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3 billion people live on less than $2 per day, 1.3 billion of them on less than $1 per day. (world’s population: 6.7 billion). Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has more wealth than the bottom 45% of American households combined. . To put that into perspective,
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3 billion people live on less than $2 per day, 1.3 billion of them on less than $1 per day.
(world’s population: 6.7 billion)
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has more wealth than the bottom 45% of American households combined.
here’s a map illustrating wealth by country in 2002.
Starvation claims one life every 3.6 seconds, usually a child under the age of five.
If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet, and spare change somewhere around the house, you are among the richest 8% of the world’s population.
If you have a car,
you are among the richest 7%.
1% of the people in the world have a college education. 7% have computers.
Close to half of the people in developing countries are suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.
Less than one percent of what the world spends each year on weapons is enough money to put every child into school.
25 fruit trees for farmers in
Honduras to grow and sell
fruit at their local market.
could buy you a Season of
Grey’s Anatomy on DVD
a First Aid kit for an entire village in Haiti.
a new mobile health clinic to
care for AIDS orphans in
could buy you a second
schooling for an entire
generation of children in an Angolan village.
What we spend:
How much it would cost:
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought
to be until you are what you ought
to be. This is the interrelated
structure of reality.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If you can\'t feed 100 people,
then feed just one." -Mother Teresa
There are tons of ways to do it:
- Check out www.charitynavigator.org or www.onepercentmatters.org to find organizations that interest you
- Check out http://uuis.umich.edu/maizepgs/
to find organizations on campus
- Sign up at www.thedp.org for DP Day (Detroit Project) on March 29 to help serve the Detroit community
By skipping out on dinner and a movie or coffee every so often, I easily save $30 a month, which provides Lenatus and his family with clean water, nutritious food, health care, and schooling.
Check out www.worldvision.org or www.compassion.com for more info on child sponsorship.
Go in with a couple of friends if $30 is too much!
do something to share the
you enjoy with
Lacey Bierlein (University of Michigan)
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