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Children in Crisis

Wanting The Best For Our Children

Ricky Martin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Ricky Martin

As a father, I want my children to be safe from harm, and I want that very same thing for their children. We owe it to them -- and we owe it to our families.

Winning The Birth Lottery (Life Beyond The Womb)

Shivani Garg Patel | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact
Shivani Garg Patel

What is the single most important thing every child needs? Simply put, it's a chance at life beyond the womb.

Let's Start At The Beginning

Samar Shaheryar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Samar Shaheryar

Of the 3 million babies the world loses every year in their first month of life, 99 percent are in the developing world, meaning this is simply an issue of poverty and lack of resources. The weeks following birth are an incredibly vulnerable time, but astoundingly 2 million newborns could be saved with a few low-cost measures.

Hospitality And Hope

Kathleen Matthews | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kathleen Matthews

Hospitality offers so much hope for youth in emerging economies like South Africa.

The World's Children Deserve A Safer, Healthier World. Let's Give It To Them

Ann M. Veneman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Ann M. Veneman

They were so young, and yet looked so sad. I looked into the faces of these children... hundreds of them... all gathered together at a UNICEF program in Malawi, one of the countries hardest hit by AIDS.

Small Package, Big Voice

Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt

The image of Masooma -- a bright, young girl who understood that without an education she wouldn't have the chance to live a full and productive life -- remains most deeply etched in my mind and heart. She taught me that powerful advocates can come in very small packages.

Children's Greatest Need: Protection

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

I've been on the front lines of tending to and advocating for the needs of children for more than 30 years. In countless countries around the world, I've held newborns struggling to make it through the day. I've looked into the innocent eyes of toddlers abandoned by the people who should have loved them most.

Why Food, Water And Shelter Are Not The Most Important Things A Child Needs

Jeannette Kaplun | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Jeannette Kaplun

When we think of what a child needs, we think of food, water, shelter and of course, love. Access to education, health care, safety and freedom are also crucial. However, after meeting countless children around the world when I travel, I've come to realize there is one thing a child needs the most: hope.

Why It Is Important To Help Children In Need

Jennifer James | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Jennifer James

There is a child right now trying to figure how he will eat and how he will feed his younger siblings. Right now, there is a child trying to figure out how to hide herself and her siblings in the bush away from those who will do them harm.

The Magic That Happens When You Raise A Child In A Culture Of Love

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

I grew up in the U.S., in middle class social circles that often viewed children as an annoyance and inconvenience. So I was struck by the genuine joy almost everyone -- girls, boys, adult women and even some adult men -- in rural Nepal took in the company of children.

A Syrian Mother's Strength In Times Of War

Mama Fatema | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Mama Fatema

In 2012, my children and I awoke to the sound of heavy clashes erupting outside of our home in Qudsaya, Syria. We could hear the sound of bullets and gunfire dangerously close to us. I was scared and on the verge of tears, but I refused to let my children see me cry.

What I Learned From Surviving Two Crises In Liberia

James Collins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
James Collins

I've been the small boy feeling he must face the world on his own, and the teenager in a war-torn country fearing for his life and the lives of his family members. For as long as these situations persist in the world, I speak from experience and believe there will always be love and families that can help these children overcome trauma and reach their full potential.

Brave Child Survivors Of Debilitating Disease Remind Us Why We Want To Fight For Kids Everywhere

Anne Geddes | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Anne Geddes

Since I first picked up a camera, children have been my inspiration. To me they represent everything that is good in the world, and each and every one of them has the basic right to be protected, nurtured and loved.

Love Is All You Need

Katie Hurley | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Katie Hurley

I don't know if I saved that child from anything. I don't know if he carried my support with him as he grew or if my words slowly faded away with time and age. I don't know if my whispers were audible enough to carry him through whatever obstacles he might have faced once he left residential treatment. But I do know that he taught me a very valuable lesson: Meet the children where they are and always love them anyway.

In Liberia, Children Affected By Ebola Need Our Support

George Kordahi | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
George Kordahi

At the height of the Ebola outbreak, a woman came to our SOS medical clinic in Monrovia with her 16-year-old son. She was desperate for us to admit him to the clinic, and all signs indicated that he was already infected with the disease.

Answering The Cries Of Burma's Children

Laura Tirrell | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Laura Tirrell

The economic state and legacy of military rule in Burma created conditions so oppressive that some Burmese would families leave their infants on the Thai border with the sole hope that they would be saved by a Thai mother.