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Shedding Light on Global Poverty

Sharing facts can help spur action

We know that poverty exists, but for many it is easy to overlook the actual impact it has on the daily lives of billions of people here on our planet. One of the most effective ways to spur people to action is to enlighten them on the facts, and DoSomething.org is doing just that by sharing their “11 Facts About Global Poverty”. Here are a few from their list:

1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty, that’s less than $1.25 a day.

2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.

3. 870 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. Run a food drive outside your local grocery store so people in your community have enough to eat. Sign up for Supermarket Stakeout.

4. More than 1 billion people lack adequate access to clean drinking water and an estimated 400 million of these are children. Because unclean water yields illness, roughly 443 million school days are missed every year.

5. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.

You can find the remainder of the list here, as well as information on opportunities to help those in need. If we all pitch in for a bit of change, we can improve the lives of many.

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