Houtberg Childcare Centre

Due to economic isolation and internal political instability, 72% of people in Zimbabwe live below the poverty line.

Zambia

Zambia has the fourth highest birth rate in the world and an extremely high HIV/AIDs burden. These factors combined with a high level of poverty – 60.5% of the population live below the poverty line – and a low level of education mean that life expectancy is low at 52 years old.

Uganda

An average population age of just 15 years means that Uganda is disproportionately young. 19.7% of people live below the poverty line.
anonymous woman and child walking along a path

Heavena

Heavena is a resource centre for women who have suffered trafficking, domestic abuse, violence and trauma. Building on nearly 20 years of experience as a refuge and transitional shelter for abused women and their children, Heavena now focuses on supporting women and their children in the community. This enables them to help more women, with a broader range of needs.

Morning Star Care Centre

Tourists see one side of Sri Lanka – sun-drenched beaches and luxury hotels. But just along Dehiwela beach is another world. This beach slum is full of squalid, ramshackle huts. Families here experience high unemployment, frequent alcoholism and domestic violence. Children are vulnerable to foreign 'sex tourists'.

Spurgeons Academy

Kibera is the largest slum in Africa, located on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi. Heavily polluted by human waste and garbage, estimates vary, but up to one million people are believed to live crammed into an area of only 2.5 square kilometres,  in wood and sheet metal shacks.

Karenni

Kayah State (formerly Karenni State) is the smallest, least accessible and poorest of the 14 ethnic states in Myanmar. For many years, government forces conducted a policy of ethnic cleansing against the Karenni and other minority people groups. Ceasefires signed in 2012, and nationwide in 2015, are potentially still fragile.

Pavement Club

Whilst India is emerging as a power on the world stage, the contrast between rich and poor is still profound. According to a study published in 2016, India is the second most unequal country in the world, with just 1% of the population owning over 50% of the total wealth. For those at the bottom of the heap, life is tough. Figures are endlessly disputed, but probably around a quarter of the population – an estimated 300 million people - still live below an extremely low poverty line.

Emmanuel School

India is emerging as a power on the world stage, and yet poverty is a significant problem across the country. Figures from 2016 show that over 50% of India’s wealth is owned by just 1% of the population. For India's poorest people, life is very tough. Actual numbers are endlessly disputed, but probably around a quarter of the population – an estimated 300 million people - still live below an extremely low poverty line.

Mi Arca

In Guatemala over 54% of people live below the poverty line, with 13% living in extreme poverty. Nearly one-half of under-5s are chronically malnourished, one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world. 18.5% of the population aged over 15 cannot read or write.