Saturday, 29 November 2014

Children Blogs: Millennium Development Goals

The children blogs of The Akshaya Patra Foundation brings across status of the crucial Millennium Development Goals (MDG) declared by the United Nations (UN) in 2000. The Millennium Development Goals is a charter of eight critical goals that were acceded upon and signed by over 189 countries.  This children blog will focus on two of the eight goals mainly so because of its bearing in the progress and development of India and are related to the Foundation’s cause.

The UN MDG 1 aims to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty. The first target of MDG 1 is to ‘halve between 1990 and 2015 the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day.’ In Indian context it has been observed that poverty rates dropped from 45% in 1994 to 34% in 2005. The latest National Sample Survey indicates that it has further dropped by 5% from 2005 to 2010. This is a positive sign that India has been making progress towards reaching this target. But it still has some more miles left until the finish line.

The second target of MDG 1 is to ‘halve between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.’ It has been observed that during the period of 1999 to 2006 the malnourishment rate in India declined from 43% to 40% i.e. 3%. India needs to reduce malnourishment rate to 26% by 2015 but at the current pace it will be able to reach only 33%. Thus a collective effort is a necessity. Here Akshaya Patra indirectly plays a role to contribute to this target with its feed hungry child motto. Feed hungry child intends to create awareness in the society as to how one meal can change the life of child.

The UN MDG 2 aims to achieve universal primary education. India has shown commendable progress on this goal by having enrolment rate of 98.3% in 2009-2010. The youth literacy rate in 2007-2008 was 93% in urban areas and 83% in rural areas. The only challenge is the fluctuating rate of children continuing in primary school from grade I to grade V.

There are many NGOs working towards these UN MDGs. These organisations require huge manpower and financial support. Through donation for NGO you can lend a hand in achieving a better world. India’s Millennium Development Goals: A Semi-Success Story will provide more details on this children blog. Read more about the UN MDGs at Millennium Development Goals India Country Report 2011.

Feed hungry child by contributing donation for NGO.

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