as the sun comes down
courtship song in the evening
love is in the air
wondering where’s the sun now
as lovers hold hands there, too
One in five children dies before they reach their fifth birthday. They’re mostly in some developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas.
These children are not asking a lot. Just their basic rights. The right to play, to be heard, to know their rights, to have their names and nationalities, their own culture, their own language, to have food, water and clothes, to shelter, to be protected from sexual abuse and trafficking, to choose their religious beliefs, to be informed and to have their privacy.
We can’t save them all. Ideally, we want every child to have these things. The reality is different. This year 6.6 million children will die before they turn 5. These children mostly live in poor countries, and their deaths are largely preventable – high-impact interventions to reach the most vulnerable children around the world. The silent killers are poverty, hunger, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. Despite the scale of this ongoing catastrophe, it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time and headline coverage.
One way to make a difference… Sponsor a child. By doing so, we know that we are saving at least one child. There are many organisations that help deprived children in developing countries. Plan International is one of them. It is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan has made some progress in the different areas, such as supported the construction of new classrooms, supplemental feeding, medical check-ups and provision of micronutrients. It has conducted various activities to educate families and children on the bad effects of trafficking coupled with sessions tackling child abuse and how to prevent report and avail services to address such issues.
“Thanks for giving us a chance.” When we become a sponsor, we receive a welcome kit with their photo and biography. Through letters and annual updates, we are able to build a relationship with our sponsored child and see the difference we are making in this child’s life. There are other programs such as: reading and literacy development programs, health services training, especially in rural, under-served areas—often working to sensitize communities to immediate and preventable health hazards, assistance for children living with HIV/AIDS, including peer support and counselling and enhanced livelihood training programs that especially help women and children rise out of poverty using their own skills. There’s still a long way to go…
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