Statistics show that half of the population with an income of less than $2.50 per day. This means that more than 3 billion people are unable to afford the basic necessities like food, housing and clothing. Millions of children will never have the opportunity to own a pair of shoes. According to World Health Organization it is estimated that two billion people, mainly children (in over 100 countries); are infected from soil transmitted diseases– many of which end in death if left untreated. Due to these diseases children are unable to attend school. In most countries uniforms are required to attend school and parents can’t afford to purchase them for their children. These and other children need to work from a very young age, however, without shoes they suffer from foot lesions preventing them from working to help their families.
Providing shoes is a simple solution to a big problem.
It is calculated that more than 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water, that’s approximately 1 out of 9 people. Many of the children have to walk a few miles per day just to be able to bring water for their families. The biggest problem they are faced with is that the water they bring is from a nearby creek or lake where the families bathe, wash their clothes, and where the animals do their necessities. This lack of clean water attributes to the death of 1.8 million people per year.(source) Children are the most affected; many times dying of dehydration just from diarrhea.
POHI is committed to bring access to clean water wherever possible.
According to the World Health Organization more than 2 billion people are infected with preventable diseases. Many diseases like hookworm and Schistosomiasis, a disease among children in some developing countries, can cause impaired growth and development and can lead to severe health problems later in life. Over 270 million children have no access to medical services and 1.5 million children die each year due to diarrhea something that can be easily treated! If proper medications are made available and more resources are implemented, like clean water and proper hygiene education, this could be prevented.
Treating these diseases is extremely important as some of them can leave children with permanent disabilities and/or death.
Almost half of the world’s population is living on an income of less than $2.50, which indicates that more than 670 million children live in inadequate shelter. This not only causes health problems but inadequate living conditions cause the death of more than 4000 children per day by indoor air pollution resulting from the use of solid fuels.(source)
Another problem we face is the lack of adequate school buildings; many are still meeting under trees without the proper instruments to teach the children. Many of the schools don’t have access to bathroom facilities creating a great hygiene problem in their surroundings.
There are currently 7 billion inhabitants in the world and 30% or 2.1 million have never had any exposure to the name of Jesus. The need for christian children materials is evident in all developing countries. Though most children and parents would like to learn more about Jesus Christ they can’t find educational materials to teach their loves ones. The hunger to learn more about Jesus Christ continues to grow rapidly, and the need for materials is continuously growing.
How are we tackling these problems?