poverty

We can best measure justice in our society by how we treat our children. Children are wholly dependent on adults for the basics of life- food, healthcare, security and education.  You can’t tell a hungry five year old to simply get a job. We can best see compassion in the […]

According to UNICEF, approximately 2,000 children die per day from diarrhoeal diseases, due to poor drinking water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene. 785 million people still lack access to clean water. In the least developed countries, less than 11% of the population has piped water supplies (urban) and in the countryside less than 3% have piped water. Over a billion people rely on boreholes with hand-pumps while 1 in 10 use surface water, however polluted. Investment in hygiene promotion, sanitation and water service are among the most cost-effective ways of reducing child mortality. The World Bank estimates it will require an additional $30 billion dollars a year to reach the MDG’s for universal access to water and sanitation by 2015.

According to the U.S.Department of Agriculture, over 50 million Americans, 0ne in six, struggled with hunger and food insecurity  in 2011.  This total includes 16.7 million children, or 22.4% of all American children. The average annual household income for SNAP(food stamp) users was $18,014 in 2011, substantially lower than the […]


As of 2011, roughly 17.3 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS and millions more have been affected with a vastly increased risk of poverty, homelessness, school dropout, discrimination and loss of life’s opportunities.( Source: UNICEF: childinfo.org) Read about one sustainable solution to the problem, Nyumbani Orphan […]

Globally, more than a third of child deaths are attributable to malnutrition, five million children a year. One out of six children in developing countries is underweight, roughly 100 million children. 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry, with 23 million in Africa alone. The World Food Program calculates […]

Nearly one in six children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labor around the world, over 215 million children. Of this total, a staggering 115 million are engaged in illegal hazardous work that threatens their health, safety, morals and violates their basic human dignity. Ending the economic exploitation of children […]

According to the Children’s Defense Fund, 16.4 million children lived in poverty in the United States in 2010 with 7.4 million of these living in extreme poverty. Children under five are the poorest age group in America and one in four infants, toddlers and preschoolers are poor during the years […]


If investments in the banks fail, “Oh, it’s a tragedy,” But if people die of hunger or don’t have food or health, nothing happens. This is our crisis today.” Pope Francis Reading the New York Times this weekend, I came across an article about how Pope Francis is shifting the […]