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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.
Sports and other recreational programs were a big part of my children’s lives growing up. Teeball, tae kwon do, basketball, dodgeball and many other sports were part of their after school activities, as well as various camps in the summer, church, Sunday School, youth group and AWANA (a Bible club) every Wednesday night. Keeping them busy with fun, safe activities was important to their development into strong young adults. But what about street kids? Especially in places like Zambia, where the government is more concerned with emergency assistance. This is where Fountain of Hope, a center in urban Lusaka (the capital of Zambia), steps in. Fountain of Hope provides a safe place for street kids and orphans to attend school, get a meal, play sports, go to the library, and learn skills through its technology program. Some boys even live at the center. (via Fountain of Hope Provides Healthy, Safe Fun for Street Kids in Zambia - Window on the World)
In Madagascar, the lack of taps and toilets is a big problem. 79% of schools don’t have clean drinking water. 41% of schools don’t even have a toilet. 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. WaterAid has a plan this summer to transform the lives of 12,000 children. With our help, they want to reach 31 schools with over 100 toilets and 150 taps in total. (via WaterAid: Giving Children the Water and Sanitation They Need - Window on the World)
Today, March 22, 2013, is World Water Day, a day established by the United Nations to look at water issues around the world. It’s a day that draws attention to the facts that 783 million people, or 11% of the world’s population, do not have safe water to drink and that this, coupled with poor sanitation, results in 2,000 children dying every day. (via World Water Day - Let’s Raise Awareness for World Water Issues)
Every year since I was young I have given up something or promised “to do” something for Lent. Lent is the period of 40 days before Easter (not including Sundays), and it starts with Ash Wednesday, which this year is today, February 13th. The purpose of giving something up is to be focused less on this world and to prepare our hearts to welcome the risen Christ. In previous years I have committed to daily Bible reading, given up swearing (not this year, sorry), and one year I even gave up sugar. (via WaterAid - I’m Drinking Water for Lent - Window on the WorldWindow on the World)
In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Save the Children, together with Children’s Health Fund, Every Child Matters, First Focus, Harlem Children’s Zone and Share Our Strength, has launched a petition urging the Obama Administration and Congress to establish a National Commission on Children. The partner organizations will send their signed call for action to the White House prior to the President’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12. (via Save the Children - Let’s Keep America’s Children SafeWindow on the World)
When I was a kid, my family had a well. It had an electric pump, and the only problems we had were when an earwig crawled into the control box and shorted out the system, or when the PH balance got a little off and we had to chlorinate the water for a day to kill the sulfur smell. I’m sure some of my readers have similar stories. But can you imagine what it would be like if you had to search all day just to find a water supply, no matter if it was safe to drink or not? Worldwide 800 million people do not have access to clean water and 2.5 billion have nowhere safe and clean to go to the toilet. (via WaterAid - Everyone Deserves Clean Water - Window on the WorldWindow on the World)