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The War Against Poverty – A Man-Made Epidemic

 

Poverty is pervasive in the world today, and due to poverty, children are not receiving the proper education they deserve.  Here are some incredible statistics:

  • photo credit: guido.menato <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57105841@N00/33108090386">Girl</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/">(license)</a>Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.
  • Almost half the world — over three billion people — lives on less than $12.5 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. (World Bank)
  • According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty, in some of the poorest and remotest villages on earth.
  • The money required to eradicate hunger for everybody in the world has been estimated at thirty billion a year… about as much as the world spends on military every eight days.

 

These are statistics, just numbers, but they hit home hard.  However, what really speaks to us is to see one single child on the road, in tattered clothes, unbathed, and probably hungry for days. Now, imagine whole villages with these children, and their parents and grandparents! These villages exist, far too many of them!

With your support, TGC has been focusing on some of the poorest villages in Uganda, to help them rise above poverty levels for over ten years now.

The World Banks reports what we already know, “the country is lagging behind in several important non-monetary areas, notably improved sanitation, access to electricity, education (completion and progression), and child malnutrition.”

We realize this; therefore, TGC and our partner VacNet, are constantly promoting the need for better sanitation and education.  For years now, we have partnered together to enable our borrowers to enroll in literacy training. When women learn to read and write, they see the value in sending their children, girls and boys, to school. They learn to run their businesses better, keeping better accounts. They get smatter with money. They learn to save.

When women are powered with education, they learn the importance of nutrition, helping improve the health of the whole families. They are lucky to have the funds to pay for ANY doctor and don’t have the means to evaluate the qualifications of doctors.

However, each of these learnings can be possible only when women have the money to spend on education, on sanitation or on light bulbs. Which is what TGC is trying to achieve, giving these women an opportunity to generate an income on their own. And we cannot do it without your support.

Over the last eleven years, you have helped us give more than 13,000 micro loans. Each single micro loan was a gift of opportunity that these women deeply appreciate.

Did you know there are many different ways you can show your support?

  • You can become a Partner in Prosperity by signing up for a recurring donation of as low a $15/month.
  • You can do a one-time gift to our borrowers. Any amount makes an impact. Small amounts are combined with the donations of others to provide a micro loan of $50.
  • You can choose to celebrate your birthday by requesting people to support our borrowers.
  • You can shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and support us at no cost to you.
  • You can gift us your airline miles, to help our US team travel to Uganda for the microloan distributions.

(Please note that all monetary donations are tax deductible)

Nelson Mandela said, “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the action of Human beings.”  Let us work hard to stop this terrible epidemic from taking lives of more innocent people. They need your helping hand.