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“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”

— Aristotle

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“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

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“Extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere.”

— Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations

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“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”

— Confucius

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“Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.”

— Benjamin Franklin

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“You can never have international peace as long as you have national poverty.”

— Stephen Leacock

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“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”

— James Baldwin

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Featured Charities for Poverty

GlobalPovertyProject

We are an action platform dedicated to achieving the end of extreme poverty, powered by a community of millions of Global Citizens who believe in one world, one people - where everyone has an equal chance to thrive. This is our world and the actions of one can have a profound impact on many. That's why we rally around the critical issues of climate change, poverty, and inequality.

OxfamAmerica

Oxfam is a global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice. We offer lifesaving support in times of crisis and advocate for economic justice, gender equality, and climate action. We demand equal rights and equal treatment so that everyone can thrive, not just survive.

concern_worldwide

We are a global community of humanitarians, partners, community members, supporters, donors, and volunteers who share a common vision of a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression, and all can exercise their rights to a decent standard of living, can have access to the opportunities and choices essential to a long, healthy, and creative life, and can be treated with dignity and respect.

CARE

CARE is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We are known everywhere for our unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people. CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice. We seek a world of hope, inclusion, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security. We put women and girls in the center because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.

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Fact Sheet

  • In the United States, 38.1 million people, live in poverty with an income of less than $33.26 per day.
    World Vision
  • Nearly 22,000 children die globally each year due to living in poverty.
    Borgen Project
  • According to an Oxfam report, if the world's 100 richest people pooled their collective earnings in 2012, they could have ended extreme world poverty 4 times over.
    Borgen Project
  • Half of the 736 million people living in extreme poverty globally live in 5 countries : India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh.
    DoSomething
  • It’s estimated that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global recession, poverty rates will increase for the first time since 1990.
    DoSomething
  • The average income of extreme poverty in the developing world rose from 74 cents to 87 cents per day from 1981 to 2010.
    Borgen Project

Resources, Publications, & Articles

Some Major Poverty Challenges in 2022...

  • Poor education
  • Lack of savings
  • Lack of emotional, psychological and/or financial support
  • Systemic discrimination
  • High cost of education
  • Gaps in social safety nets
  • Change in market demand of skills and labor
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  • Quality education
  • Access to healthcare
  • Water and sanitation
  • Economic security
  • Child participation

Since 1985, endPoverty has helped build over 200,000 small businesses in 37 countries around the world. They continue to work towards a day when individuals, families and communities trapped in poverty become economically and spiritually empowered.

We FIND enterprising poor individuals in the most unreached locations in the world with the potential and the desire to become self-supporting long-term.

We FUND their enterprises to directly break the barriers that discourage them, while giving power back to these enterprising individuals.

We FOLLOW these individuals and measure the long-term social, economic and spiritual impact to equip them with business skills, training, and a discipleship community. 

This enables each individual to FULFILL their potential to become role models for their community, while creating holistic, economic opportunities in their community.

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Recommended Media

Bariga Boys is a 2009 Nigerian documentary about street performers Segun Adefila and the Crown Troupe, who use guerrilla theatre, music, and drama to address issues of poverty in the slums of Bariga in Lagos. The film received the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Documentary

Where to Watch: CultureUnplugged

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The film focuses on the work of Shah Newaz, a long time Grameen Bank manager, and Alethia Mendez, a Grameen America Center Manager, as they undergo the process of successfully establishing the programs of Grameen America in Queens, New York. The film features stories of some of Grameen America's first clients, women below the poverty line working to build businesses such as a hair salon and a bakery. It shows Newez and Mendez working out of a small office and holding group meetings in people's homes, as group meetings are a core element of the Grameen Bank peer lending model.

Grameen America opened in January 2008 with a mission "to help create a world free of poverty." In June 2010, Grameen America reported that it had disbursed approximately $4.3 million in loans to 2,002 borrowers and had maintained a repayment rate of 99%.

Where to Watch: Vudu, Amazon Prime Video

From Toms Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, drawing from over 200 interviews filmes in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths and uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From Director Michael Matheson Miller, this is a 91 minute documentary about the multibillion dollar poverty industrial complex.
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, Tubi, Vudu

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