“The UNICEF estimates that 22,000 children are dying each day due to a host of deprivations because of poverty. Many die quietly in some of the remotest and poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and of the watchful eye and the conscience of the world. So many children losing their lives to … preventable (causes).
I am sure every responsible and well-meaning person should be concerned with the wellbeing of our children and young people. (We must) assist families of the children to become prosperous so that their children will live in a poverty free environment. Since it may take time before poor families can become prosperous, children should not be left to wait for so long.
Humanity must therefore directly assist children from poor families to get the necessities of life they are deprived of because of being born and living in poor families. This is the responsibility of every one of us. We need to make children a priority in our plans and programmes to reduce and eradicate poverty.” – H.E Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the Republic of Tanzania , Dar El Salaam, Tanzania 17th June 2012
“Today we launch a third global initiative that will emphasize spiritual awakening to address the root causes of poverty and challenge the unequal distribution of resources, war and violence, poor governance and corruption. It will utilize interfaith advocacy and grassroots action to overcome poverty.
(We) envision a world where no child will live in poverty, (and) will actively engage children as full participants and actors as we advocate and act at every level to shape and promote policies that address injustice against children. In doing so, we will reaffirm human dignity and seek to influence the global development agenda beyond 2015″ – Ending Poverty, Enriching Children: Inspire.. Act.Change. Dar el Salaam Declaration, GNRC, Dar es Salaam Tanzania, 18th June 2012