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So, did I get your attention? The Millennium Development Goals were signed by every nation belonging to the United Nations in 1990. They outline a very ambitious plan to reduce poverty & hunger, increase education, empower women, decrease child mortality, decrease HIV/AIDS and malaria, increase maternal health, environmental sustainability and global partnership. Guess which very rich country has NEVER met its pledged goal? Sad to say, the US of A, among others :(.
Please join with me today, on my 55th birthday, in prayer for an end to extreme poverty (defined as living on less than $1/day), fasting (miss one meal in remembrance of those billion who go to bed hungry every night - and donate the cost of that meal to a local food bank or global charity you trust) and witness (participate in an online advocacy action promoting our government's fulfilling its promises to achieve the Millennium Development Goals).
As a Christian and a practicing Episcopalian, my resource is http://www.e4gr.org/sept25.html. Your faith community and certainly the UN also have resources to help you know more about the MDGs (I always forget the D is for development!) and what you as a citizen can be doing.
Part of the mission of Silverwalk Hounds is to enhance the environment as well as find homes and offer sanctuary to homeless dogs. Focusing on the MDGs is a major means of enhancing the environment on a global scale. What can I do? Check out the link above or go to http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals. But please, ACT - the time set for the accomplishment of most of these goals is 2015 and we are lagging way behind.
If this bestirs anyone to seek out understanding of the goals and to act on their behalf, I will have received a most wonderful birthday present! Thank you and God bless.
Roberta "Bobbie" Beach
Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds, and senior, special needs dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes