What is Extreme Global Poverty?
It's an important question, and the numbers are staggering. The World Bank estimates that 702 million people live in "extreme global poverty" which is defined as living on less than $1.90/day (USD).
Consider the following:
2.2 million people die every year from water related diseases around the world, and roughly 663 million people do not have access to clean water.
Approximately 35 million people are living with AIDS today, and only 13.6 people living with HIV are receiving treatment. Malaria deaths occur in 17 countries, 80% of which are children under the age of five.
In 2015, 57 million children of primary school age were out of school. More than half of them are in sub-Saharan Africa and a further one fifth in South and West Asia.
1 in 3 women globally are afflicted by physical or sexual violence and approximately 300,000 women die each year due to pregnancy or childbirth related complications.
Worldwide, it's estimated that 21 million people are enslaved.
Agriculture & Hunger
Malnutrition is the underlying cause of death for at least 3.1 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 Sustainable 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.