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NGO Miracle Foundation Raises over Rs 650,000 with Global Citizen Festival in India

The total funds collected will be used for providing education opportunities and scholarships to orphaned children in India

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New Delhi, November 16, 2016: Miracle Foundation, a NGO based here and in the US, in partnership with the Global Citizen Festival has raised over Rs 6.5 lakhs through online crowdfunding agency Ketto, to benefit orphaned children.

Several hundred campaigners have created fundraiser pages for Miracle Foundation India on the Ketto platform with 210 donors having contributed to the total collected fund of Rs 6,80,556 so far, with the highest donor amount on a single fundraiser page being Rs 3,93,501.

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The total funds collected at the end of this online crowdfunding campaign will be used for providing education opportunities and scholarships to orphaned children in India through the NGO’s programmes.

Kunal Kapoor, co-founder, Ketto, said in a statement: “We are happy that we were able to make a difference and raise funds through our online crowdfunding campaign. We are overwhelmed with the response received from the donors who have contributed generously for this great cause. The money will be used towards uplifting the lives of orphaned children in India.”

The dedicated crowdfunding was launched as an initiative for raising funds directly for Global Citizen India’s partner NGOs and to offer participants the chance to earn free Global Citizen Festival India tickets.

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The first 50 Global Citizen campaigners to raise Rs 50,000 on their page for the Miracle Foundation were awarded four free tickets each to the Global Citizen India Festival, where performers like Coldplay and Jay Z will take to the stage in Mumbai on Saturday.

Responding to the success of the crowdfunding campaign, Caroline Boudreaux, founder of Miracle Foundation, said: “We are committed to bringing life-changing care for children without parental care in India, and empowering them to reach their full potential.”

The Global Citizen Festival India is Global Citizen India’s first initiative, which brings together youth with leaders from across private industry, government, and non-governmental, community and religious organisations to amplify the voice of young people and hold leaders accountable to drive positive change.

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The format will be a celebration of change-makers from across rural and urban India, performances by leading artists, inspirational speeches, short films and most importantly commitments from government, business leaders and civil society in support of India’s leadership role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. (IANS)

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Priyanka Chopra had ‘best time’ hosting Global Citizen Festival

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New York, Sep 24 : Actress Priyanka Chopra hosted the Global Citizen Festival wearing a floral dress and matching boots and shared backstage moments with celebrities like Freida Pinto, Demi Lovato and Lupita Nyong’o.

Clad in a red, white and black floral mini shift dress with thigh high boots in the same print, Priyanka, 35, was excited about the festival. Her long brown hair was worn loose in soft curls and she wore round sunglasses for the event at the Central Park here on Saturday, reports dailymail.co.uk.

“I had the best time hosting Global Citizen. Proud to be a Global Citizen ambassador,” the “Quantico” star posted on her Intagram page.

Before carrying out her duty as a host, Priyanka was seen wearing dark blue jeans and a white T-shirt with the Global Citizen Festival’s logo on it.

Backstage, the actress mixed with fellow celebrity guests including Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Monaghan, both wearing Global Citizen Festival T-shirts.

Singer Demi Lovato was also backstage, wearing a figure-hugging fuchsia coloured dress.

Joining them was actress Freida Pinto, who also sported a Global Citizen Festival tee. She was flaunting a floral bomber jacket.

Priyanka was also seen posing for photographs with actor Kal Penn, who was dressed in a shark costume.

The Global Citizen Festival is an annual one-day music festival held here in an effort to help end poverty and fight inequality.

Included in this year’s line-up are Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Lumineers, The Killers, The Chainsmokers and Pharrell.

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‘Education Crisis’ for Refugee Children : Over 3.5 Million Refugee Children Currently Missing out on Education

Refugee children will go back and rebuild their countries. So, they are the future. If we do not invest in their future, we do not invest in the world’s future.

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South Sudanese refugee children look out of a transit tent at the Imvepi refugee settlement camp in Arua District, northern Uganda, August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic - RC1C63EAF400 (VOA)

Geneva, September 13, 2017 : The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 3.5 million refugee children aged five to 17 did not attend school last year to the detriment of their future and the future well-being of society. The UNHCR is calling an education crisis for refugee children.

Children make up half of the 17.2 million refugees around the world and many of them are missing out on a productive future because they do not go to school.

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Children of Rohingya refugees attend a temporary school run by a non-governmental organization at a camp for Rohingyas in New Delhi (VOA)

The UNHCR warns neglecting the education of millions of refugee children will undermine the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals — principally those targeting health, prosperity, equality and peace.

The refugee agency reports 91 percent of the world’s children attend primary school, compared to 61 percent for refugee children. It says that number drops to below 50 percent for refugee children in poor countries.

The agency finds those numbers drop precipitously as refugee children age, especially in the poorer countries. It says far fewer adolescents attend secondary school and enrollment in university is stuck at one percent.

Long-term consequences

UNHCR spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told VOA denying refugee children access to an education is short-sighted.

“There is a clear need for more solidarity and for making sure that people who take refugees in low income countries also have access to education. This is crucial,” she said. “We know that these refugee children will one day go back to their home places and rebuild their countries. So, they are the future. If we do not invest in their future, we do not invest in the world’s future.”

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Syrian refugee girls in a 4th grade classroom in the U.N.-run Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan. Guterres appealed to Arab states to overcome their divisions on Syria and help end the country’s six-year-old civil war. The U.N. chief is to attend an Arab Summit in Jordan on Wednesday.(AP Photo / Raad Adayleh) (VOA)

The UNHCR urges governments to include refugee children in their national education systems.

It also calls for more efforts to ensure refugee children are taught by properly trained and qualified teachers. (VOA)

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More than 2 Billion People Lack Safe Water and Sanitation: Report

The United Nations reports nearly 850,000 people die every year from lack of access to good water, sanitation and hygiene

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In this May 30, 2016 photo, Bangladeshi volunteers, working to spread awareness on sanitation, lift toilet seats in Bormi village, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. VOA
  • WHO Coordinator for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Bruce Gordon says this report is the first to assess the importance of hygiene to good health
  • The SDGs are calling for an end to open defecation, which perpetuates a vicious cycle of disease and poverty

Geneva, July 12, 2017: A new report finds more than two billion people lack access to safe drinking water and more than twice that number or 4.5 billion people lack safe sanitation. The report by the World Health Organization and U.N. Children’s Fund is the first global assessment of water, sanitation, and hygiene for the Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations reports nearly 850,000 people die every year from lack of access to good water, sanitation and hygiene. This includes more than 360,000 children under age five who die from diarrhea and many others from diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid.

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The joint report by the World Health Organization and U.N. Children’s Fund finds people living in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are most at risk of disease and death from poor water and sanitation-related sources.

WHO Coordinator for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Bruce Gordon says this report is the first to assess the importance of hygiene to good health. He says many homes, healthcare facilities, and schools have no soap and water for handwashing.

“The one figure I would kind of like to emphasize here is that in sub-Saharan Africa, 15 percent of the population only has access to a hand-washing facility with soap and water,” he said. “And, as we know, good hygiene is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stop the spread of disease.”

One of the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals calls for universal and equitable access to safe water and sanitation for all by 2030. UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Sanjay Wijesekera says such progress would have a knock-on effect on other development areas.

“For children, access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene not only keeps them alive and healthy, but it gives them a chance to go to school and gain an education. It reduces inequality … and it just gives them a fair start to life,” said Wijesekera.

The SDGs are calling for an end to open defecation, which perpetuates a vicious cycle of disease and poverty. Open defecation is practiced by more than 890 million people, mainly in rural areas, who have no toilet or latrine. (VOA)