Understanding the issues that affect poverty-stricken communities and lead to vulnerability is an important step in effectively advocating for the brave people working so hard to change their lives.

 

Water Statistics:

  • Today’s water crisis is an issue of access
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from water-related disease
  • Worldwide, 3.5 million people die each year from water-related illnesses
  • 2.5 billion people (almost one billion children) live without basic sanitation
  • Lack of sanitation is the world’s leading cause of infection
  • More people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet
  • Worldwide, over 200 million hours are consumed by women and children collecting water for domestic use (often from polluted sources)
  • Almost 2 in 3 people who who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day; 1 in 3 survive on less than $1 a day.

Planet Changer is eliminating thirst by investing in sustainable clean water projects.

 

Hunger Facts:

  • 1 in 7 people will go to bed hungry tonight
  • 5 million children under the age of five die every year from lack of nutrition
  • Hunger is the world’s leading health risk; it kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined
  • 1 out of 4 children in developing countries is underweight
  • There are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of the United States, Canada, and the European Union
  • Asia and the Pacific region are home to over half of the world’s population and nearly two-thirds of the world’s hungry people
  • 65 percent of the world’s hungry live in only seven countries; India, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia
  • Poverty is the  leading cause of hunger
  • Hunger has been slowly yet steadily on the rise for the past decade.

Planet Changer is eradicating hunger by engaging in hunger solutions for communities that will be a source of both food and income for years to come.

 

Human Trafficking Facts:

  • There are an estimated 30 million slaves world-wide, equaling more slaves today than there have ever been in history
  • 14 million children are enslaved
  • The US State Departments that over 1 million new victims are trafficked each year, children make up almost half of that number
  • 80% of trafficking victims are female
  • 70% of trafficking victims are used as sex slaves
  • In Bangkok almost half of the people prostituted are under 14 years of age; very young children can be purchased as well
  • Children are used for forced labor, especially in the cotton, coffee and cocoa industries
  • Trafficking women and children is as lucrative on the black market as smuggling drugs
  • Human Trafficking brings in more revenue annually than Starbucks, Google and Nike combined
  • Human Trafficking exists in every nation

Planet Changer is abolishing trafficking by enabling at-risk communities to decrease their vulnerability. Clean water projects and sustainable food programs are first steps to raising themselves out of poverty. Long-term, this decreases the amount of people in the community preyed upon by traffickers.

 

Orphan Facts:

  • There are an estimated 163 million children worldwide that have lost at least one parent
  • Over 18 million orphans have lost both parents
  • Every 15 seconds, a child in Africa loses a parent to AIDS
  • 126 million children have lost their father; in impoverished countries, mothers are often not able to take care of these children and place them in an orphanage due to lack of support and resources, or the children end up living on the street at a young age
  • It is estimated that over 400,000,000 abandoned children live on the streets across the world (this far exceeds the entire USA population)
  • Almost 95% of the world’s orphans live in developing countries
  • Less than 12% of the world’s 153,000,000 orphans have lost both parents

Planet Changer is revolutionizing orphan care by empowering parents to keep their children. We are delivering support and sustainable resources to impoverished communities to allow parents or family members to care for children that would otherwise be at risk of being given to an orphanage or living on the street.

 

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