Just the Facts
Reprinted from Habitat World Magazine, June/July 2001.
- Of the worlds 6 billion people, 2.8 billionalmost halflive on less than $2 a day, and 1.2 billiona fifthlive on less than $1 a day.
World Bank in Attacking Poverty: Opportunity, Empowerment, and Security
- Nearly half of the worlds poorest people44 percentlive in South Asia.
International Fund for Agricultural Development
- Women, especially younger women, experience more unemployment and for a longer period of time than men. Also, more women than men lack the basic literacy and computer skills needed to enter new media professions.
United Nations in The Worlds Women 2000: Trends and Statistics
- The poorest 20 percent of the worlds population accounts for slightly more than 1 percent of global income, while the richest 20 percent of the population claims 86 percent of global income.
General Jacques Diouf, director, Food and Agriculture Organization
- The average income in the richest 20 countries is 37 times the average in the poorest 20a gap that has doubled in the past 40 years.
World Bank in Attacking Poverty: Opportunity, Empowerment and Security
- "Dont ask me what poverty is because you have met it outside my house. Look at the house and count the number of holes. Look at the utensils and the clothes I am wearing. Look at everything and write what you see. What you see is poverty."
poor man in Kenya, from Voices of the Poor, World Bank PovertyNet
- The ultimate goal of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by building basic but adequate housing. All its words and actions are for the purpose of putting shelter on the hearts and minds of people in such a way that poverty housing and homelessness become socially, politically and religiously unacceptable in our nations and world. With more than 2,000 affiliates in 76 countries worldwide, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 110,000 houses and helped more than 500,000 people move into simple, decent housing.
- Habitat for Humanity houses around the world are built according to simple, decent and affordable guiding principles. Simple: Habitat houses are modestly sizedlarge enough for the homeowner familys needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum. Decent: Habitat uses quality, locally available materials, and house designs reflect the local climate and culture. Affordable: The labor of partner families and volunteers, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and a no-profit, no-interest loan make it affordable for low-income people to purchase and maintain a Habitat house.
with Gods help
Habitat for Humanity will keep on hammering until sometime, before the 22nd century dawns, humanity can proclaim: No one, nowhereno child, no family, no grandparentany longer must live in unsafe, unhealthy housing."
Millard Fuller, founder and president, Habitat for Humanity International
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