Monday, March 9, 2009

Statistics on poverty

I did a bit of a google for statistics on poverty. Here are some of the stats I found:
  1. More than half the world lives in poverty (on less than $2 a day)
  2. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.Source 1

  3. More than 80 % of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.Source 2

  4. According to UNICEF, 26,500-30,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”Source 4
  5. Based on enrolment data, about 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005; 57 per cent of them were girls. And these are regarded as optimisitic numbers.Source 6

  6. Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.Source 7

  7. A mere 12 percent of the world’s population uses 85 percent of its water, and these 12 percent do not live in the Third World.Source 30

  8. One in three Filipinos are estimated to be living below the Asian Poverty Line of $1.35/day (About 25.4 million) Source

Will you help to make a difference?