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What is Extreme Global Poverty?
It's an important question, and the numbers are staggering. 2.8 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.
34 million people are living with AIDS today. 70% of them are living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria deaths occur in 17 countries, 80% of which are children under the age of five.
57 million children of primary school age are out of school...that's 1 out of 10. More than half of them (29.8 million) are in sub-Saharan Africa and a further one fifth (12.4 million) in South and West Asia.
A woman dies every two minutes due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Only 1/2 of women in developing regions receive recommended medical attention.
Worldwide, it's estimated that 29.8 million people are enslaved.
Agriculture & hunger
Malnutrition is the underlying cause of death for at least 3 million children under the age of 5 per year.
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.