We Can Do Better for the World’s Children
Since 1990, the number of child deaths (under five years old) has been reduced by more than one half, yet this reduction falls way-short of the goal of cutting that number by two-thirds. Worldwide, nearly 6 million children in 2015 will have died worldwide. That’s like 11 children per MINUTE, nearly 16,000 per day. (unicef)
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- Around 70% of these early child deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions.
- Leading causes of death in under-five children are pneumonia, diarrhoea and health problems during the first month of life.
- Over one third of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition.
- Children in developing countries are ten times more likely to die before the age of five than children in developed countries. (World Health Organization)
That is unacceptable.
Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.
The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
Based on enrollment data, about 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005; 57 per cent of them were girls. And these are regarded as optimistic numbers.
Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 – yet it didn’t happen.
For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are:
640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3)
400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5)
270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7)
121 million have no education worldwide
1.5 million die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity.
An analysis of long-term trends shows the distance between the richest and poorest countries was about:
3 to 1 in 1820
11 to 1 in 1913
35 to 1 in 1950
44 to 1 in 1973
72 to 1 in 1992
Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific.
So, we ask ourselves, “I am just one person, what can I do?” You can do many things!
Freerice.com Helps to provide rice for the poor and hungry of the world for free through For each answer you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. To date, over 95 billion grains of rice have been donated as of December 2015.
Provide meals for the poor and hungry of the world for just 22 cents a meal through Feed My Starving Children. (A non-profit organization.) A single meal costs only 22 cents to produce, and 92 percent of total donations goes directly toward the food program.
There are plenty of great programs out there supporting our world’s poor and our world’s children, including:
Habitat For Humanity: www.habitat.org
Hope International: www.hopeinternational.org
Light Gives Heat: www.lightgivesheat.org
Rosa Loves: www.rosaloves.com
Shores Of Grace: www.shoresofgrace.com
Soles 4 Souls- www.soles4souls.org
The Hunger Site: www.thehungersite.com
What else can you do?
Don’t your old clothes, shoes, and household goods to local organizations in your area that can distribute them to the needy. Donate to shelters. Donate to food pantries and soup kitchens. Volunteer your time and/or donate new or gently used items.
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