Almost half the world — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.

Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or writing their names.

Less than one per cent of what the world spent on weapons for the last decades could have been equivalently used to put every child into school by the year of 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.

1 billion children live in poverty (1 of 2 children living today). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to clean water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (this is roughly 29,000 children per day).

It is our duty and our legacy to help wherever we can.