected part of Syria, and it was a privilege to spend time with them, providing child protection training and debriefing them. Continue reading

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Making math fun

It’s Friday afternoon, the third day of training and I find myself doing the actions for “We’re all going on a bear hunt” with 40 other teachers from Kampala and four teachers from the UK!

How did we get to this point? And what are we doing in Uganda? Continue reading

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