Global Extreme Poverty Together we can make a difference
Poverty:The Harsh Realities Did you know: 1 billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day. 15 out of every 100 children in Sub-Saharan Africa die before they reach the age of five. Malaria still kills millions of people every year, mostly children, becauseof conditions of extreme poverty. In the time it takes you to read this, another 2 people on our planet will have died from starvation. Picture by: United States Agency for International Development Found on Wikipedia Commons
Where are the poorest places on earth? This map shows the global distribution of populations living in extreme poverty with the highest concentrations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Mongolia, India, the Middle East and parts of Central and South America.
Poverty in America Picture found on The Road to the Horizon http://www.theroadtothehorizon.org/2009_07_01_archive.html Though North America fares better than much of the rest of the world, we still have our share of poverty. There are currently 5.7 million children in America living on less than $7 per day. The southern states account for 42% of these children, including the state with the greatest number, Mississippi.
The Face of Poverty Major Causes of Extreme Poverty:
far from markets, schools, and healthcare facilities
Those with little education or
assets Picture by: Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency Found on Wikipedia Commons
Why Should We Care? Effects of Poverty: High mortality rates Increased health risks and perpetuation of epidemics such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria Hampers children’s ability to grow and develop properly and contributes to a cycle of poverty Inhibits education and social advancement Increases armed conflict Picture found on Wikipedia Commons http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.0000039
Lending a Helping Hand The Millennium Project: On a mission to cut global poverty in half by 2015 Has established Millennium Villages to fight poverty at the local level with community involvement Giving a hand up, not a hand out UNICEF Programs Focusing On: Child survival and development Basic education and gender equality HIV/AIDS and children Child protection Policy advocacy and partnerships Picture by: Saving Lives with SMS for Life Jeffrey Gluck