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The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support United Nations' causes. The UN Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the United Nations. Through new and innovative public-private partnerships, advocacy and grantmaking, the UN Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Jan 17, 2013

The Gift of Life

Ethan
Ethan

I’m just back from Africa where, between visits to rural villages and health centers, I had the chance to reunite with the Kenyan family that hosted me during a study abroad trip in 1987. The kids I met there – like me – are now adults with kids of their own. Hearing their stories and seeing their kids reminds me how important it is that every child, everywhere has access to life-saving vaccines.  

The youngest boy, Ethan, will turn two in February. He was born on the very day that, with support from the GAVI Alliance, Kenya introduced a new pneumonia vaccine into their immunization program. Over lunch in Nairobi recently, the boys’ mom remarked that Ethan’s brother, Enrique, had two bouts of pneumonia in his first 2 years, yet Ethan has had none.  

For most of us in the United States, few parents worry that pneumonia could take the life of their baby. Our children are generally well-nourished, completely vaccinated, and have access to hospitals and treatments. I think that’s why Americans are always so surprised when I tell them that pneumonia kills more children than any other illness. They also react with frustration when I point out that, for just a few dollars, these children’s lives can be saved and their parents spared the trauma of losing a child.

Will you join me and make a $20 donation to protect a child in a developing country against deadly but preventable diseases like pneumonia?

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Oct 25, 2012

My plea to you, from a polio survivor

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe

My name is Dennis Ogbe and this past summer I represented the USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. I am also a polio survivor.

I contracted polio at the age of three when I was taken to a health clinic to be treated for malaria in Nigeria. Today, polio still exists in Nigeria and is still killing and disabling children. 

Life is especially challenging in developing countries for a person who has been disabled by polio. Opportunities for physical therapy, regular doctor visits, access to proper medical equipment and handicapped parking can be irregular and often don’t exist.

It was tough being the only kid on the playground in a wheelchair. For years I watched the other kids; when I tried to participate they moved to higher ground to get away from me.  Thanks to the encouragement of my father, I was able to go to school and get an education. After a lot of practice I eventually regained full mobility in my right leg. 

No child in this world should have to live with those life experiences when the disease that infected them is preventable with a vaccine.

My plea to you, as a polio survivor, is that you donate $50 to Shot@Life today. 

One $50 dollar donation will vaccinate 50 children and prevent the crippling and potentially fatal effects of polio. Help Shot@Life reach the goal of vaccinating 40,000 children against polio by Halloween.

You and I have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change history and finally eradicate polio from our planet. We must ensure success because every child, no matter where in the world they are, should have an equal shot at a healthy life.

To this very day, my own mother gets tears in her eyes when she describes the moment she found out that I was paralyzed. You can ensure 50 mothers and fathers never have to share that same fate.

Your $50 donation to Shot@Life will make a huge difference in the lives of children and mothers around the world.  Together, we can change the course of history.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe

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Aug 7, 2012

We cannot stop here

Anne Geddes Photograph
Anne Geddes Photograph

As the Global Advocate for Shot@Life, I have some exciting news. Since the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign launched Blogust — a first-of-its kind, 31-day relay of inspirational blog posts through the month of August, the response has been incredible. I’m joining this initiative, along with some of the most influential online voices, to save as many lives as we can over 31 days.

Here’s how it works. 31 bloggers will each post on a day in August, to interview or feature one of their own — someone who’s given them a deep sense of community and support. Every comment on each post initiates a $20 donation — and all it takes is $20 to immunize a child with 4 essential life-saving vaccines. We reached our initial goal of 1,500 comments ($30,000 that was made available for this blog relay, which will now give 1,500 children a shot at life!) in only 6 days.
 
But we cannot stop here. It breaks my heart, as I’m sure it does yours, to think that a child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that is entirely preventable by a vaccine. Think about it — that’s 2 to 3 children dying in the time it takes you to read this message. I believe that every child, regardless of their circumstances, deserves a shot at a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, many children today simply do not have access to life saving vaccinations.
 
Join me to ensure the Blogust relay continues through the month of August, to continue saving children’s lives. Help us by raising more money to provide vaccines for children in developing countries.
 
Blogust is an opportunity to help open the door to a future of firsts for these precious children…first visit by the tooth fairy, first birthday, first steps, first day at school — and a life to be lived to the fullest. Remember, just $20 can change a child’s life forever.
 
Join me to help make sure that all children live to reach their full potential, as we gradually work towards eradicating these deadly diseases from the world forever. That’s the big goal!
 
Here’s your chance to make a difference. Give a child a shot at life.
 
 P.S. Tweet this! "We cannot stop here. Join me and @annegeddestweet! Keep #Blogust going through August. Continue saving children's lives http://bit.ly/PzF8Xo"

Anne Geddes and Shot@Life
Anne Geddes and Shot@Life

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