Today is International Eradication of Poverty Day 2021. The Postcode Lotteries support projects funded by their players that work in the global fight against poverty. This year’s theme is building forward together: Ending persistent poverty, respecting all people and our planet.
Photo: The Hunger Project in Benin (credit: Johannes Odé)
Nationale Postcode Loterij: World Food Programme
Thanks to the players of the Nationale Postcode Loterij, World Food Programme has received over €6.7 million in regular annual donations since 2004. Last year, the organisation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organisation fighting hunger worldwide, saving the lives of millions. In emergencies, WFP is usually the first on the scene to provide food aid to victims of war and natural disasters. WFP also works closely with vulnerable communities towards a better future. WFP believes that providing food aid and investing in future generations is the key to breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty.
Svenska Postkodlotteriet: The Hunger Project
The Hunger Project Sweden is part of the global, non-profit, strategic organisation The Hunger Project. Committed to the sustainable end of world hunger, its mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centred strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.
The Hunger Project Sweden support is currently focused on six countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Ghana, Malawi and Mozambique. In addition to these countries, the global organisation also operates in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mexico, Peru, Senegal and Uganda.
Hunger Project Sweden receives an annual €900.000 allocation, thanks to the players of Svenska Postkodlotteriet.
People’s Postcode Lottery: ActionAid
ActionAid work with the most disadvantaged people to end poverty, further quality education and women and girls' rights, and for governments to be held to account.
The denial of women and girls' rights is one of the biggest causes of poverty worldwide. ActionAid help to combat issues like these by listening and working with communities to find their own solutions to create a better life for themselves and their children.
Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £11 million for ActionAid to date.
Deutsche Postcode Lotterie: Human Rights Watch
Millions of people in Germany are affected or threatened by poverty. Over 1.6 million people are regularly dependent on food expenses: including the homeless, single parents, pensioners, people with a migrant background and people with disabilities.
To improve this situation, the international aid organisation Human Rights Watch is working in Germany to ensure that this avoidable poverty is drastically reduced. Human Rights Watch looks to improve measures at a political level and preserve the right to an adequate standard of living.
Thanks to the players of the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie, the 'Fighting Poverty in Germany' programme has received €30,000. Human Rights Watch's projects have received a total of €836,700 since 2017, thanks to players across Germany.