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Poverty is certainly a big curse in the modern times…. but we have to fight it out by all means. We would jointly take up the big challenge lying in our front for the very cause of eradicating misery suffered by millions of people world over.

 

Millennium
Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
The Millennium Development Goals call for reducing the proportion of people living on less than US$1 a day to half the 1990 level by 2015: from 28.3 per cent of all people in low and middle income economies to 14.2 per cent. The goals also call for halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger between 1990 and 2015.

World statistics               (million)
Total population, 2003:                  6,273
Total rural population, 2003:                  3,257
People living on less than US$1 a day:                  1,101
Extremely poor people in rural areas:                     800
People living on less than US$2 a day:                  2,733
                                            Source: World Bank

Rural poverty in Asia

 

 

Rural poverty in Asia

Almost two thirds of the world’s population lives in Asia. Some 4 billion people are scattered throughout rural areas or crowded into towns and cities on a land area of almost 45 million km2, roughly 17 per cent of the world’s surface. The region has a highly varied range of climatic and agro-ecological zones. Large areas have been affected by degradation over the past 50 years. Drier areas are particularly vulnerable, and 39 per cent of the region’s population lives in areas prone to drought and desertification.

Poverty in Asia is a massive problem. Reducing poverty for huge numbers of poor people there is crucial to achieving the primary Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. More than two thirds of the world’s poor people live in Asia, and nearly half of them are in Southern Asia.

Poverty is basically a rural problem in Asia: In the major countries, 80 to 90 per cent of poor people live in rural areas. While Eastern Asia and South-Eastern Asia have made impressive progress in reducing rural poverty over the past three decades, progress has been limited in Southern Asia. And the tsunami that recently struck the region will be taking a toll for years to come in Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Despite wide-ranging diversities in the region, many poor rural people in Asia share a number of economic, demographic and social characteristics, the most common of which is landlessness or limited access to land. Poor rural households tend to have larger families, less education and higher underemployment. They also lack basic amenities such as a safe water supply, sanitation and electricity. Their access to credit, equipment and technology is severely limited. Other constraints – including the lack of market information, business and negotiating experience and collective organizations – deprive them of the power to compete on equal terms in the marketplace.

Meals required for all Destitute

Meals required for all Destitute

In all busy, public places like railway stations you will find them –very old and destitute people begging or simply wandering around. Have you spared a thought as to how they survive how do they get food and shelter for the cold nights? Most sleep in pavements and survive on alms, neglected by their family.

If a poor and destitute old person is provided at least one wholesome meal in a day, she has a chance to face the challenges of her hard life. Seruds has conducted surveys around Kurnool and identified many such elders who need help. Most are homeless, or live in huts but do have means to cook. Under this program, with our limited resources, we provide nutritious midday meals to 30 poor old people from slums in Budhavarapeta, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh every day.

Word about this program has spread, and people of Kurnool come forward to celebrate their children’s birthdays, wedding anniversaries or occasions with these destitute old persons by arranging special meals, or distributing stuff like clothes.

How Can You Help?

• A donation of only Rs. 1300 (USD22) will provide nutritious and hot meal to 30 Elders
• You may choose to sponsor mid-day meals for one month, or any amount you desire.
• You can donate clothes, blankets, toiletries, sweaters for distribution
• You can donate food material like rice, dal, vegetables
• Donate meals to poor elderly people on behalf of some one, birthday gift, on the occasion of wedding anniversary, ceremony of some one.

 Donate Food for One Elderly Person for One Month is Rs.1500 (US$25)

S.No          Purpose of Donation for 30 Elderly Persons    Amount in INR
   1        4.5 Kgs of Sona Masoori Rice – Rs.50               225
   2         1.5 Kg of Dhal – Rs.80               120
   3         1 Kg of Cooking Oil – Rs.85                 85
   4         Leafy Vegetables, Tomato, Brinjal, Potato, Carrot, etc               120
   5         Onions, Species, Ingredients – Lumpsum               180
   6         Appropriate Cost for Cooking Gas               100
   7         Curd / Butter Milk – Rs.5 x 30               150
   8         Fruits / Sweet               200
   9         Appropriate Cost of Cook – Rs.120               120
        Total Amount             1300

 

 

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|As said earlier that, poverty is indeed a very big curse in the modern times…. but together we can positively alliviate much of the pain of the people in distress. So, please  come forward and make some small efforts towards joining hands with our most humble but highly ambitious Organisation dedicated for the cause of eradicating the unbearable miseries of the millions who suffer every single day of their lives without food, clothings and shelter of any kind.

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Definition: National estimates of the percentage of the population falling below the poverty line are based on surveys of sub-groups, with the results weighted by the number of people in each group. Definitions of poverty vary considerably among nations. For example, rich nations generally employ more generous standards of poverty than poor nations.

Source: CIA World Factbook – Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012

See also: Population below poverty line bar chart

 

 

Country Name

Population below poverty line (%)

Year of Estimate

Chad

80

2001

Haiti

80

2003

Liberia

80

2000

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

71

2006

Sierra Leone

70

2004

Nigeria

70

2007

Suriname

70

2002

Swaziland

69

2006

Zimbabwe

68

2004

Burundi

68

2002

Sao Tome and Principe

66

2009

Zambia

64

2006

Niger

63

1993

Comoros

60

2002

Honduras

60

2010

Namibia

56

2012

Senegal

54

2001

Mozambique

54

2008

Guatemala

54

2011

Malawi

53

2004

Mexico

51

2012

Bolivia

51

2012

Kenya

50

2000

Eritrea

50

2004

Madagascar

50

2004

South Africa

50

2000

Lesotho

49

1999

Gambia, The

48

2012

Cameroon

48

2000

Guinea

47

2006

Tajikistan

47

2009

Burkina Faso

47

2009

Sudan

47

2009

Nicaragua

46

2005

Yemen

45

2003

Rwanda

45

2011

Belize

43

2010

Djibouti

42

2007

Cote d’Ivoire

42

2006

East Timor

41

2009

Angola

41

2006

Mauritania

40

2004

Mongolia

39

2010

Grenada

38

2008

Benin

37

2007

Colombia

37

2010

Papua New Guinea

37

2002

El Salvador

37

2010

Mali

36

2005

Tanzania

36

2002

Afghanistan

36

8

Armenia

36

2010

Guyana

35

2006

Ukraine

35

2009

Paraguay

35

2010

Dominican Republic

34

2010

Kyrgyzstan

34

2011

Burma

33

2007

Togo

32

1989

Bangladesh

32

2010

Peru

31

2010

Cambodia

31

2007

Fiji

31

2009

Macedonia

31

2010

Botswana

30

2003

Argentina

30

2012

Cape Verde

30

2000

Turkmenistan

30

2004

India

30

2010

Ethiopia

29

9

Dominica

29

2009

Panama

29

2011

Ecuador

29

2011

Ghana

29

2007

Lebanon

28

1999

Venezuela

27

2011

Belarus

27

2003

Philippines

27

2009

Uzbekistan

26

2008

Laos

26

2010

Nepal

25

2011

Iraq

25

2008

Uganda

25

2009

Costa Rica

24

2010

Tonga

24

3

Israel

24

2012

Bhutan

23

2008

Algeria

23

2006

Pakistan

22

5

Moldova

22

2010

Bulgaria

22

2008

Brazil

21

2009

Romania

21

2010

Slovakia

21

2002

Greece

20

2009

Egypt

20

2005

Spain

20

2005

United Arab Emirates

20

2003

Iran

19

2007

Bosnia and Herzegovina

19

2007

Uruguay

19

2012

Portugal

18

2006

Croatia

18

2009

Estonia

18

2010

Poland

17

2003

Trinidad and Tobago

17

2007

Turkey

17

2010

Jamaica

17

2009

Japan

16

2007

Germany

16

2010

Belgium

15

2007

Chile

15

2009

United States

15

2010

Morocco

15

2007

Korea, South

15

2006

Vietnam

15

2010

Jordan

14

2002

United Kingdom

14

2006

Hungary

14

2010

Denmark

13

2011

China

13

2012

Russia

13

2010

Albania

13

2008

Indonesia

13

2011

Slovenia

12

2008

Syria

12

2006

Azerbaijan

11

2009

Netherlands

11

2005

Georgia

10

2010

Canada

9

2012

Bahamas, The

9

2004

Greenland

9

2007

Serbia

9

2010

Czech Republic

9

2010

Sri Lanka

9

2010

Kazakhstan

8

2009

Thailand

8

2009

Mauritius

8

2006

Switzerland

7

2010

Montenegro

7

2010

France

6

2004

Austria

6

2008

Ireland

6

2009

Lithuania

4

2008

Malaysia

4

2009

Tunisia

4

2005

Taiwan

1

2010