# Quiz time! How much do you know about poverty?

June 5, 2014

Poverty rates are about the individuals that
make the numbers mean something.
(Photo by Kids Alive International)

International (MNN/KAI) — Are you a fan of trivia questions?

Matt Parker of Kids Alive International shares a quiz that will test your knowledge. The answers prove that the quiz is anything but trivial.

How much do you really know about poverty?

According to Parker, there are about 140 million orphaned or abandoned children worldwide, 100,000 children working and living on the streets, and 1.2 million children trafficked yearly.

Whether you’re a pessimist or an optimist, this quiz is full of surprises. Parker explains that the quiz was given to the staff of Kids Alive. Nobody on staff had a perfect score.

He reminds us that even though the numbers are overwhelming, each number is made up of individuals in need.

Each individual is valued by God, and He is concerned about both spiritual and physical wellness.

Take the quiz, and then check your answers with the key at the bottom.

Are you surprised? What are you going to do about those numbers?

Even though you probably won’t get a perfect score, you can do something.

1. What proportion of the world’s population goes to bed hungry each night?

(A) 1 in 7 people                 (B) 1 in 10 people             (C) 1 in 12 people

2. How many people in the world today do not have access to clean drinking water?

(A) 378 million                    (B) 783 million                   (C) 873 million

3. Approximately how many Syrian refugees are now registered in Lebanon?

(A) 650,000                         (B) 850,000                        (C) 1,000,000

4. Which country has the most deaths of children under the age of 5 years?

(A) Ethiopia                          (B) India                            (C) Haiti

5. How many children around the world are engaged in child labor?

(A) 218 million                    (B) 281 million                   (C) 128 million

6. Which sickness is the biggest killer of children in Africa?

(A) Pneumonia                    (B) Diarrhea                      (C) Malaria

7. What percentage of children in Kenya are undernourished?

(A) 20%                   (B) 30%                  (C) 40%

8. What is the typical weight of the water that women in Africa carry on their heads?

(A) 20 pounds                     (B) 30 pounds                     (C) 40 pounds

9. Which of the following countries is well known for its use of child soldiers?

(A) Lebanon                         (B) South Sudan                  (C) Haiti

10. Which country where Kids Alive works has the lowest life expectancy?

(A) Haiti                                (B) Zambia                         (C) Kenya

1. A — The proportion of the world’s population that goes to bed hungry each night is 1 in 7 (Compassion International–check out their excellent web pages with poverty facts here).

2. B — The number of people in the world today that do not have access to clean drinking water is 783 million (UN).

3. C — There are now over 1 million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon: that is around 237,000 households (UN).

4. B — India has the most deaths of children under the age of 5 years. 18,000 children under the age of 5 die each day around the world. 22% are in India (WHO).

5. A — There are 218 million children around the world engaged in child labor (Compassion International).

6. B — Diarrhea is the biggest killer of children in Africa (WaterAid).

7. B — In Kenya, around 30% of children are undernourished (World Bank).

8. C — The typical weight of the water that women in Africa carry on their heads is 40 pounds: the same as an airport luggage allowance (Compassion International).

9. B — South Sudan is well known for its use of child soldiers (Human Rights Watch). In the recent violence, it was estimated that there were up to 9,000 child soldiers enlisted in South Sudan.

10. B — According to WHO, in 2013 Zambia had the lowest life expectancy at 55 years (Kenya was 60 years, Haiti 63 years).

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