The Millennium Development Goals: 500 days to go

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The Millennium Development Goals are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history!

With 500 days left to the 15-year target date, learn about the progress that's been made toward these goals so far, what work still needs to be done in the fight against poverty, and where we're headed beyond 2015.

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In 2000, the world's countries united with a common objective: to eliminate extreme poverty. They set eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) along with a deadline of December 31, 2015.

Today, we’re 500 days away.

After thirteen and a half years of work toward these goals, more girls are attending school, mothers are receiving the medical care they need, and more children are celebrating their fifth birthdays. The MDGs are the most successful anti-poverty push in history!

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    Celebrating fifth birthdays and beyond

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    Since 1990, preventable deaths of children under five have dropped from over 12 million to 6.6 million!

    Celebrate 5th birthdays with us this week as we renew our commitment to helping children live past the age of 5. Read how you can help!

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    In the United States, we often celebrate birthday milestones. A child's first birthday, a girl's Sweet Sixteen, and turning the big 4-0 are significant events that we celebrate with parties, cake, and balloons. 

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      What a simple piece of paper is worth

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      Protecting children starts at birth, with a simple piece of paper we all take for granted—a birth certificate. But around the world, as many as 45% of all children under the age of five don't have one.

      The Girls Count Act is a new bill in Congress right now that can help address this gap, and help ensure that all children count and are protected.

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      Protecting children starts at birth, with a simple piece of paper we all take for granted—a birth certificate.

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        Mothers and the magic of number 5

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        Many children can't survive past the age of 5 without a mother figure. And sadly, every day 18,000 children don't.

        But many of these deaths are preventable … so we can do something about it! Stand with us this week and support child and maternal health.

        Blogger Paige Ferrari explains how.

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        Five is a magic number.

        When a child is born, the first thing the parents do is check: 5 fingers on each hand. 5 toes on each foot. For some reason there is such perfection within the number 5.  

        Unfortunately, every day 18,000 children around the world will die before seeing their fifth birthday and 800 women will loose their life in childbirth daily. This bond between mother and child is something that can only be divinely created. But like all things that grow, it must be nourished and sustained.

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          Day 3: Share your voice

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          Almost a billion people don’t have access to clean water, and more than 4,000 children die every day because of dirty water. Today, let’s do something about it! Join World Vision’s advocacy team in sharing the joy of clean water by asking Congress to pass the Water for the World Act.

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          Today’s challenge: Contact your members of Congress with our simple online form and urge them to support clean water!

           

          “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” –Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)

           

          So easy, a kid can do it

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            [Q&A] Water for the World Act

            In today's Q&A, Lisa Bos -- World Vision's policy adviser for health, education, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) in Washington, D.C. -- describes the Water for the World Act and explains why this new legislation is vital for providing clean water where it's most needed. Lisa is an expert when it comes to this bill -- she helped write it!

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              Busting the myth of advocacy

              Wrapping up our three-part "Advocacy 101" series, Amanda Morgan-Mootz and Taylor Gleason of World Vision's advocacy team debunk some common myths about what advocacy is and is not.

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                Your voice is your power

                Continuing our "Advocacy 101" series, Christina Bradic of World Vision's advocacy team digs into the powerful ways that one voice really can make a difference in the world.

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                I know that my voice carries -- but how far can it reach?

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                  Advocacy: Leaving no one behind

                  Kicking off our "Advocacy 101" series, World Vision's advocacy mobilization specialist, Amanda Morgan, digs into the basics of advocacy -- and the biblical model that forms the foundation of our approach to it.

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                    Shared visions and big returns: The multiplying impact of advocacy

                    Today, Jesse Eaves, World Vision's senior policy adviser for child protection in Washington, D.C., describes how child sponsorship is an investment in a child's future, and how advocacy -- speaking out on behalf of those affected by poverty and injustice

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