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  • investment fundsREAL CHANGE TAKES TIME — and produces a ripple effect that goes on and on. Invest in helping children from infancy through young adulthood by selecting a fund that touches your heart and your mind.

    Select a fund that touches your heart and mind.

    Skills for Life

    In developing countries, where the numbers of young people outpace employment opportunities by far, the job outlook is especially bleak. Millions of students drop out before they acquire basic literacy or numeracy skills, further weakening their chances of escaping the cycle of poverty.

    Help children and youth make the critical transition to adulthood by building better life skills and increasing their employability. Provide them with technical fundamentals and workplace skills including functional literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and accountability skills, and help them with job placement, career counseling services and business mentorship opportunities.

    The World Bank, in a study of seven Caribbean countries, found that lowering youth unemployment could raise GDP by between 0.3 and 2.7 percent.

    Youth in Action

    The marginalization and exclusion of young people within their communities perpetuates inequality and poverty and can lead to youth engaging in unproductive, even risky activities, including violence. Their unique and important contributions to their communities are lost forever.

    Help young people participate meaningfully in their communities and develop leadership skills and tools that they can apply throughout a lifetime of community involvement.

    Research shows that when youth are actively engaged in their communities, their academic, psychological and behavioral progress improves.

    Protect Children From Violence, Exploitation and Abuse

    Children, especially those living in poverty, are particularly vulnerable to violence, neglect and exploitation when their caregivers experience crisis or circumstances that threaten their families’ survival. Many children are pulled from school to work; others are married too early, without their consent, or are subject to neglect, abuse or harmful traditional practices. Many are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation or for labor such as domestic servitude, agricultural work, factory work, mining or soldiering. Many children are compelled to take on adult roles at home, protecting and providing for younger children and losing opportunities to learn and to develop their own potentials.

    Help strengthen the protective environment around children.

    Studies show that prevention pays, especially for those in the poorest areas, and investments directed toward children have the greatest returns. Unfortunately, the world’s low levels of spending toward keeping children safe are not enough to protect them from violence, abuse and exploitation. And their potential is lost.

    Education: A Protective Right

    Education is one of the most powerful tools in breaking the generational cycle of poverty. It increases literacy rates and opens the door to better life prospects and future employment. Yet poverty is a powerful disruptor to education; many impoverished families consider education a luxury compared to their more urgent survival needs, and even those who value it can’t find ways to afford it.

    Childhood is a crucial period during which learning and intellectual abilities develop. Help children increase their chance for a future free from poverty and hard manual labor.

    It’s been estimated that for every year a child stays in school, their future earning potential increases by 10-20 percent.

    Infants and Young Children: A Critical Time

    In households affected by extreme poverty, it is the unborn children, their mothers and children under 5 who are the most vulnerable. Hunger weakens them. Contaminated water makes them sick. Lack of reliable income keeps their parents from being able to provide for them. Stress contributes to neglect. And lack of play limits learning and, thus, readiness for school.

    Help infants and young children survive by protecting them from illness and allowing them to grow strong. Help mothers and caregivers build their skills to provide nurturing care for their children so they can play and learn their way toward their full potential.

    Early childhood development programs have been found to be a smart investment. For every dollar invested, there is a return of between $4 and $9 toward a healthier, more productive and more peaceful society.