Research is clear that poverty is the single greatest threat to children’s well-being.
More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $23,550 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 45% of children live in low-income families.
Now compare this worldwide.
There are about 2.2 Billion children in the world right now,
1 Billion are in poverty as you read this.
For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are:
640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3)
400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5)
270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7)
Children out of education worlwide is at 130 million.
It's hard to imagine what 1 Billion children look like really, but one in two might be easier. One in two children in our world do not have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can't imagine going a day without.
Here, we'd like to introduce you to a few of those 1 billion. They are very real, and desperately in need of our help. They didn't choose to be born into a village where there's not even a source of energy.
And we didn't choose to be born in a country where even the homeless have access to some type of help.
We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow them on their daily journey, and see how grateful they are on anything you can help with, whether it's $5 or $5000.
Now, make a decision to help. We're not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like bringing these children food and fresh drinking water, school supplies so they can learn and move ahead in life, and aiming to give the abused a safe refuge. From about $20 a person, we know how to help millions.