Almost half the world, nearly 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day.
At least 80 percent of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
The poorest 40 percent of the world's population makes up less than 5 percent of world income. The richest 20 percent of the world's population makes up 75 percent of world income.
24,000 children die every day from poverty.
Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century without being able to read a book or write their own names.
Less than one percent of what the world spent on weapons every year was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000...it didn't happen.
For every $1 in aid that developing countries receive, $25 is spent on debt repayment.
In 1998, $8 billion was spent on cosmetics in the United States while an extra $6 billion would allow for basic education to be available in all developing countries.
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"Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [ I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]." Philippians 4:11-13