if the world were a village of 100 people

If we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:

The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific

51 would be male, 49 would be female

82 would be non-white; 18 white

67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian
80 would live in substandard housing

67 would be unable to read

50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation

33 would be without access to a safe water supply

39 would lack access to improved sanitation24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)

7 people would have access to the Internet

1 would have a college education

1 would have HIV

2 would be near birth; 1 near death

5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth; all 5 would be US citizens

33 would be receiving --and attempting to live on-- only 3% of the income of “the village”

i remember reading this a while back when i was completing my first uni degree, it still blows me away today.

monsieur and i have just purchased a joint {early} christmas present of sponsoring a child through world vision.
we are sponsoring an 8 year old boy from Chad.
when i was entering the payment info, tears were rolling down my cheeks, it is so easy to forget the troubles others have all over the world. it made me remember the above statistics, i couldn't resist sharing them with you.

♥ ashley


K. Sundari said...

That is a really special gift. I'm sure you will really change his life.

chloe said...

i love your blog. it is so sweet. those numbers are scary and important to remember. i've started my own secret world, inspired by you and others. i'd love if you'd come visit me there...

Caf said...

how wonderful! looking forward to reading updates :)

Anonymous said...

hi welcome back - have missed your posts......i am going to put this very moving piece on my blog - is that cool with you??

Mila said...

Thank you immensely for this.

You opened my eyes again dear.
They were half closed.