Today is Universal Children’s Day.
Children represent the future of life on our planet.
At MAP, we see investing resources to help children survive and develop to their full potential is, first and foremost, a moral imperative. Unfortunately, when it comes to health, not all children are on equal footing.
Families in many parts of the world lack access to even the most basic medicines. Each year, 5.9 million children under the age of five die, more than half from treatable diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea. That represents 18 children every second whose lives could have been saved.
That’s exactly why MAP International exists; we are part of a life-changing mission. Every day, somewhere in the world, children’s lives are saved because of the medicines MAP supplies.
But it’s not only adults helping MAP serve the world’s most vulnerable. Children are invested in our mission also. Recently, MAP learned of three children in Sammamish, Washington who raised over $206 for MAP by selling toys and conducting bake sales in their community. They chose to donate to MAP to help kids receive medical supplies and attention.
Or, consider the students at Chatham High School (CHS) in Chatham, New Jersey who wanted to help the children and families impacted by the recent hurricanes. Last month, the 300 members of the CHS Key Club worked with YouGiveGoods and MAP to collect donations of items included in MAP’s signature Disaster Health Kits (DHK).
After collecting 3,100 items online with the help of YouGiveGoods, the students packed 245 DHKs to be sent to help people affected by this destructive hurricane season.
These examples of children helping children (and families) are stirring. What will inspire you to give this holiday season?
#GivingTuesday on November 28 is an excellent time to join a community of givers to help MAP continue its mission. Thank you for all you have done to support MAP International and the children and families we serve around the world.