How do we end poverty?
What are the keys?
The goal to end poverty is a lofty one! Globally, around 736 million people are in this group, many of them children.1 Living in poverty often results in hopelessness, disease, discrimination and, often, early death.
Due to the massive amount of people impacted by poverty, world leaders have set a goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030. What does ending poverty mean? The goal has been set to have only 3 percent or less of the world’s population left in poverty. That would be living on less than $1.90 a day.2
There’s great news in the quest to end poverty!
The number of people below the poverty line has dropped since 1990 by nearly 1.1 billion people.3 This is due to child survival initiatives, school enrollment, and helpful organizations and generous people around the world.
We’re not finished in our goal to eliminate poverty though. At GFA World we recognize that 1 in 10 people still live in poverty. GFA World supports national workers serving as the hands and feet of Christ in four main ways: sponsoring national missionaries to minister to people’s needs, sponsoring children, investing in community development and helping families in need of care or during disasters.
For decades, GFA has been committed to serving the “least of these” in the developing world, often in places where no one else is serving, so they can experience the love of God for the first time. He brings people hope for their future.
How are you helping to end poverty? Whether you’re helping your neighbor who is struggling or if you choose to gift a goat to someone in the developing world, we thank you. In order to end poverty, we all need to be generous and lend a helping hand.
1 Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2018: Piecing Together the Poverty Puzzle. The World Bank. http://www.worldbank.org/en/publication/poverty-and-shared-prosperity
2 United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015. https://sdgs.un.org/goals
3 Taking on Inequality: Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016. The World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/25078/9781464809583.pdf#page=55