Tag Archives: Children’s Issues

The Power of Education

When I first began kindergarten, I was very excited about school. However, in the following years, my enthusiasm dwindled as school became a routine part of life. I failed to see my school experiences as a privilege, one I obtained solely because of the location where I lived. However, if had I lived elsewhere I may have had a much different schooling experience. If I had grown up in Malawi, I might have used a brick as my desk and shared a textbook with up to ten other children. In Nigeria, I would have struggled to learn due to the constant fear of terrorist groups breaking into my school.  Or, I could have been one of the millions of children across the globe that are not even enrolled in school.

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Fifth Birthday and Beyond

Growing up, birthdays were an important day in my house.  The morning started with a concoction called “Birthday Breakfast,” inspired by a dessert my parents had eaten on a date together (it’s two waffles, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream—trust me, it’s amazing).  For my 5th birthday party in 1995, my parents planned a big backyard carnival, complete with games, party signs, and prizes.  I remember that birthday, as well as all the birthdays I’ve celebrated since that day, and the thoughtfulness with which my parents marked each of my birthdays. Read more…

Caring for the Most Needy: Children Crossing the Border, Alone

It would be difficult to conceptualize a more abject situation than this: a child, escaping poverty or violence in Central America, travelling to a foreign country, alone. But in the past few month, the number of children doing just that has increased dramatically, with a record 47,017 children under the age of 18 apprehended on the US-Mexico border since October 2013. Read more…

Michelle Obama speaking at a podium with "Let's Move" written on it

Congress Backtracks on Health and Nutrition Standards

In 2010, Congress passed a landmark reauthorization of child nutrition programs, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Along with as the expansion of the free lunch and after school meals programs, the law significantly improved nutritional guidelines for school meals in line with scientific consensus on reducing obesity and improving the health of our nation’s children. Unfortunately, some members of Congress are hard at work attempting to roll back some of the law’s standards. Read more…

Fran Lamarre-Cham of Hillcrest with her daughter, Maia Cham, 8, and son, Mason Cham, 10, attend a vigil in support of public schools at the East Ramapo Central School District administration building in Spring Valley before a scheduled Board of Education meeting May 26, 2010.

NY Community Comes Together to Fight for Justice in Local School District

Take Action:  Urge Governor Cuomo to intervene in the East Ramapo Central School District.

In Rockland County, New York, just northwest of New York City, a large community of Haredi Jews live in the town of Monsey. While the vast majority of the Haredi community send their children to private yeshivas, they also control a majority of seats on the public school board for the East Ramapo Central School District. In this capacity, the school board oversees the major decisions for district’s students, 90% of who are students of color and not members of the Haredi community. While there are no legal concerns with this situation, many of the school board’s decisions over the past few years have called their motives into question. Read more…

Reform Movement Responds to Kidnapping of Schoolgirls in Nigeria

Rabbi David Saperstein’s statement on the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria was quoted in the Jerusalem Post.  You can read the full article here.

Several weeks ago, Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group whose name means “Western education is sinful” operating in Nigeria, kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from their school.  To date, most of the girls are still missing.  The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, released a video in which he stated that he planned to sell the young women. Read more…

The Spread of Polio: A Devastating Development

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization released a statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus.  Nine affected countries (Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and the Syria) participated in the informational session of the committee meeting.  After discussing the information provided by these nine countries, the Committee advised that the international spread of polio to date in 2014 “constitutes an ‘extraordinary event’ and a public health risk to other States for which a coordinated international response is essential.”  This is the first time that the World Health Organization has declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency. Read more…

Nothing But Nets Logo Send a Net Save a Life

Nothing But Nets… 5 Years Later

By Stephanie Garry

Every World Malaria Day, I reflect on my life-changing trip to Kenya.  Five years ago, I had no idea what to expect while traveling to Kenya to visit refugee camps in Dadaab to distribute the nets that are key in malaria prevention. I had been on safari to Kenya 14 years ago with my husband and son and so loved the air of the land and the romance of the sky—and the vistas of animals on our planet. Read more…

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