How many of the United Nation's Millennium Goals can you name? (Hint : there are 8!)
In case you've drawn a blank on this little pop quiz, we're going to spare you from the bleeding red ink X's of that ruthless 6th-grade teacher you once had (we wonder if any of our girls can relate!), and give you a little help today with a study guide.
Goal 1 : Eradicate Extreme Poverty & Hunger
Goal 2 : Achieve Universal Primary Education
Goal 3 : Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women (hmm...sounds vaguely familiar, right?)
Goal 4 : Reduce Child Mortality
Goal 5 : Improve Maternal Health
Goal 6 : Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases
Goal 7 : Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Goal 8 : Develop A Global Partnership for Development
For current statistics and facts, as well as information about what the UN is doing to help achieve these goals, visit the UN's Development Goals website here.
Africa ELI pursues many of these goals simultaneously by sponsoring students at our academies in South Sudan. Our girls' secondary education further bridges the gender gap between them and their male peers; helps the girls remain healthy and informed regarding their bodies and good hygiene; and provides them opportunities to substantially provide for their current and future families. The results affect more than just our students--they affect the dynamics of the entire society and allow our girls to educate their own future children in similar manners.
So by sponsoring a girl with Africa ELI (which you can do here) you empower girls like Helen (pictured below), and their entire families, and you actively participate in making the UN's Millennium Goals realities.