Universal Children’s Day

Nov 21, 2011

 

Yesterday was Universal Children’s Day, a designation given by the United Nations back in 1954, encouraging countries to designate November 20 as a “day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.”

When you begin looking at the numbers of children in need, it seems that one day is not nearly enough. According to UNICEF, 6 out of 10 children do not live to see their fifth birthday. That’s 8 million children – a significant part of our future that won’t even get a chance to start.

 

Children’s Day should be every day, wherever you are, in big and small ways. And there are lots of ways to plug in.

Whether it is lifesaving nutrition in Mexico, education for migrant families in China, prevention of abuse in Japan,or access to safe play spaces in the US, it won’t take much to turn the numbers, if we all lend a hand.

Not just one day, but every day, one by one.

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