“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”—Bill Bryson, from Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe (via emotional-algebra)
“I believe that chance creates order in the world. We can’t choreograph life events, but we can clasp the hands of those who appear in our paths and see where they lead us.”—Maria Mayo Robbins, This I Believe II (via emotional-algebra)
I believe in ZERO - zero children dying of preventable causes.
I believe that no child should go hungry or die from malnutrition. That no child should die from water that is contaminated - or from no water at all. That no child should be born with HIV or die from a cause related to it. That no child should be forced into soldiering, sexual trafficking, or horrific labor conditions, much less give their life to one of these options. That no child should be denied an education that could interrupt the cycle of poverty.
I stand with UNICEF and the child survival leaders who are fighting for ZERO by 2035.
I will do whatever it takes until no child dies needlessly of a preventable cause.