Poverty In the World

More than a billion people live in poverty around the world. Their environment attacks them. They suffer physically, emotionally and spiritually. Many die. And many more live to pass the infection to the next generation — allowing worldwide poverty to continue its devastation.

Poverty In the World

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Three months after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti hundreds of families called this expansive tent city home. Six years after the earthquake nearly 60,000 Haitians still lived in tents. Worldwide poverty keeps disasters alive, well after the initial killing blow.

Image name: Poverty in the World
Photographer: Ben Adams
File size 11.6 MB
Date created: April 14, 2010
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF70-200mm f/4L USM
Focal length: 122.00 mm
Exposure: 1/4000 sec; f/4.0; ISO 400
Image size: 5616 x 3744
Resolution: 300.00 pixels per inch
Flash: Did not fire
Location: Haiti
Poverty in the world represented by a tent city in Haiti comprised of white tents and blue tarps.

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Poverty Worldwide Creates Disasters

When nature strikes, the poor across the world suffer the most. The statistics prove the point.

More than 1.35 million people have been killed by earthquakes, hurricane, tsunamis, etc. over the past 20 years. The poorest nations, the developing countries in the so-called “Third World,” endured the most.

"There is no such thing as a ‘natural’ disaster, only natural hazards." — UNISDR, The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

"Natural disasters" are as much a result of weak government, dismal infrastructure, rapid population growth, crumbling buildings, uncertain livelihoods and unequal economic conditions as anything else. Poverty creates the disaster.

In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami; killed 230,000 people. All of them were in lower middle income countries (e.g., Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, etc.). In 2011, a similar magnitude earthquake spawned a tsunami that struck high income Japan. The waves were 30 feet taller than the Indian Ocean tsunami. Nineteen thousand Japanese died. Poverty was the difference in the death toll.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 killed 223,000 people. Equally forceful earthquakes hit Chile and New Zealand later that same year. Five hundred people died in Chile. No deaths occurred in New Zealand. Poverty caused the difference.

Image Details

Three months after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti hundreds of families called this expansive tent city home. Six years after the earthquake nearly 60,000 Haitians still lived in tents. Worldwide poverty keeps disasters alive, well after the initial killing blow.

Image name: Poverty in the World
Photographer: Ben Adams
File size 11.6 MB
Date created: April 14, 2010
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF70-200mm f/4L USM
Focal length: 122.00 mm
Exposure: 1/4000 sec; f/4.0; ISO 400
Image size: 5616 x 3744
Resolution: 300.00 pixels per inch
Flash: Did not fire
Location: Haiti
Poverty in the world represented by a tent city in Haiti comprised of white tents and blue tarps.

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Compassion International is Fighting Poverty in the World Today

For more than 60 years Compassion International has been working to reduce the number of poor in the world.

In 1952, Rev. Everett Swanson established a U.S.-based support ministry to help individuals provide education, food, clothing, shelter and medical care for Korean war orphans for a few dollars a month. Rev. Swanson's initial work grew into Compassion International's holistic child development model.

Child development requires a long-term focus and a long-term commitment. It equips children today with the skills to succeed tomorrow. Compassion's child development model has four distinct programs, each of which provides individualized attention to program beneficiaries and is tailored to gender, health, age, cultures and family situations.

  • Child Survival
  • Child Sponsorship
  • Leadership Development
  • Complementary Interventions

The Child Survival Program gets critical child development off to a running start by educating the mother or primary caregiver, before and after her child is born, about how to properly care for the child.

The Child Sponsorship Program builds upon the original one-to-one model that Rev. Swanson created. Through monthly financial support, prayer and letter writing, sponsors invest directly in the lives of poor children all over the world.

The Leadership Development Program equips young men and women to become Christian leaders who can influence their families, churches, communities and nations while promoting and modeling world citizenship.

Complementary Interventions can be seen as an elevator to the other three programs. They provide services to lift children and families to higher standards of health and well-being.

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