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Mar-2021

Aligning Visions: Rising Lotus and UN Sustainable Development Goals

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We wanted to take a moment to highlight an organization you likely know at least in name: The United Nations or “UN” and where we at RLCV see our visions perfectly aligned. A little background information: the UN was founded in 1945 post World War 2 with “a commitment to maintaining international peace and security, relations among nations, promoting better living standards and human rights.”

Ever since, United Nations organizations (UNICEF, UNEP, UNESCO to name a few) have worked tirelessly to ensure those with no voice, those who are most vulnerable to the devastating impacts of war, famine, opression and persecution are protected and empowered. In 2015, the UN introduced its 17 Sustainable Development Goals or “SDG’s” as they are commonly referred which consolodated and articulated the challenges facing humaity in the 21st century. To quote the UN’s description of the SDG’s purpose: “They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.”

The SDGs resonate with charities, NGOs and individuals in support of nature’s protection and human wellbeing around the planet. Here at RLCV, we wanted to take a moment to share the SDGs to which we have dedicated our lives since our founding in 2005. At the heart of our mission is to remove young Nepali girls from poverty providing them a quality education and home environment. Goals 1, 4, and 5 are at the core this mission: Reducing Poverty (1), Access to Quality Education (4) and Gender Equality (5). We also see our mission aligned with goals 2, 3 and 10: ending hunger, improving health, and reducing inequalities.   

Question: Why girls? Rising Lotus supports young girls specifically due to the gender inequalities they face not only in Nepal but around the world.  In Nepal, girls are subject to early and often forced marriage, early pregnancy, a lack of menstrual cycle education and supplies, limited access to education and inequality in the workplace.  We aim to empower the young women of the future who will make a difference in their communities, their nation, and in doing so, the world.  

We believe in a just and prosperous planet for all its citizens especially those most vulnerable.  It was our founding purpose back in 2005 and remains so to this day. If you are reading this post we know you do as well and THANK YOU for giving your time, talent and treasure to those in need.

The six UN Sustainable Development Goals we are proud to support at RLCV.

Our flowers (red) taking part in a “Women’s Empowerment Day” at our Rising Lotus Facility in partnership with the young women from a local private education foundation (purple).

Sources:

  • https://www.un.org/un70/en/content/history/index.html#:~:text=The%20United%20Nations%20is%20an,living%20standards%20and%20human%20rights.
  • https://sdgs.un.org/goals#:~:text=In%20January%202015%2C%20the%20General,Development%20Summit%20in%20September%202015.

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