Monday was United Nations Day! This day celebrates the creation of the United Nations. Wait wait! Stick with me! I promise this will get interesting soon. The United Nations is an international body, created in the wake of WWII, in an attempt to avoid WWIII. It allows for international discussions and decisions to be made in peaceful ways. It acts as a global think tank for information on humanitarian issues, and seeks to provide humanitarian aid around the world. It’s extremely important, and sometimes fairly controversial. And definitely something that is worth paying attention to. Monday (Oct 24) was its 71st anniversary.
At the beginning of this year, the United Nations released a list of 17 goals for the sustainable development of the world. At the core of these 17 goals is the eradication of extreme poverty. The values at the root of their goals are people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. The UN hopes that these humanitarian goals will be accomplished by 2030.
You can find a breakdown of the goals and what accomplishing them entails here. The backbone of these goals is the desire to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.”
And this is where you come in! The United Nations put up a list of easy things that you can incorporate into your life to help achieve these goals over the next 15 years. With goals as big as ending poverty, gender inequality and climate change, it can be hard to know what you can do to help. But this list includes things as simple as switching your paper bank statements to online payments, or saving electricity by letting your hair air dry instead of blow drying it. It might not seem like a big deal, but if we all make the effort, substantive changes can be made. Check out the other suggestions here.
Which one of these goals listed are the most meaningful and important to you? On the lists provided, you can find some practical ways to help accomplish them. I’ve got another way you can help, and it isn’t on one of the lists: partner with Kinship United!
If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably someone who is passionate about caring for orphans. And here at Kinship United, that’s at the heart of what we do, and who we are. And caring for orphans connects to many of the sustainable goals of the UN.
We also work to help equip women with skills that allow them to support themselves, which helps fight against the gender equality still prevalent in the world. Our Women of Worth Baking Initiative teaches women valuable business skills. So if you find yourself inspired by these goals (and it’s easy to be), joining the mission of Kinship United is one way to help!
One thing that the UN’s sustainable goals don’t include is sharing the Gospel. But at Kinship United, we believe that spreading the gospel should be at the beginning of the list – it’s at the beginning of ours. The kids in our Kinship Projects are taught about the love of God, and the Gospel is shared with the women at our Bakery Outreach. Through partnering with us, you’ll be able to care for both the physical reality of orphans and women and the spiritual.
Partner with us at Kinship United to fight the suffering and inequality that exist in the world. Come be global citizens with us, spreading the Gospel and caring for all of God’s people and all of his Kingdom.