Every Child’s Wishes and Dreams Matter

04.21.2014 by

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As a social worker, my Mom dedicated her career to helping other people. After she retired, she volunteered helping immigrant students prepare for their GEDs. Because of her, I’ve always been curious about other countries and cultures, and have tried to find ways to help people in need. She always believed that a child’s wishes and dreams are equally vivid no matter where they live, or what their circumstances are.

Every twenty seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. On a recent trip to Kenya I had the opportunity to see the impact of vaccinations on mothers and their children.

When I went to the villages outside Kisumu I met mothers who had walked for miles, and waited for hours in long lines to get their infants vaccinated. Some of the mothers made the choice to become health workers as well and spent their time going door to door to alert families that a vaccination campaign was coming to their village.

 

Amanda Peet holds a young child and meets with a local Kenyan family during her Shot@Life trip to the country.

Please join me in supporting Shot At Life so we can be on the right side of history, and help give all children a shot at a healthy childhood.

Love, Amanda

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Global Moms Relay, #globalmoms, UN Foundation, Shot@Life, Amanda Peet, BabyCenterActor and playwright Amanda Peet has been a passionate advocate of vaccines for children for years. “It’s proven- vaccines are life-saving. I can’t imagine my daughters not reaching major milestones because of a preventable disease like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles or polio. No mother should have to imagine that,” said Peet. “We know vaccines work and for only $20, we can help protect a child from these four diseases. All children should have the opportunity to lead healthy lives and experience all of life’s priceless moments.”

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  • Amanda Peet is an actor, mother, and advocate for childhood vaccines. She began serving as a volunteer ambassador to Every Child By Two in 2008 after giving birth to her first child. Through her ongoing presence, the campaign has reached more than 500 million people with messaging about the safety and necessity of timely vaccinations....

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