Primary school enrollment hit the 90% range across the world in 2015 — an extraordinary achievement! But there are still 57 million kids in low-income and low-middle-income countries not in primary school.
We can close that gap with about $39 billion in donor aid ...
Keeping those lush landscapes looking healthy all summer takes loads of time and money. From leaf blowers to lawn mowers and fertilizers to pesticides, U.S. consumers spend some serious cash on their landscapes, according to Ted Steinberg, author of “American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn.”
Since 2000, 2.1 billion people worldwide have gained access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines. And 90% now has improved drinking water sources. But 663 million people are still without improved drinking water sources, and 2.4 billion basic sanitation services. $24 billion could fix all that.
Good news for gaming companies like King, which produces the wildly popular game, Candy Crush Saga. Asian consumers spent about $23 billion on free-to-play and mobile games in 2015 — and that number is only expected to grow as smartphone usage increases.
The proportion of undernourished people in developing regions fell by almost half since 1990! But we have our work cut out for us if we hope to completely end world hunger. Eradicating world hunger sustainably by 2030 will require an estimated $267 billion per year — or $160 per person for 15 years. You could spend that money on other essentials, but let’s also remember …
Americans seem to opt for convenience over cost when it comes to lunchtime meals. On average, they go out for lunch twice a week.
The number of kids who die from malaria has fallen by more than 50%. Yet, nearly 500,000 kids still die from it each year. With funds of $90 billion to $120 billion over 25 years, the world would be free of malaria. $120 billion may seem unattainable, until you consider …
Whether they’re smearing it on bread for breakfast or dunking pretzels in it for an afternoon snack, global consumers certainly have a sweet tooth. Market research company Euromonitor says Nutella lovers spent $2.46 billion on the spread in 2013. That’s a lot of hazelnuts!
Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under 5. That’s 3.1 million children each year. The World Health Organization’s goal of reducing the number of kids who are stunted from malnutrition to less than 5% by 2025 will cost $50 billion over the next 10 years — averaging out to $5 billion per year — or $8.50 per child. That seems doable, right? Especially when you find out …
U.S. consumers love to spoil their little friends, according to CBS News.Bob Vetere, the president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association, says most of the money (about $22 billion) went toward more expensive, healthier food, but veterinary care, supplies and medicines, services such as grooming and boarding make up the rest of the spending.
These numbers may seem overwhelming and, let’s face it, practically impossible to fix. But plenty of humanitarian organizations — along with the World Bank — believe that the current generation is the first in history that can end extreme poverty once and for all.
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 organizations 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.”
Are you sure?