Poverty is not a natural occurrence – it’s a manmade problem that affects millions of children all over the world. That means it is our responsibility to solve poverty, and to help the myriad of children who are dying or suffering because they are simply too poor to live. At the WCO, we are resolute in our desire to stamp out poverty and bring a better life to the children of the world.
We campaign on a daily basis to improve the lives of children who are trapped in the bonds of poverty. By educating children and families on how to improve their lives, how to get better jobs, and how to look after themselves, we hope to break this vicious cycle once and for all.
It is a terrifying thought that almost half the world - nearly three billion people - live on less than two dollars per day. For many people those two dollars are meant to provide food, medical care, education, and a home for their children and families. At the WCO, we know that these figures simply don’t add up. And that’s how poverty worsens and increases each year.
Perhaps one of the most horrifying facts is that nearly 1 billion children live in poverty – that’s 1 out of every 2 children in the world. 270 million of these children have no access to health services, 400 million have no access to clean water, and 640 million live without adequate shelter.
Worst of all, nearly 10.6 million children died in the year 2003 before they reached the age of five, and all for the sake of a few dollars.
However, at the WCO, we are well aware that breaking the cycle of poverty takes more than just fistfuls of money. We know that children and parents need to be educated about how to care for themselves, how to spot unsafe water, and how to get the immunisations they need.
Alongside our partners and the kind people who donate their money and time to The World Children Organisation, we aim to change child poverty once and for all. These children are not just numbers on a sheet of paper; they are living, breathing, innocent children who need our help. How would you feel if it was your child