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Group sets 8 goals to help the poor

Elizabeth Tattersall

Many people want to be able to help poor people around the world, if only they knew what they could do that would make a difference. One way of approaching this issue is through the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which describe a specific set of eight goals to better the lives of people around the world. These goals are as follows:

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger;

2. Achieve universal primary education;

3. Promote gender equality and empower women;

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4. Reduce child mortality;

5. Improve maternal health;

6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;

7. Ensure environmental stability;

8. Develop a global partnership for development.

These eight goals together are intended raise more than 500 million people around the world out of extreme poverty by the year 2015. Extreme poverty is defined as those who live on less than one U.S. dollar per day. In 1990 there were more than 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty. The MDGs are not new; they were conceived in 2000. The goal is to have partnerships between the developed and developing world to improve the lives of all.

Churches that endorse and support the MDGs include Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist and Jewish. The ONE campaign is also a part of this movement. If each of us gives just 0.7 percent of our income, we can achieve these goals by the year 2015. For someone who earns $40,000 per year, 0.7 percent is only $280. Individual church parishes, and the national church budget of the Episcopal church have pledged to give 0.7 percent.

More than two million people have also pledged to give 0.7 percent. There are many different organizations that you can give to that support the MDGs. These include UNICEF, Bread for the World, the Heifer Project and other ONE campaign partners.

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– Elizabeth Tattersall is a priest at St. John’s in the Wilderness Episcopal Church.

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