Homes for Hope

Global Poverty



There are 2.2 billion children in the world; 1 billion of them live in poverty.

In just one day, over 26,000 children under five die one every three seconds. In a year, that equals over 10 million children.

One of every 12 children dies before celebrating his/her fifth birthday.

Around 27-28 percent of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted. The two regions that account for the bulk of the deficit are South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Currently, 75 million children cannot attend school; nearly 50% of them are in Africa.

For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are:

  • 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3)
  • 400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5)
  • 270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7)


In 2005, 1.4 billion people lived on less than US $1.25 per day.

More than 850 million people suffer from chronic hunger or malnutrition.

Over 1 billion people around the world lack clean water; 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.

Over 3 billion people live on less than US $2 per day.

The poorest 40% of the world's population accounts for 5% of global income. The richest 20% accounts for three quarters of world income.

The three richest people in the world control more wealth than all 600 million people living in the world's poorest countries.

Income per person in the poorest countries in Africa has fallen by a quarter in the last 20 years.

Women produce half of the world's food, work two-thirds of the world's working hours, earn only 10 percent of the world's income, and own less than 1 percent of the world's property.

More than 80 percent of the world's population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.

Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.