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Releasing Children From Poverty

Poverty Facts

Learn the facts about poverty and how it affects children in need and their families.

    * Children under age 18 make up nearly 48 percent of the population of the world’s least developed countries, compared with 21 percent of the population of the world’s industrialized nations.

* More than 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity and modern forms of energy.
* Over 1.4 billion people in the developing world live below the poverty line (U.S.$1.25 per day).

* Every day 1,500 women die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth that could have been prevented. Each day 10,000 newborns die within a month of birth, and daily the same number of babies are also born dead.

* Annual world economy breaks down like this:
Low Income, $935 or less: 37%
Lower Middle Income, $936 to $3,705: 38%
Upper Middle Income, $3,706 to $11,455: 9%
High Income, $11,456 or more: 16%

* In developing countries, approximately 130 million children and teens — age 17 or under — have lost one or both parents.

* Nearly 9 million children under age 5 die each year. Two-thirds of these deaths — more than 6 million every year — are preventable.

* Approximately one-third of the world’s poor people live in India

Sources: http://www.unicef.org, http://www.undp.org, http://www.worldbank.org, http://www.who.int, http://www.freeworldacademy.com, http://www.un.org, http://www.timesofindia.com

Child Abuse Facts

Get the facts about child abuse and exploited children.

    * An estimated 300 million children worldwide are subjected to violence, exploitation and abuse, including the worst forms of child labor in communities, schools and institutions.

* An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide every year.

* Children living in areas of extreme economic hardship and social disruption are at increased risk for abuse, violence, and exploitation.

* About 1.5 billion children live in the 42 countries affected by violent conflict between 2002 and 2006. Of 14.2 million refuges worldwide, 41 percent may be children under the age of 18.

* Worldwide, an estimated 40 million children under the age of 15 suffer from violence, abuse and neglect.

* An estimated 1.2 million children — both boys and girls — are trafficked each year into exploitative work, including mining, factories, armed conflict or commercial sex work.

Sources: http://www.unicef.org, http://www.ispcan.org, http://www.ilo.org

Hunger Facts

Get the facts about hunger and how it affects children and their families.

    * One person in seven battles hunger every day.

* Approximately 963 million people across the world are hungry.

* More than 9 million children under age 5 die every year, and malnutrition accounts for more than one-third of these deaths. Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

* About 5.6 million deaths of children worldwide are related to under-nutrition. This accounts for 53 percent of the total deaths for children under 5.

* More than 140 million or 25 percent of all children in developing countries are underweight and at risk from the long-term effects of malnourishment.

* Nearly 15 percent of babies in developing countries are born with a low birth weight compared with only 7 percent of babies in industrialized countries.

* More than 6 million children die from malnutrition each year.

* Worldwide, 161 million preschool children suffer from chronic malnutrition.

* Already 923 million people worldwide are undernourished, and there are more than 9 million deaths related to hunger each year.

Sources: http://www.wfp.org, http://www.unicef.org, http://www.who.int, http://www.un.org

Health Facts

Get the facts about the health challenges that impoverished children and their families are facing.

• Malaria kills approximately 1 million children per year, many of them under age 5 and most of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

• In developing countries, one in every six infants is not immunized against tuberculosis.

• While the number of deaths due to measles fell dramatically between 2000 and 2007, one in every four children in developing countries is not immunized against measles.

• Only 55 percent of the world’s infants are fully immunized against hepatitis B.

• Only 69 percent of newborns are protected against tetanus.

• Malaria, together with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, is one of the major public health challenges undermining development in the poorest countries in the world.

• There are 1.8 million diarrheal-related deaths per year among young children.

• Children under age 5 account for less than 10 percent of the world’s population, but suffer from 40 percent of the diseases attributed to environmental factors.

• Acute respiratory infections annually kill an estimated 2 million children under the age of 5.

• About 1.8 million people, most of whom are children, die annually of food-borne diseases.

• Approximately 37 percent of deaths among children under 5 — 9.7 million worldwide in 2006 — occur in the first month of life.

Sources: http://www.malarianomore, http://www.who.int, http://www.unicef.org, http://www.ncseonline.org, http://www.un.or


Compassion Podcasts

Epsisode : Wess Stafford: President of Compassion International
 
Episode 3: Accomplished Christian authors and speakers, John and Stasi Eldredge
 
Episode 4: Accomplished Christian authors and speakers, John and Stasi Eldredge
 
Episode 2: Accomplished Christian authors and speakers, John and Stasi Eldredge
 
Epsisode 1: Tony Campolo: inspirational, speaker, author and teacher

Everest John Alexander - Bible Teacher & AuthorThis is Everest John Alexander encouraging you to sponsor a child today.

The facts show that children all over the world need your help to rescue them from a life of poverty, sickness and abuse.

I am sponsoring a child name, Caroline from Colombia.

With God’s help, I’m giving Caroline the chance to go to school and get an education, to live every day knowing exactly where her next meal is coming from and most importantly, the chance to know who Jesus is and to enter a personal relationship with him.

Please join me in rescuing some other child from poverty .

Thanks for doing it today!

 caroline
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