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THE URBAN PARADOX

More than half of the world’s population live in cities and this is expected to accelerate to almost 70%1 by 2050.

As the urban population grows, so does the number of urban poor.

Proximity to services ≠ access

High living expenses in cities, coupled with social and political barriers, result in urban poor children ironically suffering more severe deprivations than their rural peers.

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Asia is home to 64%2 of the urban slum population 

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The poorest urban children in 1 in 43 countries are more likely to die before their fifth birthday than their rural counterparts

 

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Up to150 million4 worldwide are estimated to be street children

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Almost 73 million5 children aged 5 –11 years old worldwide are victims of child labour


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1 UN, 2018 ; 2 UN, 2014 ; 3 UNICEF, 2018; 4 UN, 2015 ; 5 International Labour Office, 2012-2016

 

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URBAN CITIES TODAY

What makes them different?

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DIVERSE

Urban contexts have a range of languages, religions, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. World Vision’s traditional approach of collaborating with community leaders needs to be adapted in urban environments to recognise that.

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DENSE

Urban environments are densely populated –and there is also an amazing density of stakeholders, NGOs, government partners and private sector actors. This density presents great opportunities for urban poverty reduction –but can also create a range of challenges.

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DYNAMIC

Cities are always changing. While rural communities are stable and change occurs gradually, cities change rapidly –people move homes, children change schools, parents lookanywhere for work. Urban development needs to be able to respond quickly tothese rapidly changing scenarios.

 

 

THE VOICES OF THE INVISIBLE.
Watch this space for stories, bringing you closer to the lives of the urban poor children.
Stories of odds stacked against them, deprivations pinning them down to their grit in striving through it all and interventions that keep them striding with confidence.

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WHAT EVERYDAY LOOKS LIKE 
Life surrounded by the stench of poverty

A walk down their streets

Makeshift living space in overcrowded slums and squatter settlements.

Stagnated sewage water, open clogged drains, dingy lanes littered with heaps of rubbish.

Community taps and toilets with no proper water supply.

Street children idling along busy roads or scavenging in dump yards.

 


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 HOW YOU CAN HELP

World Vision Singapore is currently supporting urban poverty-related projects in Bangladesh, India, the Philippines and Vietnam.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WORLD VISION'S APPROACH

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FIGHT AGAINST
CHILD LABOUR

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PROVIDE BASICS FOR
SLUM CHILDREN

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PREVENT SECOND GENERATION PROSTITUTION

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Help urban poor children survive and thrive.

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Journey with vulnerable urban communities to sustainability. 

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