I Believe in Zero: Learn­ing from the World’s Children

  • From the Publisher
May 22, 2014

Pres­i­dent and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl M. Stern draws on her trav­els around the world, offer­ing mem­o­rable sto­ries that present pow­er­ful and some­times counter-intu­itive lessons about life. I Believe in Zero reflects her’s and UNICEF”s mis­sion to reduce the num­ber of pre­ventable deaths of chil­dren under the age of five from 19,000 each day to zero.

Each of the sto­ries in I Believe in Zero focus­es on a par­tic­u­lar locale: Bangladesh, Mozam­bique, earth­quake-rav­aged Haiti, the Brazil­ian Ama­zon, and weaves togeth­er fas­ci­nat­ing mate­r­i­al on the coun­try and its his­to­ry, an account of the human­i­tar­i­an crises at issue, and depic­tions of the peo­ple she meets on the ground. Stern tells of moth­ers com­ing togeth­er to affect change, of local com­mu­ni­ties with valu­able per­spec­tives of their own, and of chil­dren who con­tin­ue to sus­tain their dreams and hopes even in the most dire of sit­u­a­tions. Through­out, Stern traces her emerg­ing glob­al con­scious­ness and describes how these sto­ries can pos­i­tive­ly impact our own children.

In this incred­i­bly mov­ing book, Stern hopes to open hearts and minds and leave read­ers with the belief that no child any­where should lack basic human sup­port, and that every child and moth­er can be an inspiration.

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