In 2016, 12.7 percent of Americans were classified as living in poverty, including 15.3 million children. In developing countries, the barometer for poverty is very low: many impoverished people live off less than $1.90 a day. Children born into poverty have relatively few chances to escape the cycle of inequality. CFC-supported charities help eradicate poverty by providing day-to-day necessities as well as opportunities for long-term success, such as career counseling and quality education. Contributions, no matter the size, can go a long way in making a difference in the life of the poor.
Here's how you can make an impact:
- $5 provides 25 meals for a family of four.
- $35 creates a new resume for a job seeker.
- $100 buys one toilet, two hard hats, and three hammers to support housing development for families across the United States.
The United Nations declared October 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The theme for 2018 is “coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.” The theme reminds us to show respect to the poorest of the poor by listening to what they have to say, so that we may work together to end poverty.
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