Human beings are the best, most precious creations of Almighty God. God has given the human population everything they need to ensure human supremacy. The human race is the leading, most intelligent race on Earth — ahead of all other species. Yet, for a species that is on top of the food chain, too much of the human population is living in poverty and hunger.
The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” One person in eight on the planet goes to bed hungry each night. Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. 1 in 8 people worldwide doesn’t get enough food. Nearly half of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty.
According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day. 1 in 6 children in developing nations is underweight.
More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans, lived below the poverty line last year, as reported by the Census Bureau. According to the Huffington Post, “Poverty always surges after recessions, as millions of people lose their jobs and incomes.” The National Bureau of Economic Research has predicted that the United States will experience economic recessions more frequently as a result of slower economic growth.
Why is hunger a major area of concern? Because hunger is holding back many communities from developing. Food costs money and money requires a job — and breaking the cycle of poverty requires a well-paying job. However, since people living in poverty can’t afford nutritious food for themselves and their families, they become weaker, physically, and mentally, and are less able to earn the money that is much is needed. This makes breaking the cycle a lot more difficult, and since the cycle is repeating in so many families, communities are remaining in poverty.
Core Vision® Foundation Inc. has started its journey to empower people through entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship can eradicate hunger and poverty by creating jobs and opportunities to gain financial stability. Core Vision® will equip people to fight and break the abominable cycle of poverty.