What is Extreme Global Poverty?

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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:

Water
3.4 million people die every year from water related diseases around the world, and roughly 768 million people do not have access to clean water.

Health
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.

Education
61 million children of primary school age are out of school. More than half of them (33 million) are in sub-Saharan Africa and a further one fifth (13 million) in Southern Asia.

Women
A woman dies every minute due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

Human Trafficking
Worldwide, it's estimated that 29.8 million people are enslaved.

Agriculture & hunger
Malnutrition is the underlying cause of death for at least 3.1 million children, accounting for 45% of all deaths among children under the age of five.  

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.