Poverty kills 30,000 children every day. It shortens, injures and thwarts the lives of more than one billion people struggling to survive on less than US$1 a day. It cruelly prevents access to the most basic of human needs: food, shelter and health care. And poverty—along with the growing divide between rich and poor—underlies many of the world’s most intractable conflicts.
This need not be so. Today, the ways to combat most poverty lie within our hands. To be faithful to our most elementary moral teachings—and to kindle hope for a peaceful future— we must act to end poverty.
Religious communities bring vital assets to the effort to eradicate poverty. They offer the moral impetus for action, institutions that reach a vast swath of the world’s people, and a wealth of practical experience in helping the poor. Through the power of multi-religious cooperation, Religions for Peace helps build those assets into a force that is larger than the sum of its parts. We work to hold governments and civil society accountable for implementing the Millennium Development Goals; promote justice and legal empowerment of the poor; and support efforts to improve the health and well-being of the world’s most impoverished people.