Youth take part in a local partners
conference hosted by ChildFund Philippines in Manila earlier this year.
In many countries around the world
with high poverty rates, young people are excited to stand up and take action to
improve their communities. This type of community advocacy can take many forms,
from youth action projects at a local level to nationally recognized programs
that approach poverty and its consequences more broadly. The United Nations
young people from around the world to participate in an annual forum
designed to help them accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development
Goals set to expire in 2015.
Tackling the Big Problems
summit, which took place at the United Nations' headquarters in New York City on
Aug. 7, participants discussed a range of topics. Measures to help developing
countries come closer to attaining several anti-poverty MDGs were on the agenda,
including alleviating extreme poverty, reducing gender inequality, improving
child and maternal health, promoting environmental sustainability and lessening
the impact of diseases like malaria. Youths have strong motivation to work on
these issues, since this is the world they will inherit.
important to recognize the importance of harnessing the passion and drive of
this generation of young adults to propel us into a future of international
peace, development and cooperation," said Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, the U.N.'s
high representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. "This is where your
role as young advocates of change becomes more relevant than ever, as youth is
the most powerful agent for social change in the world."
ChildFund works with local partner organizations in some of the poorest countries in the world to effect lasting
change and empower young people to take a proactive role in their
Our youth empowerment initiatives in Zambia are just one
example of how supporting young people can make a tremendous difference in their
lives and those of other people in their community. At a youth meeting in a
nearby village, Jacqueline, a young woman who was 22 when she became involved in
ChildFund's programs, learned how to tailor clothing and operate a small
business. After acquiring new skills, Jacqueline learned more about
entrepreneurship, basic accounting and other important skills. Today, Jacqueline's business has a contract to provide uniforms to a local school, and she is helping her
younger siblings receive an education.
Empowering young people and giving
them the tools they need to emerge from generational poverty is one of
ChildFund's top priorities. To help us make a difference in impoverished
communities around the world, please consider becoming a monthly
giving partner or sponsoring a child today.