Poverty is the condition of living with serious lack of basic human needs – food, clothing, shelter, clean water, and the other necessities of life. The growing wealth gap leaves billions of people worldwide living on $2 USD a day or less while 12% of humanity consumes much more than its fair share. Almost 1 billion people lack enough to eat while 2 billion suffer from disease caused by poor sanitation. When natural disasters strike or food prices rise, many more people go hungry, unsheltered or without health care or education. In daily lives of people affected, poverty becomes an endless chain of such disadvantages from generation to generation. Why do governments prefer to spend $150 million on a jet fighter rather than building rural hospitals or schools costing no more than $150,000?
Today, we have the means for every person on earth to have sufficient food, housing, healthcare and education to live safe, productive lives. All we need is the compassion and willingness to help.
|Why should we care?
- Every second someone in the world dies of hunger, and more than a billion people cannot afford a glass of water.
- The poor ,unable to improve their circumstances, are the most vulnerable to natural disasters, armed conflict and political and economic oppression
- Millions of children die of malnutrition before their 5th birthday.
- Compassion for others is what makes us human beings; by taking action, you are giving hope to those in need of help, to live a fulfilling life.
- Empowering someone reach their potential is one of the most rewarding acts in the world.
- People without enough to eat worldwide are larger in number than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union combined.
- 98 percent of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries.
- More than 11 million children die each year from preventable health issues such as malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia
- 22,000 children die each day due to conditions of poverty.
- 12 percent of the world’s population uses 85 percent of its water and none of the 12 percent lives in developing countries.
- 75 percent of the world’s poorest people — 1.4 billion women, children, and men — live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.
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