By 2015, world leaders hope to reach 8 millennium development goals that would change the lives of millions of vulnerable children, and you could be a big part of the solution.
Where were you 3,000 days ago? For many of us, 3,000 days doesn’t seem so long ago, and despite a few changes, our lives are much the same.
On a larger scale, 3,000 days has made all the difference for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. 3,000 days ago, 1 in 4 children living in developing countries were severely malnourished; 115 million children — most of them girls — were not getting the education they needed; and 11 million children under the age of five were dying every year from preventable causes.
Today, because of people like you who support heroes on the ground, the world looks much brighter. Millions more children are receiving treatment to recover from malnutrition and other treatable illnesses like malaria and pneumonia; 90% of children are completing their primary education; and child mortality rates have declined by 35%.
In Malawi and the Sierra Leone, 2007 Health Award Honoree Dr. Mark Manary has successfully treated 100,000 malnourished children with a protein-rich peanut butter, while 2009 Health Award Honoree Douglas Maclagan is providing free medical care to children and their families in rural Nepal. Countless other Honorees are working in some of the poorest areas of the world to ensure more are children healthy and succeeding in the classroom.
We still have a long way to go. In another 1,000 days, international leaders hope to reach the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. Having funded nearly 100 programs that have successfully served the needs of a growing number of children around the world, we believe these goals are achievable. Here are a few ways that your support helps to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, and make the world a better place for children everywhere.