What could you do with $2.82 a day?

Stories | October 17, 2019

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According to the United Nations, over 700 million people (10% of the world’s population) live on less than AUS$2.82 (US$1.90) per day. These people live in extreme poverty.

That’s less than most Australians spend on a cup of coffee.

On Thursday 17 October it is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Goal 1 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is “to end poverty in all its forms everywhere” by 2030.

Although the number of people in poverty has decreased since 1990, the world is currently not on track to end poverty by 2030.

We need to tackle poverty at its roots.  

Disability can be both a cause and consequence of poverty.

Approximately 20 per cent of people living in poverty also live with a disability.

People with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty due to social stigma and misconceptions as well as lack of access to health care and education and employment opportunities.

People who live in poverty are more likely to have a disability due to a lack of access to vital services such as health and education services.

This is the disability-poverty cycle.

We need your help to break the cycle.

The majority of people who live in extreme poverty live in sub-Saharan Africa where the cost of living is substantially lower than in Australia. But do you really need to spend all of your wages? Or could you spare a few extra dollars to donate to those in need?

The national minimum wage in Australia in $18.93 per hour ($719.20 per week for a 38-hour week).

Per day, every Australian who works will earn over fifty times the amount a person who is living in extreme poverty spends in one day (based on a 7.6 hour working day).

What do you spend your money on?

Find out how much money you spend on a few luxuries each week and what this money could mean for a person with disability living in extreme poverty by taking our quiz.

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