Almost over half the world lives on less than $2.50 a day. Poverty such as this is defined and measured in several ways by several different people. The most common measures of poverty are income, assets, and socioeconomic metrics, and it is most frequently defined as the state of being extremely poor in resources. The World Bank estimates that 100-150 million people were pushed into poverty after the economic crisis in 2009 and 2010 and after global food prices skyrocketed in 2008. In 2012, about 16% of Americans were reported as living in poverty. This number is a 2.2 million person increase from the previous year, and it doesn’t look like it is going to go down anytime soon. Poverty not only leads to homelessness and hunger, but it could also lead to death. UNICEF reported that about 22,000 children around the world under the age of six die each day due to an extreme state of poverty. More than a billion people live in poverty and in areas that do not have modern forms of energy and electricity. These are key to modern development. In America alone, there are more than 16 million kids living in poverty. That number has remained unchanged for the past three years. The number of women that are in poverty is staggering as well. Almost 70% of the poorest people in the world are women. This hurts a community’s chances of survival. The U.S. could help provide basic education, improved sanitation, clean water, and nutrition for EVERYONE in EVERY developing nation for $40 billion. That is less than it takes to operate two aircraft carriers. You can help make a difference and encourage organizations to work to end poverty. Organizations around the world like ONE, Care, Kiva, Oxfam, and Jubilee USA are waiting for you to make your move. Take this quiz to see how much you’ve learned about poverty and how you can help. Every step makes a difference.

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