Homeless in the Haight
From my west coast trip. I didn't set out to do any type of project, but I know we have a tremendous homeless problem in the US and a huge poverty problem worldwide.
Here are some facts for you:
Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.
The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
According to UNICEF, 24,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”
Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
1.8 billion people who have access to a water source within 1 kilometer, but not in their house or yard, consume around 20 liters per day.
In the United Kingdom the average person uses more than 50 liters of water a day flushing toilets (where average daily water usage is about 150 liters a day). The highest average water use in the world is in the US, at 600 liters day.
Close to half of all people in developing countries suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.
Some 1.8 million child deaths each year as a result of diarrhea
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