If we were all to redirect a mere 5% of the billions of dollars that we already spend each year on gifts, there would be enough to eliminate extreme poverty in about 15 years.
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Millennium Development Goal 3 is to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education and at all levels by 2015. The inclusion of women in education - and hence, in the workplace - and development are two interrelated issues: societies where women are more equal stand a much greater chance of improving the quality of life for everyone.
Today, two-thirds of the world’s illiterate people are women. The employment rate for women is two-thirds that for men. Related to the issue of gender equality is ensuring proper and appropriate maternal care and health, thereby reducing the infant and maternal mortality ratio.
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Generally, relates to economic development of an area. This can be income generation, farm coops that are community owned even microcredit whereby the people are given very small loans within support structures to ensure success to start or expand a business. The ramification of more income means children can go to school instead of having to work, health care becomes accessible, as does a better standard of living.
Located in the Koinadugu District, the largest and poorest district in Sierra Leone, CAUSE Kids is supporting both quality formal education and proper nutrition for children. The community requires support to keep the schools functional. Addressing the second Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education, CAUSE Kids is a program that provides access to education for both children and their families.
Update from the field: “While our programming continues to ensure that both girls and boys have access to primary education, the challenge we have now is to ensure that they have a quality education empowering them for leadership roles in the future. We are currently paying stipends for 54 teachers in our 6 CAUSE Kids schools…”
Community development, in the context of extreme poverty, refers to the implementation and development of social programs (education, health care, etc.), and also, systems of governance that are effective and beneficial for the people at large. Proper governance ensures the appropriate allocation of resources and administration of social programs. In turn, this would benefit agriculture, infrastructure, health care, education, and many other avenues of social life.
Supporting Community Development projects helps ensure stability and builds the foundation for the future.
Check out these Community Development projects on our website to learn more.
The Igniting Imaginations: Library Centers in Sierra Leone project brings the world of books into the hands of hundreds of children who are deprived of the most precious resources for learning.
Update from the field: “Our central Integrated Learning Library has evolved into an Integrated Learning Centre with not just books for students, but computers for students to learn on after school hours and receive tutoring and workshops. It is becoming a hub of interactive learning with the space and resources to help students learn, think, create and grow…”
Millennium Development Goal 2 makes provision for all boys and girls to complete a full course of free primary schooling. Around 72 million children do not go to primary school - 57 percent of them are girls. Significant gaps in school enrollment still exist between children in urban and rural areas, and between boys and girls.
Additionally, 781 million adults (approximately one in five), lack minimum literacy skills. Two-thirds are women. Literacy rates remain low in South and West Asia (59%), sub-Saharan Africa (61%), the Arab States (66%) and the Caribbean (70%). Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population are women, clearly indicating that issues surrounding extreme poverty and education are closely linked to issues relating to gender equality.
There are 21 active projects on uend.org that deal directly with helping create equal opportunity for children and adults to receive a quality education. If this is something you’d be interested in supporting, visit this presorted list of education projects on our website.
Community Leadership and Development in Guatemala
This five-year project will improve the quality of life and standard of living of families in marginalized communities in Guatemala through the promotion of women’s education, leadership, health and economic development.
Update from the field: A total of 111 women completed leadership classes in 10 communities in Guatemala in 2011, with an attendance rate of 94%. They saved a total of $3,732. Efforts by the promoters to create an environment where the women can feel safe and at ease, coupled with the personal attention directed to them, seems to motivate them to attend classes and share their experiences on many critical themes…