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What We Wish For Our Children
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Parents everywhere dream about better futures for their children. Whether you’re in the US or the UK, Ethiopia or Malawi… our hopes seem to be rooted in the same ideas: success, love, happiness, and legacy. One of the coolest parts about seeing a community get access to clean water is hearing how those dreams change and grow. How more time and better health bring new opportunities for families — kids in particular. The dreams vary, but they almost always start with education. Here are a few of our favorite examples from parents we’ve met around the world…

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How (RED) is Making a Real Difference
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(RED) supports The Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants in eight countries with a goal of virtually eliminating transmission of the virus from moms to their babies. But many of you have rightfully asked, “How does this exactly work?” It’s a miracle of modern medical technology that we’re able to prevent the mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT).

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The Toughest Places For a Girl To Get An Education
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To make sure every girl has the chance of getting a good education, we need to understand where girls are being left behind. That’s why ONE has created the Toughest Places for a Girl to Get an Education index.

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10 Past Nobel Peace Prize Winners You Should Know
Daniele Selby

The Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work” to facilitate international cooperation, reduce conflict, and promote international peace, will be announced on Oct. 6. Among this year’s favorites to win are Angela Merkel, Pope Francis, and the group of volunteer humanitarian responders in Syria known as The White Helmets, Time reports. In anticipation of Friday’s big reveal, Global Citizen took a retrospective view of past Nobel Peace Prize winners and their accomplishments.

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How one man is connecting Kakuma refugee camp to the rest of the world
MEGAN IACOBINI DE FAZIO

When Innocent fled his native Democratic Republic of the Congo and arrived in the Kakuma refugee camp in 2009, he felt as if he couldn’t have been any further from the rest of the world. “There is no university in Kakuma, but the internet gave us a virtual campus and we were able to further our education,” says Innocent, who was awarded a diploma in liberal arts with a major in business. Inspired by his love of art, Innocent created a website to connect artists in Kakuma to the outside world: “I know so many talented artists, but they used to be desperate because they couldn’t make a living off their art.” Through Innocent’s website, Kakuma’s refugee artists are able to showcase their creations and sell them online, giving them access to a whole world beyond the camp.

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EDUCATING GIRLS EMPOWERS THEM TO BE SMARTER, WEALTHIER… AND HEALTHIER
Jenny Ottenhoff

What are the benefits of sending girls to school? You might answer that they will learn how to read, write and do arithmetic, all of which equip them to enter the workforce, earn an income, and contribute more to the economy … And you would be correct. But that’s only part of the answer. Beyond improving their knowledge, skills and earning potential, educating girls can have a big impact on their health, and the health of their children and communities.

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“We Are All Dreamers”
Maurice Jones

LISC CEO Maurice Jones weighs in on the critical role immigrants have always played in the social, economic and spiritual life of this country. The Dreamers, as 800,000 young people supported by the DACA program are known, are valuable assets to our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods, and we need their participation, just as they need a pathway to citizenship.

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THE 15-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PRESIDENT
Tyler Riewer

“I was chosen because I know how to read and write.” Natalia responds. “But also because I can maintain progress.” Her committee members nod in agreement, and it becomes clear that Natalia is not your average 15-year-old.

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Millions of Kids Could be Denied Education if Trump Budget Cuts Go Through
Joe McCarthy

These are all children who benefit from UNICEF’s school programs, which is one of hundreds of organizations that are supported in part by the United States’ chief foreign aid agency, USAID. But many of the advances that have been made in recent years to achieve universal education could be unraveled as Congress weighs whether to accept the Trump administration’s proposed 52% cut to international education spending. It would disrupt organizational structures that have been painstakingly developed over many years and would throw the educations of millions of kids into uncertainty.

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