Why I’m adding my voice to the ONE #LetsThrive campaign
This morning I was woken up at 3.30am by my 3 year old son. He was hungry and wanted something to eat, a cuddle and a story before he would go back to sleep. My first thought was to be annoyed that I had been woken from my sleep.
My second thought was that I am extremely lucky to be able to feed my child when he is hungry, and to be able to share a book with him.
Not all parents are so fortunate.
- More than a billion people, one in five of the world’s population, live on less than 79p a day. A billion people will go to bed hungry or malnourished tonight.
- This year, 178 million children, more than twice the number of children in the United States, will reach their 3rd birthday stunted. Their brains and bodies will never fully recover.
- And the really shocking thing is that many of the causes of this are man-made! But that also means that we have the power to make change happen.
That is why I am adding my voice to the ONE’s new campaign – Thrive: Food. Farming. Future.
ONE.org is a grass roots campaigning and advocacy organisation that is giving a voice to those who are not heard at the moment. Yesterday they launched a new campaign called Thrive: Food. Farming. Future, to ensure that those children thrive and grow into healthy adults who are able to feed and sustain themselves with the promise of a bright future.
The key aims of the Thrive campaign are that by 2015 we could see 15 million fewer children chronically malnourished and 50 million people lifted out of extreme poverty.
So what am I signing up to do? And what can you do to help?
1. I’ve signed up and offered my voice to ONE.org and so can you. They already have more than 2.5 million people worldwide supporting them but it is important that this number continues to grow and we can help them to put pressure on African leaders, donor governments and the private sector to focus on thirty of the poorest countries that have smart agriculture and nutrition plans. Those plans are tested, costed and affordable. They need to be put into practice. For that they need two things: political leadership and financial backing. ONE’s campaign will insist on both. But we know leaders won’t act unless lots of people urge them to do so. ONE’s strength is its collective action – one plus one plus one quickly adds up to a giant roar which it will be impossible to ignore.
2. I’m spreading the word with this blogpost. Please put a post up on your blog or share about the ONE Thrive campaign as a facebook status. Check out this Google Doc for some simple information you can use in your post. If you do blog about this then please link back to Mummy from the Heart here. Thrive can use this blog post full of linked up posts to show to our Government and influential institutions that there is a strength of opinion in our blogsphere. Our voices count! Do you remember what we managed to do for Save the Children last September? Let’s do that again – we really can….
3. Tweet about the campaign using the hashtag #LetsThrive and urge people to sign up to ONE and offer their voice
4. Keep an eye on the Mummy from the Heart blog later this week to find out about a fun, quick and easy way that you can make a difference and really add your voice ready for the G8 Summit on 18 and 19th May 2012.
Thank you for reading this! I hope you will join the ONE #LetsThrive campaign.