Portrait of a young boy, age 7, on his way back home after playing at a Save the Children child-friendly space in Uganda. The boy had to flee his home in South Sudan due to extreme violence and ongoing conflict. Photo Credit: Mark Kaye/Save the Children, July 2014.

Portrait of a young boy, age 7, on his way back home after playing at a Save the Children child-friendly space in Uganda. The boy had to flee his home in South Sudan due to extreme violence and ongoing conflict.

World Poverty Day: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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.

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

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

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.

*Sources: United Nations Foundation; SciDev.Net; World Food Bank; International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

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