Extreme poverty is on the rise, but God wants to work through you to help the poor.
You may not realize it, but right now at least 698 million people are stuck living in extreme poverty. Most of these precious people live in either Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, but not exclusively.
The U.N. has established a universal standard to measure global poverty. Those who make a daily income of $2.15 or less are the “extreme poor.” (At Bright Hope, we round this number to $2 to simplify.)
Why We Need To Help The Poor
The extreme poor often feel hopeless and forgotten. They expend all their energy trying to find work to pay for their family’s most basic needs. Children frequently go to bed hungry. Families live in overcrowded, rudimentary housing structures, and many practice open defecation. Educational opportunities are nonexistent. Most receive little to no medical care. The overwhelming majority have no access to safe, clean water. It is a hard life!
Although the number of extreme poor had been steadily decreasing, in 2020 those numbers started skyrocketing. The COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and record inflation have pushed more than 90 million people (about twice the population of California) into extreme poverty. And that number could rise to almost 250 million more people sinking into abject poverty.
Here’s an article that sheds light on the reality of poverty around the world.
One Way We’re Helping the Poor
After reading this article, you might feel overwhelmed and tempted to ignore the reality of abject poverty. But at Bright Hope, we have a proven system to help struggling families increase their incomes and discover opportunities for a bright future.
Right now, families are suffering, unable to survive on less than $2 a day. But you can do something about it! Make an impact today by giving struggling families the tools to build sustainable, hope-filled futures.