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GVN Children's Campaign - Stop Child Poverty

I have just finished reading a book that has had a profound effect on me. It is called The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs. In the book he outlines a roadmap to ending poverty by 2025. He states that "for the first time in our history, our generation has the opportunity to end extreme poverty in the world's most desperate nations." This is a very exciting book and one you definitely should read.

We can no longer accept a world where a child can die of poverty in a world of plenty.

The United Nations Children's Fund has just released their report titled: The State of The Worlds Children 2006 which outlines that:

"More than 1 billion children suffer from one or more extreme forms of deprivation in adequate nutrition, safe drinking water, decent sanitation facilities, health-care services, shelter, education and information.

Poverty does not only threaten children by depriving them of the capabilities needed to survive, develop and thrive. It also entrenches or widens social, economic and gender disparities that prevent children from enjoying equal opportunities and undermine protective family and community environments, leaving children vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, violence, discrimination and stigmatization.

Children experience poverty with their hands, minds and hearts. Material poverty - starting the day without a nutritious meal or being forced to engage in hazardous labour - hinders cognitive capacity as well as physical growth.

By limiting their participation in society and inhibiting their potential, poverty not only causes children suffering - it also disempowers them.

Poverty in childhood is a root cause of poverty in adulthood. Impoverished children often grow up to be impoverished parents, who in turn bring up their own children in poverty. In order to break the generational cycle, poverty reduction must begin with children."

At GVN we are about to embark on a journey where reaching the destination relies not only us but on people like you. As Nelson Mandela said at the Make Poverty History Campaign in the middle of last year: "Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom. Of course the task will not be easy. But not to do this would be a crime against humanity. Against which I ask all humanity to rise up!"

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Kind Regards

Colin Salisbury
Global Volunteer Network

ps. Remember: "You have not lived today successfully unless you have done something for someone who can never repay you." John Bunyan