In the weeks leading up to Mothers' Day, Americans committed to the fight against global poverty are coming together to urge President Bush to launch a bold new initiative to bring access to education to orphans and vulnerable children around the world. You may have read about it, or seen it on TV last week, as Angelina Jolie, Episcopal priest Mpho Tutu, and others held a press conference in Washington that highlighted the initiative. This initiative is particularly important for girls, the future mothers, who disproportionately lack access to education in the developing world.
By 2010, more than 20 million children around the world will have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Millions more children will be orphaned as a result of malaria, tuberculosis, conflict, and other facets of poverty.
In addition to food, water, and proper health care, each of these children will need access to education if they are to grow up strong and healthy and able to lift themselves out of poverty. In many poor countries around the world, children going to government schools must pay school fees for things such as books, required uniforms, and classroom construction. These fees and other costs make it impossible for children living in poverty, particularly orphans, to attend school. Right now, more than 100 million children between the ages of six and eleven â 57 percent of whom are girls â are not in school. Providing access to education for these children is a critical piece of the worldâs efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. To learn more, visit Global Action for Children , an organization the Episcopal Church helped found in 2003.
What you can do:
You can help bring hope to these children by emailing President Bush today and asking him to launch a new $2.5 billion initiative that will bring education to millions of orphans and vulnerable children. Click here to email the President.