Poverty is more than just a lack of money.
It’s not being able to go to school, battling poor health, social stigma and feelings of isolation, shame and worthlessness.
It is the result of broken relationships, first with God, then with others and finally with oneself. It can make people feel inferior and powerless.
It's estimated that around 400 million children live in poverty.Source: Millennium Development Goals Report 2013, World Bank 2013
Between 2000 and 2011, the number of children not attending school declined from 102 million to 57 million.
However, this progress is not enough.
Children from poor households often can’t afford to go to school. They can be homeless, orphaned, or need to work to help support their families. Sometimes parents cannot afford school fees, uniforms or books.Source: Millennium Development Goals Report 2013
17, 000 children under five die every day from causes that are mostly preventable.
More progress is needed to give children the best chance at life.
The global mortality rate for children under five is estimated to be 43 deaths per 1000 live births.
In sub-Saharan Africa, one in nine children die before age five, more than 16 times the average for developed regions. Child deaths most often occur in the poorest regions, and in the first month of life.Source: Millennium Development Goals Report 2015
Nearly one in six children worldwide, under age five, is underweight. One in four has stunted growth.
So much more needs to be done.
Even before a child is born their health could be at risk. Parents may struggle to pay for their child’s health care, vaccinations, medication and transport to the hospital, meaning preventable illnesses go unchecked. This means damage to a child’s health occurs during the most crucial time of development.Source: Millennium Development Goals Report 2013