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The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World by Roger Thurow

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INTRODUCTION TO A MOVEMENT

“YOUR CHILD CAN ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS.”

Two young women on opposite sides of the world—one in northern Uganda, one on the South Side of Chicago—heard these words and dearly hoped they could be true. Both were pregnant, five months or so, and anxious about doing their best for their first child. But greatness? It was an audacious thought, given their surroundings. Esther Okwir, a tall, lithe twenty-year-old, was fresh from the fields of her family’s small farm in the bush outside the Ugandan town of Lira, where mere survival was a lofty achievement in a harsh climate for both agriculture and peace. Jessica Saldana, an athletic, scholarly teenager, was preparing to begin her junior year at one of Chicago’s lowest-achieving ...

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