Thousands of people die each day as a result of poverty. Get the facts on poverty here, plus how we can help and what the rich countries are doing about it...
Enough for everyone?...
- Around 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes, according to the United Nations (UN).
- Yet there's plenty of food in the world for everyone.
- But if you're trapped in severe poverty you can't buy enough food, so you become sick, less able to work and even poorer and hungrier. And so it goes on.
- Other problems of poverty include Aids, diarrhoea and malaria.
What can the rich countries do?
- The cost of stopping the hunger and disease resulting from poverty is about $195 billion a year, according to the UN.
- 22 developed countries have pledged to give 0.7% (a little less than 1%) of their national income in international aid, which would raise all the money needed.
- Some countries have met their goal already, others are scheduled to, and others ? including the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada - have no schedule at all.
- The UK is scheduled to meet its goal by 2013.
What can we do?
- You can write a letter to the Prime Minister supporting the 0.7% pledge. You can print out a letter to sign and send at poverty.com.
- You can donate money yourself, either by making a personal donation or doing a sponsored activity.