The annual world economy breaks down like this:
Low Income, $825 or less: 37%
Lower Middle Income, $826 to $3,255: 38%
Upper Middle Income, $3,256 to $10,065: 9%
High Income, $10,066 or more: 16%
We are not only in the top 16%, we are in the top 1%. I can no longer continue to be ignorant about our own wealth. By American standards, we aren't among "the richest." I used to point fingers & wonder, why aren't THEY helping the poor?
12% of the world's people do not have access to safe water. 5,000 people a day die of causes related to unclean water. If all the worlds water could fit into an average sized bucket, only one teaspoon of it would be drinkable. The average person world wide uses 2.5 gallons of water a day. This includes washing, drinking, and cooking. The average person in America and other developed countries use 13 gallons of water a day JUST to flush the toilet.
Every day 1000 children (mostly infants) are infected with HIV. 22 Million people who live in Sub-Sahara Africa are living with HIV.
One in Six children in the world are involved in child labor. In the least developed countries, this number is 30%. World wide 126 million children are working in hazardous conditions. They often endure beatings, humiliation, and sexual violence by their employers.
Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun:
"It's the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."
Mohandas Ghandi, political and spiritual leader in India:
"Be the change that you want to see in the world."
(Most data comes from Compassion Internationale's website.)