Explore our Projects

  • education / vocational training projects
  • health projects
  • food and water projects
  • shelter projects
  • clothing projects
  • crisis projects


At The Hope Venture, we think many people would want to help others if they just understood the needs better.  We encourage you to stay informed.

Did you know??

  • 1.02 billion people go to bed hungry every night.
  • Every year nearly 11 million children living in poverty die before their 5th birthday.
  • 6 million children die of hunger every year
  • There are over 100 million street children worldwide
  • Nearly half of all Indian children are undernourished, one of the highest rates in the world, and nearly double the rate of Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • South and West Asia accounts for more than half the world’s 759 million illiterate adults
  • In India a child averages only about 7 years of total schooling… and only 3 years for poor rural girls.
  • Every 10 seconds, one person dies of AIDS and another two are infected.  A total of 3 million people die each year from AIDS.  This staggering number has been compared to 20 fully loaded Boeing 747 airplanes crashing every single day for an entire year.
  • South and West Asia accounts for a quarter of the global out-of-school population.
  • Children who suffer nutritional deprivation in the womb or malnutrition during the early years of life are at risk of developmental delays that impede later learning… in South Asia, over one in four children are delivered with low birth weight.
  • Almost 90% of maternal deaths occur in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, compared to less than 1% in the developed world.
  • Slum-dwellers make up a third of the world’s urban population.
  • In Asia & the Pacific, about 642 million people are suffering from chronic hunger and 265 million suffer in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Compare that to only 15 million in all the developed countries combined!
  • South Asia has the highest child malnutrition rate of world regions.
  • India has the most adult illiterates in the world… people lacking the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed in everyday life.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia share the highest regional Global Hunger Index (GHI) scores in the world… (it’s not good to have a high score in this!)
  • Absolute deprivation in education remains at extraordinarily high levels throughout South & West Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Every year millions of children in South & West Asia enter school with learning impairments stemming from malnutrition, ill health, poverty and lack of access to pre-primary education.
  • In India, women are twice as likely as men to be illiterate.
  • In rural India, only 28% of grade 3 students could subtract two-digit numbers and only a third could tell the time.
  • A study of 400 slum-dwelling households in Delhi, India found that only half the primary school age children were in school, compared with a city-wide enrollment rate over 90%.
  • These are crazy bad statistics… maybe you and I could take one step today to make a difference!


Absolute Poverty… refers to a set standard which is consistent over time and between countries… the condition of not having the means to afford basic human needs such as clean water, nutrition, health care, clothing and shelter… destitution.

Extreme… living on less than USD$1.25 per day

(Abject…utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched: abject poverty.)

Moderate… living on less than USD$2 per day

Relative Poverty… the condition of having fewer resources or less income than others within a society or country, or compared to worldwide averages.



Click on map below to expand it and see the percentage of people living on less than $1.25/day around the world!

(You can see that in the United States for example, life is very different than for those in India or Kenya!)

Global Hunger

You can click right on this map below and move the pointer to whatever location you’re interested in.  (Pretty cool, eh?)