What is Extreme Poverty

As part of the Spring Into Action campaign running from April 16 – May 1, we will be posting daily about topics related to extreme poverty and how anyone and everyone can join the movement to end it.

Your Morning Latte Can Tip the Scales

What was your morning like? Did you stop on your way to the office and buy a latte or go through a drive-through and grab a quick breakfast? If so, then before mid-day you spent more money than someone who lives in extreme poverty has to spend in an entire day.

Extreme poverty is defined by the World Bank as living on an average of $1.90 USD a day. They estimate that 1.44 billion people live in this condition. And extreme poverty is multidimensional and measured beyond income. Areas beyond income include health, education, standard of living, and a general lack of opportunities.

Think about living on $1.90 a day. Think about trying to feed your family, concentrate in school, or even playing an awesome game of soccer after school when your hunger is stronger than your desire to score a game-winning goal.

Think about this. These people are poor. Not just like Charles Dickens poor. More like bone-crushing, staggering, one meal a day, soul-crushing, no doctor, no dentist, no food, survival mode poor.

But there is good news! Our collective efforts are working. The number of people in extreme poverty is lower than ever so ending extreme poverty is possible.

Join our movement to End Extreme Poverty by donating $1.90, the amount over a billion people in the world survive on daily.


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