40% of the country’s population lives below the poverty line
On Saturday (19/02), the Unisocial of Papua New Guinea promoted the event “Family in Pain”, with the donation of food bags and meals to 300 families who face difficulties in feeding themselves. According to the United Nations (UN), the country is one of the poorest in Oceania, with about 40% of the population living below the poverty line, living on less than US$ 1 a day.
“The help I received came at a good time, as I was going through a very difficult situation, without money, without work”, says Daniel Efrain, a 75-year-old. “The food I received made a big difference to me.”
The objective of Unisocial’s action is to support families in need, at a time when the country is also facing the serious economic crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic, which has worsened local unemployment.
Jonathan Pinheiro, responsible for the action, explained that due to the country’s economic problems, the lack of opportunities increased the number of families living on the street and without any assistance. “Every month, we bring people in to help them, serving meals, donating non-perishable food. We are reaching out to those who suffer. For us, it is very gratifying to do this work, helping with the physical and emotional nourishment”.
Papua New Guinea is located in Oceania, north of Australia, and has a single land border, with Indonesia to the west. Agriculture is the main economic activity in the country. With a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.431, the nation occupies the 137th place in the world ranking of 169 countries.
Maintained by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, Unisocial is present in 66 countries on five continents, offering humanitarian aid to those who need it most. In 2021, the social program’s initiatives benefited 2.1 million people worldwide.