Governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations worldwide have pledged to end global poverty by 2030. 100WEEKS’ ambition is to be an innovative contributor in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN.
Though the number of people living in poverty continues to drop worldwide, in recent years the decline has slowed. Africa in particular is still home to a large number of working poor. With direct cash transfers to those who need it the most, 100WEEKS strikes at the heart of the problem.
Extreme hunger and malnutrition remain a huge barrier to development in many countries. Children are particularly at risk. Women taking part in the 100WEEKS program can ensure their families have three meals a day and enjoy a balanced diet, preventing stunted growth.
While life expectancy has grown impressively worldwide the last decades, a 31-year gap still separates the countries with longest and the shortest. Millions lack access to basic healthcare, but 100WEEKS makes it affordable for even the poorest.
Children from the poorest households are up to four times more likely to be out of school than those in the richest households. This can give rise to cycles of poverty that reach across generations. Virtually all children of women taking part in the 100WEEKS program go to primary school, breaking the circle.
Ending discrimination against women and girls is not only an expression of their human rights, it’s also crucial to ensure a sustainable future. Empowering women and girls aids economic growth and development. 100WEEKS strengthens the position of women within their households by targeting women exclusively.
Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Families taking part in the 100WEEKS program are able to buy or otherwise ensure access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities.
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