World's Poorest Countries

World's Poorest Countries

Compassion International works with children living in more than 20 of the world's poorest countries. These children live a life that is not easy or comfortable. The world's poorest countries have some of the worst conditions and the hardest circumstances to overcome.

When a child is registered in Compassion's child development program, he has the opportunity to break what is often a generational cycle of poverty. The cycle of poverty is an all too common problem in the world's poorest countries and is very difficult to break out of.

As a part of Compassion's program, children get food and clean water, regular medical checkups, vocational training and a chance to hear the Gospel. In the world's poorest countries, opportunities like these are hard to come by. Compassion offers children hope where before there was none.

When you sponsor a child through Compassion's program, you are making an eternal difference in one of the world's poorest countries. Sponsoring a child is a life-changing decision for you as well as the child you sponsor. Why not get started today?

Fighting Poverty in the World’s Poorest Countries
Compassion International provides hope for children in some of the world's poorest countries.

The world’s poorest countries are home to millions of children in desperate need. Families of many of the children in our programs live in extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.25 per day. Children living in extreme poverty throughout the world’s poorest countries lack access to clean water, healthcare and educational opportunities. According to The Lancet (May 2010), an estimated 21,000 children under the age of five die every day because of poverty — that’s one child every four seconds. A few easily preventable diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea cause the deaths of millions of these children each year.

Adequate food, clean water and adequate sanitation are scarce resources in many of the world’s poorest countries. UNICEF estimates that there are 127 million underweight children in the developing world today. WaterAid.org reports that approximately 1.4 million children die each year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. In fact, water-related diseases are the second-biggest killer of children worldwide. A lack of food and clean water make a disease that would be a nuisance to a child in the developed world deadly to a child in poverty.

Poverty is more than just a lack of resources, though. It’s a lack of hope … a lack of options. UNICEF reports that worldwide, approximately 101 million children are not attending primary school. Many children in the world’s poorest countries do not attend school because they have to work to earn money for their family. Others cannot afford the uniforms, shoes or supplies. Without an education, these children cannot earn an adequate income to support themselves and, as a result, they remain stuck in the cycle of poverty into which they were born.

The following is a report from the United Nations documenting the least-developed countries in the world.  Compassion operates in eight of the countries indicated in the report. The countries where Compassion helps children in need are highlighted in bold:

Africa (33)

 

1

Angola

18

Madagascar

2

Benin

19

Malawi

3

Burkina Faso

20

Mali

4

Burundi

21

Mauritania

5

Central African Republic

22

Mozambique

6

Chad

23

Niger

7

Comoros

24

Rwanda

8

Democratic Republic of the Congo

25

Sao Tome and Principe 

9

Djibouti

26

Senegal

10

Equatorial Guinea

27

Sierra Leone

11

Eritrea

28

Somalia

12

Ethiopia

29

Sudan

13

Gambia

30

Togo

14

Guinea

31

Uganda

15

Guinea-Bissau

32

United Republic of Tanzania

16

Lesotho

33

Zambia

17

Liberia

 

 

 

Asia (14)

 

1

Afghanistan

8

Nepal

2

Bangladesh

9

Samoa

3

Bhutan

10

Solomon Islands

4

Cambodia

11

Timor-Leste

5

Kiribati

12

Tuvalu

6

Lao People

13

Vanuatu

7

Myanmar

14

Yemen

 

 

 

 

Latin America and the Caribbean (1) 

 

1

Haiti


Compassion International brings hope to children in some of the world’s poorest countries through our holistic, long-term child development model. Our one-to-one sponsorship program addresses the spiritual, economic, social and physical needs of children and enables them to see a way out of the poverty cycle and become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

You can help children in the world’s poorest countries.  You can offer a child in poverty the basic necessities of life and much more.  Give a child hope for the future and for all eternity.  Sponsor a child today!

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