Around 600 million children live in extreme poverty globally. These children are much more likely to become malnourished, get sick and to work in dangerous or exploitative conditions. They are also less likely to complete school. We’re working to lift families out of poverty so they can better support their children, even in times of crisis.
When families don’t have the means to invest in their children – such as buy food or clothes, or can’t afford to take their children to see a doctor when they get sick or to keep them in school – we help provide much needed cash, goods and services.
When families live in poverty or are hit by unexpected shocks – such as drought, earthquakes, increased food prices, death of livestock, or conflict – it is often children that suffer most. Families are forced to pull them out of school to work, they can no longer afford nutritious food and if a child gets sick they cannot afford to pay for healthcare. So we will work with poor households to improve their economic resilience and livelihoods through strategies including:
- Building their assets (cash to invest in businesses etc.)
- Improving their skills (financial skills etc.)
- Supporting risk management, and
- And strengthening systems such as markets, social norms or policies that can weaken livelihoods.