According to the International Food Policy Research Institute, about 1 billion people in the world are very poor, living on less than a dollar a day; and about 162 million live below that on less than half a dollar a day. About 800 million people go hungry, in need of sufficient access to food and many more people are deficient of vitamins and minerals, which cause serious health problems.
Clear Mandate provides food to meet immediate problems of food shortage due to natural disasters, famine, or other causes. After disasters, Clear Mandate provides clean drinking water and food. Clear Mandate provides food to schools, in addition to food to adults in the community, in times of need. School food program enables students to receive a balanced meal each day. While providing food to meet immediate needs, Clear Mandate works with communities to develop sustainable means of providing food to meet their long-term needs, through improved agricultural practices.
Providing Clean Water
Shortage of clean water supply remains one of the problems facing many rural communities and the cause of some diseases. People in developing countries constantly face the problem of lack of clean water supply. As a result they use water that is contaminated by dirt, infested by parasites, or reuse untreated sewage water. In some cases, communities use saltwater, this leaves people sick or dehydrated. Clear Mandate approach favors the integration of water supply with sanitation and hygiene to meet immediate needs and prevent outbreak of diseases. A well, clean spring or stream with clean water in combination with basic hygiene education goes a long way to reduce different water-borne diseases. When the source of clean water is close to the community, it minimizes time spent in searching for water, dangers involved in trekking long distances to fetch water, and reduces incidents of water-borne diseases.
The goal of Clear Mandate is to provide communities with reliable supply of clean water and sanitation facilities by providing wells, springs, boreholes, or rainwater collection points, and building toilet facilities. The training and basic education component helps communities to understand the link between drinking unsafe water and disease and the measures that need to be taken to stay healthy.
Education and Literacy
There is a link between extreme poverty and illiteracy. Illiteracy affects various areas of people's lives and at Clear Mandate, we recognize that education has the potential to transform lives and it forms the foundation for sustainable support or aid program. In a bid to help communities in this area, Clear Mandate helps through constructing school and library buildings, providing books-new and used, providing literacy programs, and funding training programs. A greater part of the efforts on education and literacy is in developing countries where the need for literacy is greatest in developing countries.
Along with basic literacy, Clear Mandate assists in helping individuals and communities achieve information technology literacy. This is essential for individuals to communicate, work, and live in the 21st century.