At Sustainable Steward, we focus on six core issues: water, education, health, hygiene & sanitation, food security and community empowerment. And with each focus, we strive to give families the knowledge they need to continue improving for generations.
Breaking the cycle of poverty is a group effort and together we can change the world.
Global poverty is our responsibility. We are all in this together.
An astounding 660 plus million people in the world lack access to clean water. As a result, they have no choice but to drink dirty, and often, contaminated water. And every year, more than 3 million people die from water-related diseases. Children under five are especially at risk. Women and children most often bear the burden of gathering water. Walking for several hours a day to find a water source, they waste precious time that could be spent in school or generating income. Without necessary toilets or latrines, drinking contaminated water becomes an anchored and continuous cycle. At Sustainable Steward, we believe all humans are entitled to clean safe drinking water.
Because children under five do not yet have fully-developed immune systems, they are especially at risk for diseases. In rural, impoverished areas, access to health clinics and medicines is scarce. More than 1.3 billion people lack access to essential medicines. Studies have shown that, each year, more than 1 million people die from malaria, HIV/AIDS, and that thousands die from dengue or typhoid fever. Without toilets or latrines, human waste creates rampant diseases in our communities. Eliminating open defecation and educating locals on health, improvements in water conditions and community health are seen. At Sustainable Steward, we believe health education is key in decreasing disease and death in these vulnerable communities.
Nearly 870 million people are suffering from extreme hunger. And of those people, 98% are living in developing countries. Lacking the proper resources or climate for crop growth, impoverished families enduring these conditions are caught in a cyclical state of undernourishment. Children are especially at risk for extreme hunger. Malnutrition is the cause of almost half, or 45%, of all deaths in children under the age of five or more than 3 million deaths each year. One out of six children in developing countries is underweight; and one out of four children will experience stunted growth due to malnutrition. At Sustainable Steward, we believe no child should go to bed hungry. We strive to educate farmers regarding best farming practices as well as nutrition education.
In rural areas, children are twice as less likely to attend school than their urban counterparts. At about 61 million children—or one out of every 10—in the world without access to education, roughly 49 percent of those children are predicted to never even enter a school. More than 95 percent of the children without access to education live in the developing world. For families living in poverty, the quest for education presents even further complication: not only is school too expensive, but their families need more field-work help to provide income, or help gathering water for the family. At Sustainable Steward, we believe that through education, poverty can be alleviated.
HYGIENE & SANITATION
More than 2 billion people in the world lack access to adequate sanitation but understanding and practicing clean sanitation techniques is a fundamental element that can change the fates of impoverished families for generations. Hand-washing with soap at critical times: after defecating and before eating or preparing food can significantly reduce the incidence of diarrhea, which is the second leading cause of death among children under five years old. At Sustainable Steward, we promote behavioral change through motivation, information and education.
HYGIENE & SANITATION
Providing a voice to the voiceless, by creating a meeting space for each man, woman and child living in poverty, we give our communities a forum to voice their hopes and concerns for their families. By helping these individuals access the resources they need for success, we empower each community to turn their hopes into a reality. At Sustainable Steward, we have discovered that when communities work together, they're more apt to accomplish their goals successfully.