By Kristen Johnson
Today we celebrate International Human Solidarity Day, a day when we recognize that we must work together to provide lives of dignity for all. The day was adopted after the United Nations committed to its Sustainable Development Goals:
- No poverty
- Zero Hunger
- Good Health and Well-being
- Quality Education
- Gender Equality
- Clean Water and Sanitation
- Affordable and Clean Energy
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
- Reduced Inequalities
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Responsible Consumption and Production
- Climate Action
- Life Below Water
- Life on Land
- Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
- Partnerships for the Goals (UN.org)
These goals were adopted in September, 2015 and each one of these goals has a specific target to be achieved over the next 15 years.
For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you. (UN.org).
The list above is a truly amazing list that, if we actually achieved the goals it sets, would change the world. There is so, so much we can do to help alleviate poverty, relieve climate change, build peace, etc. Following are a few of my favorite organizations working on some of these issues that you might wish to also support:
Compassion International: This fabulous faith-based organization works on long-term child poverty alleviation. You can sponsor a child through adolescence and help them to become responsible, Christian adults. I have read a lot over the years about this wonderful organization and the truly amazing work they do around the world. To find out more, see here: http://www.compassion.com.
World Help: Another Christian organization working to serve the physical and spiritual needs of impoverished communities around the world. To date, they have served 76 million people in over 70 countries around the world. They work on aid and relief, sustainability and education, community development, and child sponsorship. They are are wonderful organization worthy of your contributions. To find out more, see here: https://worldhelp.net.
Stop Hunger Now: I am blessed to be part of a church community that works every Martin Luther King, Jr. service weekend to pack 22,000+ meals for this absolutely fabulous organization. They distribute the meals to partner organizations around the world that promote education and encourage children to attend school. It’s impossible to say enough good about this organization. To find out more, see here: http://www.stophungernow.org.
These are but a few of the many worthy organizations working on some of the UN’s sustainability goals, as well as Christianity’s commission to serve the poor.
Matthew 19:21 (NRSV): Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money[a] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
Serve all with love.
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