Scenes from the Thank You Festival concert
Ask parents about what’s most precious to them, and there’s a good chance the answer is their kids.
Whether it’s here in America, or in the poorest communities in the world, parents share a commitment to ensuring that their kids have the very best start in life.
In large parts of sub-Saharan African and South Asia, ensuring that kids receive life-saving vaccines, get clean water and nutritious food can be a huge challenge.
It’s a challenge that parents are facing head on, and with support from governments, charities and business, huge progress has been made. Since 1990, the proportion of kids dying around the world has been cut in half, and it’s still falling.
The American public, charities and government have played a vital role in helping to make this happen.
In recognition of the American public’s efforts, and to call for further action on behalf of the world’s children, Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation held the Thank You Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 26, featuring Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Alvin Risk and Cedric Gervais.
America should be proud of the role that it’s playing to help all children survive and thrive. Our foreign aid and our charitable contributions are saving and transforming lives, enabling parents and children in the poorest communities in the world to achieve their dreams.
Hugh Evans is the co-founder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project, a group dedicated to the elimination of extreme poverty through direct action.
Thomas Prior is an award-winning photographer based in New York.