Global Team of 200 is a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.
Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.
I wanted to stand up and shout “Bravo” after reading the 2014 Gates Annual Letter this week. It is so well done. Of course we’ve come to expect no less from Bill & Melinda Gates these days as they seem to be driving the search for solutions to the world’s toughest problems. In fact earlier this month Bill Gates was declared the Most Admired Person in the world in a global survey done by YouGov for the Times of London. What I love about the letter this year is the clear-cut way three false beliefs that hinder development are tackled. An optimist myself, the hopeful predictions in this letter make me want to stand up and cheer. (via The 2014 Gates Annual Letter)
Melinda Gates and I have a lot in common. We are around the same age, both moms, both have Master’s Degrees, and married brilliant men. We left our regular jobs behind after having our children, and directed our energy into advocacy. We both strive towards improving poverty and global health issues, but most of all, Melinda and I are both passionate about global maternal and child health. She recently wrote a post on the Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists where she talks about how she looks forward to the UNICEF report each year. Each year it tells us how we have improved child mortality rates in what she calls “the most important statistic in the world”. I feel the same way. Seeing such progress gives me immense hope for what we are able to accomplish. Every incremental bit of improvement should be celebrated, because it brings us that much closer to the greater goals. (via Me & Melinda)
I nominated Dr. Sophia Webster whom I recently interviewed for this blog, for taking her medical knowledge and ability to reach remote communities as a pilot and setting out to raise awareness for maternal health, share her expertise with other community health-care workers and deliver life saving supplies in the areas that need it most. (via The Real Awards)
We have seen time and again how beneficial sports can be in any child’s life, and in Zambia Save The Children works to help give kids a better life by funding the Sport in Action program at Fountain of Hope. Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa and Fountain of Hope is a center located in the urban capital of Lusaka. (via Transforming Lives Through Sport: Sport In Action In Zambia)
In Madagascar, the lack of taps and toilets is a big problem. Every year, 13,000 children under five die due to water-related diseases. With half the population under 16, young people across the country are affected in many different ways. This summer, you have an amazing opportunity to transform the lives of 12,000 children. With your help, we can reach 31 schools with over 100 toilets and 150 taps in total. (via Build Something Incredible With Water Aid In Madagascar This Summer)
Save the Children’s report also highlights the huge economic cost of chronic malnutrition. Chronic Malnutrition causes stunting of cognitive development that results in the inability to reach full adult potential. That means a quarter of the worlds adults will not be able to fully contribute to their communities in the way they would had they received proper nutrition as a child. Spending on nutrition programs is one of the most cost effective forms of development assistance, yet currently amounts to just 0.3 per cent of global development spending. Any investment now, the report says, would be a down payment on future prosperity. (via Food For Thought; Save The Children Reports)
any years ago traveling in Africa I took this photo of young girls carrying these huge jugs of water through their village to their homes. This is a snapshot of a scene that I saw played out time and again in my travels through the continent. Lines at village hand pumps, and heavy jerry cans balanced on heads, hours fetching water that could otherwise have been spent by these young girls in school, or by the women earning a living. (via March 22nd Is World Water Day)