November 20th is Universal Children’s Day, a time for observing and devoting ourselves to the welfare of the world’s children. At The Healthy Protocol, LLC, we encourage our readers to get involved and make a difference in the lives of all children.
The United Nations General Assembly designated Universal Children’s day back in 1954. We were all children once, and children are our most valuable asset. Within the next twelve years as the global population continues to grow, 60% of the next billion people will be children born in impoverished nations.
On Universal Children’s Day, take a look around and in the words of the official mandate, help “promote mutual exchange and understanding among children…and initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children.” Today is about celebrating children! But it’s about creating awareness of the many ways our children are at risk---through poverty, abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
We're Personally Involved
Helping our children is a cause our founder and CEO Blake Sawyer is passionate about. For over 18 years he has worked with impoverished youth in the cities of Cordoba and Salta, Argentina. In 1995 Blake moved to the Lerma Valley in the northwest part of the country and helped found an organization which distributes clothing, food and natural medical supplies to countless needy children. And he’s making a difference.
Belen is an Argentinian 11-year-old girl diagnosed at birth with epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic skin defect that causes severe blistering and skin deformities. More severe forms of the disease are fatal, but thanks to donated natural health products from The Healthy Protocol, LLC, Belen is a success story. Her condition shows clinical evidence of reversal, a phenomenon local doctors have deemed a “miracle.”
You Can Help, Too.
There are countless ways to get involved. The following are steps you can take that don’t require a lot of money and start right in your own home.
Recycle Old Technology
Do you have any old or broken cell phones, cameras or iPods around? Donate them to KidsandCars.org. For every item collected, a small donation is made to recycling programs. This is a great way to raise awareness about environmental issues that affect our children’s health. Just one discarded cell phone has enough toxic materials to pollute up to 40,000 gallons of drinking water. Even the smallest recycling efforts make a huge difference!
Get Rid of Old Books
Emergency crises are stressful situations for kids. They can involve anything from car accidents, to house fires or domestic fights that bring in the police or state patrol. Reach a Child, Inc. helps collect used children’s books, which are then sorted, placed into packets and distributed to first responders---ambulances, fire fighters and the police. Since 2007 the program has had comforted countless children in crisis situations. Check out their website reachachild.org for more information.
If you have kids, you likely have a collection of broken and unused crayons lying around. Don’t toss them out, donate them to “The Crayons Project. “ Founded in 1992 by the nonprofit organization Africa Seeds, children in developing countries are sent boxes of crayons our kids routinely discard after a little bit of use. Contact their website, www.africaseed.org for more information.
For more ideas, go to volunteermatch.org. to learn how you can help locally, nationally and globally. Hundreds of organizations and charities dedicated to improving the lives of our children need your help.
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