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New Partnerships Kenya:

1 ICAP is partnering with Youth Interactive Portal for Enterprise (YIPE) Kenya, yipe.org 



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Our Mission

The mission of International Center for Alleviation of Poverty is to contribute significantly to alleviation of poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Our benchmarks are the millennium Development Goals, a set of eight ambitious antipoverty targets adopted by world leaders to reduce poverty, hunger, as well as improve the health and the general well being of the people and other problems that plague the world’s poorest countries by 2015.


International Center for Alleviation of Poverty, inc., relies on support from generous individuals to run its poverty alleviations programs in Africa.

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Raising Funds to Alleviate Poverty in Kenya

Ann Kariuki with the chief guest, State Senator Andrew Dinniman ,Pennsylvania at a fundraising dinner by The International Food Health Organization.

Ann Kariuki with the key note speaker , Prof. Micere Mugo of Syracuse University, New York at the fundraising dinner.

Professor Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2004) with Ann Kariuki, Executive Director ICAP in Philadelphia

Did you know that?

  • An estimated 39.5 million people are now living with the AIDS virus worldwide as infection rates and deaths from the disease continues to mount.

  • AIDS has killed more than 25 million since the first case was reported in 1981 making it one of the most destructive illnesses in history.

  • Some 2.9 million people have died this year from AIDS related illnesses and 4.3 million were infected with HIV virus.

  • Majority of the infected people live in countries with highest poverty levels.

Source: UN & WHO

Poverty Fact Sheet

  • 1.2 Billion people live on less than U.S. $1 dollar a day

  • Women represent the large majority of the worlds poorest . 70% of the people living in poverty worldwide are female.

  • Over 50% of Africa’s population today lives below the poverty line (survive with less than one dollar a day).

  • The number of poor people in Africa has almost doubled between 1981 and 2001 and the continent is home to virtually all the planets ultra poor. While they were approximately 264 million poor individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa in 1981 the figure increased to 316 million in 2001.

  • Over the last fifteen years life expectancy in Africa has fallen to 46 (15 years below India and Bangladesh).

  • Africa’s per capita income has declined by 13% since the 1980’s while the number of Africans living in extreme poverty has doubled.

  • Over nine million people die worldwide each year because of hunger.

  • Approximately 1.2 Billion people suffer from hunger.

  • Poverty leads to hunger. Poverty must be alleviated to alleviate hunger.

  • Over 11 million children die from preventable causes before their fifth birthday.

  • Every three seconds an African child dies from some preventable disease or malnutrition.

  • Conditions of poverty and economic inequality foster the spread of HIV/AIDS. The poorer regions of the world bear the brunt of the pandemic. Sub-Saharan has the highest prevalence of the rate of HIV infection.

  • Although there are numerous factors in the spread of HIV/AIDS, it is largely recognized as a disease of poverty, hitting hardest where people are marginalized and suffering economic hardship.

  • Only 12% of those infected in developing countries were receiving appropriate treatment.

  • In 2005 in Sub-Saharan Africa, there were.

    • 25.8 million (out of 40 million worldwide) living with HIV.
    • 3.2 million (out of 4.9 million worldwide) new HIV infections.
    • 2.4 million (out of 3.1 million worldwide) AIDS deaths.

  • HIV/AIDS creates a huge drain on the resources of the people and nations affected and deepens the existing the poverty.

Source: UN & WHO

Approx 11 million children die before their 5th birthday

The face of poverty

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