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Consider the following facts:
The world population is forecast to increase by approximately 1
billion people between the years 2000 and 2015.
97% of this increase will be in the developing or third world.
Currently, more than 1.2 billion people in the world are living on
less than $1 a day. In fact, in 1999 the combined income of the
15 richest people in the world was equal to the entire Gross
Domestic Product of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Over 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean
water and 90% of urban sewage in the developing world is
discharged into rivers, lakes and coastal waterways further
exacerbating the problem.
Today, more than 250 million children (ages 5-14) work as
child laborers around the world and, an overwhelming, 30,000
children die each day mainly from preventable causes.
Considered alone, food distribution is the least successful
approach to breaking this cycle of poverty. Relief work and food
distribution are short-term solutions to a larger problem
because poverty is not just the absence of sufficient funds or
food. Poverty is the absence of options.
What is needed is development work. Development work is
long-term. It involves building relationships and finding
long-lasting or permanent solutions to ongoing problems or
This is where we come in. We cannot change the entire
developing world all at once but you and I can change the world
one child at a time.
Click Here to find out how you can help change the world.
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