Eva, a young girl supported by Restless Development in Tanzania, is launching a petition to ask her leaders to keep their promises and help her community access clean water.
ONE and Restless Development are to #StandWithEva in solidarity, helping to spread her message and inspire other young people to turn the promises made in the Global Goals into real action that changes lives. This initiative is part of Restless Development's Youth Power campaign.
Eva and her classmates at Mlowa school in Tanzania have big ambitions for their future, but without access to basic things like clean water, electricity and nutritious food, it’s hard for them to stay in school and achieve them.
This is particularly challenging for girls like Eva, who in the developing world are often denied equal access to education and are hit hardest by the effects of extreme poverty.
Last year, young people from Eva’s school wrote to the former Tanzanian government to ask for clean water and safe toilets at their school.They are still waiting to hear back.
In the meanwhile Eva wrote to US President Barack Obama and did hear back as he endorsed her calls for action in a speech made at the UN General Assembly in September.
At that assembly world leaders from all 193 nations agreed to a new set of Global Goals, including targets about clean water and sanitation.
Speaking as the campaign launched, Eva said:
“I would like to see safe and sustainable water for my community. I would love to see Malinzanga free from preventable diseases. I want to see many positive things happening to me, my family and to all of Malinzanga - if we use our voices together, we will be heard.”
In one of the first examples of the Global Goals inspiring grassroots action, Eva and her community are launching a new campaign to make sure the promises made by their leaders in the form of the Global Goals are kept.
Along with other young people at her school, Eva has started a petition calling for her leaders to provide clean water for her community in Malinzanga. She hopes that this will help her to secure meetings with her political representatives, eventually leading the way to the promises made at the UN becoming a reality for her and her friends.
Margaret Miliwa, Restless Development Tanzania Country Director, said:
"Eva and her classmates are proving that young people can and do create change in their communities. World leaders have signed up to Global Goals that promise to end poverty, inequality, and climate change. These are promises to their citizens. We now have the chance in Tanzania to show the world how to turn these promises into reality, but we need the collective power of young people to make it happen."
Nachilala Nkombo, Acting Africa Executive Director for ONE, said:
“Eva and this campaign show how strong girls and women like her are changing their worlds for the better – they are not waiting for others before they begin, they are doing it themselves and we are amplifying their message.
“It will be girls like Eva across Africa and around the world who will make the Global Goals turn from dreams into bread and butter for their families. With citizens everywhere holding their leaders to account, the promises made with the Global Goals must be delivered.
“At the ONE Campaign we join Eva in urging her Government to listen closely to her and her classmates!”
This week the campaign will go global. Restless Development and ONE will jointly support the launch of a global petition to #StandWithEva in solidarity, helping to spread her message and inspire other young people to turn the promises made in the Global Goals into real action that changes lives.
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