NEWS, UPDATES & FACTS

28. Feb, 2019

POVERTY - SOME INTERESTING FACTS

Living in poverty is a reality that many across the world face every single day.

Here are 20 global poverty facts to help better understand these realities.

According to the U.N., there are around 836 million people living in extreme poverty worldwide.

There are many people around the world living on the cusp of becoming impoverished

One in five people living throughout developing areas of the world lives on less than $1.25 a day.

Those who are facing this reality mainly live in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Poverty reduction has been focused on areas of Asia, with China having the most progress.

Half of those who live in extreme poverty are in sub-Saharan Africa. 

This number is increasing.

Out of all the undernourished people throughout the world, 98 percent are those living in developing countries. A majority of poor around the globe live in rural areas. They are often employed in agriculture and have an inadequate education. 

Every day about 22,000 children die because of conditions due to poverty. Lack of resources, economic systems, hunger and conflict are some of the causes of poverty in different countries. 

A growing world population makes it harder for every person to have access to an adequate standard of living. Climate change and natural disasters play a current and future role in poverty issues worldwide.

Poverty increases the threat of violence and exploitation towards children. 

Poverty is not an issue that only affects developing nations. In the world’s richest countries, one out of four children is living in poverty.

Social protection only reaches a third of the poorest people.

Despite the work that still needs to be done, there has been progress in the reduction of world poverty. One billion fewer people are in extreme poverty compared to two decades ago.

One of the goals the U.N. has set is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. 

Through all of the visions set by the U.N., they seek to “leave no one behind.”

On a global scale, anyone who makes more than $34,000 annually is among the richest one percent in the world. 

These 20 global poverty facts help to better understand the global situation facing us today. While there has been progress in global poverty reduction, many challenges still lie ahead. 

Source – with thanks: https://borgenproject.org/

19. Feb, 2019

DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED CHARITY?

Do you have a preferred charity where you would like us to send our pooled funds in a future month? If you do, please tell us at info@donateadollaraweek.com  so that we can include them on our list of selected charities.

Our criteria are simple. They should be a smaller charity who don’t usually receive a lot of media coverage/support. Ideally, they will be a charity with an emphasis toward children and women’s issues, education, poverty, homelessness etc. Your recommended charity might be one which serves local /Australian or overseas issues. Whilst there are some Regulatory requirements that charities to whom we donate must meet, these are something that we will look at on your behalf.

So, if you have a charity which you would like us to consider please advise us at info@donateadollaraweek.com

MORE INTERESTING FACTS TO PONDER.

It is shocking how much governments spend on the military, and how much more weapons are prioritized compared to human lives, In fact, only 10 percent of world military spending could eliminate global poverty. But why is it that countries allocate their resources in expanding their military, rather than fighting poverty, at home or abroad? What is the relationship between the military and global poverty? This article will provide a few different aspects of militarization, and help understand the dilemma that countries face regarding this issue.

The Numbers

According to statistics provided by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 2017 saw a total of $1.74 trillion spent on the military globally. This entails an approximately 3.1 percent increase compared to 2016.

Sources of military spending around the globe are concentrated on these top ten countries, order by the size of military expenditure: the U.S. ($609,758 million), China ($228,231 million), Saudi Arabia ($69,413 million), Russia ($66,335 million), followed by India, France, U.K., Japan, Germany, and South Korea. As seen, the U.S. spent more than the next seven countries on the list combined.

More than 2 percent of global GDP goes to military expenditure. The Middle East is the sole region around the globe that exceeds this number, having 5.2 percent of its GDP spent on the military. Oman, most notably, spent 12 percent of GDP on the military.

Source – with thanks: https://borgenproject.org/

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19. Feb, 2019

SOME INTERESTING FACTS TO PONDER.

  • Almost 3 billion people lack access to toilets and almost 1 billion lack access to clean drinking water
  • “The poorest 20% of the world’s children are twice as likely as the richest 20% to be stunted by poor nutrition and to die before their 5th birthday.”
  • 2.7 million newborns worldwide die within their first month of life
  • Almost 200 million children under the age of 5 in developing regions are underweight for their age
  • 179 million infants in the least developed countries are not protected from diseases by routine immunization
  • 3.2 million children under the age of 15 currently live with HIV
  • 161 million children do not attend primary school

 Reference: https://borgenproject.org/15-world-hunger-statistics/                     UNICEF


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SPONSORSHIP:

As always, we continue to need ‘sponsors’ to help us meet our Regulatory & operating costs. 

Can you or anyone you know assist? 

Please spread the word amongst your family, friends & acquaintances and encourage them to become a sponsor and in doing so support the objectives of DA$AW Inc.

Those interested in sponsoring DA$AW Inc. should contact us at info@donateadollaraweek.com

19. Feb, 2019

A DA$AW MILESTONE:

5 years in the making – Donate A Dollar A Week – passed our 5-year milestone in the first week of November. Whilst we have not yet achieved our goal of 1000 donors, each contributing a minimum of $1.00 pw; we are nevertheless making a difference to those in need.

Typhoon Haiyan 

https://www.google.com.au/search?source=hp&ei=eXP2W8TxCZH0rQGs2JPYDg&q=typhoon+haiyan&oq=typhoon+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.6.0l10.2304.15691..19359...4.0..0.411.3821.2-8j4j1......0....1..gws-wiz.....6..35i39j0i131j0i10.9ad8dnvgHfw was the catalyst for the DA$AW idea. Initially comprising of just a few family and friends DA$AW has slowly grown to a point where we now re-distribute at least $400 p/mth to a different charity. We have become Incorporated and thus obtained tax deductibility status for all donations of $2.00 or more.

Why not help us to reach our goal of 1000 donors? It will make a difference and all for just $1.00 pw or $4.33 P/cm by recurring direct debit. Go to DONATE NOW for our banking details.

Thank you.

19. Feb, 2019

Origin and History of Donate A $ A Week Inc.

As a result of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Pacific – especially the Philippines - in November 2013, DA$AW’s founder, imagined the possibility to really help those facing hardship and suffering, if he could recruit 1,000 people to donate just one dollar per week on a regular basis. With $1,000 per week, many causes and charities could be helped. 

Our founder established Da$aW as a family and friends charity, and has been donating modest amounts to different charities every month since December 2015. 

Realising that future expansion of DA$AW would require more formality and legal structure, he forged the creation of DA$AW Inc., which created the incorporated entity in August 2017. Formal recognition as a charity with tax deductibility status followed shortly thereafter. 

A Board of Directors was established in September 2017 and since then, DA$AW’s work has continued, while concurrently focusing on setting up all the requirements of the new status.

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VACANCY- BOARD MEMBER

Are you interested in giving up a little of you time and fulfilling a role as a DA$AW Board Director – voluntary-unpaid-challenging but rewarding.

We currently have a vacancy on our Board.

If you (or anyone you know) are interested in becoming a member of the DA$AW Board of Directors please email us at info@donateadollaraweek.com and we will send you full details of what the role requires.

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