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残念な選挙結果になりましたが、これから都合の悪いことを全てトランプやトランプ支持者のせいにすればいいというのでは我々も虫が良すぎますよね。ミーハー色が出ていて恐縮ですが以前紹介した雑誌Peopleの特集25 Women Changing the WorldでのJennifer Garnerの取り組みを思い出しました。アメリカの田舎での貧困問題に彼女は関わっているのです。

Jennifer Garner Is One of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World: ‘I’m Not Afraid to Try’


After eight years serving as an artistic ambassador for Save the Children, which provides relief and support for kids in rural America and developing countries, Jennifer Garner has learned the importance of working in the field.

The actress, 44, now a trustee for the nonprofit, and her friend, the fund’s president and CEO Carolyn Miles, are among PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World. While visiting Brooks Elementary in Duncan, Mississippi, the two women sat down to discuss their friendship and their fight for all kids to have a promising future.

動画でI’ve been working on Birth to Five Program, early literacy and on In-School Afterschool Program for a quite long time.と語っていますが、これはSave the ChildrenというNGOの以下のような取り組みのようです。

Early Steps to School Success

Growing Up in America
All children are born ready to learn, but for 15 million children living in poverty in America, they enter school unready to succeed.

Before even walking through the classroom door, American children living in poverty have already fallen behind in school. By age 4, children from low-income families are up to 18 months behind their peers developmentally.

A child's brain is already 80% formed by age 3; 90% by age 5. But children in poverty are less likely to attend preschool and often live in households where early learning activities are few and far between.

彼女の出身地であるWest Virginia州では68.7%で圧倒的にトランプが勝利していました。もともと共和党が強い州のようですが、下記資料での貧困の現実を見ると「アメリカ人はバカだからトランプに投票した」といえば済むような問題ではないことがわかります。

• 27% of children live in poverty.
• 53% of children are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals – a socioeconomic challenge recognized as a barrier to student achievement.
• 73% of fourth graders scored below proficient in reading achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
• 34% of children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese.

Investing in Childhood: West Virginia

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States, our child experts work to ensure that our nation’s most underserved children have the best chance for success. Every day, we help children get ready to learn and succeed in school and live healthy, active lives. We ensure children are protected when crisis strikes. And we advocate to ensure American children’s voices are heard and their needs addressed, securing the future we share.
Save the Children has been implementing our evidence-based education and health programs in West Virginia since 2010. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we currently partner with eight schools in ve counties to deliver these programs to 1,824 children in the state.

Concession speechでヒラリーが語っていた言葉です。

but I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election, it was about the country we love and about building an America that's hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted.

Jennifer Garner目当てにこの記事を読んだだけなのでむしろ気恥ずかしいんですが、正直大統領選挙中もこのような貧困問題は余裕でスルーしていた自分がいます。多様性なんてかっこいい言葉を使いながら、実は非寛容だったのではないかと反省してしまうほど問題の深刻さを痛感しました。

If I could change the world in one way, I would see that every child had a healthy, safe and fair start to life.

I started working for Save the Children eight years ago. I was looking for an organization that had the most efficacy in rural America. You think of Save the Children. You think of Syrian refugees. You think of crises all of the world. You might not know that we have really wonderful programs right here in the US. I’ve been working on Birth to Five Program, early literacy and on In-School Afterschool Program for a quite long time. I love it more now than I did eight years ago.

Someone that I am particularly inspired by is Ms Carolyn Miles. She is CEO of Save the Children.
I just looked at her and said, “Carolyn, you have to keep the balls in the air for so many projects in so many countries. There’re so many problems.” Carolyn knows better than anyone, you have to go. You have to see it with your own eyes. You have to participate in the work that you’re doing. You can’t sit somewhere and just, you know, write emails. You have to actually go, which is taken her all over the world.

You have to see the work. You have to see the kinds who are being served. And you have to see their excitement and the joy that they find in reading. And also watch them get a healthy snack, and see them run around, and play aerobics exercise and Save does that. They build a community and they really commit to these kids, making sure that they are all healthy and OK and come out as adult, you know, ready to participate in the world.

You asked me for a word that means something to me. And I had to really think about it. So my word is “tackle.” All I mean when I say that is I can tell myself, ‘Well, you can tackle this one email’ that I might be intimidated to write or I can tackle getting to Mississippi and covering my kids at home and making sure everything is set so that I can go and be with the kids here for a couple of days. I can tackle it. I’m not afraid to try. So that’s my word and that would be my word of encouragement, to anyone. You can make a difference if you’re just not afraid to tackle.

Family is the most important thing you could possibly have. But family isn’t just your mother, father, sisters, brothers, kids, aunts, uncles, when I go home to West Virginia, I go and see my family. And that is my ballet teacher, Ms. Dent, I go and see my best friend from growing up, her mom. Family is somebody who has just reached outside of themselves over and over to help you and make your life better and with great patience and I have had a lot of people who have been very patient with me. That’s what I and Save the Children try to build around people that is served and try to build a community that they can depend on, they know would be consistent and help them and help them raise their kinds, just like the community I grew up and helped my mom and dad raise me.