Causes of Poverty & Worldwide Statistics: Shocking

Posted: June 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

I was researching a site called There I have found several interesting articles and statistics. This blog is concerning the causes of poverty.

*According to an article by Anup Shah, updated June 5,2011, “Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or write their name.”  Imagine having to provide for your family or enter the job market without being able to read or write.  Obviously you would be at an extreme disadvantage to say the least and receive a bare minimum wage and to rise above your circumstances would be difficult indeed.

*According to Unicef 22,000 children die each day due to poverty, often they come from remote villages and remain unheard and invisable.

*80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day while 50%-that’s over 3 billion people-live on less than $2.50 a day!

*1.8 million child deaths /year as a result of diarrhea= 5000 children a day! and that is often a direct result of poor drinking water. Millions of women spend several hours a day collecting water. I bet no one is paying them to do this  so to save (or have a chance of saving) their child’s life by spending hours each day-hours they are not able to use to earn income-they walk elsewhere to get safe water. Im sure it’s exhausting to do so and they most likely then have to take care of their family, cook and clean, perhaps farm, and fall into bed just to do it all over the next day.

Consider the global priorities in spending in 1998

Global Priority $U.S. Billions
Cosmetics in the United States 8
Ice cream in Europe 11
Perfumes in Europe and the United States 12
Pet foods in Europe and the United States 17
Business entertainment in Japan 35
Cigarettes in Europe 50
Alcoholic drinks in Europe 105
Narcotics drugs in the world 400
Military spending in the world 780

*In 2003 it was estimated that 29,000 children per day (I actually had to stop typing after I read my notes to go back to the original article, surely it couldn’t be 29,000 per day it had to be 2900, I thought to myself, but no) 29,000 children died each day, before the age of five.

* Did you know that:      7 of the richest people in the world (combined) have more money then what  567,000,000 people earned in one year? That is the estimated number of people (567 Million)  who live in 41 of the world’s poorest, most indebted  countries.  Are we that blind, deaf, resigned, stupid, …well, we’re completed consumed by self interest. As long as me and my family are ok, I can’t do anything to change that. The problem is too big for me so now I’ll go about my business and forget about those number…err…people.  Yes these numbers are about real people. Shame on us.

*Did you know that :      less than 1% of what the world spent on weapons in a year was needed to put every child in school by year 2000 and it didn’t happen. (I’m sorry I don’t know what year that was established from). But it makes me angry-less than 1%! who is deciding these things…perhaps they are insane and we should all stand up, speak up and take our power back to make better decisions for all of the people in our world and not just some!

Anyway, the article goes on to say about world poverty, ” The causes are numerous, including a lack of individual responsibility, bad government policy, exploitation by people and businesses with power and influence, or some combination of these and other factors.”

The point is, if we know what causes worldwide poverty, lets do something about it.

There is a group of people at Desteni who are doing just that. Day by day. Person by person. Please join us and be a part of an exciting movement: equality, dignity, support for all of life , not just the wealthy few. A new world with an new equal money system.  I invite you to

  1. joanne500 says:

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Natasha says:

    Thank you very much for this! I’m using some of this information for an essay about poverty. Wow, I can’t believe it, less than 1 percent!!!!

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