The facts

"Half the world's children are devastated by poverty" - UNICEF

Yes! According to the The State of the World's Children 2005, over one billion children are denied a healthy and safe upbringing. That's over 15% of the world's population! This includes over 90 million children who are effectively starving to death.

In South Africa, one of the most unequal societies in the world, millions of children are in need. Statistics South Africa finds that 60% of its children are in some kind of poverty. That's over 10 million!

What is worse, half of these children - over 5 million - are characterized as severely deprived.

  • There are about 40 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa - UNAIDS
  • There are about 12.5 million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa - UNAIDS
  • 149 million children in developing countries still suffer from malnutrition
  • More than 10 million children under five die each year from preventable causes.
  • More than half a billion children live on less than $1 a day.
  • More than 100 million children are out of school because of poverty, discrimination, or lack of resources.
  • Of the more than 100 million out-of-school youth, 60 million are girls.

For Statistics about the Children of South Africa go to: South African Statistics

4 ways you can help

Four ways YOU can change the world through children: