Use Some of Your Christmas Spending to Help End Abject Poverty

This woman was blessed by the gift of a goat from Heifer International, helping lift her out of poverty.
Photo by Russell Powell for Heifer International

Half of the world’s poor live in just five countries–India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia–according to World Bank, an international banking organization.

Those categorized as the “extreme poor”–about 736 million people–live on less than $1.90 per day.

Faith-based mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org ) – on the frontlines in the fight against poverty — has released a new report declaring extreme poverty “public enemy number one,” and challenging people everywhere to help eradicate it.

The release of the report – titled Poverty: Public Enemy #1: Eliminating Extreme Poverty Worldwide is Possible, But Not Inevitable – coincided with the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Oct. 17, an annual event that spotlights poverty’s crippling impact.

For the full report, go to: https://www.gfa.org/press/poverty-report.

“Extreme poverty is the ruthless enemy that lurks in cities and villages across Asia and around the world, stealing millions of children’s lives every year,” said GFA founder Dr. K.P. Yohannan, whose Texas-based nonprofit organization has helped millions of  Asia’s poorest people over the past four decades.

According to the report, poverty’s tsunami of devastation includes:

** The poorest 20 percent of the world’s children who are two times as likely to die before age five as the richest 20 percent

** Globally, every year, 2.7 million newborns–equal to the population of Chicago–who die from poverty-related health and nutrition issues in the first month of life

** Almost 3 billion people who do not have toilets, and nearly 1 billion who lack safe drinking water

** 161 million primary-age children who cannot afford to attend school

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SOURCE: Assist News, Michael Ireland