II. How Can My $100 Keep Thirty Children from Dying? Can You
It Down for Me?
"Each year millions of children die from an easy to beat disease, from
malnutrition, and from bad drinking water. Among these children,
million die from dehydrating diarrhea. As UNICEF has made clear to
millions of us, with a packet of oral rehydration salts that costs about
a child can be saved from dying soon.
"By sending checks earmarked for Oral Rehydration Therapy, or ORT,
U.S Committee for UNICEF, we can help save many of these children.
the full mailing address:
Committee for UNICEF Now, you can write that address on an
well prepared for mailing. And, in it, you can place a $100 check
to the U.S Committee for UNICEF along with a note that's easy
write: WHERE IT WILL HELP THE MOST, USE
FUNDS FOR ORT. So, as is reasonable to believe, you can
mean a big difference for vulnerable children.
United Nations Children's Fund
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Committee for UNICEF
Now, you can write that address on an envelope well prepared for mailing. And, in it, you can place a $100 check made out to the U.S Committee for UNICEF along with a note that's easy to write:
WHERE IT WILL HELP THE MOST, USE THE ENCLOSED FUNDS FOR ORT.
So, as is reasonable to believe, you can easily mean a big difference for vulnerable children.
"Toward realistically thinking about the matter, I have used a figure
greater than just 15 cents per child saved: Not only does the U.S.
have overhead costs, but so does UNICEF itself; and,
there's the cost
transporting the packets, and so on. Further, to live even just one
many children may need several saving interventions and, so,
packets. And, quite a few of those saved will die shortly thereafter,
from some sadly common Third World cause. So, to be more realistic
what counts most, let's multiply the cost of the packet by 10, or,
better, by 20!
"Forgetting one more Third World youngster to escape death and live
reasonably long life, $3 is a more realistic figure than 15 cents and,
purposes, it will serve as well as any. Truth to tell, in the light of
empirical investigation, even this higher figure might prove too low.
nothing of moral import will turn on the matter, we can postpone a
look at the actual cost.
"With this $3 figure in mind, we do well to entertain this proposition:
you'd contributed $100 to one of UNICEF's most
programs a couple of months ago, this month there'd be over thirty
children who, instead of painfully dying soon, would live reasonably
lives. Nothing here's special to the months just mentioned; similar
hold for most your adult life, or from the time your allowance was
enough for you to send so much as $100 to UNICEF. And, more
unless we change our behavior, similar thoughts will hold for our
(Much about the causes of childhood death, and about the
can nullify these causes, is systematically presented in James P.
The State of the World's Children 1993, published for UNICEF
Oxford University Press in 1993. And this information can be cross-
against the (somewhat independent) material in the more massive
Development Report 1993, published for the World Bank by the
1993. (Adapted from Unger)
February 14, 1998
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