Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Just numbers right...?

When we see television programs or commericials about Child Poverty, we only see a few poverty stricken children, to of course get the point across. However, some individuals fail to think more closely and realize that there are millions and millions of children struggling every day. Yes, on tv programs we will see five or six children that need a family, home, etc. but what about the other millions who do not even get the opportunity to be seen-to ask for some help. That is why WE should reach out. Get to know more about Child Poverty-even Child Labor. See the numbers, see ALL faces. Then ask yourself if you are doing enough..or if you are doing anything..
Just to name a few out of many statistics...

Accodring to UNICEF.ORG:
2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation
1 billion children are deprived of one or more services essential to survival and development
148 million under 5s in developing regions are underweight for their age
101 million children are not attending primary school, with more girls than boys missing out
22 million infants are not protected from diseases by routine immunization
8.8 million children worldwide died before their 5th birthday in 2008
4 million newborns worldwide are dying in the first month of life
2 million children under 15 are living with HIV
500,000 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth
...Not to mention about 24,000 children die everyday.
These are not just numbers..they're human lives.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Think Twice..

How many times have you ordered food, and not finish everything on your plate?

Have you ever spent way too much money on a piece of clothing? To find that you only wore it once.

How many times have you seen commercials or advertisements that promote the stop to Child Poverty and just changed the channel? Or maybe just watch the sad commercial and just brushed it off your shoulders.

How many times do you find yourself telling people over and over that you "hate my life", being aware that there are millions of children dying of starvation?

People who are fortunate enough to have a home, food, clothing and education should be greatful for the things they have. There are millions of children all over the world who hope and pray everyday for the things we have or even just be lucky enough to live another day. So next time you feel like complaing about a little bother in your life...think twice!

Friday, April 16, 2010

3 poverty stricken regions.

The Facts about Child Poverty

around the World.

Poverty is an important and emotional issue. Last year, the Census Bureau released its annual report on poverty in the United States declaring that there were nearly 35 million poor persons living in this country in 2002, a small increase from the preceding year.
About 15 million children -- one out of every four -- live below the official poverty line. 5.7 percent of U.S. households experience hunger. Some people in these households frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for a whole day. 17.3 million people, including 1.1 million children, live in these homes. In New York, an estimated 38.9% of the city's school children will graduate high school. 762,000 children in New York City live in poverty.181 babies in New York are born into poverty each day.10,000 children living in New York are homeless. Poverty affects all ages, but an astonishing 48% percent of its victims are children.
Small, sick, listless children have long been India's scourge. In India child malnutrition rates are worse. Child labor is a massive problem in India. In India, one school can have 300 students and only two teachers. Nearly 400,000 children of primary age are not regularly attending school. Most of India’s residents live in abject poverty, lacking basic needs such as food and clean water. Despite economic gains in recent years, India still suffers from overpopulation, and a lack of females attending school and being able to gain an education.
Today, unfortunately, India has one of the highest numbers of children working for meager wages, just help their families to survive. When children work, they have much less time at home with their families, or to attend primary school and learn basic skills, such as the abilities to read, write, or solve math problems.
In India, there are children living in slums and on the streets, child labourers, and child construction workers. Over 50,000 children are abandoned in the country every year. 11 million children live on the streets and there are more than 44 million child labourers in India in all.
India does have about 200 million people who are classified by the government as middle class, yet India also has about 500 million people who do live quite under poverty line.
More than 140 million children in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty. About 120,000 African children are participating in armed conflicts. One in six African children dies before the age of five. Only 57% of African children are enrolled in school, and one in three of those do not complete school. 43% of children in Africa do not have safe, accessible drinking water.

But war, AIDS, famine have brought to Africa an entirely new concept, children with no family members, no blood relatives, no extended family members. No elders to care for them, they are lost and bereft in a cruel world, and no one seems to care.
"Every day 30,000 children die from a combination of disease- infested water and malnutrition," the report continued. "Water-borne diseases are claiming one child every three seconds. These diseases are the major killers of small children in Africa."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

3 most poverty stricken countries

3 most poverty stricken countries

Three specific reigons where Child Poverty is a huge concern!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Every Child Matters

What is Child Poverty?
Child poverty means growing up in a household with low income, children face a greater risk at having poor health, being exposed to crime and failing to reach their full potential.

In short, Child Poverty can forever change a child's life, leaving them no choice but to lead a life that limits their opportunities for their future.
Poverty around world:
UK-On Wednesday Nov. 7th 2007, citizens in the UK marched for the end of poverty. There are about 3.8 million children living in poverty in the U.K. (March was organized by SAVE THE CHILDREN AND END CHILD POVERTY SUPPORT GROUPS)
America-In America, there are 12 million children in poverty and this number is climbing. The federal government has set the poverty level at $19,350 for a family of four!
In Mississippi and Louisiana, Katrina's devastation shed light on Mississippi's children some of the poorest in the nation. An estimated 372,000 were displaced from their local schools, 489 schools were initially closed, and 226 schools were reported damaged or beyond repair.
In Louisiana child poverty rates put a higher risk for harm.
-families receiving an income at or below this level are considered poor ($19,350)
-families receiving less than 2x the federal poverty level, or 38,700, cannot meet their basic needs and are considered low-income.
-families taking in less than $9,675- half the amount of the federal poverty level- live in extreme poverty!
It's crucial!-
Individuals all over America who are fortunate enough to have parents, an actual home and enough funding for education often take it for granted. Meanwhile there are children all over the world-even here in America, who are suffering and fighting for their life to obtain half of what these other children already have and take for granted. However there IS always room for help!