DEFINING THE PROBLEM

In a time of rapid technological change leading to improvement in living standards for most of the children around the world, the fact that there are forgotten children who have been excluded from this is a travesty.  Hoop Hero aims to use technology and social media as a tool to raise awareness for children with forgotten issues in forgotten places and make their voices heard.  Hoop Hero will connect disadvantaged children around the world with donors and volunteers who believe in the value of investing in others.

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CHILDREN'S STATISTICS

According to a report published by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, over 180 million young people are more likely to exist in extreme poverty, be out of school, or be killed by violence than the equivalent generation two decades ago.  This is despite significant improvements in living standards for most of the world’s children.

MALNUTRITION

  • There are 155 million children worldwide under the age of 5 who suffer from malnutrition (WHO)

  • Nearly half of deaths in children under the age of 5 can be attributed to malnutrition, resulting in 3 million losses a year (UNICEF)

  • 66 million primary-school-age children attend school hungry across the world (WHO)

POVERTY

  • 1 billion children are living in poverty (UNICEF)

  • 385 million children are living in extreme poverty (World Bank)

  • 22,000 children die each day from poverty (UNICEF)

 
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ORPHANS

  • An estimated 153 million children worldwide are orphans (UNICEF)

  • Every day, an estimate 5,700 more children become orphans (UNICEF)

CHILD LABOR

  • Worldwide, there are 168 million child laborers, accounting for almost 11% of children (ILO)

  • 73 million children work in hazardous child labor (ILO)

  • 19 million hazardous child labor is done by children under 12 years old (ILO)

  • In the world’s poorest countries, 1 in 4 children engage in child labor (UNICEF)

EDUCATION

  • 263 million children and youth have no access to education (UNESCO)

  • An estimated 61 million primary-school-age children are out of school (UNICEF)

 
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MORTALITY

  • 15,000 children under the age of 5 die every day, that’s 1 child every 17 seconds (WHO)

  • 2.7 million children die every year in the first month of life (WHO)

HIV/AIDS

  • There are 1.1 million children under 9 years old living with HIV (UNICEF)

  • 160,000 children are newly infected with HIV per year (UNICEF)

  • There are 2.8 million people under 19 living with HIV (UNICEF)

  • Each day, 980 kids become infected with HIV and 320 die from AIDS (UNICEF)

  • Each year, 14.9 million children have lost one or both parent to AIDS (UNICEF)

WAR AND CONFLICT

  • There are 13 million refugee children in the world (UNICEF)

  • There are 250 million children living in countries affected by conflict (UNICEF)