Global Child Survival Act

Dear Congressman Neal and Senators Kerry and Kennedy, My name is Jonah Kudler-Flam, I am twelve years old turning thirteen, the age of responsibility in my religious tradition. In my community when we become Bar-Mitzvah, we do a righteousness project because it is the time to take more responsibility. My family loves to help people in need. I also love music including the band U2.To tie these two great things in my life together, for my Bar-Mitzvah project I have chosen to support the ONE Campaign. The ONE Campaign is an organization that was launched by the lead singer of U2, Bono. This organization tries to fight extreme poverty and horrifying diseases like AIDS. ONE believes that allocating more of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world's poorest countries. I am very concerned about the lack of effort we are putting into stopping or preventing HIV/AIDS. More than 38 million people around the world are infected by HIV/AIDS, 25 million in Africa alone. Left untreated, AIDS leads to an early death for people in their most productive years, when they are needed to raise crops and families, teach school and care for the sick. Not only do I believe in this; almost two and a half million people, including many presidential candidates over this past year, are standing as ONE, as well. Another massive problem our world is facing is severe poverty. Ten million children die each year before they turn five years old. The vast majority of the kids die from malnutrition as a result of this poverty. The Global Child Survival Act is one of the acts this organization supports. The Global Child Survival Act is a program that tries to help kids who do not have the required amount of food you need to survive. ONE tries to deploy affordable life-saving technology for those children. The words sad and horrifying are completely different words. It is sad when a close friend or family member dies once they have lived a nice, full life. It is horrifying when you hear that a three year old died because their family did not have enough money for the child to receive medical treatment or healthy nutrition. If you can help us deploy affordable life-saving technology by co-sponsoring this important legislation we could save those 15 million children who die each year from malnutrition.

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