Overview of global poverty

Poverty is the principal cause of hunger

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in order for food security to exist, four dimensions must be fulfilled: 1) physical availability of food, 2) economic and physical access to food, 3) food utilization and 4) the stability of those other dimensions over time.

Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to undernutrition; undernutrition puts children at greater risk of dying from common infections, increases the frequency and severity of such infections, and delays recovery.

Of the 736 million people living in extreme poverty worldwide, half live in just five countries: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh.

The effects of poverty on children

  • “The poorest 20 percent of the world’s children are twice as likely as the richest 20 percent to be stunted by poor nutrition and to die before their 5th birthday.”
  • 2.5 million newborns worldwide die within their first month of life.
  • Almost 200 million children under the age of 5 in developing regions are underweight for their age.
  • 19.4 million infants in the least developed countries are not protected from diseases by routine immunization.
  • 2.8 million children under the age of 19 currently live with HIV.
  • 264 million children were out of school in 2015, with Sub-Saharan Africa having the highest out-of-school rates.

The mission to end world hunger is an enormous undertaking, one that will require a sizable amount of funds. The Help Foundations Group is actively seeking donor partners who can provide funds through membership, individual donations, top-level corporate sponsorships, film studios, top fortune 500 companies Sharing 1% of their profit, philanthropic institutions, religious institutions, banks, and the World Bank.

One in three children in low and middle-income countries suffers from chronic undernutrition. Without a sustainable source of income at a sufficient level, young children and their families do not have access to nutritious food, clean water, or health care. And the deadly effects of undernutrition must not be underestimated:

Forty-five percent of all child deaths worldwide are from causes related to undernutrition, or 3.1 million children a year (9000 children each day). HFG believes that no child should die from hunger.

We all need to come together and end poverty so kids can enjoy life and families can be HAPPY

It’s clear that hand-outs and traditional aid are not enough to solve the problem of poverty and its many entanglements. EndPoverty.org seeks to equip the poor to free themselves from poverty in a holistic way.