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Melinda Gates Foundation: To Save Children's Lives

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To Put Birth Control On The Global Agenda -- And Save Children's Lives

I am a first time full-marathon participant! I have to train myself to finish a marathon in 2.5month. Please join me in marathon for Melinda Gates Foundation. I saw Melinda's TEDX talk last year and decided to support her campaign to save women & children in developing countries. Melinda Gates is promoting access to contraceptives around the world, and urging everyone to believe it's not a controversial step. (You can watch the clip here: http://www.ted.com/talks/melinda_gates_let_s_put_birth_control_back_on_the_agenda.html)

 

I loved her talk becuase this is the topic I have been thinking about but afriad to speak up. To tell you a little bit about why I started to believe that all women should have access to contraceptives: When we first moved to China five years ago, my mom hired a Chinese housekeeper Ms.Dong. She was about my age and worked really hard. She came to our house at 5:30am and left at 9:00pm after she cooks for me and my parents. I assumed she didn't have her own family since she worked at my house every day. One day, Ms. Dong told me that she actually had 5 young kids. She got pregnant when she was 13 and she has been working really hard to support her kids. I felt so bad for her. She had 5 kids so she had to work day and night to make ends meet, which means she had no time to spend with her own children... I asked her why she wanted to have so many kids (it was a naive/ stupid question) She told me that she was originally from a small rural town where she couldn't find any contraceptives. Many people don't know that there are so many young women in the world who need access to contraceptives. Hope more people will watch Melinda's TEDX talk and support her campaign :)

 

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