Children

The blog posts listed here discuss how global extreme poverty has particularly serious implications for children, including their health, education, and future prospects. We present this content to provide useful information for readers about this crucial topic and about how donations to our recommended nonprofits support interventions proven to improve the chances of children and their families to sustainably improve their circumstances.


Intellectual nourishment
The idea of sending my kids to school without a good, healthy breakfast inside them fills me with a mild terror. Yet each day literally millions of children across the globe turn up for school on an empty stomach. Or they don’t turn up at all. 
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As you send your kids off to school, think about Zusha!
Every morning as I wave my ‘ducklings’ off to school on their bikes I implore them to be safe on the roads – a fact they reminded me of when my daughter suggested Zusha! for this month’s charity donation.  In Africa ro...
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Contraception: A Poverty Intervention Powerhouse
September 26th is World Contraception Day. If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive, clearly effective way to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty, particularly women and children, look no farther.
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The Boys In the Cave
The worldwide outpouring of concern during the recent ordeal of 12 boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand was heartwarming. How can we harness such compassion for
the 7,500 children under five who die every day of easily preventable or treatable poverty-related illnesses?
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Is it time to end the population taboo?
The issue of rapid population increase has not gone away, yet it remains an unmentionable topic in international policy circles. This must change.
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Improving Food Quality for Hundreds of Millions of People
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Project Healthy Children (PHC) — two non-profit organizations recommended by The Life You Can Save — have recently announced a partnership to improve the quality and delivery of one of the world’s most cost-effective interventions: food fortification.
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Why poverty hurts our children most
Globally about 16,000 children under the age of five die each day—most from preventable conditions associated with poverty. That’s a staggering number. At that rate, this means that more than 11 children die unnecessarily every single minute. In the five or so minutes it will take you to read this blog post, more than 55 children will have lost their lives to extreme poverty.
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This legislative act could end newborn and maternal deaths by 2030
The most important aspect of the Reach Act is that it would give a single leader at USAID the power to focus resources on the most effective interventions. This strategy has already allowed USAID to save millions more lives by prioritizing what works. Other global health initiatives, like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), have had deeper impact using this leadership structure. The potential benefits of this approach are massive - the US already spends plenty of money on global health, but we could accomplish much more if this money was targeted on interventions like vaccines, which we know are effective.
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4 innovative ways to keep children in school
What’s the best way to help children in the developed world stay in school? The answers might surprise you. While traditional international development campaigns that target school enrollment often focus on raising funds to cover the costs associated with school supplies and uniforms, these approaches don’t address the underlying social, economic, and health issues that cause children to drop out of school in the first place.
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9 Positive Effects of Donating Money to Charity
According to a report recently released by Atlas of Giving, after a stellar year of charitable donations in 2014, the outlook for this year is less than robust. In fact, U.S.-based giving could decrease by as much as 3.2% for a variety of reasons—including rising interest rates, a possible stock market correction, and continuing decline in employment compensation. But just because certain economic factors may have an impact on giving, this doesn't mean that you should put off your own charitable efforts. You might be surprised to learn that, ultimately, it might be you who reaps some of the best rewards of your donation. Here are nine positive effects of giving to charity.
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