More than 38 million people around the world are infected by HIV/AIDS, 25 million in Africa alone. Left untreated, AIDS
leads to an early death for people in their most productive years who are needed to raise crops and families, teach school
and care for the sick. For more information about global AIDS click here.
Extreme poverty means living on less than $1 a day, unimaginable to us as Americans. ONE in five people around the world
survives on this amount, with few opportunities to earn more. For more information about extreme poverty click here.
International assistance saves lives, directly helping and empowering individuals to help themselves. Increasing international
assistance by an amount equal to just ONE percent of the U.S. budget will:
- Prevent 10 million children from becoming AIDS orphans
- Help get 104 million children into grade school
- Provide water to almost 900 million people around the globe.
- Save almost 6.5 million children under 5 from preventable deaths
- Build a better, safer world for all.
Parents in Malawi know just as well as parents in Missouri that education is crucial to their children's future. But around
the world, 104 million children do not go to grade school, because their parents cannot afford fees, books or uniforms for
all their children. For more information about getting children into school click here.
ONE person in seven has no access to clean water for drinking, cooking or washing. In addition to spreading disease, this
has multiple negative effects -- girls growing up in villages without water are far less likely to attend school because they're
too busy spending hours walking to and from the nearest water source. For more information about clean water click here.
While corruption is harmful to all governments, losing resources to corrupt leaders is particularly devastating in poor
countries where every dollar lost results in one less child in school or one less well dug to provide clean water. Approaches
like America's Millennium Challenge which direct assistance to honest governments are the most effective, as is channeling
assistance through private (and faith-based) relief and development agencies. For more information about fighting corruption
in the poorest countries click here.
Around the world, ONE person in seven goes to bed hungry each night. We need to address hunger not just by giving food,
but helping farmers in poor countries grow better crops and helping countries build farm-to-market roads so farmers can supply
distant cities. For more information about hunger click here.
18 million children have already lost one or both parents to AIDS, 12 million of them are in Africa alone. Unless more
is done, there will be 25 million of these children around the world by 2010. We have the opportunity to help. For more information
about orphans, click here.
As much as people in poor countries appreciate development assistance, no one wants to rely on a handout -- they want to
trade their way out of poverty -- but international rules make it difficult. A fair trade system would give people in poor
countries the chance to earn their way out of poverty by participating in the world economy. For more information about trade
rules click here.
Every year Sub-Saharan Africa, the poorest region of the world, spends $14.5 billion dollars repaying debts to the world's
richest countries and international institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Though we've made
efforts to relieve them of these unpayable debts, many poor countries still spend more each year on debt than on health care
or education. For more information about debt cancellation click here.
The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. Nearly 1 billion people live in substandard housing without clean water
or adequate sanitation, including more than 14 million refugees and internally displaced people living in tents or other temporary
shelters. An increasing number of these people are urban slum dwellers, and every week more than a million people are born
in, or move to cities in the developing world. If no serious action is taken, the United Nations reports that the number of
slum dwellers worldwide will rise over the next 30 years to nearly 2 billion. For more information about housing conditions
around the world, click here.