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Why the world’s children need all of us: U.S. Fund for UNICEF Tap Project

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) goal is to believe in a world where ZERO children die of preventable conditions. Every single day, 19,000 children under the age of five throughout the world will die of preventable causes. Just two years ago that number was 21,000. Four thousand children of those 19 thousand die from preventable waterborne illnesses. Though the drop is a positive step in the right direction, there is much more to do.

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Picture these 4,000 small children dead or dying from drinking dirty water, the only water available to them, along with poor sanitation. These two dangers kill more children than measles, malaria and AIDS combined according to Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Destitute children walk miles every day with the hope their effort will yield the clean water that keeps people like you and me and our children comfortably alive.


Launched this month, Water World Month, I was compelled to share with you the UNICEF Tap Project Facebook app. The Tap Project is an annual national fundraiser that began seven years ago in New York City restaurants. This year it goes social as in media. The Tap Project social network, through Facebook, is going viral by becoming a “water network” and I’m anticipating you are going to want to know how you can help take water to children so desperately in need. We have got to keep chipping away at that 19,000 number. Since 1990, UNICEF has reduced the number of children affected by 40%. With a $5 donation, you can keep the number dropping and children’s lives saved. You and I can join celebrities, business people and regular hard working people like us to change the life of a child by providing clean water for TWO HUNDRED days.

Water in our lives is taken for granted. We walk a few steps to get a drink of water when we feel the slightest sense of thirst without giving a thought to dying when we drink it. I feel, and I believe you do too, that every child should have the same right, benefit and access to clean healthy water that we do.

Please join me and my network along with Angie Harmon, Heidi Klum, Jeff Bridges, Kristen Bell, Judd Apatow, Kate Walsh and others and participate. This is so vitally important. It is time to ask ourselves, “If $5 can give one child clean water for 200 days, shouldn’t I help make that difference?”

Visit UNICEF Tap Project app. You can see how far we’ve come from my ‘tap’ being the 65th one to open to where we are today. Then envision what we can do in the days to come. The launch just began and the thrill of seeing it grow for children around the world is as warm as the hug you give your child when she comes in the door after school. You can also visit my facebook page and ‘Like’ the project there. Find me at http://facebook.com/louannsavage. If you don’t have a facebook account, it is super easy to create one or pass this along to a family member or friend that does have one. This is a change worth making.

(Disclosure: My daughter, Lauren Savage, Marketing Officer for USA Fund for UNICEF, was instrumental in the work done for the launch of the 2013 Tap Project fundraiser. Because I believe in the work of UNICEF and my daughter’s efforts, it was important to write about and share this critical message as this week’s Weekly Healthline article. Thank you.)

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LouAnn Savage is publisher and editor of The Weekly Healthline, an online health and lifestyle publication. Subscribe free at: http://www.HealthFitforLife.com. Follow her on twitter @louannsavage and join her at http://Facebook.com/louannsavage. She is an Asea distributor.

 

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