The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has its own set of indicators, or targets, to be achieved by 2030. Free To Shine helps rural Cambodian girls and their families to meet the first six.
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
There are 836 million people still living in extreme poverty, struggling to fulfill basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation. Poverty is more than a lack of income and resources, so at Free To Shine we focus on relieving some of the manifestations of poverty, such as: extreme hunger, malnutrition, limited access to education, and the inability to make decisions about your own life.
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Globally, one in nine people are undernourished. Asia is the continent with the highest number of hungry people – making up two thirds of the total number; with Southeast Asia particularly affected. By 2030 the SDG’s aim to end hunger and ensure access by all people – in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants – to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. At Free To Shine we supply our families with ten different types of seeds, information about their nutritional content, and instruction on how to grow them, assisting girls and their families to grow enough fruits and vegetables to not only feed themselves, but also to sell any excess at market.
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Children who are born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of five as those from wealthier families. Children of educated mothers – even mothers with only primary schooling – are more likely to survive than children of mothers with no education. Free To Shine knows every extra year at school for a girl has long term health benefits for herself, her family and her future children.
For a full list of the SDG’s follow this link.