In Latin America and the Caribbean, 72 million children - 2 out of 5 - live in poverty, mainly indigenous and Afro-descendant populations, rural areas and peri-urban environments. Of these, 28.3 million children live in extreme poverty. An unacceptable situation that is transmitted from one generation to another.
UNICEF is working to break this cycle and give each child a fair start in life.
Poverty is transmitted from one generation to another. UNICEF works to break this cycle of intergenerational poverty by recognizing its multidimensional nature within the lives of children and adolescents, not just the insufficient income available in the household to meet the basic needs of its members.