The Reason Why
Why partner schools with schools?
The mission of the Suntree Foundation was inspired by one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: the need to eradicate poverty and disease, and bring equality to the world. In 2000, the United Nations adopted eight Millennium Development Goals and vowed to accomplish these goals by the year 2015.
The Eight Millennium Development Goals:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve Maternal Health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
The importance of accomplishing the MDGs
Currently, a person dies of extreme hunger every three seconds. Three billion people live on less than three dollars a day. Seventy-two million children do not have access to a basic education. If nothing is done, the MDGs will not be realized by 2015. While the problems are staggering, and will require the combined efforts of many governments and NGOs (non-governmental organizations), individuals have the ability to make a difference. No action is too small. The Suntree Foundation believes that the combination of many small actions can bring about great changes. Our School Partnership Program not only seeks to bring about changes in developing countries, but here at home as well. Partnerships between schools build cultural understanding, leading to a greater understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.