Quinte, On. real estate agent: Five years is not a child's lifetime.

Five years is not a child's lifetime.

five for five

Every single day 8.8 million children under the age of five around the world die from PREVENTABLE causes. That translates into 24,000 children every day, or roughly 1000 an hour, or about 33 in the two minutes it will take you to read this blog post. 

As a World Vision volunteer and public speaker I have heard every objection to helping developing nations under the sun. Some people tell me that it's their own fault, that their own leaders should stop stealing resources and do something about their own problems. I have been told that we should cut aid to the third world and help our own children first. I have been told that helping developing nations is like throwing good money after bad. I have been told that they should stop having children, that their overcrowding is ruining the planet. I have heard so many arguments advocating the cutting of aid, each one illogical, each one easily countered with logic, and most of them formed by thinly veiled bigotry.

Politics aside for now, what does a five year old child know about politics?

The main killer of these children are diarreah, pneumonia, birth complications and malnutrition. When a child's body is lacking nourishment something as simple as diarreah will be enough to kill that child. Lack of access to clean drinking water is another great killer, responsible for the deaths of many more children.

If these children were American or Canadian, we would think that this situation is intolerable.

In June, the G8 summit will be held in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. World Vision, through their five for five program is trying to collect 8.8 million signatures (one for each child that will die this year due to the lack of political will in the western world) to present to the leaders of the 8 nations. World Vision would like to show these leaders that enough people care and that something should be done to help the lives of these children. The solutions are not expensive, they are not difficult to impliment and they will not take anything away from our own children.

If you wish, you may sign the petition

Comment balloon 11 commentsMalcolm Johnston • April 05 2010 06:05PM


Consider it signed. I have spent time in third world Countries and there is nothing to describe the conditions. It's life altering.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Malcolm, there are so many issues throughout the world and focusing on the needs of children is both noble and needed.  I will also sign your petition and help in any other way I can towards this goal.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®) about 9 years ago


Keep up the good work and I'll pass this post along.


Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) about 9 years ago


Thanks for drawing our attention to this issue...I'll sign the petition and spread the word.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 9 years ago


Signed it. You made that very straightforward and easy.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago

Ellie McIntire Real Estate in Howard County Maryland (The McIntire Team of Long & Foster) Thanks you for signing Ellie. You are right, if more people went and saw the conditions in some of these countries, I'm sure that a lot more would get done.

Larry Lawfer (EXIT Realty Metro Dallas) Thank you for signing Larry. Children are always the ultimate victims of poverty, they have no control over their own situation.

Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc Thank you very much Ty, I appreciate that very much.

Jo-Anne Smith- Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real Estate, Ont (Brekland Realty Group) Thank you Jo, spreadin the word will help very much. World Vision needs these signatures.

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) Thank you for signing the petition Brian. I appreciate that.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Signed!!  Thanks for spreading the word!!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA about 9 years ago

Cynthia Larsen - Sonoma County Real Estate, CA (Safe Haven Realty) Thanks very much Cynthia

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Very powerful words Malcolm, a child's life is not 5 years.....it will be interesting to follow the summit in June and the outcome. Thank you for advising us of this.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Al and Peggy Cunningham, Brokers Voted Best Real Estate People Brampton (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. Buying or Selling) Thank you for caring Al and Peggy. It will be interesting to see the outcome.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Malcolm, I tried to sign but rec'd "The requested page could not be found."  Will try again later.  In the meantime, thanks for the role you are playing in this effort.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) about 9 years ago