In Search Of Sustainability

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I’ll start again by wishing everyone well as we continue working through the trials and tribulations of life in the age of COVID-19. You’ll be pleased to know that BBF has expanded its response to the pandemic by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to a widening array of partners primarily serving the most vulnerable members of our community. These efforts complement an actual year over year increase in our normal relief work thanks to the unrelenting work of dedicated staff members and your invaluable support.

While signing off a Zoom video conference meeting with three of our partners in regard to planning for a sustainable eye clinic on the island of Roatán, off the Honduran coast, I couldn’t help but think what a great story it would be to share with you. The project is still in its infancy though everyone involved is committed to seeing it to fruition.

But first, Sustainable Development - a commonly used term in today’s development circles – perhaps even a buzz word, but what does it mean and where does BBF fit in?

If you google sustainable development, it appears to mean many different things to different people. The explanation below approaches the topic from both a macro and micro perspective, respectively. Per the UN website, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. Whereas these provide a broad-based vision, the example that follows provides an insight into actual implementation through BBF’s involvement in helping bring about the planned eye clinic in Roatán, mentioned earlier.

There are 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals which are outlined as follows:

Brother’s Brother Foundation is an international charity serving 149 countries, providing over four billion dollars worth of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, educational materials, and other humanitarian equipment to people around the world.


No
Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Zero
Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Good Health &
Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Quality
Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Gender
Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Clean Water
& Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Affordable &
Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Decent Work &
Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

Industry, Innovation
& Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Reduced
Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among cities.

Sustainable Cities
& Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

Responsible Consumption & Production

Ensures sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Climate
Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.

Life Below
Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, sea, and marine resources for sustainable development.

Life On
Land

Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Partnerships For The Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

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In Search Of Sustainability

I’ll start again by wishing everyone well as we continue working through the trials and tribulations of life in the age of COVID-19. You’ll be pleased to know that BBF has expanded its response to the pandemic by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to a widening array of partners primarily serving the most vulnerable members of our community. These efforts complement an actual year over year increase in our normal relief work thanks to the unrelenting work of dedicated staff members and your invaluable support.

While signing off a Zoom video conference meeting with three of our partners in regard to planning for a sustainable eye clinic on the island of Roatán, off the Honduran coast, I couldn’t help but think what a great story it would be to share with you. The project is still in its infancy though everyone involved is committed to seeing it to fruition.

But first, Sustainable Development - a commonly used term in today’s development circles – perhaps even a buzz word, but what does it mean and where does BBF fit in?

If you google sustainable development, it appears to mean many different things to different people. The explanation below approaches the topic from both a macro and micro perspective, respectively. Per the UN website, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. Whereas these provide a broad-based vision, the example that follows provides an insight into actual implementation through BBF’s involvement in helping bring about the planned eye clinic in Roatán, mentioned earlier.

There are 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals which are outlined as follows:

No
Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Zero
Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Good Health &
Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Quality
Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Gender
Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Clean Water
& Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Affordable &
Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Decent Work &
Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

Industry, Innovation
& Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Reduced
Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among cities.

Sustainable Cities
& Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

Responsible Consumption & Production

Ensures sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Climate
Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.

Life Below
Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, sea, and marine resources for sustainable development.

Life On
Land

Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Partnerships For The Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

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