$57 (Survive to Five)

A marble. Why a four year old thinks it is a good idea to swallow this shiny round object, I’ll never know. But one of my sweet sons decided to do just this today. (I’m still waiting for common sense to kick in.) So what did I do? Called the doctor. Just like that, I had immediate access to free advise from well-educated medical professionals.

Hello first world problems.

Reading and hearing about the need for Survive to Five, reminds me how blessed we are. Since the boys’ birth, there have been countless doctor appointments, vaccinations, antibiotics, ultrasounds, and even a surgery. Not to mention all the phone calls about everyday issues like the marble swallowing and the time one of them picked up an owl’s head he found in the yard. Seriously. I’m very thankful we have easy and inexpensive access to health care.

What is World Vision’s Survive to Five Challenge?

For children in the developing world, the first five years are the most deadly, and if a child lives past five, their chances of survival increase dramatically. There are a few basic reasons why children die of preventable causes, and there are simple solutions to prevent those causes. The Survive to Five Challenge is World Vision’s focused, high-impact way to give children every chance for survival. Because of World Vision’s long history of expertise in helping to save children’s lives, we’ve been awarded grants that will triple the power of all donations to this crucial challenge. Join the Challenge in the effort to help save 156,000 children from preventable deaths in the next year.

(from their website)

These children die of preventable causes. Preventable.

If you give $57, the money is tripled to $171 (thanks to government grants) and you help save 9 children. Your money will be tripled thanks to government grants and will go towards vaccinations, vitamin A, mosquito nets, therapeutic foods. (See the Survive to Five page for a long list of how the donation is used.)

Your contribution of any amount will save lives. Consider giving today.

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