In 2015, the United Nations came together to create a much needed and desired Agenda for Sustainable Development by 2030. The plan was to provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future and was readily adopted by all member states as a call to action for governments, charities, development agencies, NGOs and anyone working towards social justice and climate balance. Central to the plan are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (above), now well-known all over the world as the UN SDGs. The vision was a global partnership and indeed the 17 SDGs seen together as one are so inspiring and so easy to understand that they have indeed become a focal point for charitable groups and charity focused individuals worldwide.
How is the Kisumu Children Trust working towards the Sustainable Development Goals?
At Kisumu Children, we have our eye on several different SDGs but our work is anchored in SDG1 (no poverty), SDG2 (zero hunger), SDG3 (good health & wellbeing), SDG4 (quality education) and SDG6 (clean water & sanitation) with an obvious emphasis on support for children. Our impact, however small on the global stage, added to the impact of every other person working towards these goals means that little by little we are collectively making a big difference and this is what it’s all about.
In 1990, global extreme poverty was 36% but by 2015, global extreme poverty had fallen to 10% which led to the belief that zero poverty could be achieved by 2030 if we all came together, focused our efforts in the same direction and put sustainability at the heart of everything we do. Global extreme poverty has continued to fall since 2015 only disrupted by the arrival of Covid-19 but we believe it is just a blot on this plan and we are eager to get back to chipping away at the barriers which keep people hungry and in poverty. Every gift, every prayer, every period of voluntary time given, takes the world closer to achieving the goals. Take another look at the 17 SDGs… what a vision for our world!