MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
One billion people live on less than $1.00 every day. One person dies of hunger every 3.5 seconds. Each one of them is a child of God.
More than 100 million children are not in school today, and 70% of them are girls. Yet, educated children have better access to economic opportunities, are less vulnerable to disease and contribute more to society.
Women have an enormous impact on the well-being of their families and societies—yet, many often never realize their potential. Empowered women die less often during childbirth, develop healthier and better-educated children, and become leaders in their own communities.
Every three seconds, a child under the age of five dies. The majority of these tragic deaths are preventable through a combination of clean water, sanitation, improved nutrition and medical treatment.
Every year, more than 500,000 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. In some parts of the world, expectant mothers are as likely to die in childbirth as they are to live to see their baby.
Preventable diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis destroy families every day. Health education, proper sanitation, and access to clean water, mosquito nets and inexpensive medication can save millions of lives.
God made us stewards of creation. Clean water and sanitation can work together to save lives and create productive, thriving societies of human beings.
The success of the MDGs depends on all of us: rich and poor alike, as well as our churches, corporate institutions, and governments. A fair trading system, increased international aid, and debt relief for developing countries will help us to realize the goals.