Sustaining Future

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Stop Child Poverty

Future of human being should be a future for all human being, not just the rich in the developed countries.

Child provety is defined as [see here]
a child unable to pay the fees to attend school; an orphaned child whose parents have died of AIDS; a child sold into slavery; a child whose bones weaken from malnutrition; a child who must live in unsafe and unhealthy surroundings; a child who does not receive nurture, love and support.

According to the website, there are seven forms of deprivation: lack of adequate food, safe drinking water, sanitation, health, shelter, education and access to information.

Fortunately, humankind is now in a position that such child poverty can be eradicated within our lifetime only if the countries can donate 0.7% of their national income to help reach these goals1. It is our obligation to our fellow human to see that our countries' leaders are acting promptly with their pledges.

1The Millennium Development Goals are:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development


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