Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Reach Act

By Ashley Lin, Nonfiction Editor and Adult Spotlight Interviewer

 

As a young child, many of my peers went to Montessori, got Kaiser flu shots, and ate Vitamin World gummies—it was normal. As a high school student, I learned that my life was so privileged, I was blind to the experiences of other, less fortunate children. Many kids around the world will never get to go to preschool; eat a nourishing lunch, much less gummy vitamins; or even reach their fifth birthday.

Every day, 16,000 children die from preventable causes, and 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications. The Reach Every Mother and Child Act will help millions of mothers and children in developing countries by increasing access to effective strategies that treat preventable diseases like pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea. Every child deserves the opportunity to live life to the brim. Every child deserves a mother who is there with him or her. We can help end preventable deaths of mothers and children worldwide.

I am proud to say that in my state of Washington, 11 members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, feel the same way and supported this bill last year. I call on my Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to cosponsor the Reach Act when it is reintroduced by Rep. Dave Reichert in the House of Representatives later this year. I hope many of you can do the same so that, together, we can give all children a strong start in life. You can learn more about the Reach Act at https://www.savethechildrenactionnetwork.org/reach/.

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