Web Surfers Improve the Lives of Over a Million Impoverished Children
Added: (Thu Sep 02 2004)
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SEATTLE—September marks the second year of operation for The Child Health Site (www.thechildhealthsite.com). With the free, daily click, visitors have funded basic but vital health services that have improved the lives of more than a million children living in developing countries.
The site’s home page informs visitors that “200,000 children die each week of preventable causes.” Anyone with Internet access can visit The Child Health Site, part of The Hunger Site Network, owned by Charity USA, LLC, and help save children’s lives simply by clicking on the blue “Help a Child ” button.
Visitors pay nothing—site sponsors cover the cost of the health care given with each click. The Child Health Site gives fees paid by the site’s sponsors to four leading charities that work with children internationally: Mercy Corps, Helen Keller Worldwide, Prosthetics Outreach Foundation and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Regarding the impact of the site, Matthew de Galan, Mercy Corps Chief Development Officer, noted, "Far too many children are growing up suffering the effects of war, hunger, disease and poverty. Mercy Corps' partnership with The Child Health Site enables us to expand our child survival programs to provide immediate help to thousands of suffering children."
Funding from the site is used by the charities to provide vitamin A to prevent life threatening childhood diseases and blindness, surgeries to reverse blindness, maternal HIV/AIDS test kits to enable prevention of mother-to-child transmission, emergency oral rehydration for infants at risk of death due to severe dehydration, and prostheses for young amputees.
"Preventable diseases take the lives of 21 children each minute. It’s hard to believe that something as simple as clicking a button could make a difference, but it does," said Jennifer Porter, spokesperson for The Hunger Site Network. "Part of the tragedy is that prevention of these deaths is very simple and inexpensive. Every click at The Child Health Site truly makes a difference in the life of a child.”
Winfried Danke, Executive Director of Prosthetics Outreach Foundation, commented, "It takes so little to get children, who have lost their limbs to landmines, unexploded ordinance and other misfortunes, walking again. The Child Health Site has been a wonderful resource to let the world know that we can restore mobility and independence to these children."
In addition to clicking, visitors to The Child Health Site can give help and hope to children in need by shopping in the site’s store, which offers gifts, jewelry, home accessories, toys and more. With each item purchased, shoppers fund additional aid for children – at no extra cost.
The Hunger Site Network’s goal is to empower Internet users to make a difference through clicking, shopping and other online activities. The online family includes the popular The Breast Cancer Site, The Rainforest Site, The Animal Rescue Site, and The Hunger Site, the Web’s first “click-to-give” site launched in 1999.
ABOUT THE HUNGER SITE NETWORK
The Hunger Site Network (www.thehungersite.com) is dedicated to harnessing the power of the Internet to do good. Visitors to this family of cause-related sites are empowered to support the causes they care about, at no extra cost to them, through everyday online activities.
The Network includes several “click-to-give” sites: The Hunger Site, The Breast Cancer Site, The Animal Rescue Site, The Child Health Site and The Rainforest Site. These sites allow visitors to join worldwide efforts to fight hunger, prevent breast cancer deaths, feed abused and neglected animals, provide life-saving health services to children in developing countries, and preserve endangered habitat. Visitors can click on each site once per day. All are accessible via the tabs at the top of The Hunger Site home page.