Transcript for 'Living on a Dollar a Day' - Shocking Photos from Around the World
Hello welcome to US special edition of real -- I'm Rebecca Jarvis here in New York City and we've all heard. A poverty who doesn't really mean to be extremely poor living on no more than a dollar a day. A startling look at how families around the world are doing just that plus with all the money and -- -- in this world does it really have to be this way. Lauren Bush Lauren is here to talk about the real cost to end world hunger and how -- you can help transform lives. But first we want to bring in our special guest for the day Bob Woodruff who. Bob you've been covering the story for some time you've been looking into it and it's great to have you with us on Rambis. That's great to be here and it's been a pretty remarkable story you know I sat down with two very heroic people who teamed up to create the book. Living on a dollar a day -- you know that one out of six people live and extreme poverty. Sadly for those that do not come face to face starvation and suffering on -- daily basis. This number is sad to suggest a statistic that's what Pulitzer Prize winner. -- Byron Thomas in his Ariel who authored the book travel the world to put human faces to the word poverty. Take a look with the interview that -- What does it mean to. I have extreme poverty. Well extreme poverty means that you are so -- -- it's actually very difficult to live and if there's a changing weather if you lose a farm animal. If someone in your family gets ill all of a sudden you're living until the -- of life and death. And as a result a lot of the people in the world to live in extreme poverty. Simply -- for the books is living on a dollar a day is that accurate some people who live in an extreme poverty yes they live on less than a dollar a day. Others may have two dollars a day but they have a family of six so it doesn't really matter they're still extreme poverty and how many numbers the retiring about one point two billion people which is one in every six people on this planet people beneath his book they've got to take a look at these pictures we'll -- You if taking these pictures. When you see this I think here. You're so stunned he wanted to do something was the most stunning place who oversaw -- Regular bare hands. With Clinton's -- smoke that basically I was wearing a mask so that I -- -- it's. Where is sifting through all computers and electronic waste from the list and 1000 that they couldn't find little medals are some that you. Today's sell for a dollar. And kids have a huge amount of influence on on people. Care about this. People can relate to move the children because they can see the children. -- -- conditions and then they can also see him smiling and laughing and some pictures. And I think that act Canada emotionally helps people understand -- connection. What are the worst things that you saw -- terms of how people try to survive. Prostitution and -- -- where a woman's eyes were actually -- from hepatitis are being forced half sacks. Who and the other was a child that was being SARS up. It is by Hamas are so that she could bend on the streets to feed -- other children if she was two years old and she only weighed nine pounds and his mother's -- -- profiting so horrible. She couldn't they did anything else that she can -- Women and children are -- the worst. Poorest of the 460%. Are women and children and then in the year at times he should have numbers that. There's a majority of particular parties. But believe that poverty is caused by -- lazy yes but they're just not working as hard as those that are while. It's just an out right. -- to believe that most of the people who are desperately -- in the world. Actually work very very hard particularly women I've traveled the world I've never found a lazy one -- one two indeed you do a story about. Child labor in. The coal mines these kids -- not escape he couldn't get -- and these are kids that had. Been working in these mines war. Since there -- nine years old. And there's literally three feet tall there was no regulations whatsoever they had child labor laws were passed back in 1952 never been enforced well. Some people say the only way to get to those kids is actually pulling out of environment entirely just simply save him grabbed and taken to school this you're absolutely right. In a lot of countries these laws are not enforced. Terms of poverty say India is the worst country. India has almost a third of the world's poor. And if you add. Nigeria. Bangladesh China. And Democratic Republic of the Congo. You're looking at two thirds of the world's poor and those five countries alone we -- over two to Bucharest Romania and we saw the people living in the sewers. This including children because they're essentially they've they've had to go and that analyst -- These are -- also are now living Aniston -- because they have. When they -- children and then releasing really had no support. And so they kind of data system is there's heating accidentally -- keep warm. I know we're seeing huge separation between the poor and the rich extremely wealthy person in India is -- bill today. -- is that a billion dollar home and in a country where not far away people have nothing to. -- it's the most expensive home anyone owns on this planet and you wonder about how someone can build. Himself a place like that when people down the street here. Starving to death certainly the rich have gotten richer -- in last thirty years. Presently there are 1445. -- years on this planet. A third of them live in the United States -- take the 85 richest people on this planet. They -- net worth equal to. Half the world's population and is likely to miss -- gates and Buffett donated what half their their wealth to those the problems. That's their promise and and certainly bill and Melinda Gates have done an incredible job. Warren -- probably in most generous man on the planet. So we have some great role models is an improving and Obama spent a lot of progress made in the last 3035 years United Nations is now made this a priority. Thirty years ago. 40000 children used to die each day from preventable diseases today that numbers about -- us. Some extremely powerful pictures there it's hard look at. Yes I have to say -- this book is it's about this about pictures and that's the most important thing you know we live. In this world. They live in that world and we never are in contact each other and you can just see that image I think that's what gives us the power to finally people. -- do something wake up see it I thought it was really interesting -- buyer the photojournalist. Her comment that she wants to focus on children. And when you see children smiling through that extreme poverty it's. I had very mixed emotions seeing it because on the one hand you think how grateful must we be. For the things that we have and they're still a smile on these children's faces in spite of all of this well I mean it breaks your heart. I mean some -- so many of us who have children just listen. When a kid is born. There's nothing they do that's different if they're born there and the smallest vs what our kids do. It may be the case the somebody who's older do different they pursue different things and maybe what does that mean one deserves poverty the other one does not. But you want to talk about the quality about what is exactly the same for no one look at a child and you see. What could be. What could happen to us and it just happened to be warm in -- different place they are the most innocent people exist they should never be. In this kind of situation -- -- traveled the world you've seen this in so many different places I'm curious to know from your experience -- Bob. Where did you see the biggest need. I think in the world I think absolutely places in major conflict -- and depends how you define conflict conflict during war zones any kind of uprisings yes. But the sad thing is even after all the conflicts are over. This kind of poverty still exists and it's got to get fixed by moving something completely different in -- that society. -- -- -- -- One of the major reasons that that millions of children and women die of hunger every -- that they simply don't have access to jobs or farmland or food and we want to bring in two extraordinary women. We're hoping to change that Lauren Bush Lauren. You might know her best as the grand daughter of George H. W. Bush. Or the white radler and son David -- -- but you know her in her own right as well because she's been accomplishing incredible things -- we're really glad you're here with us. One multiple humanitarian awards for fighting hunger around the globe she is co-founder. -- projects and we also welcome Vicky is scarring she is Chief Executive Officer of opportunity international. Which specializes in providing financing to farmers to help them grow -- expand their crops to feed starving communities. And by the way -- the feed the feed bag is it just dropped under the table but you you're welcome to get up had been to have -- because that's a lot of people also know -- projects from. This bag which I love -- -- at the orange bottom that you and Regis lines at last we feel freedom that an on an angle so it and you can get it won't get in the way your face the Miami area with Lauren Bush -- exactly -- Peter Baker to. -- basement remodel of the -- Free and products that help feed the world so essentially allowing -- for consumers to participate in the fight in -- which. You know you see all the pictures we -- -- stories we just heard and it's extremely overwhelming. And how can -- everyday person in every consumer you know help in this overwhelming fight to end world hunger. And said that you know small -- -- I thought of -- to create consumer goods company mainly -- attacks. And for every -- -- we make a donation to this fact insult. It's a hundred school meals and -- excesses and -- to the poorest countries are on the ground. You -- children's education just you know isn't given. Often children really begins -- it get this going on as a result in education and hopefully we'll than. -- to break out of the property's -- important so that's it made her feet supports McBride. And that's that's -- about. I think that a lot of people I thought the idea that this is -- You said bite sized solution for people who are living here because a lot of people will see these pictures. And they will say wow that's terrible my heart breaks and then they turn. And they go to their life and they think it's just today. How would I ever approach something like that it's very interesting opportunity international approach has been very much focused on women. Why didn't expect -- -- because women are disproportionately affected by poverty the statistics are well -- and 60%. Those affected around the world -- women -- so opportunity international. This past year actually placed a billion dollars. Of grants across the world to provide jobs primarily to women entrepreneurs. And the reason as you -- -- Rebecca jobs are so important. -- moving people out of poverty and -- feeding and actually providing hope. Two people that are living in poverty. And so we have -- goal for ourselves by 20/20 will create twenty million jobs in the developing world when he 1000020 million jobs and already created twelve. Two -- -- eight million -- ago but there in places that Bob was mentioning like they're in the Congo there in India. There and really difficult places. -- -- in China there in many parts of Africa. Where you might not think there is hope. But you -- in seeing these women. Who do invest 90% of every dollar they make goes back into their families their communities. And their country you know what you -- I think this is interest until -- -- said toward investment and make a lot of people assume this is a charity donation -- -- this is an investment. We -- in the some of the number you just said. You know -- hundred meals for -- for a the purchasing a very. You know -- -- in this people think people think it dollar's gonna give in the -- -- it's. Heck of lot more than that and it and it really expands and multiplies the impact of it once you give them just a little thing. Yes a little August. In -- shocking on the other -- come back. -- our -- and think this when Starbucks latte candidate getting forty meals now it's starting to do that -- and that was one of inspirations for months her feet to allow. They gave consumers in this very easy way we're gonna shoppers should feel guilty we -- -- you know -- things but why not have a disease get back. And it tangible meaningful way to really help people. Some people will say. The United States we have our own problems. We have just -- -- -- the Great Recession there are certainly still pockets especially pockets of this country where times are still a very big struggle and how does the poverty here compared Q. The poverty that you see elsewhere. So. I'm doing work for feeding America which jobs in for six and a half years -- poverty. In the United States is certainly real and one of the issues that warrant we're talking about before the show is. And that raising awareness of poverty in the United States is a big issue it doesn't compare with the really. Severe poverty machines either country. But the reality is something needs to be done -- can be done and the US and around the world to really solve that issue opportunity international is an example. -- 200 a loan to a woman. Can actually help her get a business going. It's to your point Bob it's an investment she has to pay it back and when she pays it back she gets another line. And what we're noticing as we work with. Impact around. The countries that were serving. Is that. They these women -- -- other people their children going to school they're living in better homes they have -- water and better food. So the impact of the work in the United States and around the world is real and problems. Very small investments for very large returns -- where can people go for more on such sources by feedback -- -- projects dot com. Income fall actually were encouraging her -- community to get together -- for a calling he suffers a grass free dinners. -- come together to truly shared you know. So it I think it's -- -- coordinating the goodwill out there people want a decent it's saying they're upset by what they just saw us. And I would encourage everyone to support great organizations out there. You know such as feeding America such as -- -- her incisions RG international and really get back or -- the bacteria and Vicky Moore -- opportunity international for people -- percent. Absolutely please visit our website opportunity. International dot org. You can invest as little as 510200. Dollars you can see the direct impact that goes back to. Women children and men around the world. Really important topic Bob thank you for bringing to light here -- real -- This is Lauren thank you for doing what you're doing and Vicky thank you as well you really -- you being with us today. And thank you for joining us for real -- we want to hear from you. Arnold wealthy paying enough attention to the world -- or can meet -- rich do more. Tweet us at real -- with art until next time this is Rebecca Jarvis from New York thanks.
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