In 2012, around 33,600 households (9.4%) comprising 122,700 persons (9.8%) were in relative poverty. Children were more prone to poverty than older people. There were an estimated 42,100 children in relative poverty out of a total of 285,900 children.
Don’t let those big numbers discourage you.
These numbers may seem baffling and, let’s face it, possible to fix. Plenty of humanitarian organisations — along with the World Bank — believe that the current generation is the first in history that can end extreme poverty once and for all.
At an international level also, a lot is being done to alleviate poverty. Just look at the amazing progress the world made through the Millennium Development Goals. Billions of lives have improved, thanks to the efforts of nonprofit organisations such as World Food Programme, Oxfam International, Kiva, Care and so many more. And we can keep that momentum going!
All it takes is harnessing the power of passionate individuals dedicated to transforming the lives of kids living in poverty.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world,” anthropologist Margaret Mead once said. “Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”