The UN international observance calendar includes, on October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The most affected Romanians are children: one third live in poverty.
This year’s international observance has the theme “Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet”.
World data show that only this year the health crisis sent approximately 150 million people into poverty, adding to the 1,3 billion poor people already living in poverty – most of them in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
In Romania, the most affected are children, especially those born in large families, because they do not benefit from supplementary support measures as they do in other states. The opening photo presents a family with nine children for whom Father Dan Damaschin‘s Voice of Life association is building a house.
Poverty in Romania
- 21.5% of Romania’s children live in very poor material conditions – it is EU’s largest rate on this indicator, the average EU rate being of 5.9%.
- 32% of Romania’s children live in poverty, according to a Save the Children Romania report.
Poverty in the world
- 55% of the world’s mothers with newborns receive no cash benefits.
Photo: Facebook / Father Dan Damaschin