World Poverty

World Poverty

World poverty is robbing girls and boys of their future. Children in poverty face many obstacles growing up. They don't get enough nutritious food and miss out on opportunities at school. They're also more likely to get sick and are at higher risk of being physical harmed. But every child, no matter where they are born, should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. That's why Save the Children's hardworking staff and volunteers fight world poverty at its roots.

If caring people like you join us, then we can help children succeed on their own merit. Your gift helps our professionals deliver lifesaving and life-changing aid to boys and girls in need. And others are joining together with our fall matching gift opportunity. Your gift can be matched for up to 4X the impact!


These are the Faces of World Poverty

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Save the Children's Work Against World Poverty

  • Girls Education — Every year a girl stays in school, her earning power increases up to 25%.1
  • Family Business — More than 90% of the money a mom earns gets invested in her family's future.2
  • Farm Fresh Food — Our experts help a poor farmer grown more food, which helps him feed his children and sell more at market.3
  • Clean Water — When a child no longer has to spend several hours a day lugging dirty water from the river, he can do his homework and play with his friends.4
  • Children's Nutrition — If a little baby doesn't get the nutrition she needs, then by the time she's a toddler, she's at risk for a lifelong disability.5
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response — During a crisis, children are provided with child-friendly spaces, so they can play with their friends and feel safe while their parents are given the proper resources to take care of their families.6
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Facts About
World Poverty

5 out of 10 people living in extreme poverty are children

Girls are 7 out of 10 times more likely than boys to drop out of school.

121 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns less than
or just $1.25 a day

Abdu and Duma Facing World Poverty

Kiberia — One of Africa's Largest Slums

Abdu and his little brother Duma live in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. Children and families living in Kiberia face extreme poverty. They live in shacks next to trash and dirt. There are no playgrounds where little children can play, so they often have to play with trash that contains dangerous and harmful objects.

Save the Children joined forces with the community workers in Kiberia and established the Tabitha clinic. The clinic provides families living in the slum with proper healthcare and assistance. It serves over 40,000 people each year.

Shagufta Facing World Poverty

The Future Dancer

Shagufta dreams of being a dancer when she grows up. She lives in Delhi, India and every morning she goes to a Save the Children learning center. Before attending the center Shagufta had never been to school before.

Because of your support, Shagufta learned how to read and write. She now has the proper tools to enroll in a school near her house. In India families living under poverty can barely feed their children. Many families end up making their kids work in order to pay for food and shelter.

Noorjaham Facing World Poverty

The Sanjay Colony

Noorjaham, doesn't know his age. His family lives in one of India's poorest slums, the Sanjay Colony. Kids living in the slums don't have anywhere to play. They end up playing with trash and dirt, which is dangerous and harmful for them.

Save the Children helps support some of the 11,000 people living in Sanjay. We have established a health clinic, where doctors and nurses provide them with proper healthcare.

ABOUT SAVE THE CHILDREN

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

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