HELP THOSE IN NEED (Poverty Is Ravaging The World)
Its estimated that about 1/5 of the world’s population of 7 billion live in abject poverty; surviving on less than $1 a day. Many in our slums and in inner cities plus villages and huts including hard to reach places on the surface of this globe are totally deprived of the material, spiritual and emotional resources needed to survive, develop and thrive, making them unable to enjoy their rights, achieve their full potential or participate as relevant members of society.
We must (as responsible citizens those of us that are fortunate) seek to set up necessary structures that will help ameliorate the plight of the poor and less privileged amongst us. Let us provide them the necessary and required love, affection and suitable lifestyle. If each of us would do a little, we can all do a lot. I encourage you to think about ding more for the needy around you; be a blessing to others and you will be blessed in returns. You may never discover the treasure God has kept in you until you reach out to give someone’s life a meaning. That is where real satisfaction is.
Proverbs 11:25 … God will make happen for you what you make happen for others.
Read: 11 FACTS ABOUT GLOBAL POVERTY
1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.
2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
3. 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. Run a food drive outside your local grocery store so people in your community have enough to eat.
4. More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhoea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
5. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.
6. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
7. As of 2013, 21.8 million children under 1 year of age worldwide had not received the three recommended doses of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
8. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
9. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
10. Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty–that’s less than 1/4 the income of the top 100 richest billionaires.
11. The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.