What APPCO Believes about Child Poverty

According to UNICEF, generally, poverty is understood as income poverty and is based on data collected at the household level. While important, for children such measures are far from sufficient, and can mask the life-changing deprivations to their rights they may be experiencing: A certain income level does not necessarily mean a household has all it needs to provide what a child needs for a good start in life, nor that children are prioritized in household expenditures. Indeed, it may be the labor of children themselves that is putting a household above the poverty line.

While an adult may become poor temporarily, falling into poverty in childhood can last a lifetime, because rarely does a child get a second chance to learn and grow healthy. As such, measuring child poverty needs to rather focus on whether children face deprivations of a range of their rights such as health, education, nutrition, participation, and protection from harm, exploitation, and discrimination.

 

Helping Children Live BETTER Lives:

This is what we do and what we stand for. It will be at the very core of every project we shall work within 2020 – 2024 and every program of change we are part of. APPCO is a non-profit organization with the ambition to have a positive impact on children and their families’ lives to Zero Poverty. Our goal is to design impact-based projects that seek to advance opportunity and lasting change for children who are suffering from ill-health or who are unfairly disadvantaged or vulnerable to life’s circumstances. Our underlying values are ambition, passion, and drive. These values lie at the heart of our foundation and will help us instigate real change for children in every community in which we work.