We can help save children’s lives

The humanitarian sentiment, ‘I want to save children’s lives,’ starts with a heart that cares for those less fortunate and being a voice for those who have none

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14 February 2020
Almost every beauty queen, when faced with the question, ‘What will you do if you win the crown?’ answers with a cliched variation of, ‘I want world peace and I want to save children’s lives.’ These are noble and applaudable humanitarian desires, but how often is the sentiment actually translated into measurable on-the-ground change? The sad reality is that their onstage voices often get lost in the crowd.

 

While ‘world peace’ may seem an unattainable and unrealistic goal, saving children’s lives is much more achievable - and it has nothing to do with being a beauty queen. It has everything to do with being human - having a heart that cares for those less fortunate and being a voice for those who have none. It all starts with a simple desire: ‘I want to help save children’s lives

I want to be part of changing malnutrition statistics

Malnutrition and undernutrition make up the most alarming statistics, affecting far too many young children in impoverished communities. And yet, the solution to seeing these statistics decline is not rocket science.

Almost 50% of childhood deaths under the age of 5 are due to undernutrition as young children are at a greater risk of dying from common infections.

Poor nutrition can also lead to stunted growth, which is associated with weak immune systems, impaired cognitive development, and reduced school performance.

The good news is that the cycle can be broken and we can change this.

Through various programmes that involve on-the-ground impact, UNICEF South Africa is just one of many local charities committed to making a difference in the lives of these children and their communities. ‘I want to help save children’s lives’ starts by finding a children’s charity that connects with your passion and that you can trust with your donations.

I want to be part of children thriving

Good nutrition is known to be foundational to any child’s survival, health and overall development. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, to participate in and contribute to their communities, and to be resilient in the face of disease, disasters, and other global crises.

If you want to help save children’s lives - not only to see them survive but thrive - then the first 1,000 days from the start of a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday offer an extraordinary window of opportunity for preventing undernutrition and its consequences.

Charity initiatives targeting this critical period will include prenatal and postnatal care and education, health workers and clinics, breastfeeding support, appropriate complementary foods for infants over 6 months, and micronutrient supplementation for women and children to address deficiencies. You can be part of supporting these investments in nutrition – particularly in the early years of a child’s life – which will yield significant results for children, their families, and their communities.

That is why, if you want to help save the children, you don’t need to wear a crown, you can simply get involved in a children’s charity.

I want to be part of UNICEF South Africa

UNICEF South Africa is a charity for every child whose voice and nutrition initiatives are making a dramatic and empowering difference in helping to save vulnerable children, locally and globally. We believe each child deserves a future, and feeding a child is a realistic and powerful starting point.

You can be part of that.

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