- 1 billion people in our world are chronically hungry every day.
- Less than 1% of what the world spends every year on weapons is needed to put every child into school, yet it doesn’t happen.
- 2.2 million children die annually because they are not immunized.
- 22,000 children die everyday around the world due to poverty.
- 5% of the world’s population uses 95% of the world’s resources.
- 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
- The poorest 40% of the world’s population accounts for 5% of the world’s income. The richest 20% account for 75% of the world’s income.
- The wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76% of the world’s consumed goods. The poorest fifth just 1.5%.
- Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st Century unable to read a book or sign their name.
- 1.4 billion people live at or below poverty line, 70% of these live in rural areas.
- In developing countries 1 in 3 people in cities are living in slum areas.
- Women tend to do more work for less pay and are the primary care givers in virtually all rural societies, yet are barely feature in recognition or policy.
- Half of everyone ever born in the world is alive today!!
- For each $1 spent on poverty prevention, $7 could be saved on consequences.
In developing countries 2.5 billion people use biomass fuel – wood, charcoal, or animal dung – for cooking. In sub-Saharan Africa 80% of people use biomass fuel, and 50% in India and China. Indoor air pollution resulting from this practice is a major killer. 1.5 million people die each year (4000 per day), half of them are below age 5. Biomass fuel causes more deaths than malaria or TB.Sources: UNAIDS, UNDP
One village of a hundred people
World evangelism statistics: What would our world look like?
Raw population statistics overwhelm you. Here's one way of visualizing the world and its economic, housing, health, religious and educational needs:
Shrink the earth's population to one village of exactly 100 people. Apply the earth's racial, economic and other ratios to these 100 people Here's how this village would look:
- Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, "World Population Prospects: The 2000 Revision."
- Sex / Gender:
- 50 would be female
- 50 would be male
- Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census International Data Base, Table 094 : Midyear Population by Age and Sex 2001.
- Skin color
- 80 would be non-white
- 20 would be white
- Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census International Data Base, Table 001 : Total Midyear Population 2001, assuming the populations of South America, Asia, and Africa are "non-white" and those of North America, Europe, and Oceania are "white."
- 67 would be non-Christian
- 33 would label themselves as "Christian"
- Source: Britannica Book of the Year 1999, "Religious Population of the World, 1998," reprinted at infoplease.com , using numbers from the "Christians" heading only for the Christian percentage.
- 20 people would be receiving almost 90% of the village's total income
- Source: The International Herald Tribune, February 5, 1999, cited in the World Income Inequality table.
- 25 would live in substandard housing
- Source: Habitat for Humanity International, "Why Habitat is Needed."
- 17 would not be able to read at all
- Source: UNICEF, "The State of the World's Children 1999."
- 13 would be malnourished
- Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization report, cited at OBGYN.net.
- Life and death
- 1 would die within the year
- 2 would give birth within the year
- Source: U.S. Census Bureau, World Vital Events Per Time Unit 2001.
- 2 would have a college education
- Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics, World Education Indicators, Gross Enrollment Ratio by Sex.
- 4 would own a computer
- Source: UN Human Development Indicators, "Access to Information and Communications 1995."
This list is not presented to cause guilt; it is simply the picture of reality.
Research by Rekha Balu, Christine Engelken, and Jennifer Grosso. - Last Updated: April 26, 2015 | URL: home.snu.edu/~hculbert/village.htm