I’m looking for a poverty relief organization that helps the poorest of the poor and those in extreme poverty. Can you help me?
Globally, around 736 million people live in extreme poverty. They often lack sufficient housing, hygiene, health care, and education. While the trend is going in the right direction, 1 in 10 people are still left below the extreme poverty indicator of earning $1.90 per day.
These “chronically poor” are mainly found in South Asia1—where GFA World, a poverty relief organization is active.
How can you help? Check out these examples of how GFA World is helping families in Asia and Africa:
Two chickens can make the difference to help a family out of extreme poverty. The eggs can be sold or hatched to provide ongoing income for the family. A lamb, cow, or goat can provide milk for drinking or to sell and dung for fuel or fertilizer.
When a woman is gifted a sewing machine and some training, she is equipped for a new career as a tailor. Or when someone is given a pull-cart to make selling their vegetables more efficient, lives are changed.
Perhaps the most proven way to get out of extreme poverty is through educational opportunities. Literacy programs for adults are a major factor in poverty alleviation. When children are able to stay in school, they learn to dream and hope for a better life. They graduate with the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty—a cycle their family may have lived in for generations.
In many parts of Asia and Africa, when a husband dies, his widow falls into extreme poverty. These women are often left alone to provide for their children. They are often left vulnerable and hopeless. Through GFA’s Widows Ministry, you can help supply vocational training, clothing and other essentials, and comfort and encouragement.
So far, almost 2 million families have been helped through income-generating gifts around the developing world.
The UN has the goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and we’re heading in the correct direction. “No Poverty” would mean that 3 percent or less of the world’s population would be surviving on less than $1.90 a day.2 Since 1990, nearly 1.1 billion people have lifted themselves out of extreme poverty.3
1 The Chronic Poverty Report 2004-05. Chronic Poverty Research Centre. www.chronicpoverty.org/uploads/publication_files/CPR1_ReportFull.pdf. 2019.
2 Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations. sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300. Accessed 13 July 2019.
3 Taking on Inequality: Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016. The World Bank. openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/25078/9781464809583.pdf#page=55. 2016.