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What is Extreme Global Poverty?
It's an important question, and the numbers are staggering. 2.4 billion people live on less than $2/day (USD), and roughly 1.2 billion people live on less than $1.25/day (USD) - the definition of "extreme global poverty."
Consider the following:
3.4 million people die every year from water related diseases around the world, and roughly 780 million people do not have access to clean water.
Nearly 11,700 people die every day from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Close to two-thirds of these people are living in sub-Saharan Africa.
61 million children of primary school age were out of school. More than half of them (33 million) were in sub-Saharan Africa and a further one fifth (13 million) in Southern Asia.
A woman dies every minute due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade.
Agriculture & hunger
Of the 925 million people who live in chronic hunger, 800 million depend on agriculture for food and economic security.
Action we're taking:
As a grassroots movement, we work to raise awareness and funds around the issues of extreme poverty and specifically those related to the Millennium Development Goals. Through a thorough vetting process we select partners for projects on the ground that are community-led, backed by solid data, and sustainable in their approach. This is a grassroots effort that is made possible by thousands of individuals that donate their one day's wages, or other small amounts, and by those that pledge their birthdays to raise funds for a specific issue.
In short, we invest in people and communities, and we seek to inspire people to see themselves as everyday philanthropists.
Statistics are from the World Bank and the ONE Campaign.