Watch the video first -- I'll wait ;)
I'm willing to bet there isn't anyone on the planet who wouldn't want to jump out and do something for children somewhere, any way they could after watching this video. In fact, I'm fairly confident that even without watching the video, there aren't many people who wouldn't love to see a world fit for children. As I realized while I was stripping wallpaper last weekend, you can't talk about orphans for long without including them in the greater context of vulnerable children everywhere. No single NGO, government, or group has more experience looking out for the children of the world than UNICEF.
UNICEF, originally named the United Nations International Emergency Children's Fund has been serving children around the world since its founding in 1946 for care for children after WWII in Europe and China. Today they're in Kenya and Darfur, and have been instrumental partners in the creation and execution of programs for the Millennium Goals; they're key contributors to the tsunami recovery, and they're United For Children, United Against AIDS.
In case you haven't checked in with UNICEF since you carried the cool "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" donation box on Halloween to raise pennies for kids (we really did that when I was little), it's worth a look to see the scope , the reach, and commitment of their programs. This recent update about the world's progress on the World Fit For Kids initiative, launched in 2002, can be a healthy three-and-a-half-minute part of your media diet; you get to see what the global community is up to in caring of the world's children.
If you're reading this, we see endless possibilities for your contribution to a World Fit for Children. If you have kids of your own or can borrow some from a local school, introduce them to UNICEF and invite them to be part of the global conversation among kids about helping kids around the world. Invite friends to read this and learn a little more about the global goals for helping kids. Awareness is always the first step. If you have resources, you can buy a bed net to protect a child from malaria, or pick something else you're passionate about: child survival, child protection, education, nutrition, water, art and laughter -- and jump in, or better yet: Get some friends to jump in with you.
Maybe the many of us born to the Western world, reading this on a computer screen, capable of sharing a commitment to a World Fit For Kids -- maybe we can help them make possible their unimaginably bright future.
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