Posted by: charityinfo | March 5, 2012

Failure Is An Acceptable Risk

Some individuals after reaching the pinnacle of their careers still continue to pursue their goals. It is truly more than a job for them and more of a call. This can be said of Jimmy Carter.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has used his considerable world stature to improve human conditions through The Carter Center.  This foundation in partnership with Emory University was established in 1982, the year after his presidency ended.  The center’s motto is “Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope”.

It initially focused on conflict resolution and peace initiatives, but over the years has added new programs.  The foundation has witnessed over 60 elections in over 25 countries.  In various capacities it has helped peace resolution initiatives in Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other countries.  It is active in human rights issues.

Aside from its peace efforts it is also active in the area of health. The center is working on eradicating 6 diseases deemed preventable, namely Guinea worm, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria.  Mental health is also one area it is working on.

As a sign of their continuing success in fighting Guinea worm, the foundation recently received $40 million. The funding came from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which contributed $23.3 million, President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates who donated $10 million dollars, and $6.7 million dollars came from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.  Last year the United Kingdom committed $31 million do help eradicate the disease by 2015.

The Carter Center began its eradication program of Guinea worm in 1986 when there were 3.5 million reported cases.  Early results revealed that in 2011 there were only 1,060 cases reported worldwide. These are extremely encouraging results.  Hopefully the Center will be successful in meeting the 2015 deadline for eliminating the disease.

Through his foundation, Jimmy Carter has continued his work trying to make the world a better place to live. He has tried as realistically as he can to resolve difficult issues and as stated in part of the foundation’s 5 principles, failure is an acceptable risk in trying to resolve problems.


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