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The follwing short extract is taken from wikipedia.

According to a UN declaration that resulted from the World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, absolute poverty is “a condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also on access to services.”[3]

David Gordon’s paper, “Indicators of Poverty & Hunger”, for the United Nations, further defines absolute poverty as the absence of any two of the following eight basic needs:[3]

  • Food: Body Mass Index must be above 16.
  • Safe drinking water: Water must not come from solely rivers and ponds, and must be available nearby (less than 15 minutes’ walk each way).
  • Sanitation facilities: Toilets or latrines must be accessible in or near the home.
  • Health: Treatment must be received for serious illnesses and pregnancy.
  • Shelter: Homes must have fewer than four people living in each room. Floors must not be made of dirt, mud, or clay.
  • Education: Everyone must attend school or otherwise learn to read.
  • Information: Everyone must have access to newspapers, radios, televisions, computers, or telephones at home.
  • Access to services: This item is undefined by Gordon, but normally is used to indicate the complete panoply of education, health, legal, social, and financial (credit) services.

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The 7 Factors that devine extreme poverty are:

1     Safe drinking water

1A   Find out more at this web-site including what you can do to help

2   Shelter

2A   Habitat is a site that helps people rebuild their lives by rebuilding old houses.  This is a short article on the importance of a house to people.

Habitat home page

3  Food


3B   the world food project. The organisation’s site, it highlights what’s being done to alleviate world hunger. Do the quiz and get a free meal for one child.  Sign up for the newsletter and help raise awareness.

4) Sanitation Facilities

5) Health

5A – very very strong stance taken by this personalised website which may not be to everyone’s taste.

5B worldvison website

6)Education – 2 strong websites that are trying to give children and young adults a possibility of an education.

6B   Camfed:

7) Information

Further interesting sites:

Read about Unicef‘s Millenium Project

The global poverty project

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