My daughter's first 15 years

Christine Melendez Ashley and her daughter. Photo courtesy of Christine Melendez Ashley.

By Christine Melendez Ashley

Last year, I gave birth to my first child, a daughter. That same year, the world came together to agree upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — 17 global goals aimed at solving some of the world’s toughest problems, like hunger, by 2030. With U.S. leadership, we can help achieve the SDGs, ending extreme hunger and ensuring good nutrition for all children by 2030.

Call (800/826-3688) or email your senator or representatives today. Tell Congress to do its part to help all children reach their full potential!

I’ve seen firsthand the importance of proper nutrition. When I was an infant, my family benefited from maternal and child nutrition programs here in the United States. But globally, 159 million children my daughter’s age face irreversible damage to their health and development due to chronic malnutrition. As I watch my daughter grow and thrive today, I’m inspired to work toward a world in which all mothers, infants, and children have the nutrition they need to reach their full, God-given potential.

The SDGs will set the tone of global progress for the first 15 years of my daughter’s life. They will shape the world that she and her generation will inherit. The United States must lead by example to advance the SDGs at home and abroad. It can do this by funding global nutrition programs that empower women and nourish mothers and children.

Call or email your senator or representatives today. Tell Congress to support women and children by funding programs that not only save their lives but also help them thrive.

Christine Melendez Ashley is a senior policy analyst at Bread for the World.

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