My girlfriend and I recently traveled to Cayo Coco, Cuba between December 30th and January 6th. In the last year and a half we’ve been to Jamaica, Mexico and now Cuba. These all inclusive trips tend to be much more focused on relaxation than photography. While travelling through areas outside our resort I was reminded once again as to just how fortunate I am to have the resources I do but also I was reminded that it shouldn’t and doesn’t require much for one to be both grateful and happy. Take a few minutes to review some of the sobering statistics below.
- Nearly 1/2 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.
- 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. Run a food drive outside your local grocery store so people in your community have enough to eat.
- 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.
- Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
- 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
- 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.