A recent email from World Vision challenged readers to take action against poverty.
Here’s ten reasons why:
1. Half the world’s population (2.8 billion) lives on less than $2 a day.
2. 300 million children suffer from hunger.
3. Every day, nearly 29,000 children under age 5 die, mostly from malnutrition or preventable disease.
4. Man-made food crises have more than doubled since 1992.
5. In the developing world one in five children does not have access to safe water.
6. 90% of deaths from war since 1990 have been civilians. 80% of these have been women and children.
7. 40 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS.
8. Today, 15 million children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
9. Of the total number of young people infected by HIV/AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa, 76% are women.
10. Life expectancy in South Africa: Today, 43; before HIV/AIDS, 68.