The GFA report addresses the plight of the poor around the globe and the oppression they endure because of their poverty. WILLS POINT, Texas—To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, Gospel for Asia (GFA) is spotlighting its special report “Seeking Justice and Defending Human Rights Wherever Poverty and Oppression Exist.”
The report discusses the plight of the poor around the globe and the oppression they endure because of their poverty. Many of us who are fortunate enough to be living in more developed environments find it difficult to understand the full number of people who live near or below the poverty line in developing countries, or the burdens they bear. These are just a few statistics:
- About 770 million people live on less than $1.90 a day.
- More than 3 billion people – nearly have of the world’s population – live on less than $2.50 a day.
- At least 80% of people in the world live on less than $10 a day.
Many of these people suffer from malnutrition, disease, bonded labor, human trafficking, and cultural discrimination.
The issue, as the GFA special report explains, is how to help those who, because of their extreme poverty, are often prevented from enjoying the rights the United Nations has described as “universal.”
GFA believes that real transformation must take place at the local level. This approach echoes the words of former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, who said,
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places . . . so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”
The report details how GFA works at the local level in Asia to help provide education, food, health care, and vocational training to the extremely disadvantaged in Asia.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Children who are trading time in school for scavenging in the garbage dumps or working the brick kilns or rice patty fields to survive remain illiterate and thus unable to rise out of poverty in the future.
About Gospel for Asia
GFA (Gospel for Asia, www.gfa.org) has – for nearly 40 years ? provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,000 wells drilled, over 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 200,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry.