Stephan Bouman via Crowdrise
September 05, 2012
I am having my birthday. Please don't give me a present.
Well, actually... I do want presents. Let me tell you why.
You often hear about children in the third world dying. But just some years ago, twice as many children died. Thanks to global campaigns, especially against malaria, thousands of children are not dead, but are alive, going to school, and building a future.
The campaigns belong to the UN's Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty, increase education, and improve the world. And now many success stories* are emerging, telling about great progress. Poverty has been strongly reduced, education increased, child mortality has been halved.
Reducing malaria is a very important factor in this, because families and countries can then invest in the future, instead of losing resources to illness and death.
This success shows that our help actually makes a difference.
Therefore I am very thankful if you do not buy me a birthday present, but donate it to this campaign instead!
You can donate any amount you wish. One family is saved from malaria by sending them a mosquito net, which costs only 10 dollars (59 kroner).
Will you save 2 families, or maybe even 3??
In all seriousness, this is important. Please do this for me.
Thank you :-)
* Read some of these success stories:
- Børnedødeligheden i Afrika er halveret
- Det går faktisk meget bedre i Afrika, end vi tror
- Se hvor overraskende langt vi allerede er med FN's 2015-mål
About the money you want to give:
The money goes through the UN Foundation to JCI's Nothing but Nets malaria campaign, to buy and distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to children and families in malaria-risk areas in Africa, and educate them in how to use the net. You can therefore be sure your money is put to good use.