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Baby Blessings in Zambia!

Baby Blessings in Zambia!

The number of babies contracting HIV during childbirth in Zambia has dropped dramatically over the past half-decade! For example, between 2011 and 2012 the number of infants contracting HIV during birth declined a whopping 51%, and dropped again between...

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Love Remains

Love Remains

In honour and in memory of Rob Hall on the 7 year anniversary of his death, his wife Kate Smith (daughter of Jim and Kathy Cantelon) shared a beautiful tribute. Rob passed away serving in Zambia in a construction accident. As part of WOW's tribute we...

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Alpha’s Miracle

Alpha’s Miracle

(Alpha when we met him at age 7) On Jan 15, 2018, Time magazine published an article entitled “The Birthday Breakthrough” written by its editors.The feature article includes a full-page photo of 5 -year-old Mohamad Nasir (also featured on the front cover)....

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Leaving a Legacy: Media Melinga

Leaving a Legacy: Media Melinga

Just last week, Melinda Gates challenged the world to start doing a better job supporting grassroots women's movements in her article  "It's Time for a New Era" (Jan 4, 2018), when she proclaimed " You may never know their names. They work beneath the...

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Single mom here! Raising 5 children on my own, while putting myself through university; I was keenly aware of how, though my children attended a “publically funded” school, the extra school fees just about sank us year after year. First there was the $50...

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AIDS and Injustice

AIDS and Injustice

Flies were swarming her eyes. From the dank corner of her mud-brick home she groped the air, reaching out for her home based care worker. Moaning. She was barely there. Death was close. Visiting this elderly woman, dying of AIDS, anger at the injustice of it gripped...

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The broken and the beautiful

The broken and the beautiful

Walking through an urban slum is an invasion of the senses- new sites, loud sounds and always interesting smells. It can be overwhelming at times. But I love it. I love the busyness. I love the life here. I love the resourcefulness and community participation. There...

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In the little brick home

In the little brick home

In the middle of a Malawian slum, I sat in their small brick home. No electricity, no running water. The space was cramped. It was dark, but light enough to see the silhouette of their two precious faces. 8 years and 5 years old, they lived here alone. Their parents...

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Chibok Girls Freed at Last! So…What Next?

After three long years, on Sunday May 7 (2017), the anticipated and prayed for news was released to the public: 82 of the 276 kidnapped Chibok girls had finally been released! I am not sure why this story had affected me so deeply, perhaps because I am a girl, perhaps...

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Mobilize a Mobile Medical Clinic: Save a Life!

Mobilize a Mobile Medical Clinic: Save a Life!

I am new to WOW. I mean brand new. My third day on the job, half an hour into my commute, and stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on a major highway, I received the call no mother wants: my son was being rushed to the emergency room. He was anaphylactic: his eyes and...

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Without a choice

Without a choice

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Did you pack something for lunch? When you open your fridge what do you see? Did you make a grocery list at the beginning of the week and check out the local flyers for deals? Maybe you are inviting some friends over this...

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Merry Christmas from Jim Cantelon

Merry Christmas from Jim Cantelon

Dear friends. It's Christmas, a time to celebrate the incarnation: God "taking on flesh and dwelling among us, full of grace and truth". Kathy and I love this time of year, and we celebrate totally with our kids and grandkids. BUT- we are so aware of the horrors of...

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A threat to injustice

A threat to injustice

"...violence against women and girls remains one of the most widespread abuses of all human rights worldwide." (Global Affairs Canada) Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This is an issue that spans across cultures, religions and...

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