The present work is an annotated translation of the thirty-first edition, published in 2014 by the Qum office of al-Sayyid al-Sistani. Shaykh Mohammed Ali Ismail deserves to be commended for successfully completing this challenging task.
Since 2010, The World Federation has been doing its part to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) formed by the United Nations are met by 2015. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions including income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. They are also basic human rights - the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter, and security.
MDG GOAL 1: ERADICATE EXTREME HUNGER & POVERTY
One of the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals is to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty. According to the MDG Report 2015:
• Extreme poverty has declined significantly over the last two decades. In 1990, nearly half of the population in the developing world lived on less than $1.25 a day; that proportion dropped to 14 per cent in 2015.
• Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half, falling from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015. Most progress has occurred since 2000.
• The number of people in the working middle class—living on more than $4 a day—has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015. This group now makes up half the workforce in the developing regions, up from just 18 per cent in 1991.
• The proportion of undernourished people in the developing regions has fallen by almost half since 1990, from 23.3 per cent in 1990–1992 to 12.9 per cent in 2014–2016.
THE WORLD FEDERATION’S CONTRIBUTION
To help eliminate extreme poverty and hunger in our world, The World Federation has worked on a number of initiatives. Some of these programs include:
- Annual Welfare support to 158 seniors living in abject poverty in Bihar, India and Sri Lanka. These seniors live in severe poverty and many of them are abandoned. They are unable to work due to health reasons or cannot find suitable work because of their age. By providing them with a monthly financial gift, they can now afford basic meals, clothes and medical care.
2. New housing for over 1,200 families in Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Families affected by poverty and disaster have no choice but to live in make-shift shelters or under the open sky. Our housing program has improved the lives of over 1,200 families who are sheltered from the cold, rain and hot sun and which results in improved health. As well, women and their daughters have regained their dignity, privacy and security.
3. Food ration baskets to over 28,000 families in over 22 countries during the Islamic month of Ramadhan as well as during natural disasters.
4. Hot porridge breakfasts to over 900 primary students in Kenya to start their day with a full stomach. We have seen both improved attendance and grades of these students.
5. Seed money to farm 385 acres of farmland in Pakistan to help families get back on their feet after the 2010 flash floods destroyed farmland across Pakistan.
6. Carpentry training for 125 apprentices for the construction of food stalls and 25 cash grants as capital funding to start food stall businesses after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines.
TOGETHER WE MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Alone, we cannot solve all of the world’s problems; together, we can do our part, one person or one family at a time to contribute to the overall well-being of humanity at large. Your support has made this achievement possible and it’s only with your help that we can continue our work. Please donate to The World Federation’s GREATEST NEED FUND. By donating to this fund, you are entrusting The World Federation to distribute your gift to generate the greatest impact (i.e. to spend your contribution wherever the need is the greatest at any given time).
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A two-part series by Shan E Abbas Hassam on The World Federation Office Bearer trip to Iraq in July 2017.