As you may know, Bill Gates is circulating his first annual letter about his work at the Gates Foundation. It provides candid insight into the Foundation’s work and their plans for the future, discussing the progress and shortcomings of initiatives in which they have invested time and resources. Read and download the full letter here.  This is the first in the series of letters Gates has committed to writing each year. 

Dear friends,

As we've come to know, Julianne Moore is one of Save the Children's most dedicated and passionate artist ambassadors, with visits to our sites in Kentucky and Tennessee, advocacy for kids affected by disasters and, of course, the incredibly successful Valentine's Day project, which is now its second year.

Starting with an amazing cover story in the new Redbook, Julianne is all over the media promoting the project, and we wanted to make sure you saw all of her terrific advocacy on our behalf. Also, check it this blog post she co-authored with me that was published today on the home page of The Huffington Post, one of the highest trafficked and most respected news and opinion sites: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-kennedy-shriver-and-julianne-moore/obamas-call-for-responsib_b_161367.html

Tune in to Fox and Friends tomorrow at 7:50AM EST and then The Today Show at 9:30AM. She will also appear on Access Hollywood this week. Last but certainly not least, she will appear on this Friday's installment of The View. I hope you have a chance to watch at least one of the interviews - - you will see is what a poised, thoughtful and dedicated advocate she is for all kids.

So tune in and, just as important, go to www.savethechildren.org to order your set of Valentines Day cards and get your kids engaged in helping other kids!

Warmly,

Mark K. Shriver

Vice President and Managing Director, US Programs

2000 L Street NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036 USA

Phone: (202) 640-6627 Fax: (202) 640-6950

www.savethechildren.org/usa

Happy New Year!
  I went home to the United States for Christmas and New Year's.  Upon returning to Sierra Leone in January, I felt re-energized and excited to get back into my work at Africare.  January is a busy month for us, as many of our deadlines for filing reports and proposals come at the end of this month.  One of my biggest tasks at the moment is to help Africare complete the annual report for an HIV/AIDS education program that we are undertaking together with the Global Fund.  This program takes place in the Kenema and Kailahun Districts, and trains young people about how HIV is transmitted and what measures they can take to protect themselves.  Next week I will be traveling to Kenema, in order to write some more detailed and story-based narratives on the program.  In particular, we are looking for success stories, as well as some possible mistakes, so that we can discuss some of the lessons we've learned for year 2 of the program.  In addition, I am working on a proposed project with UNICEF to lower infant and maternal mortality.  This involves training traditional birth attendants (TBAs), educating mothers on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, and improving support for women who suffer gender-based violence.
   In two weeks, I'm traveling to Nelspruit, South Africa for Princeton in Africa's annual reunion and retreat.  I am very excited to be able to discuss my adventures with my fellow PiAfers.  All of Freetown (and, I gather, all of Africa) was excited today for the inauguration of President Obama.  While many have unreasonably high expectations of the new president, there is a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for the United States here.

Diplomacy That Heals

Washington Post

Jan 22 2009

When George W. Bush was running for the presidency, he said he aspired to be an education president. He followed through in his first year by pressing Congress to pass the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act. He found an effective partner in Margaret Spellings, who served first as the White House staff person in charge of drafting the legislation and then as secretary of education.

ONE Applauds President Obama for Commitment to World's Poorest People

New President's plans stand up for human dignity by elevating the fight against poverty, disease

Jan 20 2009

ONE Applauds President Obama for Commitment to World's Poorest People

New President's plans stand up for human dignity by elevating the fight against poverty, disease

 

Washington, D.C. - ONE applauded President Barack Obama for reaffirming America's commitment to the world's poorest and most vulnerable people in his historic Inaugural Address this afternoon. 

Senator Bill Frist, the Republican former U.S. Senate Majority Leader who co-chaired ONE's nonpartisan presidential outreach initiative, ONE Vote ‘08, made the following statement in reaction to the Obama inaugural:

 "With hundreds of millions of eyes watching him, President Obama made clear that he will help to lead the world to finally end extreme poverty and entirely preventable diseases, that we will use the best of America to help people struggling to survive the world's worst conditions.  These are not just words in a speech; this is a commitment from America to the world.  We are all in this together, and ONE members are ready to work to turn the Millennium Development Goals into the Millennium Generation's greatest accomplishment.  It's time that we open our eyes fully to the human catastrophes facing our world and lead the way to the solutions." 

More than 101,000 people signed ONE's online petition calling on Mr. Obama to make clear in his speech the importance of fighting poverty and preventable disease worldwide. 

During the campaign, Obama committed to doubling foreign assistance and to prioritize the provision of basic medicine, food and education in areas where people are living on less than $1 per day.  His commitments on HIV/AIDS, hunger, and child and maternal health, basic sanitation, and primary education can be viewed at www.ONE.org

ONE is a global advocacy and campaigning organization backed by more than 2 million people from around the world dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.  For more information, please visit ONE.org.

 

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We had a fantastic event today at the house pulling together folks from all corners of the Music Industry here in Nashville: Music City, USA. We had some artists from Country Music and some from CCM, and lots of energy to move forward to change the world. Hope through Healing Hands motto is "using health as a currency for peace." It's a slogan I think we all can get behind: a better, safer world for us all.

I was excited to meet many of the artists and managers, many of whom have been activists for HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty for years. This was Hope through Healing Hands first outreach event in Nashville as we begin pulling together the best of the Music community and the best of the Health community with a hope for synergy on behalf of the "bottom billion" - the 1 billion people on the planet who still live on less than a dollar a day. We want Nashville to be a center for excellence in global health.

Thanks to everyone who came, and if you'd like to learn more about how you can get involved with Hope through Healing Hands---if you're an artist, manager, publicist, agent, or just someone who cares about global health issues!--- Call us 615 818 5579 or write us at jenny@hopethroughhealinghands.org.

Go to www.hopethroughhealinghands.org for more information on how to Take Action today.

We look forward to hearing your voice; your voice can change the world.

Best,

Bill Frist

Bush's Passions Laid Foundations

The Tennessean

Jan 17 2009

President George Bush has passions. You never saw it in his speeches. But I did, up close. And out of those passions — the ones I saw as majority leader working with him — will come his greatest legacy.

Knit One, Save One

Williamson Herald

Jan 15 2009

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist M.D. visited a women's group at Grace Chapel Saturday morning to say thank you for about 1,000 caps for newborn babies.

 

 

Save the Children needs YOU!!

 

Save the Children posted a concept on the Change.org web site based on S25 called "Save the Lives of Children ~ Improve Global Child Health" and the idea qualified for the final round.  Today a new round of voting begins, and goes through January 15th.  If we're one of the top ideas, we'll be invited to a reception with the Case Foundation and Change.org will support a grassroots advocacy campaign around the idea.  

 

The main thing we need between now and the 15th are additional votes to make sure our idea is one of the top 10.  So, follow the link below and vote for our concept.  Also, rally all of your friends, family, and colleagues to also vote for our concept.  Email this link and lets make change for children a reality!!!

 

To vote, click on the following link:

www.change.org/ideas/view/save_the_lives_of_children_improve_global_child_health

 

If you have any additional questions, please contact Angela Smith (RD,) Christen Grasso (S25,) or Ryan Quinn (PPA.)

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