Delivering aid to the neediest in places like DR Congo, Kenya, Gaza, Kashmir
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Poverty is widespread and unchecked across the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Despite being the second-largest country in Africa, with an approximate area of 2.3 million square kilometers (890,000 sq mi), and being endowed with rich natural resources, the DRC is the second-poorest country in the world. The average annual income is only $785 US dollars. In 2016, the United Nations (UN) Human Development Index (HDI) ranked the DRC as the 176th least-developed country out of 188 countries with an HDI of 0.435. More than 80% of Congolese people live on less than $1.25 a day, defined as the threshold for extreme poverty.
- The population of Gaza is 1.6 million, with over 50% under 18.
- 38% of Gazans live in poverty.
- 26% of the Gazan workforce, including 38% of youths, is unemployed.
- The average wage declined by over 20% in the past six years.
- 54% of Gazans are food insecure and over 75% are aid recipients.
- 35% of Gaza’s farmland and 85% of its fishing waters are totally or partially inaccessible due to Israeli military measures.
- 50-80 million litres of partially treated sewage are dumped in the sea each day.
- Over 90% of the water from the Gaza aquifer is undrinkable.
- 85% of schools in Gaza run on double shifts.
- About one-third of the items in the essential drug list are out of stock.