U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a $40-billion plan Wednesday to help improve child and maternal health – one of least improved areas out of the eight addressed by the Millennium Development Goals.
Funding from the plan is expected to go toward saving the lives of 16 million women and children over the next five years. Governments, foundations, businesses and non-governmental organizations contributed to the funding, the United Nations reported as this week’s high-level MDG2010 Summit was coming to an end.
Notably, however, four times as much money, or $169 billion, is actually needed to save the lives of 16 million women and children, according to Robert Orr, a senior aide to Ban. Orr told reporters that the initial $40 billion in pledges is expected to bring in more funding in the years ahead. more >>
The standard of life in South Sudan is so far behind modern society that it dreams to one day reach Third World status, says the head of a missions group that works in the region.
So if South Sudan voted to secede from the North in the January referendum, it would need “a lot of external help,” warns Bill Deans, president of Mustard Seed International.
“For the past three generations they’ve been in war. Every family is touched by that,” reports Deans, whose organization ministers to the "least of these." more >>
With an estimated 20 million people affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan, it is “almost incomprehensible” to imagine the response needed, said a Christian relief group Sunday.
“The scale of the response needed by all humanitarian actors is almost incomprehensible,” said Anita Cole, program development and quality director for World Vision Pakistan.
Cole said World Vision is assessing the situation in the Southern district of Sindh and preparing human and financial resources to ramp up programs in Pakistan to respond to the floods once immediate dangers are over. more >>
At normally its lowest donation time of the year, medical charity Mercy Ships has received a donation of more than $1 million in stock.
Annette Simmons, wife of billionaire Harold Simmons, has given a gift in stock worth $1,015,635.19 to the Christian medical charity, the group announced Tuesday.
“For Mrs. Simmons to step up at this particular time during August – which is always the slowest time each year even in good economic situations – has really given a substantial boost to all our volunteers that are actually out there on the field,” said Sam Smith, CEO of Mercy Ships. more >>
The nation’s largest adoption agency announced on Monday that it had the highest-ever increase in adoption placements for a half-year period in 2010.
Bethany Christian Services reported that the combined international and domestic adoption placement increased 26 percent over the six-month period of January to June compared to the same time period in 2009.
Intercountry adoption inquiries were ahead by over 5,000 requests the first half of this year compared to 2009, totaling an unprecedented 10,567. Meanwhile, there were 8,037 domestic infant adoption inquiries, which is also higher than in 2009. more >>
Habitat for Humanity received this week its largest single donation by a faith community for its Haiti earthquake-recovery efforts.
The African-American Baptist Mission Collaboration, composed of five African-American Baptist groups, gave a $500,000 check to Habitat on Tuesday. The check is the coalition’s first toward its five-year, $50 million commitment for the Haiti rebuilding effort.
“We are inspired to invest in this ministry for housing solutions, because we are following the teachings of Jesus who said that when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and give shelter to those without shelter that we do this for him,” said Dr. Stephen John Thurston, president of the National Baptist Convention of America. “We do this for Jesus, and we do this for those who suffer in Haiti.” more >>